Press Releases

Feb 26: Courtney Young named recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents Round Tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) are proud to announce Courtney Young as the 2018 recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award. 

The Award's namesake, Larry Romans, mentored...

Feb 26: Gulfport Public Library awarded 2018 GLBTRT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) announced the Gulfport Public Library in Florida as the third recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community.

The award was established to...

Feb 26: New eCourse: Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian. Sara J. Beutter Manus...

Feb 26: Big Ten Academic Alliance Cooperative Cataloging Partnership receives ALCTS Collaboration Award

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected the Big Ten Academic Alliance Cooperative...

Feb 26: 2018 Cunha-Swartzburg Award to Sandy Nyberg

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Jury for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected...

Feb 26: Applications close next week for 2018 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 6-9,...

Feb 26: Ethiopia library wins first International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO — The Chromebook Lab project at the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library in Ethiopia is the first recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant.

The Axumite Heritage Foundation will receive a $1,000 IRRT Mission...

Feb 23: Treshani Perera awarded first Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO—The 2018 Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant has been awarded to Treshani Perera, a recent graduate of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant was established in 2017 by the...

Feb 23: First Step Award to Natascha Owens

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Natascha Owens, serials cataloger at the University of Chicago Library, as the recipient of the 2018 First Step Award – a Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the...

Feb 23: Juán-Pabló González awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO—The 2018 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant has been awarded to Juán-Pabló González. González is a graduate archives assistant at The Catholic University of America, and a current Master of Library and Information Science candidate at The Catholic University of America....

Feb 23: ALCTS’ Piercy Award to Alison M. Armstrong

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) named Alison M. Armstrong, collection management librarian in the McConnell Library at Radford University, the winner of the 2018 Esther J. Piercy Award. This award will be presented on Saturday, June 23 at the...

Feb 22: New ALA Statement Affirms Net Neutrality is Essential to Intellectual Freedom

At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council adopted the statement “Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue.” Written by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the...

Feb 21: Chen, Barnes, Garcia, and McCauley elected to ALA Executive Board

(CHICAGO) Diane R. Chen, Tamika Barnes, Edward A. Garcia, and Maria Taesil Hudson McCauley have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting held February 9...

Feb 21: A guide to LGBTQAI+ books for children and teens

CHICAGO — There is a rich and varied body of literature for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/allied and intersexed young people, and the new book “LGBTQAI+ Books...

Feb 21: 2018 YALSA Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Teen Intern Grant.

The grant will allow libraries...

Feb 21: 2018 YALSA Summer Learning Resources Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Learning Resources Grant.

The grant’s purpose is...

Feb 21: Majkut receives YALSA 2018 National Library Legislative Day Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Kristen Majkut, librarian at the Albany (New York) High School, its 2018 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD)...

Feb 21: NLA Intellectual Freedom Round Table receives the 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Nebraska Library Association Round Table for Intellectual Freedom is the 2017 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual...

Feb 20: Swanson Best of LRTS Award to Neville and Henry

CHICAGO—Tina M. Neville and Deborah B. Henry, librarians at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg have been awarded the 2018 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, “...

Feb 20: 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

DENVER – Where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.

The American Library Association (ALA) hosted...

Feb 20: Nuth and Blanchat book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO—The recipients of the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award are Alana Nuth (publishing as Verminski) and Kelly Marie Blanchat for their volume, “...

Feb 20: Building kids’ literacy skills through creative writing

CHICAGO — Creative writing encourages imaginations to take flight, and when adults use the right approach, building literacy skills becomes a form of play that gets kids excited to create their own stories. Packed with ready-to-use lesson plans designed for kindergarten- and early elementary-...

Feb 20: ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee releases 2018 list

DENVER – The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2018 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose is...

Feb 19: American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners

DENVER — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

A list of all the 2018 award winners...

Feb 16: New coloring book for library lovers supports the mission of ALA

CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils....

Feb 16: AASL Launches Affiliate of the Year Award

CHICAGO – At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the launch of its new Affiliate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the AASL Affiliate organization most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and...

Feb 16: Submissions Now Open for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards

$10,000 Development Awards will go to up to Eight Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards. The awards are managed by the Library...

Feb 16: 2018 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Naugatuck Valley Community College Max R. Traurig Library, Waterbury...