Press Releases

Sep 19: Become a copyright coach

CHICAGO — From researching to remixing, library users need your guidance on a wide range of copyright topics. The way to move beyond “yes, you can” or “no, you can’t” is to become a copyright coach. In “...

Sep 18: Registration & housing now open for PLA 2020 Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced that registration and housing are officially open for the PLA 2020 Conference. The conference will take place Feb. 25-29 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee; most...

Sep 18: ALCTS seeks nominations for 2020 Preservation Awards

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 17: United for Libraries invites Trustees to become Library Census Champions

Sign up by Oct. 1 to join launch webinar

Today United for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Public...

Sep 17: United for Libraries National Friends of Libraries Week webinar recording available; Award application portal opens soon

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is offering free access to the recording of the National Friends of Libraries Week webinar, which was held on Tuesday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, on the United for Libraries...

Sep 17: Library community stands together to address uptick in racially fueled violence and abuse in U.S. communities

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) and its professional affiliates, including the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA...

Sep 17: October webinar highlights community data and mapping techniques

CHICAGO – In October, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar on the benefits to library service of mapping and leveraging community data. The webinar will feature King County Library System (KCLS), a 50-branch system encompassing urban, suburban and rural areas outside Seattle...

Sep 17: AASL Announces Recipients of 2019 Research Grant

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians (ESLS) Section of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the recipients of the 2019 AASL Research Grant. Sponsored by School Library Connection, the grant recognizes excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent...

Sep 17: KM gets its first cookbook

CHICAGO — Knowledge Management (KM) has been around for over 20 years as a set of tools and methods for connecting, collecting and creating knowledge. Lots has been written, and there are tens of thousands of practitioners out there—including in-company specialists and...

Sep 17: ALCTS 2020 Professional Recognition Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. These two awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and...

Sep 17: Image Comics is teaming up with ALA’s GNCRT and IFRT to celebrate #BannedBooksWeek

Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table by producing a week of Library Livestream webinars featuring creators and librarians in conversation on a number of pressing topics! Libraries around the...

Sep 17: Carman wins YALSA’s 2019 Symposium Diverse Program Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) has selected Elsworth Carman, Director at the Iowa City Public Library, as the winner of its 2019 Symposium Diverse Program Stipend.

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Sep 16: ALSC shares statement and resources on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the release of its equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement along with new resources that support the EDI-related work of the association. These materials,...

Sep 16: ALCTS seeking 2020 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 13: ALCTS seeking nominations for 2020 Cataloging and Metadata Management Awards

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of cataloging, classification, and metadata management. The awards are presented by the Cataloging and Metadata...

Sep 13: Search begins for 2020 ALCTS Publications Awards

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 13: Nominations open for 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

CHICAGO - The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association seeks nominations for the 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. 

The David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant...

Sep 12: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2020

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One...

Sep 12: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have...

Sep 11: ALA and OverDrive collaborate to offer public libraries across U.S. a new action-packed adventure for a “digital book club”

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive have collaborated on a digital reading program – a national “digital book club” – which connects readers nationwide with simultaneous access to the same ebook through their public...

Sep 11: Public Library Association launches 2020 health insurance enrollment project

Will offer funding for public libraries to connect consumers to coverage

CHICAGO – After a successful first year in which 92 public libraries participated, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

Sep 11: ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World...

Sep 11: ALCTS 2020 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000 for Guides to Library Resources

CHICAGO —The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Sep 10: Social Responsibilities Round Table seeks applications for 2020 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the second annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related...

Sep 10: Nominations open for 2020 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2020 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living...

Sep 10: A new edition of Ross’s acclaimed business reference guide

CHICAGO — “It reads as if you have an expert coach in business reference helping you each step of the way." That’s how Academic BRASS summarized “...

Sep 09: ALA announces National Library Legislative Day to be held in May 2020

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association announced today that the 45th annual National Library Legislative Day will be held May 4-5, 2020, at the Georgetown Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational advocacy event designed...

Sep 06: PLA announces regional workshops on space planning for libraries

CHICAGO – To increase local training opportunities for public library staff, the Public Library Association (PLA) is teaming up with Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, Palo Alto (Calif.) City Library and Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library to offer regional workshops on space-planning for libraries...

Sep 06: PLA to share digital skill-building tools in free September webinar

CHICAGO – Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can...