Press Releases

May 15: Keith Michael Fiels to speak at Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon during ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, featuring ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, from noon-1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday...

May 15: New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker...

May 14: Get tips on managing media with a free webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on May 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free live, hour-long webinar, “Managing Traditional and Social Media for Libraries,” covering the fundamentals of media planning and...

May 14: Genevieve Owens voted ALCTS president-elect

CHICAGO — Genevieve Owens, assistant director of the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library, is the newly elected president-elect of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Owens will become...

May 14: ALCTS presents two outstanding virtual preconferences in June

CHICAGO — Two virtual preconferences presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services take place in June prior to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,Calif.

Local Collections, Collective...

May 14: Mary Beth Weber appointed new LRTS editor

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Mary Beth Weber as the new editor of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS).  Ms. Weber’s...

May 14: Registration open for 2012-2013 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO —Registration is open at www.ala.org/wrestlemania for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

To...

May 14: ALA Public Programs Office presents new ideas for library programming at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present a diverse offering of programs at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, open to all attendees who are interested in learning how to make their library a community center for lifelong learning and civic...

May 14: A practical approach to the basics of cataloging in AACR2, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and MARC21

CHICAGO—The launch of RDA:  Resource Description and Access has already transformed cataloging standards. Written at a time of transition in international cataloging, “Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21,” from...

May 14: Carolyn Larson recognized for service to RUSA MARS with My Favorite Martian Award

CHICAGO —Carolyn S. Larson, head of the Business Reference Section - Science, Technology & Business Division/Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2012 My Favorite Martian Award for contributions to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in...

May 14: Georgia State University’s Joel Glogowski wins new RUSA BRASS conference travel grant for academic librarians

CHICAGO — Joel Glogowski, economics, public management and policy and business librarian at Georgia State University, is the inaugural recipient of the BRASS Business Expert Press Award for Academic Librarians, a travel grant presented by the ...

May 14: 'Mapping Transformation'— 2012 ALA Virtual Conference, registration open

CHICAGO — “Mapping Transformation” frames the July 18 and 19, 2012, ALA Virtual Conference— an interactive professional development opportunity ideal both for those unable to attend Annual Conference and those who are ready for more. A full series of interactive 45-minute Web sessions will...

May 14: AASL webinar presents the power of care in the school library program

CHICAGO — The June 12 Knowledge Quest webinar, hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will focus on caring and its place in the school library program. Presented by Olga Nesi, the webinar “The Transformative Power of Care,” will look at how showing care can make...

May 14: Joint Conference of Librarians of Color early bird registration closes at midnight June 13

CHICAGO — Early bird registration for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23 in Kansas City, Mo., closes Wednesday June 13. 

JCLC is a conference for everyone—with engaging speakers, special events and more than 70 concurrent sessions exploring issues of diversity...

May 14: APALA and REFORMA highlight diverse voices in graphic novels

CHICAGO —The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the REFORMA—The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking...

May 11: ALA and IIDA announce winners of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition

CHICAGO — The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) have selected the winners of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. The...

May 11: ALA GraphiCon—the mini conference within ALA Annual Conference!

CHICAGO — ALA GraphiCon is an innovation for 2012 ALA Annual Conference, offering a wide range of programs, events and exhibits specially for graphic novel and comic fans and anyone wanting to learn more about their role in the library.

GraphiCon 2012 @ Annual includes the following...

May 10: Dig deeper with the new readers’ advisory guide to horror

CHICAGO — Vampires, zombies, ghosts and ghoulies: there are more things going bump in the night than ever. So how do you wend your way through all of them to find the ones that interest a particular reader? As both an introductory guide for librarians just dipping their toes into the brackish...

May 10: Job advice workshop offered by ALSC on June 13

CHICAGO— On Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Central, ALSC will offer a free online workshop for all students interested in children’s services....

May 09: 2012 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects announced

CHICAGO — Every year, libraries across the world introduce - and sustain - projects that make a difference to their citizens and connect the international community in genuine and new ways.  

The 2012 recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library...

May 09: Booth receives FTRF Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named Steven Booth, an archivist with the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration,  the fifth recipient of the...

May 08: YALSA seeks proposals for Trends Impacting Young Adult Services paper presentation at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks proposals for its Trends Impacting Young Adult Services Paper Presentation, sponsored by YALSA’s past presidents and held at Midwinter Meeting. Proposals are due by June 1. The...

May 08: Rod Wagner 2012-2013 ALTAFF vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, has been elected 2012-2013 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wagner has served as...

May 08: Parrilli wins ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the 2012 ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant to Karen Parrilli, a member of the Board of Trustees at Skokie (Ill.)...

May 08: RUSA Reference Service Press Award presented to research articles in consumer health literacy, service provision standards

CHICAGO — Two articles published in “Reference and User Services Quarterly” (RUSQ) are being honored with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Reference Service Press Award: “Promoting...

May 08: Carolyn Anthony chosen as 2013-2014 PLA president

CHICAGO — Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Anthony acknowledged, "I am thrilled with the vote of confidence in my leadership abilities by the PLA membership and I look forward to...

May 08: ProgrammingLibrarian.org announces picks for 2012 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced its online guide to recommended programs and events to be held at the ALA Annual Conference ...

May 08: Kentucky becomes latest state to provide ALTAFF’s Trustee Academy for their trustees

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Kentucky recently joined Missouri, Nebraska,...

May 08: PR Xchange 'Best of Show' winners announced

CHICAGO — The LLAMA Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) PR Xchange Committee announced today the results of this year’s “Best of Show” competition for library publicity materials.  Several hundred entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from a wide array of libraries,...

May 08: Trevor A. Dawes chosen ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Trevor A. Dawes, circulation services librarian at the Princeton University Libraries, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  He will become president-elect following the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim and...

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