Press Releases

May 03: PLA offers free webinar to introduce upgraded Project Outcome features and tools

CHICAGO – In coordination with the unveiling of upgraded tools and features on its Project Outcome website, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a free webinar to help participating libraries navigate the new site environment. Project...

May 03: An updated handbook on the fundamentals of library supervision

CHICAGO — Mentor, creator, monitor, and negotiator: these are some of the roles a supervisor must play, and wearing that many hats is a challenge that requires discipline and organization (and a healthy sense of humor). The third edition of Beth McNeil’s “...

May 02: Ernest Ingles Named ALA 2017 Ken Haycock Award Winner

CHICAGO — Ernest Ingles, who recently retired from his position as chief librarian and vice-provost, as well as director, for the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta is the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Ken Haycock Award recipient.  ...

May 02: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and...

May 02: LLAMA Webinar: Signs of the future — Using Digital Signage in Your Library

CHICAGO — The days of posting important announcements on a library bulletin board and hoping someone might see them are ending. Today’s digital signage offers many more visible and effective options. Using technologies such as LCD, LED, projection and tablets to display content as...

May 02: Steven Woolfolk receives the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Steven Woolfolk, Director of Programming and Marketing at the Kansas City Public Library, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will present Woolfolk with the...

May 02: Kansas City Public Library wins Paul Howard Award for Courage

CHICAGO — The Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library has been selected to receive the 2017 American Library Association Paul Howard Award for Courage.  This prestigious award is given biannually to a library, library board, library group, or an individual who has exhibited unusual...

May 02: ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American...

May 02: Márquez and Downey selected for first Future of Libraries Fellowship

Joe J. Márquez, Web Services Librarian for Reed College Library, and Annie Downey, Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services for Reed College Library, have been selected for the Future...

May 02: Mountain Plains Library Association supports ACRL Diversity Alliance

CHICAGO - The executive board of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) has voted to formally support the goals of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. MPLA...

May 02: Announcing the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award winners

CHICAGO — After many hours of deliberation the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from the HW Wilson Foundation.  The following winners will be...

May 01: 75 public libraries selected as NASA@ My Library Partners

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries have been selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and...

May 01: Feng-Ru Sheu Wins the 2017 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — Feng-Ru Sheu has been named the 2017 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled "Evaluating of Story-based Design Approach: Are Story-based Tutorials More Engaging?” The $3,000 grant supports...

May 01: Mark Miller named ALA Trustee Citation recipient

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – The American Library Association and United for Libraries has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudoun County (Va.) Library Board of Trustees, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library...

May 01: Satia Marshall Orange recipient of 2017 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, former director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished...

May 01: Lesley Farmer receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Lesley Farmer, professor of library media at California State University Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the...

May 01: AASL awards eleven Inspire Grants for collections and special events

CHICAGO – Eleven schools from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the Inspire Grant program provides funds for public middle or...

May 01: Dana Kepler receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Dana Kepler, school librarian at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo., is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding...

May 01: More than 500 library supporters gather to fight for libraries in Washington, D.C. on 2017 National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more than five hundred library advocates from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual...

Apr 28: Information literacy in the workplace

CHICAGO — Through a mosaic of viewpoints from the personal to the organizational, “Information Literacy in the Workplace: New Perspectives,” published by Facet Publishing...

Apr 27: Beth Nawalinski named United for Libraries executive director

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association announced Beth Nawalinski as the new executive director of United for Libraries, effective July 31, 2017. Nawalinski currently serves as deputy executive director of United for Libraries. Following a nationwide search, Nawalinski will...

Apr 26: ALA urges Senate to reject bill to make Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee

Today the House of Representatives adopted the "Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017" (H.R. 1695) to make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. American Library Association President-Elect...

Apr 26: Baltimore County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Baltimore County Public Schools, serving all public schools in Baltimore County, Md., is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes...

Apr 26: Anne Mlod and Cinda Gilmore receive AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO - Anne Mlod, school librarian, and Cinda Gilmore, 4th-grade teacher, from Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, N.Y., are the recipients of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the...

Apr 26: Amy Bradley receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Amy Bradley, school librarian at Risley Middle School in Brunswick, Ga., is the 2017 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given for upholding the...

Apr 26: ALA, ACRL oppose FCC plans to roll back net neutrality

CHICAGO - ALA President Julie Todaro made the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality: 

"The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL...

Apr 25: Library experts work with public to save family heirlooms, collectibles

CHICAGO – Each year millions of Americans put their family keepsakes at risk because they lack the knowledge of how to store and preserve items. This week is Preservation Week®, April 23 – 29, and librarians and library...

Apr 25: Alexander Ames Wins the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay
CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay to Alexander Ames for “The 'Spirit of The Fatherland': German-American Culture And Community in the Library and Archive of the German Society...