Press Releases

Apr 24: ALSC announces inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media list

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Notable Children's Digital Media committee, formerly the Great Websites committee, is excited to announce its inaugural list of great digital media for children.

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Apr 23: Meet the 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans are invited to meet the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception on Friday, June 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m. in Morial Convention Center, Room 345. The ALA 2018 class...

Apr 23: Colby Lewis Wins 2018 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Colby Lewis has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled "The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and...

Apr 20: New workshop—Avoid Programming Burnout: Tap into Your Interests to Stay Engaged

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Avoid Programming Burnout: Tap into Your Interests to Stay Engaged with Katie LaMantia and Emily...

Apr 19: Registration open for YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened registration for its 2018 YA Services Symposium, which takes place November 2-4 in Salt Lake City, UT with the theme:...

Apr 19: New member opportunities as Emerging Technologies Section grows

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Emerging Technology Section (ETS) is transforming to better serve their members. Known for fantastic discussion groups about hot topics and engaging programs about leadership, systems, and user experience, now ETS is bringing a...

Apr 19: Public Library Association announces library cohort for 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the libraries in its 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) cohort. Last summer, PLA piloted this first-of-its-kind internship program designed to present...

Apr 18: Open Access Publishing in the Humanities: An online discussion

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section will co-host a free online discussion on the topic, “Open Access Publishing in the Humanities” from 3-4 pm EST on Wednesday, April 25th. The discussion will take place via the Zoom system hosted by H-Net and will also...

Apr 18: Readers' Advisory experts to host e-discussion on RA basics

CHICAGO—The Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee of Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) will host its Spring 2018 CODES Convo online Tuesday, April 24 from 10 am – 6 pm EST.

Participants will be going back to...

Apr 17: Kaminski wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Jennifer Kaminski, secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Ky.

Kaminski will receive $850 plus full conference registration...

Apr 17: Pearson elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Peter Pearson, lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group, has been elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president. Pearson will serve as president-elect during 2018-2019 under United for Libraries President Skip Dye.

“I am honored to...

Apr 17: Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity Recipients Named

CHICAGO – Diana Haneski, Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and Yvonne Cech, Library Director of the Brookfield Library in Brookfield, CT, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with...

Apr 17: Christina Dorr wins the Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Christina Dorr, Media Specialist, Hilliard Weaver Middle School (Hilliard, Ohio), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award, supported by the Scholastic Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation...

Apr 17: Sally Gardner Reed Receives the 2018 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO – Sally Gardner Reed is the winner of the 2018 Joseph W. Lippincott Award.  This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

“The jury for the 2018 Joseph W....

Apr 17: Susan Roman receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. Susan Roman, Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, is the American Library Association (ALA) 2018 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.  

The award, that seeks to acknowledge exceptional contributions to...

Apr 17: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The Western Maryland Regional Library’s Service, Safety, and Security in Western Maryland” is the 2018 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates...

Apr 17: Sara Jones, director of county library services, Marin County Free Library, wins 2018 Sullivan Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sara Jones, Director of County Library services, Marin County Free Library.  The Sullivan Award is presented annually...

Apr 17: Selection Committee appointed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals

CHICAGO — The 2019 selection committee is starting work on picking the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, now in their eighth year. The 2019 committee includes the following...

Apr 17: AASL publishes new research on diversity in graphic novels

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR),examines how race is depicted in graphic...

Apr 17: Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, April 21-28

CHICAGO – It is never too early to become financially literate. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement. And our nation’s libraries are here to help,...

Apr 17: A cataloging and metadata handbook from ALCTS for coding with XML

CHICAGO — Even experienced catalogers and copy catalogers who know their way around the tags and strings of a MARC record need guidance when creating metadata for sharing bibliographic records or digital collections on the web. Likewise, coders or new librarians coming from iSchool or software...

Apr 17: Emily Crist, Sean Leahy and Alan Carbery win the 2018 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO —The winners of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant are Emily Crist, Sean Leahy, and Alan Carbery for the project entitled “Ecological Momentary Assessment of Student Research Behaviors.”

The $3,000 grant supports innovative research...

Apr 17: Thousands to visit libraries for guidance on preserving heirlooms, keepsakes

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are preparing to celebrate Preservation Week, April 22 – 28, a time when libraries from across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, recipes, photos, family documents, textiles, digital items and other valuable...

Apr 17: Choose Privacy Week 2018: Big Data Is Watching You

CHICAGO – In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony last week and the related explosion of public interest in how online personal data is collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes misused, this year’s Choose Privacy Week theme— “Big...

Apr 16: LLAMA Webinar: Sustain Your Library Through Relationship Building and Community Engagement

A question on every library leader’s mind these days is how do I keep my library relevant?  One of the most important ways is by establishing and nurturing community relationships that can advance your strategic initiatives.  But how do you determine which relationships are the most valuable?...

Apr 16: ALA Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2019 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2019 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2019 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, Treasurer, and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect,...

Apr 16: 2018 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners for the 2018 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established by...

Apr 16: McGowan elected ALSC 2019-2020 president

CHICAGO — Cecilia P. McGowan, Children's Services Coordinator, King County Library System, Issaquah, Washington, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“I am humbled...

Apr 16: Libraries champion nation’s diversity through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – Demographic trends indicate the United States will become a majority minority country in the near future. To help guide local communities during this time of rapid social change, libraries and librarians are developing programs, services and collections that are as diverse as the...

Apr 16: Bowen elected ALCTS President for 2019-2020

CHICAGO —Jennifer Bowen, associate dean for scholarly resource management at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries, has been elected the 2019-2020 President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).

She has held a variety of technical...