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Five Libraries Receive IMLS’s Highest Honors for 2024

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the recipients of the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, which is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for their service to their communities. Congrats to these libraries and all award winners: 

  • The Copper Queen Library (Bisbee, AZ) 
  • DC Public Library (Washington, DC) 
  • Griswold Memorial Library (Colrain, MA) 
  • Harris County Public Library (Houston, TX) 
  • Kent District Library (Comstock Park, MI) 
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Librarian Named One of Time’s Next Generation Leaders

I Love Libraries reported:

Mychal Threets, a librarian from Fairfield, California, who was also a recipient of a 2024 I Love My Librarian Award, has been everywhere this year, so it’s no surprise to see him being honored by Time. The librarian has taken the U.S. by storm with his TikToks celebrating reading and spreading “library joy.”  Threets was named PBS’s resident librarian in February, and he’s been making videos for social media with iconic characters. Many of his Read the rest

Rikers Island Library Worker Wins Pulitzer

Medar de la Cruz’s first-ever submission to The New Yorker received a Pulitzer Prize in May for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary for his piece, “The Diary of a Rikers Island Library Worker.” The Pulitzer Committee cited his ”visually driven story set inside Rikers Island jail using bold black-and-white images that humanize the prisoners and staff through their hunger for books.” Medar de la Cruz was a library worker at the prison. He teaches visual communications in community workshops Read the rest

Conable Conference Scholarship Application Now Open

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA’s Annual Conference. The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing (six nights), and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. The deadline to apply is April 26, 2024. For more information, visit the Conable Conference Scholarship page.

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ALA Election Open Through April 3

The ALA Election period is March 11 to April 3, 2024. Current personal ALA members may participate and vote for ALA President, ALA Councilors-at-Large, and on ALA bylaws amendments, as well as leaders for divisions and round tables to which they belong.

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ALA Women’s Groups to Host Bridging the Gap: Supporting Women in Librarianship – A Conversation with ALA Presidents, March 25

In celebration of Women’s History Month (observed every March), the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Women & Gender Studies Section (ACRL – WGSS) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force (SRRT – FTF) will jointly host ‘Bridging the Gap: In Support of Women in Librarianship – A conversation with ALA Presidents on March 25, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central). Register now to attend Read the rest

Who Are Your Library Stars? It’s Time to Recognize Them

Library workers continue to go above and beyond what’s required to meet the needs of library users. Let’s celebrate these stars! Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Recognize the people who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers’ Day (#NLWD24) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations Read the rest

ALA Appoints Leslie Burger as Interim Executive Director

The ALA Executive Board announced on November 15, that Leslie Burger has been appointed as ALA’s new interim executive director. Burger served as ALA president for the 2006–2007 term. She also served as executive director of Princeton (N.J.) Public Library (PPL) from 1999–2016. Currently, Burger is a founding partner of Library Development Solutions, a library consulting service, in New York City and an adjunct professor of library science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. ALA’s Executive Board is Read the rest

Executive Director Tracie D. Hall Resigned from the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) announced that Tracie D. Hall resigned from her role as executive director following nearly four transformative years at the Association. Her last day was Friday, October 6.

In addition to programmatic expansion, Hall, who assumed her leadership role two weeks before the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, worked to successfully grow ALA’s membership and rebuild its financial health. Under her leadership, ALA received the largest unrestricted grants in its history and allocated more than $10 Read the rest

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees alike. The theme for NDEAM 2023 is “Advancing Access and Equity.

Commenting on the significance of NDEAM, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams stated, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month reminds us of the valued contributions people with disabilities make in our nation’s workplaces.”Read the rest