Monday, November 18, 2013

Donate to Philippines Library Relief Fund

The American Library Association has set up a Library Relief Fund to take in donations that will be passed on to the Philippine Librarian’s Association (PLAI)
for their effort to help rebuild libraries that were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.,

Thank you for your contribution.
Michael Dowling
International and Chapter Relations Offices
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200
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Friday, November 15, 2013

ALA Dispatch: Google Book Search Case Dismissed

From ALA's Washington Office:

U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin has issued a judgment in Authors Guild v. Google, ruling in favor of Google and thereby dismissing the case.

The ruling may be found at the U.S. District Court of New York Southern District' website:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Money Smart Week Webinar Oct. 10, 2013

On behalf of Don Wood, ALA Chapter Relations Office:
Sign up for this free webinar and learn how easy it is for your library to participate in MoneySmart Week @ your library, April 5-12, 2014. a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Money Smart Week @ your library is designed to assist libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life—retirees, school kids, college students, anyone and everyone! In 2013 over 500 libraries in 47 states participated.

In the webinar, learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you, and then join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances during 2014 Money Smart Week.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013, 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

From ALA: Edge Initiative and Rural Libraries

(Forwarded on behalf of Don Wood, ALA Chapter Relations Office)
The Edge Initiative and Rural Libraries

The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities.   Edge will be available to public libraries nationwide in January 2014. See for more information.

A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks in their libraries and communities. Join us on September 25th at 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern time, as we talk with participants from pilot libraries located in rural communities. Mary Haney is the director of the  Hennessey Public Library in Oklahoma and Lee Ann Barnes is the director of the Okeene Public Library, also in Oklahoma. What did they do? What did they learn? What are they planning to do next? Hear their stories and ask questions, too.

Register for this FREE session at: . Recordings from previous sessions with pilot libraries are also available, including:
Denise Davis, Sacramento (CA) Public Library and Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels (TX) Public Library

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Affordable Care Act Resources for Library Staff

ALA, IMLS detail Affordable Care Act resources for library staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the enrollment for the Affordable Care Act beginning on Oct. 1, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Library Association (ALA) announce new resources available to libraries.
An IMLS cooperative agreement with OCLC’s WebJunction will result in online educational webinars, tip sheets and other resources to help library staff members respond to increased patron information needs related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. These resources include:
American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling and IMLS Director Susan Hildreth issued the following joint statement:
“Providing resources that help librarians answer patron requests for health insurance information furthers the long-standing commitment of both IMLS and ALA to make information more widely available to the public. We are delighted to help connect libraries to these resources so they can provide timely information to their customers.
“While libraries provide information in a way that best suits their own communities, IMLS and ALA stand ready to help all libraries prepare for the anticipated increased demand for health-related information.”

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.



Jazzy Wright
Press Officer
Washington Office
American Library Association