Press Releases

Jul 03: July webinar explores data-collection methods for outcomes measurement

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar intended to help library workers understand different data-collection methods that can be used to measure outcomes. This webinar, Beyond...

Jul 03: Serve More Patrons with Expanded, Unlimited Streaming Video: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll hear library industry veterans Jim Schmidt and Brad Gray explain RBdigital streaming video—a new, innovative streaming video service that allows patrons to binge-watch videos without breaking your library’s budget. They’...

Jul 02: LLAMA webinar helps you enliven your staff training with game techniques

Staff training is one of the most important responsibilities of the library manager or leader, but effective training can do more than simply impart information or teach skills – it can also motivate and empower.  If you are looking for a better way to train your staff, you might want to...

Jun 29: ALA Celebrates Senate Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty and Adoption of Implementation Act

The American Library Association, along with the Library Copyright Alliance, applauds last night’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and passage of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by theU.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

The Marrakesh Treaty, adopted by the member...

Jun 29: Denine Torr from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recognized with AASL Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Denine Torr, senior director of community initiatives at the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion...

Jun 29: Social Media Savvy Members Sought for New AASL Posting Group

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks school library professionals to serve as members of the AASL Social Media Posting Group. Group members will be tasked with curating and composing social media posts to share on AASL platforms. To apply, visit ...

Jun 29: School Library Research article examines computational thinking and curriculum integration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the ways computational thinking can be better...

Jun 29: New workshop: Introduction to LC Faceted Vocabularies for Music Resources

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Introduction to LC Faceted Vocabularies for Music...

Jun 28: A guide for serving the reading interests of teens

CHICAGO — Teen literature expert Angela Carstensen, creator of School Library Journal‘s Adult Books 4 Teens blog, presents “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature.” Published by ALA...

Jun 28: Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is easing into summer learning with an online book discussion of its newly released “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Termed a slow chat, the discussion will take place via...

Jun 27: Judi Moreillon on maximizing school librarian leadership

CHICAGO — How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Judi Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching...

Jun 26: Graphic Novel and Comics Member Initiative Group becomes Round Table

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Governing Council has approved the conversion of the Graphic Novel and Comics Member Initiative Group into a Round Table – the first approved Round Table in five years. Round Table status will allow for organization-wide engagement with...

Jun 26: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Elected Officers to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) trustees and staff are excited to announce the results of the...

Jun 26: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness...

Jun 25: ALA, ALSC respond to Wilder Medal name change

NEW ORLEANS - During the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children's Literature Legacy...

Jun 24: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and...

Jun 21: ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New...

Jun 19: ALA Disaster Relief Fund Provides Grants to 20 Libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Thanks to hundreds of donors contributing $80,000 toward relief, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that 20 libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive grants to assist in recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year....

Jun 19: ACRL 2019 keynote speakers announced

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2019 Conference, “Recasting the Narrative” to be held April 10- 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Be challenged and inspired by...

Jun 19: United for Libraries to designate Spalding Gray House a Literary Landmark

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, Friends of the John Jermain Library, and the Sherwin-Williams Company, will designate the Spalding Gray House in Sag Harbor, N.Y., a Literary Landmark on Saturday, June 23.

Catherine Creedon,...

Jun 19: United for Libraries to present ‘Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community” on Sunday, June 24, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Building strong partnerships and...

Jun 19: ALA President Jim Neal announces new Steering Committee to examine tomorrow’s ALA

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal has announced the formation of the ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review: Steering Committee, a broadly-representative committee that will work to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies and rules with the...

Jun 19: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Doug Archer and Barbara Jones as the recipients of the 2018 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award. Both recipients have been integral to intellectual freedom...

Jun 19: More than a week – 'Choose Privacy' is now an everyday choice

CHICAGO - Beginning this week, the American Library Association's “Choose Privacy” website has a new look and a new URL — chooseprivacyeveryday.org — which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today’s...

Jun 19: ALA awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2018

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 62 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum...

Jun 19: American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library...

Jun 18: ALA announces Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant. This grant financially assists researchers in completing a project that is closely tied to equity, diversity,...

Jun 15: AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award $100,000 in grants to two Houston schools

CHICAGO - Two Houston schools extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey are the recipients of the 2018 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund. Thompson Intermediate...

Jun 15: New session: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will...