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The State of America’s Libraries

During this time of rapid social change, libraries of all types are providing welcoming spaces to an increasingly diverse population. The State of America’s Libraries 2018: A Report from the American Library Association, a special American Libraries digital supplement, affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

Edited by Kathy Rosa, director of the ALA Library and Research Center, The State of America’s Libraries 2018 features news and commentary on:

  • The top 10 most challenged books in 2017
  • Voter perceptions, use, and attitudes toward public libraries
  • Health and digital literacy initiatives
  • Sustainability as a library’s core value
  • School libraries and student outcomes
  • Three major trends affecting libraries
  • Library advocates and federal funding

Read this special issue online in our easy-to-use web browser format or download it as a PDF for offline reading.

New competencies for children’s librarians released.



The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a revised edition of its Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries.

ALSC recommends these core competencies to all children’s librarians and other library staff whose primary duties include delivering library service to and advocating library service for children ages birth to 14.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries was created (1989) and revised (1999, 2009 and 2015) by the ALSC Education Committee, and approved by the ALSC Board of Directors at the on 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference.

For more information about ALSC, please visit www.ala.org/alsc

Libraries Transform


The American Library Association has announced details of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, will launch in Washington, D.C. and in communities and libraries around the country on 29 October 2015.

The purpose of the new campaign is to increase public awareness of the ways that libraries of all types transform people’s lives and communities; shift perception of the library from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential; and energize library professionals and external advocates to influence local, state and national decision-makers and increase support for libraries of all types.

Wherever you are in the world be sure to visit this site and explore the resources.

Is yours an award winning library?



The Online Entry Form for the 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards is now available.  This biennial competition is co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  The awards honor excellence in library interior design. Award winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. Continue reading