Press Releases

Oct 02: October webinar highlights the many uses of outcomes data

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association's Public Programs Office are partnering to present a webinar on the benefits of using outcomes data to improve and support library programming. Participants will learn how to leverage ...

Oct 02: Run for office by filing an 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 2018 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for...

Oct 02: Get ready to celebrate International Games Week 2017 – October 29 – November 4, 2017

Due to ever-increasing demand, International Games Day became International Games Week in 2017! This week-long event is now more flexible and supports gaming across the spectrum of libraries. This year’s event will...

Oct 02: Small/rural public libraries invited to apply for stipends for dialogue and deliberation workshop at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Libraries Transforming Communities:...

Sep 28: Longlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – Forty-six books, 25 fiction, 21 nonfiction, have been selected for the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is ...

Sep 28: ALA appoints Jessica Hughes ASCLA/RUSA executive director
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Jessica Hughes executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of ALA. She will start Oct. 9.

She currently serves as...

Sep 28: Ken Varnum Appointed New ITAL Editor

Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, has been appointed as the new editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the Library and...

Sep 27: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing...

Sep 27: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor...

Sep 26: AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its colleagues impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As recovery efforts begin, AASL encourages schools to apply for one of two AASL disaster relief grants: the ...

Sep 26: Accessibility and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Technology highly influences accessibility—many patrons use...

Sep 26: Applications open for the 2018 AASL awards program

CHICAGO - Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2018 awards season are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program...

Sep 26: Registration & housing now open for PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO — It’s official. Registration and housing are now open for PLA’s 2018 Conference! Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and...

Sep 26: Libraries Transform through Literacy: AEFL Week 2017

CHICAGO – As we mark 2017’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from September 24-30, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The correlation between literacy and income inequality, health outcomes and rates of...

Sep 26: RUSA achievement awards nomination period opens

CHICAGO—Beginning October 1, 2017, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will open the nomination period for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting...

Sep 26: Essentials for the government information librarian

CHICAGO — Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work...

Sep 25: ALSC 2018 National Institute Registration Now Open
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2018 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "All Aboard! Embracing Advocacy and Inclusion” will be held Sept. 27-29,...
Sep 25: Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the...

Sep 22: Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando...

Sep 21: AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration deadline approaching

CHICAGO – Only three weeks remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their registration prior to Oct. 12 save $50 over late/on-site rates for the conference, taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information,...

Sep 21: Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history. Written by Faye Phillips, an...

Sep 21: New Workshop: Cataloging Judaica Resources

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica Resources with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am...

Sep 20: September 2017 update from the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

As the nation grapples with a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and white supremacist violence, public libraries are finding themselves, naturally, at the center of critical community conversations around inclusion, tolerance, and safety. It's timely that the...

Sep 20: ALA Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, library rebuilding efforts

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CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts...

Sep 20: ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college...

Sep 19: Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the...

Sep 19: ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO – Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadlines are Feb. 1, 2018. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit...

Sep 19: Partnership supports renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study

Updated research report will identify the most effective ways to advocate for public library funding

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and OCLC are pleased to announce a partnership...

Sep 19: Nation celebrates the power of words during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

CHICAGO – Libraries, bookstores and schools will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017, an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week thousands of libraries, bookstores,...