Promotions, Awards

ALTAFF Forms National Partnership with Paula Poundstone

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Emmy-award winning comedian Paula Poundstone will help raise awareness for Friends of the Library groups as national spokesperson with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of ALA with approximately 5,000 Friends of Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters.

ALA Washington Office Accepting Entries for WHCLIST Award

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The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is accepting entries for the 2010 WHCLIST Award, which will provide a stipend of $300 for a non-librarian participant to attend Library Advocacy Day on June 29, 2010, in Washington, D.C.  The winner will attend the rally and will also attend Congressional meetings with his/her elected officials and/or their staffs.  The winner will be introduced at the rally and participate in advocacy meetings in Congressional offices.

National Library Workers Day celebrated during National Library Week

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The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), an organization that advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff, is sponsoring the second annual National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on Tuesday, April 12, during ALA-sponsored National Library Week (April 10-16).  NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers -  including librarians, support staff and others.

NBA star Dwyane Wade named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

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This September, Olympic gold medalist and 2008-2009 NBA top scoring player Dwyane Wade wants Americans to know that a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet.

As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a print public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines during the month of September. Librarians can download the PSA at

Play ball @ your library

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Celebrate the start of the 2010 Baseball Season and Step Up to the Plate @ your library by showing off your knowledge of baseball trivia. You may win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. 

People of all ages are encouraged to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) and inspired by exhibits at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Questions are available in both English and Spanish.

ALA division launches national Preservation Week @ your library

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Recognizing the critical role libraries play in preservation, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the first national Preservation Week, May 9-15, 2010. 

Preservation Week intends to raise awareness of libraries’ role in connecting the general public to preservation information and expertise.  Events sponsored by libraries will increase preservation awareness by emphasizing the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservatio

Sign up for the smartest card of all – a library card

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Launched in 1987 and organized by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when public and school libraries across the country join together to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 

This year’s celebration takes place at a time when the decade-long trend of increased library usage is not only continuing, but accelerating during the current economic downturn, according to the 2010 Harris Interactive poll.