Public Libraries

Build relationships to advance advocacy

Rep. Grijalva at the press conference.

A crowd gathered this week outside the El Pueblo Library in South Tucson where Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D) and other library advocates to discuss the possible effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts — including the elimination of the IMLS —on libraries in Arizona and nationwide. A statement by ALA Julie Todaro was read at the event, in which the ... Read More »

Decision makers: libraries are ready to code

Ready to Code Brief cover page

Computing jobs represent the largest source of new jobs and are among the highest paying, yet hundreds of thousands of openings go unfilled. And such employment needs are projected to continue growing in the coming years. Libraries are part of the solution in preparing more of America’s youth for these jobs Libraries are ideal venues to provide career opportunities for ... Read More »

OITP takes over @YALSA for Teen Tech Week #TTW17

Teen Tech Week 2017 logo "Be the Source of Change" catchphrase.

ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) kicks off its annual Teen Tech Week (#TTW17) this Monday. The Office for Information Technology Policy will be participating throughout the week and round it off with a Twitter Takeover on Friday, March 10. This year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, is perfect for the Libraries Ready to Code project. #TTW17 challenges teens ... Read More »

ALA in NYC (Part 2): ‘More than a collection of books’

Brooklyn Public Library, Central

How many times have you heard that phrase? A visit to the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library system proved to make that statement undoubtedly true. I work for ALA, I am a librarian, I worked for a library, I go to my branch library every week, so I know something about libraries. But this visit to this library ... Read More »

Midwinter field trip to Cobb County libraries

% ALA Staff and Pat Ball standing outside Stratton Library

After four days of productive committee meetings and sessions at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the opportunity to see real libraries in action was a welcome change of scenery. Monday afternoon Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) staff (plus me) were given a tour of several libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) hosted by a CCPLS branch ... Read More »