Library Technology Guides

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January 25, 2023

American Library Association American Library Association announces new transformational grant from Mellon Foundation. The American Library Association announced a new grant in the amount of $5,515,000 from the Mellon Foundation to help ALA advance its mission of enhancing the profession of librarianship and ensuring access to information for all. The grant, which marks Mellon's most significant investment in ALA mission work thus far, will positively impact several programs and initiatives, including those dedicated to expanding advocacy for intellectual freedom and countering censorship and book bans, scholarships and career development support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color librarians, scaling adult and digital literacy instruction, the continuation of COVID-19 relief funding, organizational capacity building in libraries, and more. [Full Announcement].

October 6, 2022

American Library Association OIF's workbook of privacy best practices for libraries. Privacy is a core value of librarianship, yet it often feels like an overwhelming and onerous undertaking. With the creation of ever larger datasets and methods to track users' every movement, library workers need to have a deep understanding of privacy, confidentiality, and security. Written by library privacy experts and based on input and guidance from a wide cross-section of stakeholders, “The Ultimate Privacy Field Guide: A Workbook of Best Practices” is structured to give library workers the tools needed to create and be advocates for privacy-protecting practices and policies. Published by ALA Editions in collaboration with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), it's designed for use in school, public, and academic settings of all types and sizes. It includes an introduction to each topic and several exercises that will help readers implement privacy changes at their own library. [Full Announcement].

March 16, 2022

American Library Association Las Vegas-Clark County Library District winner of Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has been selected to receive the 2022 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association and Information Today annually recognizes innovative planning, application, or development of focused patron support relating to information technology in libraries and is given to an individual library or library consortium, group, or support organization. [Full Announcement].

February 15, 2022

American Library Association ALA names Jim Neal Honorary Member. The American Library Associatio Council elected former ALA President and Treasurer Jim Neal to honorary membership in the association, the ALA's highest honor, during the virtual 2022 Library Learning Experience. Honorary membership is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. [Full Announcement].

October 26, 2021

American Library Association ACRL, PLA partner launch Benchmark, a new digital data tool for libraries. The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and Public Library Association (PLA) now offer Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends to power library data analysis and visualization. This new digital resource can help libraries plan, make informed decisions, and tell the story of their impact. Through Benchmark, library professionals have access to a centralized collection of their library data and the ability to compare with peer libraries using a robust set of visualization and reporting tools. Public libraries have access to PLA survey data, Public Libraries Survey data (reported to the Institute of Museum and Library Services), and census data. Academic libraries have access to ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey data. Subscribers will find an intuitive interface that supports analysis and reporting efforts. Virtual data dashboards and customized comparison tools are interactive and user-friendly. [Full Announcement].

June 1, 2021

American Library Association ALA Joint Digital Content Working Group paper calls for improved access, licensing models, pricing to serve readers. "The Need for Change: A Position Paper on E-Lending by the ALA Joint Digital Content Working Group" examines digital lending in public, academic, and K-12 school libraries. The paper notes current and long-standing challenges in digital content lending and the issues that complicate acquisition of, user access to, and preservation of digital information. [Full Announcement].

January 29, 2021

American Library Association ALA Announces 2021 Annual Conference Will Be Virtual. The American Library Association's Executive Board announced that the 2021 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition scheduled for June 23–29 in Chicago will take place virtually. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2020

American Library Association ALA President-Elect Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. invites members to attend free Virtual Inauguration. On Friday, June 26, 2020, at 4 p.m. CT, incoming American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will host a special edition of ALA Connect Live. All are welcome to attend this first-ever ALA Virtual Inauguration and must register by June 20, 2020 [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2019

American Library Association ALA denounces Amazon, Macmillan in response to Congressional inquiry on competition in digital markets. Current practices by content publishers and distributors in digital markets limit libraries’ ability to deliver core services, according to a new report publicly released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Submitted in response to an inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, ALA’s report underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms. The report urges lawmakers to curb anti-competitive practices of digital market actors. [Full Announcement].

September 12, 2019

American Library Association ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo. The American Library Association and Public Library Association announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at for members of the public to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2016

American Library Association 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition—Libraries Transform, and We Stand With Orlando. With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary. [Full Announcement].

July 29, 2015

American Library Association New privacy guidelines encourage libraries and vendors to work together to protect reader privacy. The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors." The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users, is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for eBook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy. [Full Announcement].

July 1, 2014

American Library Association ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition comes to a close in Las Vegas. More than 13,000 attendees learned the many ways that libraries transform communities, while more than 5,600 exhibitors demonstrated their wares during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, held June 26 – July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. [Full Announcement].

December 20, 2011

American Library Association Neal-Schuman Publishers to join ALA Publishing. American Library Association Neal-Schuman announced that on Dec. 23, 2011, Neal-Schuman Publishers will become part of ALA Publishing. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2010

American Library Association OJC Technologies chosen to oversee ALA website migration to Drupal. The American Library Association has contracted with OJC Technologies of Urbana, Ill., to manage the migration of to the open source Drupal platform. [Full Announcement].

January 27, 2010

American Library Association United States Department of Agriculture designates $100 million for rural libraries. The Secretary of Agriculture has allocated $100 million in USDA Rural Development Community Facilities funding for public libraries to provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. The funding will be provided primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [Full Announcement].

August 1999

American Library Association SIRSI establishes Leader in Library Technology Grant. Sirsi Corporation has established an annual $10,000 grant to be administered by the American Library Association as part of the ALA Awards Program. [Full Announcement].