Press Releases

Nov 28: Center for the Future of Libraries offers new fellowship opportunity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Future of Libraries Fellowship program....

Nov 28: Walter announces candidacy for 2018-19 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Scott Walter, university librarian, DePaul University, Chicago, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2018-19 presidency of the American Library Association.

An ALA member for 20 years, Walter served on the ALA council 2013-16. He served on the ALA Publishing Committee 2014-...

Nov 28: Renner named member manager of YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Allison Renner, a Teen Services Librarian at the Cordova (Tennessee) Branch Library as its new member manager for the YALSAblog.

“The YALSAblog played a huge part in my...

Nov 23: Civic, social, and education innovators set stage for Symposium on the Future of Libraries

CHICAGO – A tech accelerator program for Black and Latina women founders of high-growth tech companies. A livable, inclusive, and sustainable neighborhood revitalization...

Nov 23: New eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on January 23, 2017.

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Nov 23: New Workshop: How to Run Great Webinars

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Run Great Webinars with Dan Freeman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday,...

Nov 22: Libraries Transform logo receives registered trademark

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform campaign logo is now an officially registered trademark. In accordance with the trademark, the logo has been updated by replacing the “TM” with the ®. The Libraries Transform website has been updated to reflect this change...

Nov 21: School librarians working together in Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas to advance ESSA state planning

CHICAGO – Three additional states have added their voice to the call for school librarian participation in the development of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state implementation plans. More than 175 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas attended...

Nov 21: Idaho and Oklahoma school librarians sprinting towards ESSA implementation

CHICAGO – On Nov 1., school librarians and educational stakeholders in Oklahoma and Idaho attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The workshops focused on highlighting opportunities within ESSA language for school...

Nov 21: PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Becky Spratford

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on December 7, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host “Sure Bet Bests: Matching Readers With Their ‘Best’ Reads,” ...

Nov 21: ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO – To improve customer service and support, effective December 12, 2016, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center.

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Nov 19: ALA president responds to concerns from members about press release regarding library priorities and the new administration

Dear ALA Members,

Please accept this apology regarding the press release Libraries Bolster Opportunity: New briefs show how libraries support policy priorities of new administration, which was posted Friday. The release was still in draft form; and in the haste to...

Nov 18: AASL invites concurrent session proposals for its 18th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete proposals must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. More...

Nov 18: New Workshop: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/...

Nov 17: Third Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference wraps up in UAE

Librarians from across the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA) gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) November 8–10 for the third annual SIBF/American Library Association Conference. The conference is ALA’s most ambitious...

Nov 17: Free webinar: 'Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership'

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org for a free webinar, “Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership,” at 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The webinar will explore how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law...

Nov 15: Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action

An election is one of the strongest forms of democracy in action. As such, it should also be one of our most joyful celebrations. The year’s particularly divisive campaign, however, revealed a chasm of which many of us...

Nov 15: ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit a nomination for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr....

Nov 15: ALA President Julie Todaro releases statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries  and librarians will play within their communities as many search for common ground after the election. 

"After a contentious campaign season filled...

Nov 15: ALA offers expertise, resources to incoming administration and Congress [RESCINDED]

ALA has rescinded this press release and removed it from the website. We regret that this means that the "Comments" section is also pulled down from this location at this time; however, we are identifying the best way to re-locate comments to another public...

Nov 15: AASL presents 30 ESSA state workshops in 60 days

CHICAGO – When presentations wrapped in Nebraska and Alaska on Nov. 11, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) completed a monumental task of facilitating 30 state-level Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) workshops in only 60 days. The workshops, presented in collaboration with the...

Nov 15: EBSCO offers seven scholarships to attend 2017 ALA Annual Conference — winners receive up to $1,000 for conference-related expenses

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are partnering to offer seven scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in...

Nov 15: Request for Proposals (Deadline Extended) - ASCLA's Online Learning

CHICAGO – Do you have an idea for a webinar or online course you would like to present? The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit a webinar...

Nov 15: Mary Kay Andrews among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall and Emily Fridlund will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern...

Nov 15: School librarians in Missouri, Hawaii and Alabama prepared for ESSA state planning

CHICAGO – School librarians in three additional states are prepared and eager to participate in the development of their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state implementation plans. Along with other educational stakeholders, school librarians in Missouri, Hawaii and Alabama attended workshops...

Nov 15: ESSA workshops right on time for Pennsylvania and Connecticut school librarians

CHICAGO – On Oct. 25, school librarians and educational stakeholders in Pennsylvania and Connecticut attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The workshops focused on highlighting opportunities within ESSA language...

Nov 15: PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. releases statement on public libraries and inclusiveness

CHICAGO – Public Library Association (PLA) President Felton Thomas Jr. released the following statement in response to the divisive election season and the post-election challenges our communities face. This message is in support of the...

Nov 15: Melody Townley selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Melody Townley has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to...

Nov 15: Denise Tabscott selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Denise Tabscott has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to...

Nov 14: ALCTS to host its first online interactive forum in May 2017

CHICAGO — In May 2017, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will hold its first-ever fully online event the ALCTS Exchange. Part of the upcoming 60th...

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