Press Releases

Jun 12: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Readers' Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael will serve as the instructors for this six-week facilitated eCourse...

Jun 12: ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):
 
“For more than 20...
Jun 11: More than 200 grants nationwide announced for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ program

For inquiries or an interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), contact Theola DeBose, Director of Communications, at tdebose@neh.gov or 202-606-8255.

CHICAGO — The National...

Jun 09: Improving library security through better communication

CHICAGO—Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. Not all difficult patrons are dangerous, but some frighten staff and other library users, which can lead to situations that are distracting,...

Jun 09: United for Libraries to present free ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free workshop “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends & Foundations,” sponsored by BookPage, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Westin St. Francis Union Square (California East BR) at the ALA Annual Conference...

Jun 09: Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in San Francisco

Located just outside the Exhibits, the ALA Store at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some...

Jun 09: Glenn Greenwald to discuss his book "No Place to Hide: Whistleblowers Expose the Surveillance State"

San Francisco – Journalist and Author Glenn Greenwald will discuss the state of surveillance in the United States on Sunday, June 28, 1 – 2 p.m. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25 – 30 at the...

Jun 09: Now Showing @ ALA: CitizenFour

SAN FRANCISCO –   In this era of instant access to information and digital communication, does privacy exist in the United States?  ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition attendees will explore this issue from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., on Monday, June 29, during a free screening of ...

Jun 08: Learn how to manage and engage public library volunteers in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn about skilled volunteerism and how it can help to build capacity in your library. “From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries” will take...

Jun 08: Robbie Robertson and David Shannon featured in Closing General Session, 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — An exciting conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner David Shannon ("No, David!") will close out the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition after current ALA President Courtney L. Young passes the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA...

Jun 08: Returning eCourse: Putting the 'Pop' in Information Literacy

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse starting on July 13, 2015.

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Jun 08: Joint Council of Librarians of Color forms as non-profit organization

CHICAGO — The five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association have collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc.(JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of the ethnic affiliates.

Coming together...

Jun 05: AASL presidential initiative empowers school library leaders

CHICAGO – At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President Terri Grief will launch an annual leadership conference for AASL-affiliated state association leaders. The leadership conference, supported by a portion of funds from ALA...

Jun 05: Join YALSA at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – YALSA has big plans for Annual 2015 – join us June 26-30 in San Francisco for five action-packed days with an abundance of opportunities for learning, networking and face-to-face interactions with your favorite authors and experts in the teen services field. For a complete listing of...

Jun 05: Mindy Engler wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mindy Engler, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Engler’s name was drawn as the May winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Engler referred Nancy Brunker...

Jun 04: Wendi Arant Kaspar appointed College & Research Libraries editor

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Wendi Arant Kaspar to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Kaspar will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2016...

Jun 04: Vnuk’s shelf-by-shelf guide to weeding

CHICAGO —“No! We can’t rid of that!” Rebecca Vnuk, author of the popular “Weeding Tips” column on Booklist Online, is here to show you that yes, you can. A library is an ever-changing organism; when done the right way, weeding...

Jun 04: ALSC names eight more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

 
The newly added sites are...
Jun 03: AASL builds dues bridge for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due July...

Jun 03: Create, build, code and hack at LITA preconferences

CHICAGO — Create, build, code and hack with a choice of four LITA preconferences

On Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) brings you a choice of 4 dynamic, useful and fun preconferences. These all-day...

Jun 02: ALA calls passage of USA FREEDOM Act a “milestone”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, applauded the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the U.S. Senate:

“Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act is a milestone for two equally important reasons. It’s the first...

Jun 02: Effective service quality assessment

CHICAGO — Academic and public libraries are continuing to transform as the information landscape changes, expanding their missions into new service roles that call for improved organizational performance and accountability. Since “...

Jun 02: PR Forum 2015: Building an Evergreen Brand with Craig Herman of Peanuts Worldwide Entertainment

CHICAGO — What are the elements that go into growing an evergreen brand?  At the 2015 PR Forum, held from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Sunday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Craig Herman, executive director of publishing at Peanuts Worldwide Entertainment, will discuss how the...

Jun 02: New ACRL publication focuses on Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the publication of “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians.” Edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel...

Jun 02: Bookmobile Saturday to showcase libraries on the move @ ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles extend library programs, services and much more into the communities they serve. Bookmobile Saturday, a series of programs and events highlighting the critical services bookmobiles provide, will be held on Saturday, June 27 during ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in...

Jun 02: United for Libraries to present ‘Citizens Save Libraries’ workshop at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Citizens Save Libraries: Rounding them Up and Showing Them How!” from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 26, at the Hotel Nikko, Mendocino at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

This special workshop will provide in-depth...

Jun 02: Teen Book Finder app now updated with 2015 book titles

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Book Finder app’s latest version, which includes the titles from its 2015 book and media awards and selected lists, can now be downloaded for free via both...

Jun 02: YA author Aija Mayrock to keynote opening session for YALSA’s 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Aija Mayrock, author of "The Survival Guide to Bullying," published by Scholastic, will be the keynote speaker for the general opening session on Friday of the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium, announced the...

Jun 02: Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant in order to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure...

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