Press Releases

Dec 11: New workshop—Cataloging Judaica: Diving into History

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica: Diving into History with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2...

Dec 11: Husbands named YALSA 2018 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Nicole Husbands, YA and Outreach Services Librarian at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, PA, as its 2018 Emerging Leader.

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Dec 11: Castillo and Cruz named 2017-2018 YALSA Spectrum Scholars

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced Andrea Castillo from the University of Maryland and Jose Cruz from the University of South Florida as their 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholars.

Castillo and Cruz will...

Dec 11: New “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PSAs capture the action and adventure found at the library

CHICAGO -  Let’s face it.  It’s an information jungle out there and librarians and library staff lead countless quests to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.  In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017,...

Dec 11: ALSC selects Jacqueline Quinn as 2018 Emerging Leader
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Jacqueline Quinn of the Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY as its representative in the 2018 Emerging...
Dec 11: Pat Scales’ compendium of essays, articles, and interviews from the pages of Book Links

CHICAGO — A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Pat R. Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and...

Dec 07: Call for nominations: ASCLA 2018 achievement and recognition awards

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)'s nomination period for its annual series of achievement and recognition awards is now open. Members are encouraged to...

Dec 07: Samantha Quiñon named a 2018 LITA Emerging Leader

Samantha Quiñon, Assistant Director and Head of Research & Instruction at Lesley University Libraries in Cambridge (MA), has been selected as one of two LITA-sponsored Emerging Leaders for 2018.

ALA’s Emerging...

Dec 07: Michael Cart’s Booklist confessions

CHICAGO — For more than 20 years, Michael Cart’s column for Booklist has delighted YA literature enthusiasts and bibliophiles in general with an engaging mixture of wit, insight, and good old fashioned publishing industry gossip. Spotlighting Cart’s unique perspective as both devoted...

Dec 07: Aisha Conner-Gaten named a 2018 LITA Emerging Leader

Aisha Conner-Gaten, intersectional librarian, activist, and tech enthusiast working at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has been selected as one of two LITA-sponsored Emerging Leaders for 2018.

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Dec 07: ACRL releases The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts” by Mary Francis...

Dec 07: 2018 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best...

Dec 06: Kathy Kosinski selected as ASCLA's 2018 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is pleased to announce that Kathy Kosinski has been selected as our 2018 Emerging Leader. Kathy is the Statewide Library Services Analyst at the Library of Michigan in Lansing. Kathy manages, review and analyzes...

Dec 06: Hailley Fargo selected as RUSA's 2018 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to announce that Hailley Fargo has been selected as our 2018 Emerging Leader. Hailley is the Student Engagement Librarian at Pennsylvania State University.

ALA's Emerging Leader Program is designed to enable library...

Dec 06: 2018 Teen Tech Week™ site now live

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2018 Teen Tech Week website is now live. The celebration will take place March 4-10, 2018 with the theme “Libraries are for Creating.”

“This year’s Teen Tech Week initiative...

Dec 05: Nominations open for 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO — Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a challenged book or patron, responding to collection and building damage after floods and fires, remaining open as a safe space during civil unrest or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you know a...

Dec 05: The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment,...

Dec 05: Chuong, Moran, Phoenix and Walker receive 2018 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2018 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award to Amanda Chuong, Princeton Public Library (New Jersey); Patricia Moran, Multnomah County Library (Oregon); Julie Phoenix, St. Louis County Library (Missouri); and Sarah...

Dec 05: PLA continues support of Emerging Leaders program through sponsorship of 2018 participants

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a long-time supporter of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders (EL) program, will sponsor the participation of two library professionals in the 2018 EL class. EL is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers...

Dec 05: Follow 2018 ALA Youth Media Award results live

(CHICAGO) Librarians and library staff are transforming lives by connecting youth with materials that educate, inspire and foster lifelong learning.

The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature during its Youth Media Awards...

Dec 05: Nominations open for Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — ALA is seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.  The awards consists of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation.  Nominees can be anyone in or related to the field of librarianship who significantly contributed to the public recognition and appreciation...

Dec 05: Acclaimed author, ballerina Misty Copeland to serve as 2018 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO – Bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018. Like librarians and library workers, Copeland’s efforts to lead social change...

Dec 05: ALA seeks proposals for 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach...

Dec 05: Call for Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Poster Sessions

Chicago – The 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas, and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The poster session committee is proud to...

Dec 05: New workshop—Mobile Makerspaces: Take Your Making on the Road

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Mobile Makerspaces: Take Your Making on the Road with Heather Moorefield-Lang. This workshop will last 90 minutes...

Dec 05: New workshop—Prepare for the Future: Tech Strategies You Need to Know

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Prepare for the Future: Tech Strategies You Need to Know with Jason Griffey. This workshop will last consist of...

Dec 05: Breakfast for Bill Speakers at 2018 ALSC National Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced a very special Breakfast for Bill at the 2018 ALSC National Institute. This keynote celebration will include authors and illustrators, Margarita Engle, Raúl Colón, and Mike...

Dec 05: 2018 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2018 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young...

Dec 04: Oboler Award Deadline Extended

The Deadline for the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award has been extended until December 15, 2017. Works that have been published in 2016-2017 are eligible to be nominated.

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award,...

Dec 04: ALSC provides $70k in Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants to 14 libraries

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants. These grants are made possible by a Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The fourteen minigrant...