"People inherently understand how important you are & how important your profession is, especially in the current era." @wkamaubell #alamw17
Meet Amy Carlton, Senior Editor, Online Media of American Libraries Magazine!

What do you do at ALA?
I’m senior editor for American Libraries Magazine, and I manage our website and social media.

What do you love about your job?
I get to cover important topics like literacy, technology, and intellectual freedom. And every once in a while I get to interview personal heroes like Sonia Manzano...
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2 days. 20 hours. 29 minutes.
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#alayma #alamw17 #printz #newbery #caldecott
"If you can absorb information yourself and make your own decisions, that’s a freedom."

Carla Hayden Thinks Libraries Are a Key to Freedom

For those of us that could use some self-care today. #programminglibrarian

Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff

Getting excited for the announcement of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence this weekend? Read interviews with the six authors shortlisted for the medals: bit.ly/2iGTgs2
Winners announced this Sunday, Jan. 22 at 5pm ET.

The 2017 Carnegie Award Ceremony: Prepare Thyself

@ALCTS is now accepting applications for the Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses for technical services held between February 27, 2017 and September 8, 2017. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries. Courses topics include: Acquisitions;...
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Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

Join us on Sunday, January 22, from 9:30–11 a.m ET for a live stream (on American Libraries Magazine Facebook page) of the ALA Town Hall: Library Advocacy and Core Values in Uncertain Times from Midwinter Meeting.

American Libraries to Stream Midwinter Town Hall Meeting | American Libraries Magazine

The library is not just a resource. It's a community. [ Bit.ly Link ]
January 17 is the National Day of Racial Healing. Get involved.
#LibrariesTransform #TheDaytoHeal #LibrariesRespond
A packed house gathered at Ketchum, Idaho's Community Library to share an Afghan dinner with local refugees and hear their stories. #programminglibrarian

Breaking Bread with Refugees

Less than a week until the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards are announced! There are two ways to watch this year: The I Love Libraries Facebook live stream and a webcast with real-time captioning at: [ Unikron.com Link ]
Join us on Monday, January 23rd at 8 a.m. ET!
#Caldecott #Printz #Newbery #CSK #ALAyma
ALA offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Join the #1Lib1Ref campaign. Between January 15th and February 3rd, find an article that needs a citation, then find a reliable source that can support that article.

The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref - Meta

Join us for a National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, January 17. Press release: [ Bit.ly Link ]
National Day of Racial Healing
Meet Melanie Welch, Project Director, Public Programs Office!

What do you do at ALA?
I’m a Project Director in the Public Programs Office. I work to support the needs of libraries as community cultural centers, working on national initiatives and partnerships to ensure libraries have the resources needed for successful programs of all types. You can get a sense of the diversity of programs...
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In a world of constant connectedness and information overload, some libraries are offering opportunities for patrons to unplug.


“Innovation may have a national or even global impact but like politics, the process of innovation is inherently local,” Ben Ray Lujan , D-N.M., said during an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The government needs to think of creative ways to “provide resources to the innovators ... across the country," he added.

Lawmaker: Public Libraries Can Boost American Innovation

Pajama Party!
For the first time ever, we're live streaming the ALA Youth Media Awards on Facebook. Come watch with us! We have prizes!
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 ALA Annual Fund campaign!
#GiveALA #LibrariesTransform