Public Libraries

DOL grants offer a window of opportunity

The Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration is seeking grant applications from community organizations, including libraries.

Libraries are already in the business of serving their communities. Librarians may not be aware, however, that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers a wide variety of grants to organizations and other entities, such as libraries, that are able to match up their resources with the variety of DOL training, educational and employment programs aimed to prepare and equip ... Read More »

Libraries Transform officially launched!

NBC News interviews ALA President Sari Feldman about the national Libraries Transform campaign.

Libraries Transform was officially launched on Thursday, October 29, by ALA President Sari Feldman who was here in Washington, D.C. to kick-off this national campaign to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Her visit was amplified by street teams on Capitol Hill, the National Mall, Union Station, Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom, ... Read More »

On the road for libraries: Cape May and Lewes

A new library is being built in Lewes, Delaware

As Larra Clark reports, we had the pleasure of working with the “chiefs” (as in the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)) at their recent fall meeting in Cape May, New Jersey. During the past years, ALA has worked with COSLA on many issues, notably advocating for an improved E-rate program, federal appropriations for libraries (i.e., the Library Services ... Read More »

Moving from agenda to action for libraries

Cape May Public Library, Cape May, New Jersey

What a difference a year makes! I had a few moments to reflect on this in preparation for a working session with our nation’s state librarians last week at the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ (COSLA) Fall Meeting. We traded Teton Village, WY, bears for Cape May, NJ, yellow-rumped warblers in the landscape, but more importantly we built on ... Read More »

Digital Inclusion Survey documents libraries transforming

Libraries are helping identify health insurance resources for patrons

This week marks the release of one of the most powerful tools ALA and public libraries have to make our case in the digital age—the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey. Not only does it provide the most current and granular data available on library technology and programming resources, but the Information Policy & Access Center team at the University of Maryland ... Read More »