Press Releases

Nov 21: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2018 award
CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over...
Nov 21: AASL sets new standards with National Conference & Exhibition, providing school librarians with tools to think, create, share and grow

PHOENIX – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) closed the curtain on a landmark National Conference & Exhibition Nov. 9-11 in Phoenix, Arizona, after introducing new standards school librarians will use for years to come.

Attended by more than 2,500 school librarians...

Nov 21: Upcoming webinar reviews intellectual freedom basics

Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce a Nov. 27 webinar, “...

Nov 21: Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research now accepting submissions
CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The deadline for submitting entries is January 31, 2018. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the...
Nov 21: ALA strenuously opposes FCC proposed order on net neutrality

WASHINGTON - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the proposed order on net neutrality released by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

“Preserving net neutrality is essential for equitable access to online...

Nov 21: 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals
CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. ...
Nov 21: Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research now accepting submissions

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. This award provides recognition for proposed dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The deadline for...

Nov 20: New workshop—Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape with Paul Signorelli. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Nov 20: December webinar highlights Project Outcome as strategic planning tool

CHICAGO – In early December, PLA will host a webinar highlighting how select libraries are using Project Outcome to align performance measurement efforts with strategic priorities and measuring...

Nov 17: Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter...

Nov 17: 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, February 10 - 11, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver....

Nov 17: New iteration—Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

Nov 17: New session: Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 60 minutes and take place at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm...

Nov 17: New Research: Librarians promote school readiness through Every Child Ready to Read programs

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have published a report called Bringing Early Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every...

Nov 17: Hear How We’re All Makers – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to...

Nov 17: ALA and REFORMA create Adopt a Library program to assist libraries in the Caribbean

CHICAGO — Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the Caribbean and libraries were not spared. In addition to its fundraising efforts, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and...

Nov 17: New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the...

Nov 16: NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)....

Nov 14: Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need...

Nov 14: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions...

Nov 14: Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the...

Nov 14: Anonymous donor to match up to $100,000 of ALA Annual Fund contributions

CHICAGO – As the season for gift giving is in full swing, the American Library Association (ALA) has an exciting opportunity!  An anonymous donor is matching gifts made to the ALA Annual Fund as of Nov. 1, 2017.  Donations are tax-deductible and gifts from an individual donor, up to $1,000, are...

Nov 13: Grand Literary & History Tour of Ireland - Book Now!

CHICAGO - Pack your bags! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites you to join us for a grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018!

This seven night...

Nov 13: Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library...

Nov 13: Expose your data with Schema.org and JSON-LD – a LITA webinar
Chicago -- In this LITA webinar learn how to use Schema.org and JSON-LC to expose your data on the internet. Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services,...
Nov 13: Accepting Applicants for the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant

ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual...

Nov 10: Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown...

Nov 10: New advanced eCourse: Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding....

Nov 10: AASL announces the new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

CHICAGO — Designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning, the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL),...

Nov 09: New eCourse: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through Incivility and Conflict with Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Richard Moniz and Jo Henry...