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City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

“Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by ICMA (the International City/County Management Association), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public Library Association (PLA).” (via ALA)

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ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

“Today 10 librarians from across the country were honored with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. The winning librarians were recognized for their exceptional contributions to transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The librarians were selected from nearly 1,100 nominations submitted by the public detailing how their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries connected them to information, opportunities and critical technology to help improve the quality of their lives.” (via PR Newswire)

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ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

“American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 10 years. He also served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.” (via ALA)

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New ALA report highlights libraries as engines of entrepreneurship

“People of all ages and backgrounds come to libraries to transform new business ideas into reality. “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” (pdf), a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlights how public and academic libraries leverage their diverse resources to work with entrepreneurs during all stages of the business start-up process—from writing a business plan and raising capital to performing market analysis and prototyping.” (via ALA)

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Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

“In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.” (via ALA)

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