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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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