ALA Sister Libraries: Call for Partnerships
    Nov. 11, 2019

    To promote the concept of a global community of libraries, the American Library Association(ALA) encourages U.S. libraries to form partnerships with libraries in other countries. Developing a Sister Library relationship can be a great opportunity for each library to learn about the work and lives of librarians around the world.


    • Broaden your staff’s view of the library profession
    • Increase staff and community knowledge of other cultures
    • Exchange information, resources, expertise, and training between libraries
    • Share techniques and technologies to help solve problems
    • Improve access to information in both countries
    • Promote awareness of libraries and their international reach
    • Raise awareness of issues and needs facing libraries in various countries


    Get tips on how to find a Sister Library. Browse “Libraries Seeking Sisters” list of libraries seeking a Sister Library partnership.  If you wish to be added to the list so that a potential Sister Library can find you, complete this form: Add Me to the List of Sister Libraries Seeking Partners. For more information, email [email protected]  


    Each Sister Library relationship is unique. Once two libraries decide to partner, they establish the level of commitment that they are both comfortable with; the partnership can be as formal or informal as desired.  It can be as simple as holding virtual conversations once a month to exchange ideas, or more complex involving exchanges of materials and staff. For more examples of successful library partnerships, check our Success Stories page.


    Building a partnership with a library in another country means exchange of knowledge, information, resources, experience, and good ideas on library work. Join us in making the library world a little smaller and more connected! The Sister Libraries Committee is looking forward to your participation.




    Sister Libraries Committee

    ALA International Relations Round Table

    NLA MacMillan Embargo Statement
    Oct. 9, 2019

    As many of you know, the new Macmillan ebook lending model is an expansion of an existing policy that went into effect in July 2018, when the company, without warning, issued a four-month embargo applying solely to titles from the company’s Tor imprint. The embargo will not apply to all Macmillan and imprint titles

    ALA, along with PLA and various state chapters, is speaking out against this embargo and its effect on library patrons across the country. ALA is also encouraging patrons to join them in demanding #ebooksforall and sign a petition asking Macmillan to reverse this policy.  See below on how to sign this petition.

    In addition to the public petition against the Macmillan embargo model, ALA is also asking state chapters to respond by condemning the practice and asking Macmillan to reconsider their policy. Click here to read a copy of the statement submitted by the NLA.

    ALA is also particularly worried about the effect this embargo policy will have on the rest of the publishing industry. Since last fall, Hachette Book Group (HBG) and Penguin Random House (PRH) have eliminated “perpetual access” for libraries and replaced it with a two-year access model. Simon & Schuster changed from a one-year to two-year access model. HarperCollins continues with its 26-loan model. Macmillan now stands alone in its embargo policy among the largest (Big 5) publishers, but this may not last forever. If Macmillan sees success, other publishers may reevaluate their policies and adopt embargos.

    You can find more information about the embargo policy and library response at the following links: