Press Releases

Jan 05: American Library Association president-elect to tour Puerto Rico libraries

(El Español)

CHICAGO – In times of disaster libraries serve as an invaluable resource to communities in need. When areas are affected...

Jan 04: Brian Selznick and David Serlin to Present Closing Session at 2018 ALSC Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced that authors, Brian Selznick and David Serlin, will present the Closing General Session at the ALSC National Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event will take place at the...

Jan 04: YALSA names 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

The Quick...

Jan 04: An updated guide to licensing digital content

CHICAGO — Of the second edition of “Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians,”  American Reference Books Annual declared, “Lesley Ellen Harris’s book...

Jan 04: ALA President announces 12-member cohort for newly launched ALA Policy Corps

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today announced the 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and...

Jan 03: Misty Copeland READ® poster and more in new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics spring catalog has mailed with a fabulous selection of new products. Author, ballerina, and 2018 National Library Week honorary chair Misty Copeland graces the catalog...

Jan 03: New workshop—Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction with Jill Hurst-Wahl....

Jan 03: December 2017 ITAL Issue Published

Chicago -- The December issue (volume 36, number 4) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

Reviewed Articles and Communications
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Jan 02: ALA announces petition candidates for ALA Council

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals have filed petitions for positions on the ALA Council for the 2018 ALA Election:

Shannon DeSantis, School Library Media Specialist, Peoples Academy Middle Level and High School,...

Jan 02: Accepting Applications for the 2018 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

The American Library Association's (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members...

Jan 02: Practical, research-based solutions for the dysfunctional library

CHICAGO — There is an unfortunate stigma to acknowledging workplace dysfunction, let alone trying to grapple with the problem. But negative behaviors such as incivility, toxicity, deviant behavior, workplace politics, and team and leadership dysfunction not only make the library a stressful...

Dec 29: 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Entries Due January 12

The 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning...

Dec 29: Meet the 2018 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers!

On Monday, we flip the calendars to 2018; we resolve to change our lifestyles for the better; and we welcome a new slate of intellectual freedom advocates to share opinions and knowledge about a core value of the librarian profession.

The...

Dec 28: Call for Submissions 2018 PR Xchange Awards Competition

Call for Submissions
2018 PR Xchange Awards Competition

sponsored by the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice
Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
a division of...

Dec 26: Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Journal Winter Edition Now Available

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CHICAGO - It is Christmas Eve here as I write the...

Dec 21: Jewel Davis Selected as 2018 NMRT Emerging Leader

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to sponsor Jewel Davis as our 2018 Emerging Leader. The sponsorship consists of a $1000 award towards attendance at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver and ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. As NMRT's Emerging...

Dec 19: Professional development goes ‘Beyond the Horizon’ on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – More than seventy concurrent sessions recorded at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix are now available for view on the American Association of School Librarians’ professional development repository, ...

Dec 19: Libraries invited to apply for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot program for underserved youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply for a pilot of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great Stories Club (GSC), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will...

Dec 19: McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) creates ALA Student Chapter

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, has created a new ALA student chapter.

Each ALA student chapter has its own character and purpose. All enhance students' ALA membership by...

Dec 19: Susan Wiggs among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Wiggs, Silas House, Elisabeth Hyde, Ariel Lawhon, Molly Tanzer and Spencer Wise  will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver...

Dec 18: Application process open for 2018 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 6-9, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through March 9, 2018. Building on the...

Dec 18: New session: Build a Great Team Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Dec 18: Juan Rivera selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Juan Rivera has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to...

Dec 18: Julie Stivers selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Julie Stivers has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to...

Dec 18: Helping patrons find their roots

CHICAGO — Public libraries have many valuable resources for diving into a patron’s lineage and family history, yet librarians themselves are sometimes not fully acquainted with all the tools available. The good news is that you don’t have to be a genealogist to help patrons find the research...