Press Releases

Jun 25: ALA, ALSC respond to Wilder Medal name change

NEW ORLEANS - During the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, to the Children's Literature Legacy...

Jun 24: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and...

Jun 21: ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New...

Jun 19: ALA Disaster Relief Fund Provides Grants to 20 Libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Thanks to hundreds of donors contributing $80,000 toward relief, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that 20 libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive grants to assist in recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year....

Jun 19: ACRL 2019 keynote speakers announced

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2019 Conference, “Recasting the Narrative” to be held April 10- 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Be challenged and inspired by...

Jun 19: United for Libraries to designate Spalding Gray House a Literary Landmark

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, Friends of the John Jermain Library, and the Sherwin-Williams Company, will designate the Spalding Gray House in Sag Harbor, N.Y., a Literary Landmark on Saturday, June 23.

Catherine Creedon,...

Jun 19: United for Libraries to present ‘Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community” on Sunday, June 24, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Building strong partnerships and...

Jun 19: ALA President Jim Neal announces new Steering Committee to examine tomorrow’s ALA

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal has announced the formation of the ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review: Steering Committee, a broadly-representative committee that will work to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies and rules with the...

Jun 19: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Doug Archer and Barbara Jones as the recipients of the 2018 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award. Both recipients have been integral to intellectual freedom...

Jun 19: More than a week – 'Choose Privacy' is now an everyday choice

CHICAGO - Beginning this week, the American Library Association's “Choose Privacy” website has a new look and a new URL — chooseprivacyeveryday.org — which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today’s...

Jun 19: ALA awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2018

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 62 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum...

Jun 19: American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library...

Jun 18: ALA announces Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant. This grant financially assists researchers in completing a project that is closely tied to equity, diversity,...

Jun 15: AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award $100,000 in grants to two Houston schools

CHICAGO - Two Houston schools extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey are the recipients of the 2018 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund. Thompson Intermediate...

Jun 15: New session: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will...

Jun 15: American Dream Literacy Initiative celebrates 10 years at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

An American Library Association (ALA) adult literacy initiative funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The conference program,...

Jun 14: Tuliao swims to honor mentors and raise funds for Spectrum

Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Foster Lake Cable Swims (Sanctioned OW, 2 Mile Cable National Championship) to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on July 12th in Sweet Home, Oregon.  This is Tuliao's eleventh year swimming to...

Jun 14: New book from the Center for the Future of Libraries examines resilience

CHICAGO — "Resilience,” by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, is the first volume to be published in a new series from ALA’s Center for the Future of...

Jun 13: Schools and Libraries Speak Out for Banned Books with Krug Fund Grants

Chicago, IL- The Freedom to Read Foundation extends its congratulations to the 2018 Banned Books Week grants recipients. Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and...

Jun 13: Cassell and Hiremath’s updated text on reference librarianship

CHICAGO — Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, the new fourth edition of “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction,” published by ALA Neal-...

Jun 13: Jane Cross selected for FAFLRT's Achievement Award

CHICAGO-Jane Cross, Master Gunnery Sergeant (USMC), Chief, US Marine Band Library & Archives, has been selected for the 2018 Achievement Award administered by the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable and the ...

Jun 12: United for Libraries to present ‘Are You Ready for Fundraising Success? A Step-by-Step Guide for Any Library’ at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Are You Ready for Fundraising Success? A Step-by-Step Guide for Any Library,” featuring Michael Stevenson, managing principal and co-founder of the Bannack Group, on Monday, June 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ALA Annual Conference in...

Jun 12: United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on ‘Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library,” will be held Saturday, June 23, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  

United for Libraries President Steve Laird, president of the Reference...

Jun 12: ACRL Academic Library Impact Research Grant recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2018. These grants of up to $3,000 each support new research...

Jun 12: Stefanie Falco selected for FAFLRT's Adelaide Del Frate Conference Sponsorship Award

CHICAGO-Stefanie Falco, MLIS Student, University of Alabama and Reference Assistant, College of DuPage, has been selected for the 2018 Adelaide Del Frate Conferene Sponsorship Award administered by the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries...

Jun 12: Thirty-eight participants selected for sixth ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Thirty-eight mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s sixth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library...

Jun 11: Janice Young selected for the FAFLRT Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO-Janice Young, Librarian, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, has been selected for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award administered by the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable and the...

Jun 11: PLA publications & outreach efforts highlight importance of family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO -- Public Library Association (PLA) members and staff are hitting the road this summer to spread the word about libraries’ role in family engagement. They will present two workshops at the Institute for Educational...