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The State of America's Libraries 2023

Adaptation and Innovation in a Time of Censorship: The State of America’s Libraries 2023

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off National Library Week with the release of the State of America’s Libraries Report, which tells the story of how libraries are innovating and adapting to improve the well-being of their communities in the midst of censorship challenges. It also includes the highly anticipated list of the most challenged books […]

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ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

ALA Executive Director to Receive Beacon Award from Illinois Humanities

American Library Association Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s list of accolades grows with the announcement this week that she will receive the Beacon Award from Illinois Humanities. Founded in 1974, the nonprofit Illinois Humanities is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational

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Composite of ten photos of individual librarians with I Love My Librarian Award logo

America Loves These Librarians!

Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award. Thousands of library users from across the United States submit nominations for the award each year—but only 10 nominees can receive the honor. This year’s winners from academic, public, and school libraries are being recognized for their expertise, dedication, and impact on

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LibLearnX in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The library world is converging in New Orleans at the end of January for a new breed of library conference. And if you work in the library profession, you should be there. Rising from the ashes of the American Library Association’s (ALA) now-defunct Midwinter gatherings, LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (held January 27-30, at the

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Tracie D. Hall and Ibram X. Kendi

ICYMI: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s Literarian Award Acceptance Speech

“Moments like these are not intended to shine a spotlight on one individual but rather to hold up a mirror that reflects all of the people and places that have contributed to what an individual has become. Tonight is a reflection of two groups of people that have lit a lifelong fire within me—people who

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ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

National Book Foundation Honors ALA Executive Director with Literarian Award

Librarians across the country will be tuning in tonight as one of their own is honored at the 73rd National Book Awards in New York City. The National Book Foundation, which presents the annual awards, will honor Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA), with its 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding

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Renee Greenlee

Why I Left: A Librarian Speaks Out After Quitting Her Job Due to Community Complaints Over LGBTQ+ Books

Renee Greenlee was one of 10 librarians honored in 2022 with an I Love My Librarian Award from the American Library Association. But just months after receiving the award, Greenlee resigned from her position as director of Vinton (Iowa) Public Library, citing complaints that she received from the community due to the library having LGBTQ+-themed

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I Love My Librarian Award 2023

Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Librarian for an I Love My Librarian Award!

There’s only two weeks left to nominate your favorite librarian for a 2023 I Love My Librarian Award! Is your librarian a local hero? Do they go above and beyond to serve your community? Are they a champion for inclusivity or a defender of the freedom to read? Then tell the world how awesome they

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Supporting Ukraine

Today is the Independence Day of Ukraine. But despite the celebration, Russia’s invasion of the country persists, entering its sixth month this week. The war has affected people globally, including American librarians and their work. The latest episode of the Call Number with American Libraries podcast looks at how the library profession is supporting Ukraine.

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