Press Releases

Oct 16: Deadline approaching! Volunteer to serve on ALA or Council committees for 2013 - 2014

CHICAGO — Barbara Stripling, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for the 2013-2014 term (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Committee...

Oct 16: Freedom to Read Foundation announces nominating committee for 2013 election

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced the nominating committee for its April 2013 election.  Committee members are: Judith Platt, Washington, D.C.  (chair);  Jonathan Bloom, New...

Oct 16: LITA offering Web course in November

CHICAGO — Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, is now available, announced the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association...

Oct 16: Apply now for ACRL Immersion ’13 Teaching with Technology track

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’13 Teaching with Technology track. Complete program details and application materials are on the ACRL...

Oct 16: Create teen programs by teens for teens - popular workshop returns

CHICAGO —By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular workshop, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs with Jennifer Velásquez .

Only a foundation of teen participation...

Oct 16: Research perspectives on digital libraries and information access

CHICAGO — “Digital Libraries and Information Access: Research Perspectives” offers an authoritative and truly global exploration of current research in digital libraries. In this new book published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, editors...

Oct 16: Where Web 2.0 and Science 2.0 meet Pharma 3.0

CHICAGO — Science 2.0 uses the resources of Web 2.0 to communicate among scientists and with the general public. At the same time, technologies such as semantic search, cloud computing and mobile applications have already had an impact on the future relationships between drug makers and doctors...

Oct 16: ALA receives an IMLS National Leadership Grant to study digital services and resources in public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced it has received a three-year, National Leadership Grant award of $486,587.00 from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS).

ALA Office for Research & Statistics (ORS) Director Kathy Rosa will serve as...

Oct 16: Puzzled by PDA? New ALCTS publication will help

CHICAGO — Many librarians feel that patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), involving patrons in selecting books for libraries, has sprung out of nowhere. This rapidly evolving practice of involving patrons in selecting books for the library has some librarians wondering where it came from, what it is...

Oct 16: New ALA e-books and digital content website highlights business models and access issues

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the release of a new website that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-books and digital content in libraries. The website, part of the Transforming Libraries initiative, supports the work of the ALA’s...

Oct 16: NaNoWriMo @ your library

CHICAGO — Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

National Novel Writing Month is a creative writing project whose goal is to...

Oct 15: International Games Day publicity tools encourage all to read, laugh, play @ your library

CHICAGO — With International Games Day @ your library just around the corner (Saturday, Nov. 3), the American Library Association (ALA) is offering free publicity resources to help libraries of all types publicize their local activities.

Librarians can find the...

Oct 15: Insight and innovation in academic and professional publishing

CHICAGO — Bringing together expert publishing professionals to provide insight into industry developments, “Academic and Professional Publishing,” published by Chandos Publishing and...

Oct 15: Lessons in leadership from ethnic-minority librarians

CHICAGO — As our communities grow more diverse, leadership positions in the library must reflect the changing makeup of our culture.

Leadership in Libraries: A Focus on Ethnic-minority Librarians,” published by...

Oct 15: ALA, USIP encourage applications for 'Muslim Journeys' and 'Public Education for Peacebuilding Support'

Up to $2,000 in matching support available forALA/NEH “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf” programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is announcing a new funding opportunity for prospective applicants for the ALA/NEH...

Oct 15: Teens choose 'Divergent' as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Divergent” by Veronica Roth as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teens voted online between Aug. 15 and...

Oct 15: New OLOS toolkit provides powerful new tools for library service to poor and homeless populations

CHICAGO — “Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement,” the latest toolkit from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is now available as a free print or digital edition.

Developed by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the...

Oct 11: Ingram and Booklist team up for added one-click efficiency

CHICAGO —Already a powerful collection-development resource, Booklist Online has partnered with Ingram to add one more function that makes this workflow workhorse ever more indispensable in the rapidly changing library environment. Ordering selected materials for Ingram customers is now...

Oct 09: Bohrer, Gonzalez running for 2013-16 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO — Clara Nalli Bohrer, director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in West Bloomfield, Mich., and Mario M. Gonzalez, executive director of the Passaic (N.J.) Public Library, are the candidates for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2013-16...

Oct 09: Fall into autumn @ your library

CHICAGO — With students immersed in the school year and the cooler temperatures, the library is the place to check out both academic and extracurricular indoor programs this fall.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing when it comes to fall...

Oct 09: Libraries encourage parents to dare teens to read

CHICAGO — What do the Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter books have in common? Teens enjoy reading them for the fun of it! This year Teen Read Week™ will be celebrated Oct. 14 – 20. Libraries, schools and bookstores across the world will offer a variety of special...

Oct 09: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney awards

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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Oct 09: ALA receives IMLS grant to advance library-led community engagement

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities
partners ala with The Harwood Institute for phase one planning

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it received a 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century...

Oct 09: ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference, Cyber Zed Shed, poster, roundtable proposals

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting Cyber Zed Shed presentation, poster session, roundtable discussion and Virtual Conference webcast proposal submissions for the ACRL 2013 conference to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. Submit proposals...

Oct 09: LLAMA webinar examines the future of library consortia

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is presenting a webinar,“Sharing Our Collections : Looking to the Future,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Cooperative and consortial...

Oct 09: ACRL seeks nominations for 2013 awards

CHICAGO — For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $35,000 donated annually by...

Oct 09: Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library designated a Literary Landmark in honor of Harvey Pekar

PHILADELPHIA —  The Cleveland Heights (Ohio)-University Heights Public Library (Heights Libraries) will be designated a Literary Landmark  in honor of Harvey Pekar (1939-2010), author of the iconic comic book “American Splendor,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lee Road Branch of Heights...

Oct 09: AASL becomes Picture Book Month partner

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas,  Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative...

Oct 09: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2013 ALA Election:

Craig Scott Amos,...

Oct 08: Immroth, Young seek 2014-15 ALA presidency

CHICAGO— Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, and Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny, are the candidates for the 2014-15 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

“I am humbled and...

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