Category Archives: ALA-APA News

ALA Connect Live August Conversation on Reopening

Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. Thursday, August 27th, 2:00 pm (Eastern Time / 1 pm Central) for the August ALA Connect Live discussion. This month, the conversation will focus on reopening and recovery initiatives within libraries. With the academic school year kicking off, let’s gather to discuss how libraries are approaching reopening during the coronavirus. Connect with fellow librarians and leaders within our community to discuss how to approach and tackle the difficult questions that the new school year Read the rest

July ALA Connect Live Discussion Scheduled

In times of uncertainty, connection and conversation are more important than ever. This need to connect inspired the ALA Executive Board to launch a series of monthly conversations with you, our membership community. Initially a focus of ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. to connect with members, ALA Connect Live is an opportunity to bring the ALA family and library community together to discuss our issues and challenges.

These town hall-inspired conversations allow for an open dialogue with the Executive Read the rest

ALA Virtual – Community Through Connection Starting Soon

There is still time to register for ALA Virtual – Community Through Connection, an online event with educational programming, special author events, and social networking, being held June 24-26, 2020.

Thanks to the generous support of ALA Virtual sponsors, ALA Members can register for only … $60 by using promotion code CONNECTION when you register.

ALA members who have recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours, are welcome to attend for no Read the rest

ALA Connect Live: COVID-19 and the Well-being of Library Workers

In times of uncertainty, connection and conversation are more important than ever. This is what inspired the ALA Executive Board to launch a series of monthly conversations with you, our membership community. Initially a focus of President-Elect Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. to connect with members, ALA Connect Live is an opportunity to bring the ALA family and library community together to discuss our issues and challenges.

These town hall-inspired conversations allow for an open dialogue with the Executive Board and Read the rest

National Library Workers Day is April 21

This year, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It is a day set aside to recognize the phenomenal work, dedication and expertise of all library workers. Typically, we would encourage libraries to hold on-site celebrations. However, we understand that this does not feel like a time when we should be celebrating. Times are challenging, and uncertainty abounds. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems Read the rest

We’re Searching for Some Stars

Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook or the wonderful way they assist patrons? If so, consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of the National Library Workers Day (NLWD) celebration. It’s the perfect opportunity to let someone know that you appreciate them and the work they do.

National Library Workers Day was designed as a day to recognize the hard work, dedication, Read the rest

Census 2020 is Coming

We know that library staff across the country are working hard to finalize everything needed to support a 2020 Census that is fair, accurate and inclusive. 

The Census Bureau will begin mailing documents on March 12, and Census Day is officially April 1. As the countdown progresses, Kathi Kromer, Associate Executive Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at the American Library Association, wants to share a few essential resources:

  • Most Importantly: We are entering a period of elevated risk and misinformation
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Are You Ready for National Library Workers Day?

This year, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. 

Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of stars to honor great workers, teams and departments. Now is an excellent time to start planning your activities and events to recognize library workers who make library service possible every day. 

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ALA-APA seeking nominations for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace – Deadline Extended

Continuing her efforts to support wellness in libraries, ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President Loida Garcia-Febo plans to recognize libraries that go above and beyond in meeting the wellness needs of their staff.

ALA-APA is seeking nominations for the association’s Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to May 20, 2019.

Candidates will be libraries that address staff needs in the areas of continuing education, wellness, positive work environment, unions, salaries, gender Read the rest

ALA-APA seeking nominations for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is recognizing libraries that go above and beyond in meeting the wellness needs of their staff.

ALA-APA is seeking nominations for the association’s Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2019.

Candidates will be libraries that address staff needs in the areas of continuing education, wellness, positive work environment, unions, salaries, gender equity, pay equity initiatives and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of Read the rest