Press Releases

Jun 19: An updated introduction to collection development for school librarians

CHICAGO — Applying an informal and practical approach, Mona Kerby’s new second edition of “An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians...

Jun 18: ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2019

Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships. ...

Jun 18: LLAMA President’s Program will explore ways for leaders to handle EDI conflicts

How do you as a manager or library leader handle incidents of discrimination, micro-aggression, and interpersonal rejection in your library? How do...

Jun 18: Tuliao participates in the inaugural Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for Spectrum

CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the 2019 Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on June 23 at the...

Jun 18: Make Connections at the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center’s Open House/Job Fair

As part of its continuing efforts to help job seekers and employers make real connections, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center...

Jun 18: A Conversation about Library Safety and Well-being

During the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., members of ALA President, Loida Garcia-Febo’s working group on Library Safety and Well-Being along with the APA Committee on the...

Jun 18: 2019 ACRL Academic Library Impact Research Grant recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2019. These grants of up to $3,000 each support new research on...

Jun 18: Escobar awarded YALSA’s Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Kristie Escobar, a third-year doctoral student at the Florida State University's School of Information (iSchool), as the recipient of its new...

Jun 17: Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School wins ALA’s 2019 Jaffarian Award for poverty and philanthropy program

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School for their Poverty and Philanthropy class. 

The $5,000 Jaffarian Award, supported by the Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes excellence in humanities...

Jun 17: ALA and US library associations affirm commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

ALA, AALL (the American Association of Law Libraries),...

Jun 17: E-book collections and professional development examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines high school e-book collections and structured professional development for in-service...

Jun 17: Public and academic libraries invited to join ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition tour

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines...

Jun 17: ALA 'concerned' over Hachette Book Group ebook and audio book lending model changes

The American Library Association (ALA) expressed concern about changes announced today by Hachette Book Group (HBG) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. Effective July 1, 2019, HBG will replace its perpetual ownership model for libraries with two-year access for...

Jun 17: Nominate a superstar librarian for the national I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community...

Jun 14: ACRL releases 'Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future'

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the release of "Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future," prepared for ACRL by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke...

Jun 14: Explore PBS documentary 'American Creed' with the filmmaker and get a free DVD at 2019 ALA Annual Conference

What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times?

In the PBS documentary American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to explore the idea of a...

Jun 14: New Scholars Program Kicks-off with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the ALA Scholarship Program

During the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. we are rolling out a new ALA Scholars Program. Recipients of the ALA 2018 scholarships will be brought to the Annual...

Jun 13: LITA @ ALA Annual 2019 – Top Technology Trends

Chicago -- If you’re going to ALA Annual in Washington, DC, don’t miss the latest Top Tech Trends panel.

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Jun 13: PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative kicks off for summer 2019

CHICAGO -- This week, the Public Library Association (PLA) commenced its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) activities for summer 2019. Through III, PLA sponsors paid, mentored summer internships at public libraries for high school...

Jun 12: Apply now for YALSA’s 2019 Diversity Program Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites diverse individuals to apply by August 1 for a chance to present a literacies focused...

Jun 11: Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

What could be better than books and breakfast? Maybe signed books and breakfast? Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year's best authors from RUSA book and media award winners and Best of Lists Authors discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign...

Jun 11: United for Libraries to host programs for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host several programs curated for library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations during ALA Annual 2019:

  • Annual Giving Campaigns - Best Practices From Across the Country on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the...
Jun 11: Winners of the 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards to be recognized at United for Libraries' Gala Author Tea

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the LeClaire (Iowa) Community Library and Charleston (S.C.) Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each group received $250 and will be recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea,...

Jun 10: 2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 25-30, 2020. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices....

Jun 10: ALA president to host Cooking Stage demo during ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The life of a library worker can be stressful, with demanding professional and personal schedules that can invite poor health. During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will lead a cooking demo from 10 – 10:45 a.m.,...

Jun 10: New books, products, special events from ALA Publishing at Annual Conference in Washington DC

Shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition for products that meet the widest range of...

Jun 07: Public Library Association expands access to technology and digital skills training for rural communities with Microsoft Philanthropies

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new effort, supported by Microsoft Corp., to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills...

Jun 07: A guide celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — “The Coretta Scott King Awards: 50th Anniversary,” published by ALA Editions and edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, celebrates...

Jun 07: Richland Library first to receive Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

Richland Library of Columbia, South Carolina is first library selected for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace.

The library was chosen for its...

Jun 07: Seymour to serve as YALSA’s 2019-2020 ALA Liaison

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Gina Seymour, School Library Media Specialist at the Islip (New York) High School, as its next ALA Liaison. She will...