American Libraries launches revamped website

January 6, 2010

We at American Libraries are kicking off 2010 with a whole new way of keeping on top of library-related news, views, and perspectives with this 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 every issue of the popular e-newsletter American Libraries Direct as well as RSS feeds for new issues.

One of the most important changes is that we’re now able to open up a much wider conversation. We’re making it easy to participate and respond—every American Libraries article will be open for comments, and easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, ALA Connect, and through other social media. All 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.

Two new blogs will make their debut soon: In “Perpetual Beta,” Jason Griffey will follow tech trends and their library applications, while in “Green Your Library,” Laura Bruzas will share practical tips for improving environmental friendliness and sustainability where you work. Columns, features, and news will be 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, a robust and flexible system that will make it easier to keep the site dynamic. American Libraries is delighted to be extending its 103-year tradition of keeping readers informed in print and (increasingly) online and keeping library and information science and technology workers in touch with the top leaders and writers in the profession.

Please visit the site often and enjoy the expanded content—and go ahead and jump into the conversation; we look forward to joining you there.


Library Advocacy Day For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., will feature guest speakers, photo ops, and a chance to cheer on libraries! After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs.