Press Releases

Jul 17: ALA President to launch virtual tour of U.S. libraries

CHICAGO – On Monday, July 27, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will kick off a 12-stop virtual tour to spotlight how libraries of all kinds across the country are addressing the needs of their diverse communities and engaging stakeholders to advocate for...

Aug 04: Nevada State Library’s CareerLink captures interest of national and state library leaders, elected officials

CHICAGO – On Thursday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. CDT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to the Nevada State Library, where he will discuss with state and local library leaders and elected officials the impact of the library’s...

Aug 04: Cordes Lakes Library’s service to rural communities captures interest of nation’s library leaders

CHICAGO – On Wednesday, August 5, at  3 p.m. CT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will virtually visit Cordes Lakes (Ariz.) Public Library in Yavapai County, where he will discuss Arizona libraries’ unique role in supporting education and lifelong learning...

Aug 04: Rubin & Rubin’s updated LIS text

CHICAGO — Richard E. Rubin’s “Foundations of Library and Information Science” has served as the authoritative introductory text for generations of library and information science practitioners, with each new edition taking in its stride the myriad...

Aug 04: Simon Sinek to present virtual keynote Aug. 5 for ‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Bestselling author and optimist Simon Sinek will presented a featured keynote on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. Eastern as part of the United for Libraries Virtual:...

Aug 04: United for Libraries to livestream free Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, during Virtual Event

EXTON, Pennsylvania —  Dantiel Moniz, Sarah Penner, M.O. Walsh, Syed M. Masood, and Rumaan Alam will be featured authors at the United for Libraries Virtual Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 6-7 p.m. ET on...

Aug 03: Melissa Wilson Selected as the 2020 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Melissa Wilson of Holbrook, New York as the recipient of the 2020 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a library support staff member...

Aug 03: LLAMA webinar: "Soliciting Feedback -- Up, down, and sideways"

All too often professional development related to feedback focuses on how we give feedback as managers, and less often about how we solicit feedback to improve our own performance, and perhaps more importantly...

Aug 03: Free resources empower parents, caregivers with tools to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with youth

CHICAGO — As many families sheltered in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital media for information, education and entertainment has skyrocketed. Now, more than ever, as parents and caregivers look to...

Jul 31: John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards announced

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 29, 2020 — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) of the American Library Association (ALA) have awarded eight winners this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards. Each library receives a $10,000 grant provided by the H.W. Wilson...

Jul 31: Oklahoma library workforce development programs captures interest of nation’s library leaders, Congressman Tom Cole

CHICAGO – On Monday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. CT,  Congressman Tom Cole (OK – 04) and American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to the Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma, to discuss how Oklahoma libraries play an invaluable role in...

Jul 31: Lack of broadband access within tribal communities, fuels grave concern among nation’s library leaders

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m.  CT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to the Jemez Pueblo Community Library, in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, where he will discuss the dire need for broadband access among tribal communities and...

Jul 31: Barbara Macikas announces retirement as PLA executive director

CHICAGO -- Barbara Macikas, executive director of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced her retirement effective Aug. 31, 2020. 

Since 2009, Macikas has led the division and inspired innovative...

Jul 30: ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship application cycle opens

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that the ALSC Equity Fellowship application cycle is open.

This fellowship will award five ALSC fellowships to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/...

Jul 28: Texas school libraries’ robust programming for students and educators captures interest of nation’s library leaders

CHICAGO – On Friday, July 31, at 2 p.m.  CT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will launch a series of virtual interviews with Texas school librarians, beginning at the Lubbock Independent School District library in Lubbock, Texas.

As one of the...

Jul 28: National library leaders, UAPB Library spotlight role of HBCU libraries in developing Black leaders

CHICAGO – On Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. CT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to the John Brown Watson Memorial Library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he will discuss how libraries at Historically Black Colleges...

Jul 28: Evan Delano Selected as the 2020 David H. Clift Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Evan Delano of Northampton, Massachusetts as the 2020 David H. Clift Scholarship recipient.

The David H. Clift Scholarship was named for a former director of the American Library Association. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a...

Jul 28: Keynotes announced for ‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’ Aug. 4-6

EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations,” to be held Aug. 4-6, 2020, will feature three keynote sessions; topics will be focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion; how groups can plan...

Jul 28: ACRL releases "Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian"

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian” by Meggan Press, an accessible,...

Jul 27: Nashville Public Library gives sneak peek of Votes for Women Room during virtual event with nation’s library leaders

CHICAGO – On Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. CT, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., and library workers across the country will pay a virtual visit to the Nashville Public Library to hear how library spaces bring members of the community together to learn about...

Jul 27: Amanda R. Toledo Selected as 2020 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Amanda Rose Toledo of Pasadena, California as the 2020 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship...

Jul 27: Ariana Brown Selected as the 2020 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Ariana Brown of San Antonio, Texas as the 2020...

Jul 27: FTRF Hosts Webinar on Collecting and Protecting LGBTQ+ Materials and Programs

Public and school libraries experience the most...

Jul 27: Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2021-2023

Patty Wong, American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect...

Jul 27: AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its inaugural list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. Best Digital Tools combines the previously separate lists of Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. The new list follows the...

Jul 24: Muskingum County Library convenes national, state and community leaders, confronts digital divide

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. ET, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to Muskingum County Library in Zanesville, Ohio, where he will discuss with community leaders, including U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (R-12) and Zanesville...

Jul 24: Mario M. González, Rhea B. Lawson selected to serve as ALA Endowment Fund Trustees

CHICAGO – Mario M. González, Director of the Passaic (NJ) Public Library and Rhea B. Lawson, Director of the Houston Public Library, have been selected to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board made these selections during their...

Jul 23: Call for Nominations for ALA Representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris for October 2020 - September 2022

The International Relations Committee of the American Library Association announces a call for nominations for ALA Representative to the Board of Trustees of the...

Jul 22: Cambria County Library workforce development program captures interest of national library leaders, State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.

CHICAGO – On Monday, July 27, at 2:00 ET, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., and State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to Cambria County Library in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where they will discuss the library’s partnership with the...

Jul 22: ALA awards $1.3 million to 13 libraries to develop library entrepreneurship centers

WASHINGTON -- The American Library Association (ALA) announced the 13 public libraries selected to receive a total of $1.3 million to bolster their library entrepreneurship centers.  Established as part of a Google.org initiative to create opportunity for all,...