Press Releases

Apr 25: Alexander Ames Wins the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay
CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay to Alexander Ames for “The 'Spirit of The Fatherland': German-American Culture And Community in the Library and Archive of the German Society of Pennsylvania, 1817-2017.”...
Apr 25: Broward Public Library Foundation Wins the 2017 Loleta D. Fyan Award
CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Broward Public Library Foundation project “Project upLIFT: Libraries Inform Family Tolerance." Summarizing the proposed project, project director Dorothy Klein writes: “Broward County Library’s Project...
Apr 25: New Workshop—Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide with Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 2:...

Apr 25: Take action for libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day

For National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, 2017, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies.

If you can’t make it...

Apr 24: Popular thriller author, Gregg Hurwitz to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference

CHICAGO— Gregg Hurwitz, famed author of Orphan X (Minotaur, an imprint of Macmillan) and many...

Apr 24: Julia Quinn, famed romance author to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference

CHICAGO—Famed romance author, Julia Quinn, (Because of Miss Bridgerton, HarperCollins) is slated to speak at this year’s Literary...

Apr 21: FAFLRT/ASCLA Merger Voted to Move Forward

CHICAGO - The Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) voted to proceed with merging with the...

Apr 21: ALSC seeks research-to-practice webinar proposals
To increase ALSC’s continuing education opportunities, the Education Committee is pleased to announce its new Research-to-Practice webinar series. The purpose of the series is to disseminate current research related to youth services and address how it can be applied in public and school...
Apr 21: Innovative outreach programs and strategies sought for 2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from institutions of all kinds to submit proposals for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday,...

Apr 20: United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — In celebration of  Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the...

Apr 20: Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.

Caulkins will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2017 ALA Annual...

Apr 20: Dion Graham, award-winning narrator and actor to speak at Annual Conference

CHICAGO--Dion Graham, multi-award-winning audiobook narrator, and actor, is confirmed to speak at RUSA’s signature Annual Conference event, Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year. Graham, the ...

Apr 20: Carla Hayden receives the 2017 Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO – Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden is the winner of the 2017 Melvil Dewey Medal.  This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was...

Apr 20: Libraries celebrate Money Smart Week®, April 22 - 29, 2017

CHICAGO – Now more than ever, knowing how to handle money is critical to our survival. Virtually from cradle to grave, we are faced with financial challenges, and how we face up to those challenges depends on how well we arm ourselves with reliable, accurate information.

From April 22-29...

Apr 19: Alison Kirkpatrick receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Alison Kirkpatrick, school librarian at River Road High School in Amarillo, Texas, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and...

Apr 19: Julie Stivers receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Julie Stivers, school librarian at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Raleigh, N.C., is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who...

Apr 19: Warren Drake receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Warren Drake, superintendent of schools for the East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) School System, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school...

Apr 19: YALSA receives IMLS Grant for National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through CE project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) was awarded a grant in the amount of $99,784 by the...

Apr 19: Langella to receive 2017 National Library Legislative Day Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has chosen Peter Langella as a third recipient for its National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Stipend in light of recent events regarding the ambiguous future of federal library funding.

The stipend, worth up to $1,000 and...

Apr 19: Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2018 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2018 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer...

Apr 19: ALA stands up for science, encourages March for Science participation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) joins more than 170 organizations to work to defend the vital role science plays within evidence-based policy making. The ALA encourages its more than 57,000 members to participate in the...

Apr 19: YALSA seeks member manager for blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its collection development and content curation blog, The Hub.

The member manager will lead an...

Apr 19: Mary Mackay to become new ALA Associate Executive Director for Publishing
CHICAGO -  After a nationwide search for the American Library Association’s new Associate Executive Director for Publishing, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Mackay to the role. Mary will start her new position on June 5th.
 
Mary has been with ALA since...
Apr 19: Libraries fuel cultural understanding and acceptance through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Demographic projections show more than half of the country’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group in the...

Apr 18: Wonder Woman and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics Summer 2017 catalog has arrived, featuring new products that will excite and inspire readers of all ages. The catalog cover features actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the new...

Apr 14: Public Library Association awarded grant to sponsor summer library internships

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that it will pilot a diversity-focused library internship program this summer. PLA received funding from the Institute of Museum and...

Apr 14: Public Library Association members elect Ziesenhenne as 2018-19 president; Chase, Jeske and Plymire to board

CHICAGO — Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, director of the Palo Alto (California) City Library, has been elected 2018-2019 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). She will serve a three-year term beginning...

Apr 14: Skip Dye elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Skip Dye, VP, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House, has been elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president. Dye will serve as president-elect during 2017-2018 under United for Libraries President Steve Laird.

“It is an honor to be...

Apr 14: Spring 2017 issue of ALA Office for Accreditation's newsletter Prism now available

CHICAGO - The Spring 2017 issue of Prism: the newsletter from the ALA Office for Accreditation, published semi-annually, is now available.

Included in this issue:

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Apr 14: Adam Szczepaniak, Jr. elected ASCLA President 2018-2019

CHICAGO - Adam Szczepaniak, Jr., Deputy State Librarian & Director at New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center elected President for 2018-19 for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA)....

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