Press Releases

May 12: New Session—Effective Library Signage: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Effective Library Signage: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices with Mark Aaron Polger and Amy F. Stempler. This workshop will last...

May 11: Thinking your way from problem to solution at the reference desk

CHICAGO — When people want to satisfy their immediate curiosity they’re much more likely to use a search engine on their mobile device than ask their local library. But while the days of personal intervention in this kind of query are inevitably numbered, the professional skills that...

May 11: Time is running out to enroll in PLA disaster preparedness preconference!

CHICAGO -- When a natural or man-made emergency strikes the community, will your library be prepared to provide information and support services to the public? Recent...

May 11: New Iteration: Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on July...

May 11: Bring the new “Engaging with the ACRL Framework” workshop to your campus

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its newest workshop, Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, is now available for scheduling...

May 11: New Iteration—Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure. Richard Moniz and Martin House will serve as the...

May 11: New eCourse—Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future. Mirela Roncevic will serve as the instructor for a 4-week...

May 11: New Iteration—Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda K. Weisburg will serve as...

May 10: New ACRL report highlights library contributions to student learning and success

CHICAGO - Through a new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects,” the...

May 09: 2017 PR XChange Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The PR XChange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s PR XChange Awards Competition, under the direction of the Public Relations and Marketing Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). Over 390 entries in print and...

May 09: The Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, Indiana) has been named the 2017 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, Indiana) has been named the 2017 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for their program series, “Discuss, Meet, & Act: The Power of Words....

May 09: Arizona Moon: A Novel of Vietnam by J. M. Graham wins the 2017 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

CHICAGO — "Arizona Moon: A Novel of Vietnam" by J. M. Graham and published by Naval Institute Press is the winner of the 2017 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a...

May 09: Sara Frey Wins Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Sara Frey, the instructional media specialist and technology integration coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This...

May 09: Rachel Williams Wins the 2017 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research
CHICAGO — Rachel Williams has been named the 2017 winner of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research for her project entitled "Performing Boundary Work: An Exploration of Public Library Workers’ Provision of...
May 09: Celebrate the best in children’s literature at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book...

May 09: Janice Rice to deliver 2017 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture
CHICAGO – Janice Rice, retired outreach librarian at College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, will deliver the 2017 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Presented by the...
May 09: Join EMIERT to explore Chicago’s historic Chinatown during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Join the American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) as it explores Chicago’s iconic Chinatown as part of EMIERT’s ongoing Taste of the Town series of tours. The tour will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Friday...

May 09: 2017 ACRL/PLA Joint Presidents’ Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) for a joint Presidents’ Program at the 2017 ALA Annual...

May 09: Scottoline and Serritella to appear at ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by Ingram Content Group

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will be featured in the lineup of United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone,...

May 09: United for Libraries to host President’s Program with Andy Weir at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries President Susan Schmidt will host the President’s Program featuring bestselling author Andy Weir, part of the Auditorium Speaker Series, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the ALA...

May 09: United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)  with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.

Sen. Reed...

May 05: ALA secures search firm in quest for new executive director

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that it will enlist the services of Isaacson, Miller to identify and select ALA’s new executive director.  ALA’s current Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, will retire on July 31, 2017. 

ALA has...

May 05: ALCTS Virtual Preconference Explores Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Metadata

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will kick off its ALA Annual programming with the two-day, virtual preconference “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata” from 1 p.m...

May 05: Social Media—What's Next?: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — The Pew Research Center estimates 69 percent of Americans use some type of social media, making your library’s social media presence more important than ever. 

Now is the time to reboot your social media streams, set your priorities and...

May 05: New Workshop—Cyber Security and Privacy: Protecting Yourself and Your Users

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cyber Security and Privacy: Protecting Yourself and Your Users with Nicole Hennig. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Thursday,...

May 04: PLA offers Project Outcome webinar for library consultants

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association’s (PLA) will introduce library consultants to the Association's performance-measurement program, Project Outcome, through a dedicated webinar. Project Outcome is a free online toolkit...

May 04: 2017-2018 Edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2017 - 2018 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and...

May 04: Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library Recipient of the LIRT 2017 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library at the ALA 2017...

May 04: Jo Angela Oehrli Selected as the 2017 Recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award Winner

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Jo Angela Oehrli, Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan, Shapiro Undergraduate Library as the 2017 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition...

May 03: PLA offers free webinar to introduce upgraded Project Outcome features and tools

CHICAGO – In coordination with the unveiling of upgraded tools and features on its Project Outcome website, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a free webinar to help participating libraries navigate the new site environment. Project...

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