“Making Gay History” podcast on the early gay rights movement within ALA

Have you heard of the “Hug-a-Homosexual” booth at ALA’s 1971 Annual Conference? If not, take a listen to this delightful podcast interview with one of the women involved, Barabara Gittings, and her partner Kay Lahusen. While not a librarian, Gittings was involved in the early gay movement within ALA, which advocated for positive gay and […]

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Ann K. Symons Elected ALA Honorary Member

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By Emilia Marcyk Long-time LGBTQ advocate Ann K. Symons was named as an ALA Honorary Member at Midwinter 2017. The honor recognizes her contributions to intellectual freedom, access and service to the LGBTQ community. She will receive official recognition during the Opening General Session at ALA Annual in 2017. Symons was previously awarded the ALA […]

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ALSC cancels 2016 National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to HB 2

Via press release The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security […]

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ALA President, ALSC President, and GLBTRT Chair Urge North Carolina Governor to Repeal HB2

Via press release Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar and ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recommending that he urge repeal of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security […]

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ALA President, GLBTRT Chair Urge Georgia Governor to Veto HB 757

Via press release Today American Library Association President Sari Feldman and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal urging him to veto House Bill 757. The bill is yet another example of a disturbing trend of state legislators working to adopt religious freedom laws […]

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2016 ALA elections are open!

Via press release Voting in the 2016 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 15 and March 17, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique ballot URL and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the mailing […]

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ALA task force seeks your input on economic implications of participating at ALA functions

Via press release he ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling. Before moving forward with programs, actions or recommendations, the members of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion believe it is important to understand the culture of the association, […]

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Nominations open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Via press release Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget. If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble […]

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Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

Via press release The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for theLoleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to […]

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