Category Archives: ALA-APA News

Volunteers Wanted for APA Committees

ALA-APA President-elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada seeks volunteers for appointments to the 2022-2023 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on March 15, 2022. Appointments will be made to the following working committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review, and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (visit APA Committee’s page to see committee charges). Appointments may also be made to two sub-committees: Pay Equity & Unions. If you are Read the rest

Remember Your Stars on National Library Workers Day

Plan now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Recognize the people who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers Day (#NLWD22) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends’ groups to recognize the valuable contributions of those who work in libraries. Individuals, libraries, and organizations are encouraged to submit names of Stars to honor great workers, teams, or departments. You may submit as many names as you like. There is no Read the rest

Registration for the Most Exciting Library Event of the Year is Now Open!

We look forward to seeing you in person at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28, 2022, in Washington, D.C.! ALA Annual Conference is a chance to reconnect with and learn from your peers. Experience the library world’s most dynamic gathering of thought leaders, authors, and celebrity speakers. Check out the preliminary schedule of exciting offerings now!

Our top priority is your health and safety as we prepare for the conference. We’re carefully tracking the latest health and Read the rest

Time to Celebrate Library Staff: National Library Workers Day (#NLWD22) Is Coming

As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on, many library workers are tired of being overworked, stressed out, and harassed by library patrons because they were asked to follow safety protocols. Many library employees feel unappreciated and just want to experience a sense of ‘normalcy’ again. During these last couple of years of the pandemic, library workers have gone above and beyond what’s required to continue meeting library users’ needs. It’s time to celebrate these stars! 

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Mark Your Calendar for the ALA Annual Conference – June 23-28, 2022

It’s time to recommit to professional growth and reconnect with colleagues at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. As the world’s biggest library event, the onsite ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together thousands of librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors. You’ll find educational programming on topics that matter to you and join discussions impacting libraries. Plan to attend.

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Webinars to Explain Loan Forgiveness Scheduled

The November 2021 issue of Library Worklife included details about the revamping of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Under a limited waiver, library workers in all types of institutions may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness, even if they applied and were declined in the past. To help borrowers learn about the special opportunity for loan forgiveness under the limited waiver, ALA encourages library workers to attend one of a Read the rest

Registration for LibLearnX Opens This Month

Start planning now to attend LibLearnX — an ALA member-based virtual experience designed to motivate, inspire, and engage in discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. Scheduled for January 21st – 24th, 2022, LibLearnX will be a completely new experience built on years of research, exploration, and feedback from ALA Members, industry partners, and event planning experts. Registration opens on October 15, 2021. For more details, visit the conference site.Read the rest

Nominations Close Soon

ALA is inviting library users to submit I Love My Librarian Award nominations. The deadline is September 27, 2021. Ten amazing librarians will receive $5,000 each and the honor of a lifetime, including being celebrated on the stage at ALA’s all-new event LibLearnX in San Antonio, TX, on January 22, 2022. Winners will also receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages, as well as a $750 travel stipend. We know librarians of all kinds have been doing … Read the rest

Long-time AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Passed Away

Workers everywhere mourn the loss of Richard Trumka, long-time President of the AFL-CIO, who died on August 5th, at the age of 72. Tim Schlittner, AFL-CIO Communications Director, said of Trumka thatHe was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more.”  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer commented from the Senate floor, saying, “The working people of America have lost a fierce warrior at a time when we needed Read the rest

ALA Establishes ReMember Fund to Help Members During Times of Financial Insecurity

The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new fund intended to help library workers face financial challenges.

The ReMember Fund, established with initial funding from ALA, will allow current members to ensure that their fellow library workers can retain membership and connection with vital resources and a vibrant and committed network during times of financial need. Unemployed library workers can apply to receive a one-time-only sponsorship to cover ALA basic membership dues for one year.

Seed funding will sponsor at … Read the rest