Press Releases

May 07: Carla J. Stoffle wins 2018 Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO – Carla J. Stoffle, professor, School of Information University of Arizona, is the winner of the 2018 Melvil Dewey Medal.  This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), recognizes “creative leadership of...

May 07: EBSCO and ALA award seven scholarships enabling librarians to attend 2018 Annual Conference

~Annual Scholarship Enables Librarians to Expand Professional
Development Opportunities at National Conference ~

 

CHICAGO In partnership with the American Library Association (ALA),...

May 04: Build your confidence and competence with LLAMA’s new change management course

Change used to be something that happened intermittently in libraries. You'd lead your team through a planning process, and then through the resulting change process, followed by a period of stability and stasis. Not anymore. In today’s libraries change is constant and ongoing, and library...

May 03: Free webinar explores online workplace learning

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions has partnered with Infopeople to offer a free webinar that explores strategies for how library staff can make time and space for online learning.  

Taking place on Friday, May 18 at 2:00 pm ET, “...

May 03: Two PLA Conference programs, cancelled in Philadelphia, now offered as free webinars

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that the content from two educational programs originally scheduled for presentation at the PLA 2018 Conference will be offered as free webinars this month. The two programs -- Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices...

May 03: LITA/PLA AvramCamp 2018 – Sign up now!
Chicago -- Don’t miss this exciting, and affordable, networking and learning opportunity at the upcoming 2018 ALA Annual conference in New Orleans, LA.
 
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May 03: New eCourse—Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work. Maria T. Accardi will serve as the instructor for a 4...

May 03: ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy six-volume set

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the six-volume “Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice,” book number 73 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. Edited by Mary K. Oberlies and Janna...

May 01: ALA President Jim Neal to hold ‘Fight for School Libraries’ summit May 23

CHICAGO – Seeing the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal will host a summit in Chicago on May 23, at ALA Headquarters, 50 E. Huron, to work with our nation’s library leaders to craft a...

May 01: Dr. Plummer Alston Jones, Jr. wins genealogical history award

CHICAGO—Dr. Plummer Alston Jones, Jr., professor of library science at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History...

May 01: PLA and LITA offer highly affordable workshop for women in tech

Scholarships available. Apply by May 17!

CHICAGO -- Women in the technology field face numerous challenges in their day-to-day work. That’s why PLA is partnering with the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) to present AvramCamp, named in honor of library...

May 01: Kurt Munson named 2018 Distinguished ILL Librarian

CHICAGO—Kurt Munson, Assistant Head of Access Services at Northwestern University Library was selected as the 2018 winner of the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section's (STARS) ...

May 01: United for Libraries conducting survey on ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards.

Feedback from current and past library trustees, friends, foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in...

May 01: 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 lasting...

Apr 30: Authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker to speak at PLA Member Breakfast in June

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to welcome Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker as the featured speakers for its Member Welcome Breakfast at the...

Apr 30: Jonathan Eig is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is a journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. He has written five books:...

Apr 30: United for Libraries to designate Lawrence Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney

PEPPERELL, Mass. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Lawrence Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

The Lawrence Library is featured in the pages of...

Apr 30: A comprehensive guidebook for library financial management

CHICAGO — Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, William W. Sannwald’s “Financial Management for Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman,...

Apr 27: ALA seeks candidates for two endowment fund trustee openings

CHICAGO — Applications are now being accepted for two expiring terms on the ALA Endowment Trustees committee. 

The candidates will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held June 21 to 26 in New Orleans.  Any newly selected...

Apr 27: 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants Announced

CHICAGO — Art Aids Art and the eKhaya eKasi Art and Education Center in Khayelitsha, South Africa; the Athens Housing Authority, University of Georgia College of Education, and Parkview Community in Athens, GA; and the Uni Project in New York, NY have been selected to receive books as part of...

Apr 26: OCLC Research’s Merrilee Proffitt shows how libraries can leverage Wikipedia

CHICAGO — In “Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge,” published by ALA Editions, Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC Research shows how libraries can contribute to Wikipedia to...

Apr 24: Joliet Public Library receives 2018 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Joliet Public Library (Joliet, Illinois) has been named the 2018 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for their program “Star Wars Day.”

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by...

Apr 24: Alexandra Rivera wins the 2018 Equality Award

CHICAGO — Alexandra Rivera is the 2018 recipient of the ALA’s Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual...

Apr 24: University of North Carolina at Greensboro Selected as 2018 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner...

Apr 24: Emily Rimland Selected as LIRT 2018 Librarian Recognition Award recipient

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, as the 2018 recipient of the LIRT...

Apr 24: New York Public Library wins the LIRT 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the New York Public Library during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The...

Apr 24: LLAMA Online Competency Course Teaches How to Manage Conflict

If you think that creating a peaceful and conflict-free work environment is the most effective way to be a library leader or manager, you might want to reconsider. The reality is that conflict in the workplace is unavoidable at times, but more important, can be a sign of a healthy and well...

Apr 24: McElroy named 2018 winner of History Research and Innovation Award

CHICAGO—Jennifer McElroy, Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Learning History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, A Cengage...

Apr 24: YALSA awarded $497,635 from IMLS to implement “Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach” project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), will implement a new project, Transforming Teen Services: A Train...