Press Releases

May 29: LITA Education Call for Proposals, 2019 – 2020

Chicago -- What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers...

May 29: Heather Pelham has been selected for the 2019 ASGCLA Exceptional Service Award

Heather Pelham, Public Services Librarian, Georgetown County Library System, SC, has been selected for the 2019 Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies Exceptional Service Award. She was chosen for her advocacy and work re-establishing a library...

May 29: How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to...

May 28: Tulsa City-County Library wins 2019 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The Library was selected for implementing the community-driven idea of...

May 28: Dr. Mirah J. Dow wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Mirah J. Dow, professor and director of the Ph.D. Program at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the...

May 28: 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton for "A Rapidly Escalating Demand: Academic Libraries and the Birth of Black Studies Programs." Knowlton's essay traces the response of a...

May 28: Gary Janetti to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Gary Janetti will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Authors Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Jessica Holmes will...

May 28: 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries Opens Call for Session Proposals

CHICAGO – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for the 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 24 - 28, 2020, in...

May 28: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo presents webinar: 'Libraries, Comics and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities'

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is happy to partner with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host a free webinar on the impact of representation and reflection of communities of color in comics. Please join us on June 12th for the "Libraries, Comics, and Superheroes of...

May 28: Anonymity is examined in new book from the Center for the Future of Libraries

CHICAGO — "Anonymity,” by Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper, is the newest volume in a series from ALA’s Center for the Future...

May 28: ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office welcomes 2019 Google Fellow Katelyn N. Ringrose

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office announced today that Katelyn Ringrose will serve as ALA’s 2019 Google Policy...

May 24: AASL opens nominations for administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. Administrators must be nominated by an AASL member and both the administrator and the AASL member must be able to attend the 2019 AASL...

May 24: AASL launches school administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – With support from OverDrive Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a two-year initiative to engage with an audience vital to the success of school librarian advocacy: school administrators. The "AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators...

May 23: ALA President Loida Garcia – Febo shares insights on sustainable thinking during United Nations event

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia – Febo joined international library leaders for a knowledge-sharing event entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries Today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities." The event was hosted by the...

May 22: George Kendall new Booklist Editor and Publisher

George Kendall will join Booklist on June 10th, 2019 as its new Editor and Publisher. George has more than 20 years’ experience with a variety of publishers, including an extensive background in content strategy, digital innovation, web development, and team leadership. He has most recently been...

May 22: Utah Library Association receives the 2019 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association is the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

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May 22: Assessment strategies in technical services

CHICAGO — Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of “...

May 21: United for Libraries to present June 10 webinar on 'Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach'

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach” on Monday, June 10...

May 21: Chapter Advocacy Exchange on June 6 to focus on ‘Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians’

The ALA Chapter Relations Office, along with United for Libraries, will present a Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar on “Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate...

May 21: Loudoun County Public Library wins ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia) has been named the 2019 winner of the American Library Association's Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program, Science On Tap.

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library...

May 21: Jefferson Jr. and Swader win the 2019 ALA Equality Award

CHICAGO – Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Lorelle R. Swader are the 2019 recipients of the ALA’s Equality Award. They will both receive $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  The award is given to an individual or group for outstanding...

May 21: Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds is the Opening General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for...

May 21: LITA AvramCamp, a 2019 ALA Annual Preconference

Chicago -- Register now for this unique and affordable LITA workshop at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

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May 20: Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports...

May 20: Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn...

May 20: The 2019 Cathleen Bourdon Award goes to Liz Bishoff

Liz Bishoff, is the 2019 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, presented by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Owner of Liz Bishoff Group LLC, Ms. Bishoff has been a tireless leader and supporter of the ASGCLA...

May 20: LITA Learnings: Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform

Chicago -- Don't miss this new LITA webinar

Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform
Thursday, May 30, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Hong Ma...

May 17: Dewey Decibel podcast to host CSK Book Award winners at 2019 ALA Annual

CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

The panel, to be held at the PopTop Stage...

May 17: Laurie Halse Anderson joins Colson Whitehead in 'Reading Dangerously' at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO — New York Times bestselling author and intellectual freedom advocate Laurie Halse Anderson will speak at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019.  Anderson, recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American...

May 17: Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-...