Press Releases

Mar 24: New workshop: Understanding E-books

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Understanding E-books: A Guide to Current Challenges and Future Possibilities with Mirela Roncevic. This workshop will last 90 minutes and...

Mar 23: Stephanie Graves wins ETS Achievement Award

CHICAGO--Stephanie Graves, Director of Learning & Outreach at Texas A&M University Libraries, was selected as the 2017 winner of the ETS...

Mar 23: PLA to present webinar on libraries and sustainability

The future of libraries depends on our ability to take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. In April the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a webinar exploring the importance of infusing the concept of sustainability into library programming. The...

Mar 22: Valerie Jarrett announced as keynote speaker for PLA Member Welcome Breakfast at ALA Annual Conference

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is proud to welcome Valerie B. Jarrett, former director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs under U.S. President Barack Obama , as the featured speaker at its...

Mar 22: YALSA releases two new digital publications

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released two new digital publications: YALSA's Top Reads: STEM and Making and YALSA's Top...

Mar 21: Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and...

Mar 21: Sex, brains, and video games

CHICAGO — How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of...

Mar 21: United for Libraries to dedicate Manila House a Literary Landmark

Washington, D.C. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Philippine Arts, Letters and Media Council (PALM); the Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC); the Rita M. Cacas Foundation, Inc. (RMCF), and the Toribio Family, will dedicate the fourth Literary Landmark in Washington, D...

Mar 21: Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national...

Mar 21: Textile designer Franklin Habit to serve as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Textile designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, to pass on his knowledge of textile preservation during Preservation Week...

Mar 21: Shining a light on library workers for valuable contributions - National Library Workers Day, April 11

CHICAGO – With more than 4.1 million in-person visits made to libraries every day in the U.S., library workers play an integral role in connecting library users with information, technology and opportunities to help improve the quality of their lives. April 11 is National Library Workers...

Mar 21: Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, “The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook,” published by...

Mar 20: Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk,...

Mar 20: Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2017 with free materials, ideas and more

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 12, join the nationwide celebrations for #NBD2017 as libraries across the country highlight the vital services...

Mar 20: Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual...

Mar 20: Robert P. Doyle is granted the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense...

Mar 17: Moore receives 2017 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Alanna Aiko Moore, academic liaison coordinator and librarian for sociology, ethnic studies, and gender studies at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), has been chosen to receive the...

Mar 17: New Workshop—Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library with Ellyssa Kroski. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on...

Mar 17: Bidney named 2017 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Marcy Bidney, curator, American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been selected to receive the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De...

Mar 16: Ian Richardson wins BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award

CHICAGO-Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University, has been selected as the 2017 BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award winner. Administered by the Business Reference and...

Mar 16: Polls now open in 2017 PLA board election

2017 Board Election
The Polls Are Open!
Voting Deadline: Apr. 5, 2017

One of the benefits of being a PLA member is using the power of your vote to choose the leadership of the organization. In the...

Mar 16: PLA to offer two preconference sessions at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconference educational sessions focusing on disaster preparedness and measurement of program outcomes. Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is not...

Mar 16: New eCourse/eBook Bundle: New on the Job

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, New on the Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 15, 2017.

Estimated Hours of...

Mar 16: President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

"The President's proposal to...

Mar 16: Gina Kessler Lee of Saint Mary’s College of California named winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - Gina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of...

Mar 16: New eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 15, 2017....

Mar 15: Sara Paretsky confirmed as featured speaker of Andrew Carnegie Medals Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO--Sara Paretsky, famed novelist of the V.I. Warshawski mystery series (HarperCollins) and Chicago resident, is confirmed as the featured speaker...

Mar 15: ALSC invites applications for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture with Naomi Shihab Nye

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2018 event featuring National Book Award winning author, Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Arbuthnot Lecture is an...

Mar 15: ALCTS endorses cataloging and metadata core competencies

CHICAGO — At the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) endorsed the “Core Competencies for Cataloging and...

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