Press Releases

Dec 15: 2017 Teens’ Top Ten book groups announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 20 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created...

Dec 15: PLA offers post-election resources for public libraries

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) knows its members and their libraries may be struggling to respond to the post-election challenges our communities face. Public libraries have an unparalleled ability to bring people and knowledge together, especially in times of uncertainty and...

Dec 15: New eCourse: Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively. Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Dec 15: Facing a divided nation, ALA offers libraries free trainings in dialogue facilitation and deliberation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite library professionals to attend a free learning series to explore various dialogue facilitation approaches and position themselves to foster...

Dec 13: Learn how to easily measure your patron outcomes and community impact in free PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will be introducing libraries to its latest field-driven initiative, Project Outcome, through a free webinar, Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome,...

Dec 13: Library Marketing: A new American Libraries live webcast

CHICAGO — Marketing can be a daunting process for many librarians. New technologies offer diverse avenues for promoting library services, and commercial marketing methods have become expected for libraries, too. Where do you start? What’s the best way to allocate your staff and financial...

Dec 13: ODLOS invites webinar proposals

CHICAGO – Do you have a great idea for a webinar? The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is seeking proposals from the field that explore diversity, literacy, and outreach in libraries and in the library profession.

Successful...

Dec 13: An oral history of librarianship in transition

CHICAGO — Just as it did for society at large, the second half of the 20th century brought monumental upheaval to librarianship, affecting every aspect of what it means to be a part of the information services profession. But as the librarians who worked during this tumultuous period end their...

Dec 13: AASL seeks research associate

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a research associate to coordinate the research efforts of the CLASS: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II, a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant. The position begins in January 2017 and...

Dec 13: Hilliker, Keeling and Lewis seek 2018-19 AASL presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Robert Hilliker, Mary Keeling and Kathryn Roots Lewis will seek the 2018-2019 AASL presidential term during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) election. A full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/...

Dec 13: Professional development scholarship available

CHICAGO — The ALA Learning Round Table will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list...

Dec 13: Ten more Great Websites for Kids recommended by ALSC
 
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
The...
Dec 12: ALA Masters series features Catherine Murray-Rust and Kelvin Watson at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Innovative library leaders Catherine Murray-Rust (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Kelvin Watson (Queens Library) discuss transformative projects they have been involved with, in the Midwinter Meeting noontime ALA Masters...

Dec 12: Catie Sahadath Selected as LITA's 2017 Emerging Leader

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is pleased to announce it is sponsoring Catie Sahadath (MLIS 2012, University of British Columbia) as its representative for the 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

As this year's LITA Emerging Leader, Sahadath will work with a...

Dec 12: Thousands to view ALA Youth Media Awards results live

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during its Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET, Jan. 23, 20l7, from Atlanta, Georgia.   Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action...

Dec 12: #ShareTheStory: 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—Ahead of the announcements of the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, the American Library Association is launching its...

Dec 09: LLAMA Members Vote to Approve Division Reorganization

In an online election concluding December 8, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) members overwhelmingly approved new bylaws to reorganize the division. The new bylaws will take effect immediately and the full reorganization will be phased in within a year. 

LLAMA...

Dec 09: New ACRL publication: 2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the...

Dec 09: New Workshop: How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:30pm...

Dec 08: ACRL launches Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is excited to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox at sandbox.acrl.org. The ‘sandbox’ that was first envisioned during...

Dec 08: 2017 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2017 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best...

Dec 08: New eCourse: Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday,...

Dec 08: ALA, Rosen Publishing release new “Libraries Ready to Code” video
WASHINGTON – Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Rosen Publishing released the video "Libraries Ready to Code." Introduced during Computer Science (CS) Education Week, the video depicts coding activities in public and school libraries...
Dec 08: New eCourse: Storytime Shenanigans: Building Great Programs for Preschoolers

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Storytime Shenanigans: Building Great Programs for Preschoolers. Rob Reid will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday,...

Dec 08: New eCourse: Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday,...

Dec 08: New eCourse: How to Market Your Library

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, How to Market Your Library. Dana Braccia will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, February 6, 2017.

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Dec 06: LITA Conference Buddy Program


Chicago -- Apply now for the LITA Conference Buddy Program for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

LITA is excited to...

Dec 06: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO — The deadline has been extended to Feb. 3 for several American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award, Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award, Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, Paul Howard Award for Courage,...

Dec 06: Program for public library directors and their trustees to be featured in Symposium on the Future of Libraries

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — As part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, United for Libraries will present “Building the Future: Public Library Directors and Their Trustees Making Future...

Dec 06: ALA president responds to member concerns on new administration

Dear Members:

I would like to thank all who have shared their perspectives, questions and opinions. The American Library Association (ALA) has heard your concerns regarding how we should approach the incoming administration. To address these concerns, we have rescinded the “ALA...

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