Press Releases

Apr 17: Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity Recipients Named

CHICAGO – Diana Haneski, Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and Yvonne Cech, Library Director of the Brookfield Library in Brookfield, CT, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with...

Apr 17: Christina Dorr wins the Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Christina Dorr, Media Specialist, Hilliard Weaver Middle School (Hilliard, Ohio), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award, supported by the Scholastic Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation...

Apr 17: Sally Gardner Reed Receives the 2018 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO – Sally Gardner Reed is the winner of the 2018 Joseph W. Lippincott Award.  This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

“The jury for the 2018 Joseph W....

Apr 17: Susan Roman receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. Susan Roman, Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, is the American Library Association (ALA) 2018 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.  

The award, that seeks to acknowledge exceptional contributions to...

Apr 17: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The Western Maryland Regional Library’s Service, Safety, and Security in Western Maryland” is the 2018 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates...

Apr 17: Sara Jones, director of county library services, Marin County Free Library, wins 2018 Sullivan Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sara Jones, Director of County Library services, Marin County Free Library.  The Sullivan Award is presented annually...

Apr 17: Selection Committee appointed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals

CHICAGO — The 2019 selection committee is starting work on picking the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, now in their eighth year. The 2019 committee includes the following...

Apr 17: AASL publishes new research on diversity in graphic novels

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR),examines how race is depicted in graphic...

Apr 17: Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, April 21-28

CHICAGO – It is never too early to become financially literate. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement. And our nation’s libraries are here to help,...

Apr 17: A cataloging and metadata handbook from ALCTS for coding with XML

CHICAGO — Even experienced catalogers and copy catalogers who know their way around the tags and strings of a MARC record need guidance when creating metadata for sharing bibliographic records or digital collections on the web. Likewise, coders or new librarians coming from iSchool or software...

Apr 17: Emily Crist, Sean Leahy and Alan Carbery win the 2018 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO —The winners of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant are Emily Crist, Sean Leahy, and Alan Carbery for the project entitled “Ecological Momentary Assessment of Student Research Behaviors.”

The $3,000 grant supports innovative research...

Apr 17: Thousands to visit libraries for guidance on preserving heirlooms, keepsakes

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are preparing to celebrate Preservation Week, April 22 – 28, a time when libraries from across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, recipes, photos, family documents, textiles, digital items and other valuable...

Apr 17: Choose Privacy Week 2018: Big Data Is Watching You

CHICAGO – In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony last week and the related explosion of public interest in how online personal data is collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes misused, this year’s Choose Privacy Week theme— “Big...

Apr 16: LLAMA Webinar: Sustain Your Library Through Relationship Building and Community Engagement

A question on every library leader’s mind these days is how do I keep my library relevant?  One of the most important ways is by establishing and nurturing community relationships that can advance your strategic initiatives.  But how do you determine which relationships are the most valuable?...

Apr 16: ALA Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2019 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2019 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2019 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, Treasurer, and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect,...

Apr 16: 2018 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners for the 2018 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established by...

Apr 16: McGowan elected ALSC 2019-2020 president

CHICAGO — Cecilia P. McGowan, Children's Services Coordinator, King County Library System, Issaquah, Washington, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“I am humbled...

Apr 16: Libraries champion nation’s diversity through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – Demographic trends indicate the United States will become a majority minority country in the near future. To help guide local communities during this time of rapid social change, libraries and librarians are developing programs, services and collections that are as diverse as the...

Apr 16: Bowen elected ALCTS President for 2019-2020

CHICAGO —Jennifer Bowen, associate dean for scholarly resource management at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries, has been elected the 2019-2020 President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).

She has held a variety of technical...

Apr 13: Rachel Holder receives BRASS Student Travel Award

CHICAGO—Rachel Holder, MLS candidate at Indiana University was selected as this year's recipient of the BRASS Student Travel Award sponsored by SimplyAnalytics. The award includes a $1,250 monetary prize...

Apr 13: PLA seeks volunteers for committees, task forces, advisory groups, and award juries

Members encouraged to apply by May 11

CHICAGO -- Attention: Public Library Association (PLA) members. Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and become more active in PLA? Please consider applying to join PLA as a volunteer on one of our committees, task...

Apr 13: Heather Moulaison Sandy Wins 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award
Heather Moulaison Sandy has been named the winner of the 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Publishing and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor...
Apr 13: New LLAMA Officers Elected

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Anne Moore has been elected as the new President-elect. She is the Dean of the J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Upon hearing of her election, Moore said, "I am extremely humbled...

Apr 13: Keeling elected 2019-2020 AASL president

CHICAGO – Mary Keeling, library services supervisor for Newport News (Va.) Public Schools, has been elected as the 2019-2020 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President. Keeling will serve as president-elect during 2018-2019 under AASL President Kathryn Roots Lewis.

Upon...

Apr 12: Preconference "It Takes a Village" focuses on grassroots collaboration

CHICAGO--On Friday, June 22, 2018 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host an all-day Preconference on how to foster discussion, engagement and impact throughout user communities at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. The session, called “...

Apr 12: ALSC names 2018 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2018 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and...

Apr 12: Karen Munro elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Karen Munro, associate dean of libraries, learning, and research services at Simon Fraser University, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and assume the presidency in July 2019 for...

Apr 12: Libraries Welcome House Administration Committee Approval of FDLP Modernization Act
National library associations praised the Committee on House Administration’s approval of the FDLP Modernization Act (H.R. 5305) today. The bipartisan bill would...
Apr 12: ALA Panel on Capitol Hill: Leverage Libraries, E-rate to Improve Tribal, Rural Access to High-Speed Internet
In a panel hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) on Capitol Hill today, Tribal librarians and rural telecom experts advocated for leveraging the federal E-rate program to improve broadband access in Tribal and rural areas. The discussion, moderated by National Museum of the American...
Apr 12: Elizabeth (Beth) German elected as President-Elect of RUSA

CHICAGO—Elizabeth (Beth) German, Service Design Librarian at Texas A&M University was elected as the 2018-2019 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. German will serve her Presidential term during 2019-2020....