Press Releases

Jan 30: Tim Wu to share Big Ideas at PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- Author, policy advocate, and director of Columbia University's Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues Tim Wu has been added to the slate of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association...

Jan 30: Four libraries win YALSA’s Symposium Programming Contest

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected four winners for its 2017 Symposium Programming Contest.

The four winners are:

Jan 30: ACRL announces Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first recipients of its Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2018. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support...

Jan 30: ALA Appoints Mary Ghikas as Executive Director through January 2020

 CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board has appointed Mary Ghikas as executive director through January 2020, effective immediately. Ghikas has been serving as interim executive director since August 1, 2017, after the retirement of Keith Michael Fiels. She was...

Jan 29: Mental Heath Awareness and the Library Profession: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Join library experts and hundreds of your colleagues for an interactive discussion on mental health awareness at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, March 12. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44.7 million adults in the United States live with a mental health...

Jan 29: ALCTS kicks off second year of mentoring program

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ALCTS Mentoring Program.  

Established last year as an initiative between the ALCTS New...

Jan 29: 2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners revealed

DENVER—The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2018 selections of the Listen List, selected for both avid listeners of audiobooks and those new to the pleasures of the fastest-...

Jan 29: Free programs at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to present a selection of free programs at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. All taking place at the...

Jan 29: Evans and Greenwell’s comprehensive text on academic librarianship

CHICAGO — Deemed a "comprehensive overview" by Journal of Access Services and “essential reading for academic librarians” by Library Journal, the new second edition of “Academic Librarianship...

Jan 26: 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-...

Jan 26: ALA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce recipients of $10,000 adult literacy grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce 20 U.S. public libraries to receive American Dream Literacy Initiative grants, $10,000 awards to expand services for adult English language...

Jan 26: New books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as...

Jan 26: YALSA’s 2018 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Mississippi, Virginia, and Michigan

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Purvis (Mississippi) High School, the Suffolk (Virginia) Public Library System, and the Oak Park (Michigan) Public Library as the recipients of its annual...

Jan 25: A new edition of Peggy Johnson’s essential collection development and management text

CHICAGO — Expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson has revised and freshened “Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management,” published by ALA Editions, for its new...

Jan 25: ACRL/ RBMS, SAA release Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have developed a new standard, Standardized...

Jan 24: Free LLAMA Webinar Addresses the Evolution of Library Interiors and How Design Supports the Expanding Role of Libraries

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will present “Evolution of Library Interiors: How Design Supports the Expanding Role of Libraries,” on Tues., Jan. 30, at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central time). This free webinar will...

Jan 24: PLA opens registration for 2018 Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an alternative opportunity for public library workers who are unable to attend the Association's 2018 Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. PLA will present a condensed, live, online conference experience --  the ...

Jan 23: United for Libraries to host Institute for Friends, Foundations, and Trustees at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center 107/109/11 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff...

Jan 23: Chelton receives YALSA’s 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Mary K. Chelton as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Chelton is a retired professor of the Graduate School of Library...

Jan 23: The Chief Data Officer's Playbook

CHICAGO — The new and rapidly expanding role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) is of significant interest and relevance to organizations and data professionals internationally. Written by Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson, both practicing CDOs, “...

Jan 22: Anthony Graves to keynote 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration at Midwinter

CHICAGO - Author and activist Anthony Graves will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver. The 2018 Celebration will...

Jan 22: South Carolina State Library receives Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the South Carolina State Library, Columbia, South Carolina.

The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide up...

Jan 22: St. Lucie County (Florida) Library System awarded 2018 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2018 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the St. Lucie County Library System in Florida.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial...

Jan 22: Public library staff in small, mid-sized or rural communities invited to free learning series on dialogue and deliberation facilitation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite public library staff serving small, mid-sized or rural communities to attend a free learning series to learn to lead productive...

Jan 22: An up-to-date guide to finding answers to legal questions

CHICAGO — Whether for self-representation, to be an informed consumer of legal services, or to learn the U.S. legal system, more people than ever are using the library to obtain legal information and legal research advice. The new second edition of “...

Jan 22: New session: Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language with Kathy MacMillan. This workshop will...

Jan 19: Susan Yutzey wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Susan Yutzey has won a free year of AASL membership. Yutzey's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Lori Lee to AASL, Yutzey has also...

Jan 19: DigitalLearn.org Year in Review

CHICAGO – Twenty-seventeen was a busy year for DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy...

Jan 19: OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit...

Jan 18: A guide to books on the experience of immigrant children and teens

CHICAGO — From its earliest days, the American experience has encompassed immigrants. But in our current atmosphere of political polarization, is it any wonder that many immigrant children feel excluded and isolated? In fact, research shows first- and second- generation immigrant children and...