Press Releases

Mar 06: Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality in the library

CHICAGO — The current price of virtual reality headsets may seem out of economic reach for most libraries, but the potential of “assisted reality” tools goes well beyond merely inviting patrons to strap on a pair of goggles. Ranging from enhanced training to using third-...

Mar 05: COSWL Celebrates National Women’s History Month

During the entire month of March, the ALA...

Mar 05: ALA President participates in efforts to assist battered youth in Puerto Rico 

CHICAGO – American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo supports efforts to provide literacy resources to Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities. Today Garcia- Febo joined library leaders at the Puerto Rico Center for the Book to participate in a discussion entitled Read to Heal...

Mar 05: Your guide to the 2019 ALA elections

As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2019 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “...

Mar 05: Tickets available for 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Cooperative Children’s Book Center along with the UW-Madison iSchool and UW-Madison School of Education announced that tickets for the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese are now available.

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Mar 05: LLAMA webinar: Best practices for accessible and inclusive marketing

Outreach and marketing are vital for all types of libraries, but it can seem like an overwhelming challenge to ensure that promotional materials, online content and social media posts are inclusive and accessible to everyone. The Library Leadership and Management...

Mar 05: 2019 YALSA Summer Learning Resources Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 25 libraries to receive its 2019 Summer Learning Resources Grant.

The...

Mar 05: 2019 YALSA Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 25 libraries to receive its 2019 Summer Teen Intern Grant.

The...

Mar 04: Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine join in supporting the NIH’s All of Us Research Program

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has expanded its partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2017, the two organizations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to...

Mar 04: PLA now accepting proposals for 2020 Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) officially opened the Call for Proposals for educational sessions to be presented at its next biennial conference, to be held...

Mar 04: [Call for Nominations] 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2019...

Mar 04: New York Times Bestselling Author Tomi Adeyemi is Auditorium Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, Adeyemi received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. This session...

Mar 01: PLA seeks volunteers for committees, task forces, advisory groups and award juries

Members encouraged to apply by April 12

CHICAGO -- Attention: Public Library Association (PLA) members. Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and become more active in PLA? Please consider applying to join PLA as a volunteer on one of our...

Mar 01: Applications close next week for 2019 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2019 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 5-8,...

Mar 01: AASL Relaunches Research Grant Program; Calls for Papers

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the relaunch of the AASL Research Grant program now under the sponsorship of School Library Connection. Research grants recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in...

Mar 01: Maria Savova receives ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation

CHICAGO—The Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Collection Management Section (CMS) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. Maria Savova, Director of Collections and...

Feb 28: Freedom to Read Foundation Offers 2019 Banned Books Week Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Banned Books Weeks Grants offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities...

Feb 28: ALSC announces 2019 Notable Children’s Digital Media list

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and its Notable Children's Digital Media committee, are pleased to announce the 2019 list of outstanding digital media for children. The list includes real-time, dynamic and...

Feb 28: [Call for Nominations] 2019 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor

The Freedom to Read Foundation seeks nominations for the 2019 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor. This award was established in 1987 to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed substantially to the FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support....

Feb 28: Pilarski, Slay, Kellermann receive YALSA’s 2019 Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2019 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Shira...

Feb 27: Learn how your library can fight fake news at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

Can your patrons spot fake news? Can you? ...

Feb 26: Lewiston Public Library awarded 2019 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2019 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Lewiston Public Library in Lewiston, New York.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance...

Feb 26: Call for Applications for the Student Chapter of the Year Award

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications for the Student Chapter of the Year Award. Deadline to apply is Friday,...

Feb 26: New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated...

Feb 26: Kellam named 2019 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Lynda Kellam, social sciences data librarian at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, has been awarded the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award,...

Feb 26: LITA Learnings: Creating an Interdisciplinary Space and Multimedia Instruction offerings

Chicago -- A webinar and a web course kick off the LITA Spring 2019 continuing education offerings.

Diversity in Libraries: Creating an InterDisciplinary Space at Meyer...

Feb 26: Heather Babb Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Heather Babb has won a free year of AASL membership. Babb's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Dawn Harman to AASL, Babb has also...

Feb 26: American Library Association gears up for 2019 ALA election

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is gearing up for its upcoming election. Polls will open at 9 a.m. Central time on March 11, 2019 for the American Library Association’s annual election and will close on Wednesday, April 3...

Feb 25: ALSC names 2019 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a...