Get Involved


  • We need you! If your library embodies one of these topic areas, we want to hear about what you’re doing! Join us as a panelist.

Topics include:

  • Making in Libraries
  • Innovation in Practice & Library Services
  • School & Public Library Partnerships
  • School & College Readiness
  • Common Core
  • Literacies: Digital, Financial, Early, Family, & Adult
  • STEM/STEAM Learning in Libraries
  • Models of Community Engagement
  • How To: TedX

Contact Sue Considine at to volunteer as a panelist.

TEDx Events

Hold a TEDx event in your library.


  • TEDx events are a screening of TEDTalk (Technology, Entertainment, Design) videos—or a combination of the videos and live presenters— designed to spark deep conversations about important issues. The videos are owned and produced by the non-profit Sapling Foundation whose mission is “ideas worth spreading.”


  • Librarians should hold TEDx events because they encourage collaborative engagement of community members and the TEDTalk video resources are designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at the local level.
  • Planning and implementing a TEDx can broaden the definition of “library” and support the move from “collection development to connection development.”


  • ALA will be hosting a webinar on how to hold a TEDx event.
  • ALA will provide sessions at Mid-Winter and Annual on model TEDx library talks.
  • ALA will make available “TEDx-in-a-box” kits to librarians on loan.

For more information visit ALA’s website.


  • Attend the Digital Literacy Summit.
  • ALA Digital Literacy Summit to be held in Spring 2014 in Washington D.C.
  • More information coming soon.


School Library Advocacy Campaign

  • Join the ALA advocacy campaign and voice your support for school libraries.
  • For more information contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at


  • Share your voice; become a guest blogger.
  • Contact to contribute to Barb’s blog.