About TEDx and Libraries:

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation whose mission is “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. A perfect fit for libraries.


(1)     To organize, you must apply for a license.      
(2)     Read the rules for organizing TEDx events.    
(3)     Only start organizing once you have obtained your license.        
(4)     Use the TEDx resources to help you comply and plan 

The full TEDxManual2013 is available here.

Declaration for the Right to Libraries Toolkit:

Get involved and host a Declaration Signing Event in your community. This toolkit will help you host an event in three easy steps!

Liberty, Privacy, and Surveillance:

Will you stand for privacy? We are calling on librarians to facilitate local public dialogues and educational sessions on government surveillance and transparency. To help libraries convene privacy forums and moderate public conversations, ALA is launching “ALA Liberty,” a new privacy website that contains tools that librarians can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights.


  • Declaration for the Right to Libraries Webinar was held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 from 2 – 3 p.m. Central time. The webinar, featuring 2013 ALA President Barbara Stripling and immediate past president Maureen Sullivan,  provided an overview of Stripling’s vision for the declaration; practical uses of the declaration as a means to spark community conversation, and some of the declaration successes to date.  Future plans, including a school library focus launching in October, were also covered. You can view the archived webinar here.
  • Winter Webinar Series