Press Releases

Sep 17: Disney Princess Belle celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month

Free Belle download available on Library Card Sign-up Month website

CHICAGO - This month, Disney Princess Belle joins the American Library Association to promote the most important school supply of all: a library card.

A free download featuring Belle is available...

Sep 17: 2014 Summer Reading Grant Applications now available

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering libraries the chance to apply for funds that will aid in the implementation of the library’s overall summer reading program. 

Courtesy of the...

Sep 17: ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

BBC...

Sep 17: Farrell, Feldman seek 2015-16 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, are the candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

“Thank you...

Sep 16: Find your roots through easy-to-do genealogy

CHICAGO — A guide to the joys and rewards of preserving family history for posterity, “Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History,” by Janice Schultz,...

Sep 16: Ganski named ACRL visiting program officer

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the 10-month appointment of Kate L. Ganski of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) as visiting program officer in support of the association’s...

Sep 16: Register now for 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with other higher education associations to offer the 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Dec. 3-6, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird...

Sep 16: An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “...

Sep 16: Registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses open

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

This...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading...

Sep 12: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $...

Sep 10: LLAMA webinar will focus on library fundraising on the Web

CHICAGO — When fundraising for your Library, how do you effectively reach donors over the Web? The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “A Conversation about Websites for Library Fundraising: Perspectives from Duke University and the University...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Sep 10: Dec. 1 deadline for ALCTS 2014 publication awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two publication awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of...

Sep 10: ALCTS seeking 2014 innovation awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2014 preservation awards nominations sought

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three preservation awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 10: Search begins for ALCTS 2014 professional recognition awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work,...

Sep 10: LITA Forum: early bird rates available through Sept. 15

CHICAGO — Don't miss your last chance to save up to $50 on registration for the 2013 LITA Forum “Creation, Collaboration, Community,” to be held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Louisville, Ky.

Don’t forget to book your room at the...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2014 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.  The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award...

Sep 10: Upcoming RUSA CODES Conversation: Asynchronous Readers Advisory

CHICAGO — Asynchronous readers' advisory is the subject of the next CODES Conversations, a listserv-based discussion hosted by the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA CODES), the home for adult readers' advisory within...

Sep 10: United for Libraries welcomes Kansas libraries as members

PHILADELPHIA — The State Library of Kansas has purchased United for Libraries membership for all 328 of the libraries in the state.

Kansas libraries will receive membership for both their boards of trustees and their friends group and/or foundation. In addition to the standard...

Sep 10: LLAMA webinar explores multimedia production areas in libraries

CHICAGO - We’ve all heard the trendy term MakerSpace, but for many libraries these creative spaces have been around for a while in other forms and with other names. Today’s video culture necessitates that part of a MakerSpace be focused on the creation of multimedia: any combination...

Sep 10: ALCTS seeking 2014 continuing resources awards candidates

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources.  The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of...

Sep 10: ALA 2014 Scholarship online application now available

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and instructions...

Sep 10: American Libraries Live digs into databases in new episode

CHICAGO — Databases are everywhere, a crucial element of libraries of all shapes, sizes and types. Library technology expert Marshall Breeding leads a panel discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries in the upcoming...

Sep 10: Ishmael Beah at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer

CHICAGO - ALA Midwinter attendees can hear the inspiring human rights advocate and bestselling author Ishmael Beah at the 2014 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Beah’s first book, "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," has been published...

Sep 10: Add ALCTS continuing education to your fall schedule

CHICAGO — Add ALCTS continuing education to your fall schedule this year.  ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.  From MOOC's to e-resource workflows to "Fundamentals," there is a webinar or Web course waiting for you.  And...

Sep 10: Libraries urged to participate in first Digital Inclusion Survey

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the first Digital Inclusion Survey. The survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement,...

Sep 09: YALSA’s new Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC offers tried and true ideas for teen programs

CHICAGO —  Young adult services practitioners from around the world coalesce on YA-YAAC, a discussion list of the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. There they chat about things like cool STEM ideas, share teen programming...