Press Releases

Sep 12: AASL web portal offers first peek at new standards resources and content

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce the release of several early materials addressing elements of the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” which will launch in November at the AASL National...

Sep 12: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants $249,056 to ALSC and YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $249,056 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

ALSC will use the grant funds to administer a second round of...

Sep 12: ALA, library community support Hurricane Irma response efforts

CHICAGO  – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for the libraries damaged by Hurricane Irma.   

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma,” said ALA President Jim Neal. “We are...

Sep 12: United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away...

Sep 12: PLA promotes family engagement through libraries at fall conferences

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is spreading the word about its Family Engagement Initiative by reaching out to library, museum and education professionals. PLA leaders and staff are hitting the road this fall to...

Sep 12: Learning, networking and fun continue at AASL17 after dark

CHICAGO – The opening day of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition promises to continue the learning, networking and fun well into the evening with several special events. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in ...

Sep 12: The American Library Association and National Network of Libraries of Medicine partner to promote health literacy this October

CHICAGO – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free toolkit for Health Literacy Month, which is observed in October. 

Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L...

Sep 11: New Session–Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take...

Sep 11: Free PLA member publication focuses on library service to incarcerated individuals

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is proud to offer a new, free publication to its members.  Get...

Sep 11: New AASL webinar builds STEAM skills hands-on

CHICAGO – Building a learner’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) skills will be the focus of an upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place on Tues., Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. Central, “Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy...

Sep 11: Readers invited to participate in Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament during Banned Books Week

CHICAGO — To coincide with this year's ALA Banned Books Week...

Sep 11: 50 public libraries selected for ‘The Vietnam War’ PBS documentary programming opportunity

The American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning Sept. 17.

The libraries, selected...

Sep 11: New Workshop—Social Media for Book Lovers: Online Book Groups and More

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Social Media for Book Lovers: Online Book Groups and More with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Sep 11: New Iteration: Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. Jennifer Velásquez will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Sep 11: New Iteration: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Sep 11: New Workshop—Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need with Kathy Parker and Kate Hall. This workshop will consist of three 90-minute sessions and take...

Sep 08: Brown, Hepburn seek 2019-20 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services at the C.G. O’Kelly Library, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California, are the candidates for the 2019-20 presidency of the American...

Sep 08: ALCTS 2018 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 ...

Sep 08: ALCTS 2018 Publication Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: Dave Eggers is Auditorium Speaker at 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Dave Eggers is an award-winning and acclaimed author of many books, including What Is the What, winner of France’s Prix Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and more recently The Circle and Heroes of the Frontier, longlisted for the 2018 International...

Sep 07: ALCTS seeking 2018 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: ALCTS 2018 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2018

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: Communicating the value of the academic library

CHICAGO —  It’s up to you to measure the value of your academic library and how it delivers on your institution’s goals. The question is how to do it efficiently and effectively. Megan Oakleaf, who wrote a benchmark 2010 ACRL report on library...

Sep 06: Search begins for ALCTS 2018 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 06: ALCTS seeking Cataloging and Metadata Management Awards nominations for 2018

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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...

Sep 06: Author and Poet, Elizabeth Acevedo is the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Elizabeth Acevedo will present as the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With...

Sep 06: ALA website will be offline for maintenance the evening of Sept. 8

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association’s (ALA) Information Technology & Telecommunication Services (ITTS) will conduct server maintenance beginning at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 8.

As ITTS works to enhance the association’s technical infrastructure, the ALA website will...

Sep 06: Bill Nye and Gregory Mone Will Close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host, and New York Times bestselling author, William Sanford "Bill" Nye, and co-author Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author will close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver,...

Sep 06: September webinar focuses on measuring effect of digital literacy services

CHICAGO – Nearly all public libraries offer some sort of digital literacy services, ranging from group computer classes to individual tutoring assistance, but how do library staff know their efforts are achieving the desired effect? How can libraries provide consistent digital literacy programs...