Press Releases

Mar 14: 2019 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2019 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 11 and March 13, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 13: ALA launches executive director search with new search committee and Isaacson, Miller

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it has opened its search for an executive director, in partnership with corporate executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, to succeed current ALA Executive Director Mary W. Ghikas. The search will be led by a new ALA Executive...

Mar 13: New iteration: Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging eCourse Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse bundle, Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging. Violet Fox and...

Mar 13: Arizona, New Hampshire, and Tennessee libraries win 2019 ALSC Bookapalooza Program

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2019 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: McNary Community Library of McNary, Arizona; Jaffrey Public Library of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and Lawrence County Public Library of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

The award...

Mar 13: New workshop: A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff with Maxine Bleiweis. This workshop will...

Mar 12: June Garcia wins Melvil Dewey Award

June Garcia is the winner of the 2019 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...

Mar 12: South Carolina Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ (SCASL) “Emerging Leaders” program is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library...

Mar 12: United for Libraries to designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark

WAUKEGAN, Illinois — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book, will designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark on Saturday, March 16. The unveiling ceremony,...

Mar 12: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due April 5

United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through April 5, 2019.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­...

Mar 12: Raish named 2019 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Victoria (Torrie) Raish, online learning librarian at Pennsylvania State University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and...

Mar 12: Error Found in Election Guide

We regret than an error has been discovered in the Guide to the 2019 ALA Elections. The link to the Council Candidate biographical information incorrectly contained information for...

Mar 12: LITA’s guide to the new technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — The time is right for “New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know,” an all-new survey of the library technology that’s already transitioning from...

Mar 11: Co-Anchor of NBC News TODAY, Hoda Kotb is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Hoda Kotb is the co-anchor of NBC News’ Today and co-host of the fourth hour of NBC News’ Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC and covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms, including numerous human-...

Mar 11: Polls now open in 2019 PLA Election

Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 3

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2019 Election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new directors to the...

Mar 11: Bell, Gielty, Salamah, and Wilbert receive 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award to Alexandra Bell, Bloomington Public Library (Illinois); Jeanmarie Gielty, Cleveland Public Library (Ohio); Hadeal Salamah, District of Columbia Public Library; Dawn Wilbert,...

Mar 11: ALA Hopeful for Bipartisan Support from 116th Congress, despite "Discouraging" White House 2020 Budget Proposal

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal:

"As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan...

Mar 08: ALCTS President's Program features Dr. Marcia Chatelain

CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. for its President’s Program featuring Dr. Marcia Chatelain. Associate Professor of History and...

Mar 08: YALSA seeks programming experts for Teen Programming HQ database

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks up to ten YALSA members for a six month volunteer opportunity as...

Mar 08: SUNY Geneseo receives ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Bill Jones and Ben Rawlins, both of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Geneseo Milne Library, have been named the 2019 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on...

Mar 08: ALA seeks candidates for endowment fund trustee openings

CHICAGO - Applications are now being accepted for two expiring terms on the American Library Association (ALA) Endowment Trustees committee.

The ALA Endowment Trustees have the authority to hold, invest and disburse...

Mar 08: AASL Opens Targeted Call for Research-Focused National Conference Proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for a new strand of sessions added to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) will offer...

Mar 08: A groundbreaking text on information ethics

CHICAGO — As discussions about the roles played by information in economic, political, and social arenas continue to evolve, the need for an intellectual primer on information ethics that also functions as a solid working casebook for LIS students and professionals has never...

Mar 07: YALSA seeks liaison for ALA committees

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks a member to serve a one-year term as a liaison to ALA committees.

The role of YALSA’s...

Mar 07: New session: Using Change Management to Transform Your Library Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Using Change Management to Transform Your Library with Catherine Soehner. This workshop will last...

Mar 07: Free event: Crisis Fundraising for Libraries

CHICAGO—Whether it’s a natural disaster, violent incident, or public utility problem, when disasters strike, communities need money to rebuild. Library staff need to understand how to raise money in an emergency. In this...

Mar 06: Suffolk Public Library awarded 2019 ALSC/Candlewick Press Light the Way Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Suffolk Public Library is the recipient of the 2018-2019 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As the winner of the grant, the...

Mar 06: Leadership Institute application deadline extended

Chicago – The application deadline for the 2019 “...

Mar 06: PLA announces collaboration with Capital One aimed at increasing financial well-being through libraries

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is working with Capital One Financial Corporation to bring innovative financial literacy resources to public libraries across the U.S. Through this project, PLA and the American Library...

Mar 06: ALA Supports Restoration of Strong Open Internet Protections

Democratic leaders of the House and Senate today announced legislation that will reverse the disastrous repeal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. The FCC’s action eliminated rules that required...