Press Releases

May 15: Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at...

May 15: Best Practices for Data Privacy: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — The news feels overwhelmingly loaded with stories of security breaches and compromised data. In an environment where data breaches have become norm, how can we keep our data and our library users’ data secure? Join American Libraries Live on May 21 for a discussion on data...

May 14: The Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Results of 2018 Board of Trustees Election

Last week the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees.  The following candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in New Orleans:  

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May 14: Nuts and Bolts of Data Visualization – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- In a new LITA webinar understand basic concepts and terminology of data visualization and select appropriate types of visualization to present data effectively.

Nuts and Bolts of Data...

May 14: PLA launches new interest groups in online community platform

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has unveiled eight new interest groups in the...

May 14: LLAMA announces 2018 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award winners

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Library Interior Design Awards. The biennial Library Interior Design...

May 14: Transform and thrive

CHICAGO — Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract. But in “...

May 11: Pearl G. Adzei-Stonnes receives ILL travel grant to conference

CHICAGO-Pearl G. Adzei-Stonnes, Public Services, Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Virginia Union University was selected as one of two winners of the STARS Mentoring Award sponsored by Atlas Systems...

May 11: Guerda Baucicaut wins ILL mentoring travel award

CHICAGO-Guerda Baucicaut, Inter Library Loan & Reserves Specialist at the City University of New York was selected as one of two winners of the ...

May 11: Moeller to serve as YALSA’s research journal editor

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Robin Moeller, Associate Professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, as the next Member Editor for its open source, peer-reviewed research journal, the...

May 10: Ohio Educational Library Media Association named 2018 AASL Affiliate of the Year

CHICAGO – The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) has been named the inaugural recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Affiliate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the...

May 10: Accepting appointments for career counseling

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. ...

May 10: Guided inquiry examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR) examines perceptions and use of guided...

May 10: Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews to Perform at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is an author, philanthropist, and a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist who leads the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  He has performed and shared the stage with countless musicians, including U2, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Madonna. He performed...

May 10: ALSC Announces 2018 Summer Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2018 Summer Reading Lists. The lists are available to download for free in the ranges of birth-preschool, K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5...

May 09: Veronda J. Pitchford selected for ASCLA’s Cathleen Bourdon Service Award

CHICAGO – Veronda J. Pitchford, Director of Membership Development & Resource Sharing, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), has been selected for the 2018 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award administered by the...

May 09: Film, Theater, and Television Actor, Sally Field is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor, who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens.  Her extensive film credits include performances in Robert Benson’s Places of the Heart, for which she received both...

May 08: 2018 John Cotton Dana Award Winners announced

CHICAGO — After many hours of deliberation, the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation and will be celebrated June 24 at a reception sponsored...

May 08: Apply now for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion programs for underserved teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the Great Stories Club, a grant program in which library workers lead reading and discussion programs with underserved teens in their communities.

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May 08: 'Frozen Hours: A Novel of Korean War' by Jeff Shaara wins 2018 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

CHICAGO  — "Frozen Hours: A Novel of Korean War" by Jeff Shaara and published by Ballantine Books is the winner of the 2018 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States...

May 08: Fifty public libraries selected for 'The Great American Read' programming grants from PBS and ALA

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS announced the list of 50 public libraries selected to receive programming grants for “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

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May 08: Free webinar: A look at the state of school librarianship with Hilda Weisburg

CHICAGO — American schools are going through a period of dramatic change, and school libraries are changing right along with them. As we deal with changing budgets, changing technology and changing student needs, the role of the school librarian seems uncertain. Please join Hilda Weisburg for a...

May 08: New ALCTS monograph discusses issues in electronic resources management

CHICAGO — In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and...

May 08: Literary Tastes panel to host award-winning genre and literary authors

CHICAGO—On Sunday, June 24, 2018 the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host its annual author panel, Literary Tastes featuring authors and narrators that have been...

May 08: Ann Schmidt wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Ann Schmidt has won a free year of AASL membership. Schmidt's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Terri McCarthy Wright to AASL, ...

May 08: 2018 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Hosted by ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Ernest N....

May 07: The Incredibles and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics summer 2018 catalog has arrived, featuring new products that will excite and inspire readers of all ages. The catalog cover highlights Disney·Pixar’s “The Incredibles” on...

May 07: Extensive programming for public librarians available at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- With big-name speakers and diverse educational offerings, the Public Library Association (PLA) offers something for every public library worker in its programming at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, taking place June 21-26 in...

May 07: Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, announces that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will open 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education,...