Magazine article American Libraries

American Libraries Offers New Ways to Stay Informed

Magazine article American Libraries

American Libraries Offers New Ways to Stay Informed

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American Libraries, ALA's flagship magazine, is offering a new way of keeping on top of library-related news, views, and perspectives via its revamped website (

The site offers many new benefits, including expanded news content, web-only spotlights, HTML versions of most of the print magazine's content, comment-enabled articles, an archive of each issue of the e-newsletter American Libraries Direct, and RSS feeds for new issues.

"One of the most important changes is that we're now able to open up a much wider conversation," says Editor and Publisher Leonard Kniffel. "We're making it easy to participate and respond--every American Libraries article is now open for comments, and easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, ALA Connect, and through other social media. All American Libraries articles and AL Direct have already been open to ALA members and non-members alike for more than a year, and we're eager to build on that access."

Three new blogs are now featured on the site. In Perpetual Beta, Jason Griffey follows tech trends and their library applications. In Green Your Library, Laura Bruzas shares practical tips for improving environmental friendliness and sustainability where you work. In a partnership with ALA Library staff, Ask the ALA Librarian delivers sought-after information based on current frequently asked questions.

Columns, features, and news are posted regularly, with links appearing weekly in AL Direct.

The new site was built by Associate Editor Sean Fitzpatrick in the open-source content management system Drupal.

New Accreditation Actions Announced

ALA's Committee on Accreditation has announced accreditation actions taken during the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs: master of library and information studies offered by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; master of library and information studies offered by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; master of library science offered by North Carolina Central University in Durham; master of library and information science offered by the University of South Carolina in Columbia; and master of library and information science offered by Wayne State University in Detroit.

The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2016.

A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA is available online at Individuals who would like more information about a particular program should contact the program.

Libraries Receive Financial Grants

A total of $1.5 million in grants has been distributed to 19 public libraries as a part of the "Smart Investing @ your library" initiative sponsored by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and administered by ALA's Reference and User Services Association.

Grant recipients will receive one to two years of funding, in addition to assistance with program marketing, outreach, and evaluation provided by ALA, to implement a variety of programs and create resources designed to increase patrons' access to and understanding of financial information.

Now in its third year, the program has awarded a total of $3.2 million to public libraries and library networks nationwide. For a complete list of recipients, visit

Certification Available for Support Staffers

The ALA--Allied Professional Association is accepting applications from those interested in achieving Library Support Staff Certification.

The program is open to any library support staff person with a high school diploma or equivalent and the equivalent of at least one year of full-time experience in a library within the last five years. Applicants do not have to be a member of ALA. Candidates have four years from acceptance to complete the program. …

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