Press Releases

May 02: Be RUSA's guest and learn to create emotional resonance at your library

CHICAGO — Dave Cobb will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Program hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Cobb, vice president, creative development of the...

May 02: ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch “Spark” advocacy video series

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide...

May 02: Rep. Rush Holt keynotes National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, nearly four hundred library advocates from virtually every state in the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries and library users during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 42nd annual...

Apr 29: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO - 34 members have been elected as councilors-at-large on the council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, and extend through the end of the 2019 ALA Annual...

Apr 29: Project Outcome hits milestone of 10,000 patron surveys

CHICAGO – Project Outcome has aggregated approximately 11,000 patron surveys within its online system. This milestone comes before the one-year anniversary of Project Outcome’s official launch on June 26, 2015. Project Outcome will continue providing even more ways for libraries to collect...

Apr 29: PLA members elect Sandlian Smith as president-elect; Kong and Strobel to board

PLA members elect Sandlian Smith as president-elect; Kong and Strobel to board

CHICAGO —Pam Sandlian Smith, director of Anythink Libraries in Adams County (Colorado), has been elected the 2017-2018...

Apr 29: Yates elected 2017-2018 AASL president

CHICAGO – Steven Yates, instructor and acting coordinator of the school library media certification program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has been elected as the 2017-2018 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Yates will serve as president-elect during 2016-...

Apr 29: AASL seeks volunteer co-editor for online research journal

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking a volunteer co-editor for its peer-reviewed online research journal, School Library Research (SLR). The responsibilities of the co-editor include setting the scope and tone...

Apr 29: Neal wins 2017–2018 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Neal  received 3,479 votes, while Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Michigan) Public Library, received 3...

Apr 29: Hildreth elected ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-18.  

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Apr 28: Brad Meltzer to sign latest book at Preservation Week booth

CHICAGO — On Sunday, June 26 New York Times best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his latest book at the Preservation Week booth at 1 p.m. Meltzer is the 2016 Preservation Week Honorary Chair and will be an Auditorium Speaker at  10:...

Apr 28: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding...

Apr 28: Solomon’s nitty-gritty guide to content marketing

CHICAGO— When you deliver content that library users find useful and relevant, you give a compelling answer to their question, “What’s in it for me?”  Simply put, content marketing is the most effective way to increase your value to customers. “...

Apr 27: Library leader calls on Senate to pass privacy reform with “real meaning for real people” as House takes historic ECPA vote
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), applauded passage of the Email Privacy Act by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority. The bill, if approved by the U.S. Senate, is expected to be signed by President...
Apr 26: Andrew P. Jackson to deliver 2016 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

CHICAGO – Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), director emeritus of Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community and Cultural Center, will deliver the 2016 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando. The lecture will take place from 8:30 - 10 a.m. on...

Apr 26: Explore sustainable library practices with SustainRT at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) for several events highlighting innovation and sustainable library practices during ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.

SustainRT’s panel discussions, workshops and meetings will give...

Apr 26: Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo named 2016 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree

CHICAGO — Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, associate and Foster-EBSCO Endowed professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, has been named the 2016 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based...

Apr 26: Resource center, schools and juvenile justice center selected to receive 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO – The Quinby Street Resource Center in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School in Cassopolis, Michigan and the Muncie P3 Program in Muncie, Indiana have been selected to receive the 2016 Coretta...

Apr 26: Winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner...

Apr 26: ALA Awards 2016 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2016.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. Recipients will conduct their research over the...

Apr 26: ALA and AASL oppose cuts to Bedford Central School District librarians

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) oppose proposed cuts to school librarians in New York’s Bedford Central School District (BCSD). These proposed cuts come as the result of budget shortfalls and a statewide limit on property...

Apr 26: Intellectual Freedom and Minors Webinar

Intellectual Freedom and Minors
Webinar hosted by
Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Thursday, May 26, 2016
1pm CST
www.ala.org/advocacy/...

Apr 26: A comprehensive examination of discovery services

CHICAGO — We’re in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library’s researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. In “...

Apr 25: American Libraries launches Dewey Decibel podcast

CHICAGO—American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, just launched the Dewey Decibel podcast. Hosted by AL Associate Editor Phil Morehart, this new monthly podcast series will feature conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars,...

Apr 25: Rep. Rush Holt to talk importance of library advocacy in DC
 
Hundreds to advocate for libraries during 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day from May 2–3, 2016, at the Liaison...
Apr 22: RUSA appoints Celia Ross as new vendor relations liaison

CHICAGO—The President of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Anne Houston, has appointed Celia Ross, Associate Librarian at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as Vendor Relations Liaison.

The Vendor Relations Liaison's role is to facilitate communication...

Apr 21: Libraries offering personal finance programs during Money Smart Week, April 23 - 30, 2016

CHICAGO – Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities to teach members of their communities how to sharpen their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016.

We can all improve our money management skills. But where can we discover the resources...

Apr 21: Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

(Washington, D.C.) – "The Library of Congress has never more needed the unique combination of character, acumen and...

Apr 20: The new edition of ALA Neal-Schuman’s in-depth examination of digital curation

CHICAGO— As an in-depth explanation of the entire digital curation lifecycle, from creation to appraisal to preservation to organization/access to transformation, the first edition of “Digital Curation,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman...

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