Press Releases

Nov 26: Last week to apply for ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — This is the last week to nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Monday, Dec. 2. 

For general information about these and...

Nov 25: Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling....

Nov 25: Nominations open for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are open  for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

The initiative began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president in 2007-2008 and...

Nov 25: Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first...

Nov 25: Join ALA and United for Libraries as a personal member by Feb. 28 and receive a free book

PHILADELPHIA — New United for Libraries personal members who join by Feb. 28 will receive their choice of “The Complete Library Trustee Handbook” or “Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.” Add United for Libraries to a current ALA personal membership, or...

Nov 25: Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA – The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20...

Nov 25: Web scale discovery services examined in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive...

Nov 25: Call for International Poster Sessions

CHICAGO - The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions Committee invites you to submit poster session proposals on international themes -- share your best ideas and work with...

Nov 25: Nominations open for John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014...

Nov 25: Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend...

Nov 25: Call for International Papers and Projects Session

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers...

Nov 22: LLAMA Webinar addresses managing intergeneration teams

CHICAGO — Is managing your baby-boomer staff the same as managing millennials?  Not always!  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Talking about the Generations: communicating with and managing intergenerational teams,” from 1:30 to 3...

Nov 22: John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO - The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an...

Nov 20: RUSA institute arms generalists, researchers, librarians with tools for genealogical quests

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming professional development institute, “Genealogy Resources for Librarians,” sponsored by ProQuest, will address issues of importance to library staff and...

Nov 19: Nation’s largest school librarian conference educates and inspires

Hartford, Conn. — Three-thousand inspired school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests left the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition ready to "rise to the challenge" of the profession. The largest conference...

Nov 19: Deadline extended for LIRT Librarian Recognition Award and LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) invites nominations for two new awards to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction.  The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will be presented to an individual librarian in appreciation for her/his contributions to...

Nov 19: Only two weeks left to nominate an individual or library for one of nine PLA awards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) award nomination deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. There are nine awards/grants to choose from that highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards...

Nov 19: A LITA guide to data management for libraries

CHICAGO — Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management...

Nov 19: Planning our future libraries: blueprints for 2025

CHICAGO — In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed. “Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025,” published by...

Nov 19: Experts offer best practices for institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of  "The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges,...

Nov 19: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Larry Brown

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of the Lafayette County & Oxford (Miss.) Public Library, designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Larry Brown (1951-2004) on Monday, Nov. 11.

Brown, award-winning author of “Joe” and...

Nov 19: Applications for Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university...

Nov 19: ALCTS publication takes a fresh look at microforms

CHICAGO - “Managing Microforms in the Digital Age,” a new online publication from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) addresses trends in bibliographic control, storage environments, current vendors...

Nov 19: Toolkit on starting an academic friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit to those looking to start a friends of the library group at a college, community college or university.

“Academic Library Friends: A Tookit for Getting Started – You Can Do This!” was written by...

Nov 19: New guide for physics selectors from ALCTS Collection Management Section

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the arrival of “Sudden Selectors Guide to Physics Resources” by Michael Fosmire. This brand-new title from the ALCTS...

Nov 18: Hartford (Conn.) Public Library hosts 'Right to Libraries' Declaration signing ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. — A ceremony declaring the right of all Hartford residents access to vibrant libraries in their communities was held at Friday at the Hartford Public Library.

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is the cornerstone document of the American Library...

Nov 18: Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality...

Nov 15: Pledge your support for libraries and teens with YALSA and #GivingTuesday

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—...

Nov 15: YALSA announces 2014 Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO – The time has come to DIY @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at...

Nov 15: Natalie Ziarnik receives 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Natalie Ziarnik.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians...