Events

Registration opens for National Library Legislative Day 2017

Attendees of National Library Legislative Day 2016 in a photobooth-style shot

We are happy to announce that registration for the 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day is open. This year, the event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2, 2017, bringing hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with ... Read More »

Spotlighting the value of libraries in Washington, DC

blue and black arrows on green background - logo for Here Comes Everybody event on November 17, 2016

On November 17, the American Library Association (ALA) partnered with the Internet Association to hold a public session on advancing economic opportunity, targeted to the policy community in Washington, D.C. The session, chaired by ALA President Julie Todaro, was held at the Google DC office. The panel discussion was moderated by a reporter from The Hill and included representatives from ... Read More »

Happy Anniversary, IMLS

IMLS 20 Years: Reimagine the Future

As the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) marks its 20th anniversary this year, we celebrate the many ways it has enabled libraries and librarians around the country to transform their communities by funding innovative programs and research. Thanks to the support of IMLS, people in communities around the country are being served by library professionals in new and ... Read More »

ALA asks presidential candidates about broadband plans

U.S. White House with fall colors

Tonight, candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first presidential debate of this election in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University, moderated by NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. The theme of tonight’s discussion will be “the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America.” Both candidates have expressed that updating our country’s ... Read More »

The sound of history

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden waves at attendees, while Chief Justice John Roberts, Speaker Paul Ryan and Hayden's mother look on

History is rarely made silently, and yesterday’s investiture of Dr. Carla Hayden as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress was anything but an exception.Seated among notables from every branch of government, the media and – of course – ALA and the library profession, the most memorable part of the often solemn forty-five minute ceremony may well prove to be its ... Read More »