Press Releases

Jul 08: ASCLA offering eCourse on Captioning Instructional Videos

CHICAGO--Beginning Monday, August 1, 2016, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will offer a four-week course on creating and synchronizing...

Jul 08: Still Time to Apply to the Emerging Leaders Program

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the ...

Jul 08: eCourse on Current Issues Starting Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week course on Current Issues. The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from July 11 – August...

Jul 07: Developing, managing, and sustaining unique digital collections

CHICAGO — Planning and managing a self-contained digitization project is one thing, but how do you transition to a digital library program? Or better yet, how do you start a program from scratch? In “Digital Library Programs for...

Jul 07: South Carolina State Library chosen as site for 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture

ORLANDO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the South Carolina State Library and the city of Columbia, South Carolina to serve as the host site for the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring...

Jul 07: 2016 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General...

Jul 06: PLA now accepting applications for first-ever Dynamic Planning Institute in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association’s (PLA) new Dynamic Planning Institute, with content developed and delivered by trainer Stephanie Gerding, will blend an intensive in-person training with three months of personalized online...

Jul 06: ALSC announces winners of 2016 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Jul 05: Join the Lecture Series, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition"

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED invite libraries to participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, "The...

Jul 05: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA Elections announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-large have until 11:59 p.m. on...

Jul 05: Dr. Cheryl Knott receives 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award

CHICAGO —The Gleason Book Award Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to present the 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award to Cheryl Knott, associate professor at the School of Information at the University of Arizona, for "Not...

Jul 05: Witt receives 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award

CHICAGO — The winner of the 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award is Steven Witt for "Agents of Change: The Rise of International Librarianship and the Age of Globalization" in Library Trends vol. 62, no. 3 (2014) pp. 504-518.

This award is presented biennially by the American...

Jul 05: AASL announces recipients of Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the inaugural recipients of two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program...

Jul 05: United for Libraries dedicates Literary Landmarks for Erich Maria Remarque and E. L. Doctorow

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book, recently dedicated two Literary Landmarks on the same New York City block.  The dedications, for Erich Maria Remarque and E.L. Doctorow,  occurred on June 18 on the 300 block of East 57th Street, and...

Jul 05: The ultimate guide to mining, finding, evaluating, and using government resources

CHICAGO — Government data and resources are uniquely useful to researchers and other library users. But without a roadmap, sifting through the sheer quantity of information to find the right answers is foolhardy. Already well established as an essential navigational tool for both LIS students...

Jul 05: Hosting Your Own Comic-Con: Bring Patrons to Your Library with Comic Books Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic-Con: Bring Patrons to Your Library with Comic Books with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Jul 01: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new online event, Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event with Maxine Bleiweis. 

This fall, Maxine Bleiweis—consultant, former library director, and...

Jul 01: FOIA Improvement Act widens public’s window on workings of government
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement applauding Congress’ passage and President Barack Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act into law. The bill will improve public access to government documents...
Jun 30: New research articles examine audiobooks, effective learners and digital learning

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning...

Jun 30: The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO —  Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and...

Jun 29: Sherry Gick wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Sherry Gick has won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Gick's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Gick referred Erin Preder to AASL....

Jun 29: Quaker day school library wins ALA’s 2016 Jaffarian Award for Greensboro sit-in program

CHICAGO — The library at Friends Seminary, a private Quaker day school in New York City, has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for creating an exceptional program for eighth-graders about the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960.

As the recipient of ALA’s 2016 Sara Jaffarian...

Jun 28: 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Libraries Transform, and We Stand With Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida — With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando,...

Jun 27: Dealing with Difficult Patrons Workshop

Editions Workshop Press Release

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Dealing with Difficult Patrons with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm...

Jun 25: AASL announces 2016 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2016 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher...

Jun 25: AASL announces 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO  – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. The annual list honors 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for...

Jun 25: First recipient chosen for scholarship from Kino Lorber targeted to assist future media librarians

New York City, NY, June 24 - Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., today announced the first winner of a scholarship presented in collaboration with the Video Roundtable (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). Lydia Hope Creech, a master’s candidate in Library Science...

Jun 24: Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library eCourse

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on August 22, 2016...

Jun 24: Using Apps to Become a More Productive Professional Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Using Apps to Become a More Productive Professional with Rita Gavelis. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am...

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