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ALA's Community Connect: Digital Access at Home Grant Opportunity for Rural Communities

ALA and Capital One are seeking rural public libraries to take part in a new grant project, Community Connect: Digital Access at Home. This new grant opportunity will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide. Applications will be accepted from July 6 to Aug...

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Seeking: Virtual Library Programs for ALA Book

ALA’s Public Programs Office is compiling a collection of virtual library programs to share in a forthcoming book from ALA Editions. What virtual program has worked well at your library? Please tell them about it in this brief survey by Friday, July 3! >>> TAKE THE SU...

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‘Moving Forward: Key Findings from New Libraries’ COVID-19 Response Survey’ webinar on June 12 to explore results, trends, and reopening practices

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the ALA Chapter Relations and Public Policy & Advocacy offices, with support from United for Libraries, will present the free webinar “Moving Forward: Key Findings from New Libraries' COVID...

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BCALA and the ALA Graphic NovelComics Round Table collaborate on new Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of the American Library Association affirms the ALA Executive Board's statement and stands in support of not only the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), but also the Black community at large. In solidarity, the GNCRT...

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Survey: Libraries examine phased building re-opening, prepare summer programs

Most years, June marks a shift for students from classroom learning and research to summer vacations, internships, and packed public libraries for reading and learning programs. This year is different, and libraries are rising to the challenge. A new American Library Association (ALA) survey of U.S...

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ALA's IFC Approves New Guidelines on Contact Tracing, Reopening Libraries, Video Surveillance

Responding to health and privacy concerns during the reopening of libraries and recent discussions of video surveillance and filming in libraries, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and its Privacy Subcommittee have approved guidelines to assist library workers: “Guidelines for Reopening...

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Message from ALA Executive Board condemning violence and racism toward Black people and all People of Color

The following message was issued by American Library Association President Wanda Brown. CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people...

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ALA Partners with the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission to Donate 6,000 Book Sets to Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to partner with the  Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to distribute 6,000 women’s suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country. Public and school libraries are encouraged to apply for the book sets by June 15...

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ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection Event

Though disappointed to cancel the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 2020, the ALA Conference Committee is thrilled to offer the opportunity to learn and connect via a virtual event for the library community this Summer. ALA Virtual – Community Through Conn...

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Governor Polis Updates Coloradans on Timeline for Decision Making Under Safer at Home Phase

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 11, 2020 Shelby Wieman | [email protected] | 303-957-6011 Governor Polis Updates Coloradans on Timeline for Decision Making Under Safer at Home Phase DENVER - Gov. Polis today provided an update on the state’s response ...

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Governor Polis Launches Spanish Language Facebook and Twitter Pages

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Shelby Wieman | [email protected] | 303-957-6011 Governor Polis Launches Spanish Language Facebook and Twitter Pages DENVER -  Governor Jared Polis today launched Spanish language Facebook and Twitter pages to help...

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Released Today: May 2020 Economic Forecast showing the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado’s economy

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 12, 2020Shelby Wieman | [email protected] | 303-957-6011 Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19’s Significant Impact on Colorado Economy  DENVER - Today the Office of State Planning and Budgeting released the May 2020 Economic For...

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GLBT Book Month™ given new name

Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderq...

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The Public Library Association and Microsoft announce initiative to help expand internet access in rural communities during COVID-19 crisis

The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new initiative today to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide funding to help public libraries in rural communities extend WiFi access by installing public WiFi access...

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Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts

The library organizations listed below released the following statement today in response to the new collaboration announced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19. Read...

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Join Us for Chatting with CAL!

Do you miss seeing your CAL colleagues?  Are you craving some interaction with the best group of library peeps around?  Do you need a little time to unwind? Join us for Chatting with CAL.  These free form 1-hour online sessions are available to connect, celebrate, and see the amazing...

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Urge your Senators to Support Emergency Funding for Libraries

For this year’s #NationalLibraryWeek Take Action for Libraries Day, ALA is asking library supporters to urge their Senators to keep #LibrariesStrong with emergency recovery funding. Contact your Senator now to stand with the library community: http://bit.ly/LibraryFundingCovid

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National Library Week 2020 April 19th-25th: 20 Easy Ways to Participate

National Library Week is happening now! While people won’t be able to celebrate in person this year, there are many ways to recognize NLW. Here are some quick tips on how libraries can participate:  Share ALA’s free National Library Week graphics on your lib...

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Free Resources shared by the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) shared a reminder that the updates keep coming to their free resources webpage! The companies with which CLiC partners are dedicated to supporting libraries/schools during this unusual period. Some of their resources are currently available for FREE for a limi...

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Access to ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman e-books during the COVID-19 pandemic

Access to ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman e-books during the COVID-19 pandemic In response to the need to support remote access to information during the COVID-19 outbreak, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman is making materials easier to access through the following promotions. Institutions interested...

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