Press Releases

Aug 19: Broughton’s updated 'Essential Classification'

CHICAGO — Offering fully revised and updated guidance on how to go about classifying a document from scratch, the second edition of “Essential Classification,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, leads the novice classifier step by step...

Aug 18: Applications open for 2016 AASL awards program

CHICAGO — Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards application. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded...

Aug 17: Club programs for teens

CHICAGO—Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. In their new book “Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities...

Aug 14: ALA, Harwood Institute release new tools to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, has released three new tools to help libraries engage their communities, focus efforts where they are needed most and lead positive community change.

The tools are the final...

Aug 14: Encourage Teen Patrons to vote for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO – Voting for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten official titles is now open.

Teens all around the world can start casting their votes for their favorite titles for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten now through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-...

Aug 14: Nominations open for YALSA’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, which is sponsored by ABC Clio/Greenwood. The nomination period is open through Dec. 1, 2015.

The prize, worth $2,000, recognizes a member who has demonstrated...

Aug 14: New from ACRL - Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries,” edited by Sara Holder and Amber Butler Lannon.

In response to...

Aug 14: Wetta named 2015-2016 The Hub member manager

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected Molly Wetta, collection development librarian at Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library, as the new member manager of its blog, ...

Aug 13: Fundamentals of technical services

CHICAGO— Written by John Sandstrom and Liz Miller, two librarians working and teaching on the front lines, “Fundamentals of Technical Services,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, uses a functional, hands-on approach to lay out the...

Aug 11: Chelsea Clinton is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Closing Session Speaker

CHICAGO -- Chelsea Clinton will close out the 2016 Midwinter Meeting at a special session from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Attendees will want to be sure to stay to hear her speak about her new book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that addresses our biggest...

Aug 11: Free school library advocacy packs now available through the ALA online store

CHICAGO - School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by...

Aug 11: DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Voting

CHICAGO – Today the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced that DOGObooks, the largest website for kids and teens to review books, will host the voting for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Books.

For the third year in a row, DOGObooks is...

Aug 11: CILIP’s 2014-15 Yearbook

CHICAGO — CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, represents the largest professional body of librarians and information professionals in the UK. Its purpose and ambition is to promote and support the people who work to deliver a vision of a fair and economically...

Aug 11: YALSA announces Badges for Learning continuing education offering

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is expanding its professional development offerings with its Badges for Learning virtual badge program.

Librarians,...

Aug 10: Learn how to engage teen parents in early literacy practices in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative has provided a powerful toolkit for introducing parents to early literacy practices. When those parents also happen to be teenagers, it helps to take a fun-yet-thoughtful approach to...

Aug 06: Babies Need Words Every Day to bridge the word gap

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of the new Babies Need Words Every Day materials. These shareable resources were designed to help...

Aug 06: Gronski wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO – Izabel Gronski, a student at Syracuse University, has won the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The stipend provides Gronski with up to $1,000 to attend the 2015 symposium, which will be held Nov. 6–8,...

Aug 06: Evolve your professional practice with a preconference at AASL15

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals evolve their practice with its offering of full- and half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The conference...

Aug 06: Yu wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Katie Yu, a media specialist at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, Maryland, won the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend provides Yu with up to $1,000 to attend the 2015...

Aug 06: Interpreting the UK Copyright Act

CHICAGO— Graham P. Cornish’s “Copyright: Interpreting the Law for Libraries, Archives and Information Services,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the...

Aug 06: Free advocacy training curriculum now available for public libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available online. This training curriculum is an...

Aug 04: Connect and plug in with your library card — September is Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO — September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country promote the value of a library card and library services. From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help and becoming more engaged in your...

Aug 04: New privacy guidelines encourage libraries and vendors to work together to protect reader privacy

CHICAGO — On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors."  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library...

Aug 04: Building a local history reference collection at your library

CHICAGO — A collection of local history materials is useful to a wide variety of library users, from genealogists and family historians, to patrons researching the history of their home or church and local students searching for class project resources. Kathy Marquis and Leslie Waggener speak...

Aug 04: Unique and historic Columbus on display during AASL national conference educational tours

CHICAGO – “Early evolving” attendees of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to participate in tours featuring a Tony Award winner, metal whistles and delicious buckeyes. Three preconference educational tours will offer...

Jul 31: New eCourse - Innovative Approaches to Library Instruction

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting, new eCourse, Innovative Approaches to Library Instruction: Online to Face-to-Face. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 14...

Jul 31: New eCourse from ALA Editions: Intermediate Instructional Design for Information Literacy

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Intermediate Instructional Design for Information Literacy. Cinthya Ippoliti will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 14, 2015....

Jul 31: New advanced eCourse: Copyright 101

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), is offering a new 12-week...

Jul 31: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group, provides a $600 stipend...

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