Press Releases

Sep 11: ACRL releases Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the two-volume “...

Sep 11: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated...

Sep 11: Library Director Bootcamp: A free preview

CHICAGO—So you’ve finally made it—you’re a library director … now what? You can learn about management, but it’s hard to find a library school course that teaches you how to be a boss. This winter, library management experts Kathy Parker and Kate Hall will be offering a ...

Sep 10: New session—Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need with Kathy Parker and Kate Hall. This...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2019 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

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Sep 10: ALCTS seeking Cataloging and Metadata Management Awards nominations for 2019

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of cataloging, classification, and metadata management. The awards are presented by the Cataloging and Metadata...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2019 Publication Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 07: Pun honored for 2018 Achievement in Library Diversity Research

CHICAGO — Raymond Pun, doctoral student in educational leadership at California State University (CODEL), is the recipient of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honor. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity...

Sep 07: Public Library Association releases new strategic plan

Addresses critical issues and changes affecting public libraries

CHICAGO – Today the Public Library Association (PLA) unveiled a new strategic plan effective through the year 2022. The new PLA...

Sep 07: Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began...

Sep 07: Philanthropist and Author Melinda Gates will open the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to...

Sep 06: Libraries invited to join Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign this Banned Books Week

Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship. This Banned Books Week (September 23-29), the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is hosting a letter-writing campaign that celebrates stories that have made an impact.

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Sep 06: New iteration: Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction eCourse/Book Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse/book bundle, Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction. Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will serve...

Sep 06: Search begins for ALCTS 2019 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. These two awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and...

Sep 06: New iteration: Introduction to Critical Information Literacy eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social...

Sep 06: Using positive stories about Muslims to foster multicultural understanding

CHICAGO — Islamophobia, a long standing, deeply entrenched global issue, disrupts civil society at many levels, from anti-Muslim policies to heightened tensions and hate crimes, including the increased bullying of Muslim children. One of the root causes of Islamophobia is...

Sep 06: 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-...

Sep 05: ALA study will explore public library services for new Americans

CHICAGO — More than 55 percent of new Americans use their public library at least once a week, seeking English language learning...

Sep 05: ALCTS 2019 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 05: Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Library professionals are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). This thematic reading and discussion program series will engage...

Sep 05: ALA’s new Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is open for membership

Membership in ALA’s newest round table – the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is now open. Those who wish to join ALA can add GNCRT membership effective immediately and current ALA members can click the renew...

Sep 05: Welmers sponsors YALSA’s Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is excited to announce the generous sponsorship of its Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award by...

Sep 05: American Library Association to explore Chicago commercial real estate market

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association (ALA) announced its plan to explore Chicago’s commercial real estate market with the listing of its headquarter buildings at 40 and 50 East Huron. Efforts to examine the value of its headquarters are fueled by its goals to enhance operational...

Sep 05: ALCTS seeking 2019 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 05: National writing contest seeks short stories on courage, launches September 25

Winners could receive up to $1,000 and the chance to be published in Short Story Dispensers

CHICAGO – Up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers nationwide will be at stake for writers of all levels, through a new writing contest launching...

Sep 04: Seventeen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase

Honorees include new buildings, renovations, and expansions in the US and Canada

CHICAGO — Seventeen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase, which appears in...

Sep 04: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2019

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One...

Sep 04: Federal, Armed Forces, Specialized & Cooperative Libraries Merge to Form New Division of ALA

CHICAGO – Representatives from the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT), announced today that they have merged to form a new division of the American Library Association: the Association of Specialized,...

Aug 31: New workshop: Music Cataloging Basics

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Cataloging Basics with Mary Huismann and Linda Blair. This workshop will...