Press Releases

Jan 22: YALSA announces 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

The...

Jan 22: Meeting room policies, displays and drag queen storytimes to be discussed at ALA Midwinter Meeting

Meeting room policies, drag queen storytimes, research databases, and library book displays have made headlines and sparked controversy in libraries. At the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will host “...

Jan 20: ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code awards 10 "Promising Practice" libraries for broadening participation and diversity in CS Ed programs

Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, announced 10 libraries to receive a “Promising Practice” award for programs they designed for Computer Science Education (CS Ed)...

Jan 18: PLA develops early childhood literacy activity calendars

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has developed a new product designed to boost early childhood literacy programming in libraries, schools and daycare centers. PLA's...

Jan 18: Glass selected as YALSA’s 2019 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Traci Glass, Library Administrator at the Central Library of the Multnomah County Library, in Portland, OR, as its 2019 Board...

Jan 18: Igniting a spirit of inquiry in students

CHICAGO — In our technology-saturated world, all the answers we seek are at our fingertips. Right? Though students might think so, educators know otherwise. But beyond merely helping students find answers to questions, information literacy instruction ought to ignite within...

Jan 18: Booklist announces July 2019 as Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

CHICAGO — July 2019 will be Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, an innovative, first-of-its-kind program through which the American Library Association’s review journal for public libraries will forge key partnerships...

Jan 18: New from ACRL, “Motivating Students on a Time Budget”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and...

Jan 17: An update to the classic Mother Goose on the Loose pre-literacy resource

CHICAGO — Named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboards, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that...

Jan 17: New books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits for products that meet the widest range of your...

Jan 16: Travel with ASGCLA-Ireland 2019

CHICAGO-The Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) offers an international trip annually open to its members and the general public. 

This year join ASGCLA during our 2019 literary tour to North & Western Ireland. We will travel May 11-28,...

Jan 16: ALA joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observance of 2019 National Day of Racial Healing

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan...

Jan 15: Using Design Thinking to Create Transformative Learning Experiences: New ALA Annual Preconference

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions has partnered with Infopeople on a three-hour interactive preconference at ALA Annual, where library staff and trainers will have the opportunity to develop more innovative and meaningful learning for their staff and users using design thinking....

Jan 15: Candidates announced for 2019 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2019 Election. This year six nominees...

Jan 15: New workshop: Dealing with Mental Health on the Front Lines

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Dealing with Mental Health on the Front Lines with Loren Mc Clain. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and...

Jan 15: New session: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will...

Jan 14: EBSCO and ALA award five scholarships for librarians to attend ALA Midwinter

Chicago — January 10, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five...

Jan 11: New session: Getting the Most Out of Library Volunteers Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Getting the Most Out of Library Volunteers with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes...

Jan 11: Meet the 2019 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers!

Eager and willing to start 2019 with trending news about book challenges, intriguing interviews of authors and librarians and authoritative content from the a broad range of library fields, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is pleased to introduce ten new bloggers in addition to five...

Jan 10: Moniz receives YALSA’s 2019 Innovation Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Ryan Moniz, Learning and Growth Librarian at the Markham Public Library in Ontario, Canada, for his Essential Skills program as the recipient of its 2019...

Jan 10: New iteration: Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning. Diane Kovacs will serve as the...

Jan 10: New eCourse Bundle: Cataloging for Newbies

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new eCourse bundle, Cataloging for Newbies. Dr. Mary Bolin will serve as the instructor for a 24-week professional development experience starting on Monday...

Jan 09: Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant deadline extended to February 8

The American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is excited to announce a three week extension to the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries  — applications will now be due on February 8, 2019 (previous deadline: Jan 18, 2019).

We are excited to...

Jan 09: Making Games and Online Interactive Content – a new LITA web course

Chicago -- Sign up now for the newest LITA web course

Making Games and Online Interactive Content
February 6 – February 27, 2019
Presenter: Ruby Warren, User...

Jan 09: New eCourse—US Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner's Guide

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, US Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner's Guide. Jill Hurst-Wahl will serve as the instructor for a 4-week...

Jan 09: Brakel and Carroll Seek 2020-2021 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Lisa Brakel and Kathy Carroll will seek the 2020-2021 AASL presidential term during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at ...

Jan 08: Jeanne Theoharis to keynote 20th annual King observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Professor and author Jeanne Theoharis will deliver the keynote address at the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Seattle. The 2019 Celebration will be...

Jan 08: Host libraries sought for 2019 PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative

Applications due February 1st

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications from public libraries interested in participating in PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) for the summer of 2019...

Jan 08: Choice sharing curated extracts of the 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles list with non-subscribers

MIDDLETOWN, CT. -  In January of each year, Choice publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. This year’s complete list features 455 books and digital resources from 141...