Press Releases

Feb 04: ALSC and PLA receive award for Every Child Ready to Read®

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are proud to announce that Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, 2nd Edition was...

Feb 04: Winter, spring, summer and fall in the story room

CHICAGO — Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to...

Feb 04: Two free webinars present the scientific and cultural story of our 'Marvel Moon'

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) are pleased to announce two free online learning opportunities for public and youth/young adult service librarians.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online sessions will acquaint...

Feb 04: Apply now for John Cotton Dana Award — eight $10,000 grants available

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 grants...

Feb 04: ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Update (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Webinars on March 27th and April 30th are full.  An archived version will be available after the...

Feb 04: Four local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and...

Feb 04: Sharing poetry with children

CHICAGO — Since “Poetry Aloud Here!” was published, acclaimed by Booklist as “required reading for all children’s librarians,” poetry written for young people has continued to gain interest...

Feb 03: Introverted leadership topic of ALCTS President’s Program in Las Vegas

CHICAGO — Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, an Atlanta-based author, international speaker and executive coach hailed as a “champion for introverts,” is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (...

Feb 03: Spider-Man™ creator Stan Lee, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2014 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. The list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and...

Feb 03: Accardi wins 2014 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Maria T. Accardi, coordinator of library instruction at Indiana University Southeast, is the winner of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship....

Feb 03: Application process now open for 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The application process for the 2014 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.) is now open, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural ALA Leadership Institute, and with...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA The Young Adult library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to...

Jan 31: RUSA reveals Notable Books List winners in outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry

PHILADELPHIA — The expert readers advisory and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, have selected the winning titles for the 2014 Notable Books List—an annual literary award that...

Jan 29: American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners

PHILADELPHIA — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

A list of all the...

Jan 29: America’s libraries are rung on ladder of opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address:

“President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused on many...

Jan 29: ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library...

Jan 29: ALA Council approves new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las...

Jan 29: AASL celebrates innovative teaching during Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) again joins the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational associations and organizations in celebrating the third annual Digital Learning Day on Feb. 5, 2014. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide...

Jan 29: Become a confident grant writer with online PLA course

CHICAGO — In the competitive world of grants, it helps to have an inside edge. Sharpen your edge with a new online course,“How to Win Grants for Your Library,” from the Public Library Association (PLA)....

Jan 29: Exploring digital libraries

CHICAGO—In “Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Karen Calhoun offers a thought-provoking, authoritative, and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena...

Jan 29: Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users....

Jan 29: Yuyi Morales y Meg Medina ganan premios Pura Belpré

FILADELFIA — Yuyi Morales, ilustradora de “Niño Wrestles the World” y Meg Medina, autora de  “Yaqui Delgado Wantsto Kick Your Ass,” fueron seleccionadas como las ganadoras del Premio por Ilustración Pura Belpré 2014, y el...

Jan 28: 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits — Thousands of attendees engaged in conversation

PHILADELPHIA Productive conversations, sessions, problem-solving and networking throughout the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues at more than 1,800 meetings and events gave the 12,189 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3,...

Jan 28: 2014 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

PHILADELPHIA — The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2014 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, held Jan. 24-28, 2014.

The bibliography...

Jan 28: 2014 Over the Rainbow list recognizes quality GLBT fiction and non-fiction titles

PHILADELPHIA — The 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

The bibliography features quality...

Jan 28: 2014 Stonewall Book Awards announced

PHILADELPHIA — The 2014 Stonewall Book Awards were announced yesterday and today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

The Stonewall Book Awards...

Jan 28: Library websites discussed on next American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO—Every library needs a website, but what makes a good site? How can you figure out how to most effectively allocate your resources and build a site that fits the needs of your users, your staff and your community? In “The Library Website...

Jan 28: PLA 2014 Virtual Conference brings learning and networking to your desktop

CHICAGO — Registration for the PLA 2014 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 13-14, 2014, the Public...