Press Releases

Oct 06: PLA Midwinter Institute offers strategies for partnering with law enforcement to advance social justice

The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an interactive institute from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 20, 2017 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. "...

Oct 04: GLBTRT, GODORT seek nominations for first-ever Larry Romans Mentorship Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) is seeking nominations for the inaugural Larry Romans Mentorship Award.

Named for Larry Romans (1947-2016), Head of Government...

Oct 04: LLAMA Webinar Highlights the Nuts and Bolts of Supervision

CHICAGO — Are you a new or aspiring library manager? Do you have questions about your role and responsibilities but aren’t comfortable asking your employer? Are you unsure how to handle unmotivated employees, absent management, or patrons who blur the line of legally acceptable conduct? 

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Oct 04: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Megan Oakleaf

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Megan Oakleaf from noon - 1 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. This webinar is part in an ongoing series of free webinars featuring...

Oct 04: ACRL releases updated scholarly communication toolkit

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The Toolkit has been updated with new and revised content and is now hosted through Springshare...

Oct 04: Nominees sought for 2017 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996...

Oct 04: Georgia, Illinois and Indiana school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 24, school librarians and educational stakeholders in Georgia, Illinois and Indiana attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in...

Oct 04: Applications sought for 2017 GLBTRT Political Activism Award
CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) is seeking nominations for its second-annual Political Activism Award.
 
Given since 2016, the award honors librarians, library related organizations (including...
Oct 04: GLBTRT seeks nominations for Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the second-annual Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community.

Given since 2016, the Newlen-Symons Award honors recent library initiatives that demonstrate excellence in library services to...

Oct 04: New ALA Editions session: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new session of its popular online event, Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event with Maxine Bleiweis. 

This winter, Maxine Bleiweis—consultant, former...

Oct 04: ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda

Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The...

Oct 03: Run for office by filing electronic petition

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2017 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. A...

Oct 03: ALA President Julie Todaro responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library free speech arrests

CHICAGO -   On May 9, 2016 Kansas City Public Library Director of Public Programing Steve Woolfolk was arrested for his efforts to protect free speech during a public program entitled “Truman and Israel.” During the program off-duty police officers hired by the event sponsor arrested a patron...

Oct 03: Applications now being accepted for 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend...

Oct 03: Why do librarians need to know about ontologies?

CHICAGO — More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today's information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit...

Sep 30: Exciting Breakfast for Bill at the ALSC Mini Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced a very special...

Sep 30: Register for free webinar on how to participate in 2017 Money Smart Week

CHICAGO — Register today for a free webinar on Oct. 14, 2016, to learn how your library can participate in 2017 Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Register at http://bit.ly/2cqny1i and participate in this hour-long webinar that will provide you with resources,...

Sep 30: New Workshop: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday,...

Sep 30: Participants of IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), have announced the first 20 participants of its IMLS grant funded project,...

Sep 29: Better library conversations

CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and...

Sep 28: New research articles examine leadership, capstone projects and library supervisors

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning...

Sep 27: Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 17, more than 70 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School...

Sep 27: Transforming Lives through Literacy: AEFL Week 2016

CHICAGO — As we mark 2016’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The increasing demand for services underscores the intersection of literacy with...

Sep 27: Applications now available for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a Friend of a college/university library to attend the...

Sep 27: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library...

Sep 27: 2016 LITA Forum early bird rates extended
 
Chicago -- LITA has extended the members early bird registration rate another two weeks for the 2016 LITA Forum and save $50.
 
Sep 26: The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “...

Sep 26: ASCLA offers Tulip Time fundraising cruise in 2017

CHICAGO--The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has confirmed their annual fundraising trip to The Netherlands and Belgium during Tulip Time 2017. Hosted by AMA Waterways, this seven night river cruise starting...

Sep 23: ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (...

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