Press Releases

Feb 05: PLA releases 2017 Year in Review

CHICAGO – Last week the Public Library Association (PLA) released its 2017 Year in Review, an annual report highlighting the association’s work in 2017. Featuring numerous images from PLA'...

Feb 05: Understanding Accessibility Challenges for Patrons

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is excited to announce the update of 15 Library Accessibility Toolkits to help better serve patrons. These toolkits were developed...

Feb 02: Tickets available for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Western Washington University, and the Whatcom County Library System announced that tickets for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye are now available.

The lecture, titled "REFRESHMENTS WILL...

Feb 02: Lisa Kranz wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Lisa Kranz has won a free year of AASL membership. Kranz's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Gail Salameh to AASL, Kranz has also...

Feb 01: eForum: Assessing Electronic Reference Services

CHICAGO - Have you been wondering if your users are aware of your chat service? Or maybe how your students are using your research guides or your online FAQ? Do you need a little inspiration or advice on how to find out? If so, this Assessing Electronic Reference Services eForum is for you! ...

Feb 01: Brickey wins 2018 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Morgan Brickey, Community Outreach & Programing Librarian at the Arlington (Texas) Public Library the 2018 ...

Feb 01: Anderson and Phillips win 2018 Frances Henne Grant

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2018 Frances Henne Research Grant to Amelia Anderson and Abigail Phillips. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for their research project, “Youth...

Feb 01: Kitchens and Townsend win 2018 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has selected Savannah Kitchens, Director at the Chilton/Clanton (Alabama) Public Library and Sarah Townsend, Assistant Director of Libraries at the Suffolk (Virginia) Public...

Jan 31: DC Public Library, Public Library Association announce Memory Lab Network Grant recipients

Federal Grant Supports Digital Preservation Programs at Libraries

(Washington, D.C.) - People and families in seven communities moved one step closer to being able to digitize and preserve video tapes, photographs and other family keepsakes at their library....

Jan 31: ALCTS appoints ALA representatives to NARDAC

CHICAGO—The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has appointed Kathy Glennan, head of Original and Special Collections Cataloging, University of Maryland Libraries, and Dominique Bourassa, catalog librarian, Yale University, as ALA...

Jan 31: How libraries can promote individual and community health

CHICAGO — Though today’s consumers have unprecedented access to health information, its quality and veracity varies widely. Public libraries can play an important role in supporting library users in their health information seeking efforts. In “...

Jan 30: Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group sponsors Spectrum Scholarship

CHICAGO — The Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) has announced it will sponsor a 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarship to support a student from California or Nevada who is interested in a career in health sciences librarianship.

“The ALA Spectrum Scholarship allowed...

Jan 30: ALA to support multicultural literature for youth with enhanced 2019 Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO - Librarians and library staff work to transform lives by connecting youth with materials that celebrate diversity, abolish cultural invisibility, and foster understanding.  The American Library Association (ALA) and its professional affiliates will highlight the best of the best in...

Jan 30: Deadline extended: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due March 1

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through March 1, 2018.

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

Jan 30: HARRASSOWITZ award to Lauren Corbett

CHICAGO—The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Lauren Corbett, Director, Resource Services at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, to receive the 2018...

Jan 30: Ross Atkinson award given to Mary Case

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to name Mary Case, university librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the 2018 recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a...

Jan 30: Tim Wu to share Big Ideas at PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- Author, policy advocate, and director of Columbia University's Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues Tim Wu has been added to the slate of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association...

Jan 30: Four libraries win YALSA’s Symposium Programming Contest

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected four winners for its 2017 Symposium Programming Contest.

The four winners are:

Jan 30: ACRL announces Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first recipients of its Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2018. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support...

Jan 30: ALA Appoints Mary Ghikas as Executive Director through January 2020

 CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board has appointed Mary Ghikas as executive director through January 2020, effective immediately. Ghikas has been serving as interim executive director since August 1, 2017, after the retirement of Keith Michael Fiels. She was...

Jan 29: Mental Heath Awareness and the Library Profession: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Join library experts and hundreds of your colleagues for an interactive discussion on mental health awareness at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, March 12. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44.7 million adults in the United States live with a mental health...

Jan 29: ALCTS kicks off second year of mentoring program

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ALCTS Mentoring Program.  

Established last year as an initiative between the ALCTS New...

Jan 29: 2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners revealed

DENVER—The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2018 selections of the Listen List, selected for both avid listeners of audiobooks and those new to the pleasures of the fastest-...

Jan 29: Free programs at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to present a selection of free programs at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. All taking place at the...

Jan 29: Evans and Greenwell’s comprehensive text on academic librarianship

CHICAGO — Deemed a "comprehensive overview" by Journal of Access Services and “essential reading for academic librarians” by Library Journal, the new second edition of “Academic Librarianship...

Jan 26: New iteration: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-...

Jan 26: ALA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce recipients of $10,000 adult literacy grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce 20 U.S. public libraries to receive American Dream Literacy Initiative grants, $10,000 awards to expand services for adult English language...

Jan 26: New books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as...

Jan 26: YALSA’s 2018 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Mississippi, Virginia, and Michigan

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Purvis (Mississippi) High School, the Suffolk (Virginia) Public Library System, and the Oak Park (Michigan) Public Library as the recipients of its annual...