Press Releases

Feb 12: Congressman John Lewis to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Attendees at ALA Annual Conference on Saturday, June 29 when Congressman John Lewis appears as an Auditorium Speaker, will have a chance to discover how he plans to reach a new generation of Americans with the story of his legendary role as...

Feb 12: AASL webinar invites participants to join the Common Core conversation

CHICAGO —  In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), presenter Kristina Holzweiss will introduce participants to professional social networking using Edmodo and illustrate its use in establishing nationwide connections relating to the Common Core State Standards...

Feb 12: Longlist for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO - Fifty books comprising the “longlist” for consideration for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected from the most recent...

Feb 12: Citizens-Save-Libraries grant application deadline extended to April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15, 2013.

The 20 grants will support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled...

Feb 12: Learn to deliver effective, engaging arts education programs for older adults at ALA Annual 2013 Preconference Workshop

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, Inc., will present a day-long preconference workshop based on the Creative Aging Libraries Project during the ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago.

80 is...

Feb 12: Burke County Public Library receives 2013 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Library Services to Special Population Children and their Caregivers Committee are announcing that Burke County Public Library...

Feb 12: Cynthia K. Richey named 2013 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient

CHICAGO  - Cynthia K. Richey was named the 2013 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award, honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

She began her...

Feb 12: A LITA guide to selecting and implementing cloud-based services for libraries

CHICAGO — Based on his first-hand experiences migrating the IT infrastructure of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Erik T. Mitchell’s “Cloud-Based Services for Your Library: A LITA Guide,” published by...

Feb 12: YALSA launches Website to promote teen summer reading

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with...

Feb 12: New literacy scholarships award $1,000 to attend PLA 2014

CHICAGO – From now until March 29, the Public Library Association (PLA) is accepting applications for eight Innovations in Literacy Scholarships to recognize original literacy programs of all types in public libraries. Grants in the amount of $...

Feb 12: AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section opens call for papers

CHICAGO - The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the...

Feb 12: YALSA and Best Buy Mobile partner to Support Digital Library Services for Teens

CHICAGO – During the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle from Jan. 25 to 29, 2013, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced a partnership with Best Buy to administer donations that will expand programs and improve digital services for...

Feb 12: New workshop: teaching information literacy with discovery tools

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Teaching Information Literacy with Discovery Tools with Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak.

Discovery tools change the way students search your resources. Have you...
Feb 12: Piercy Award to Xan Arch

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Xan Arch, director of collection Services, Reed College, Portland, Ore., the winner of the 2013...

Feb 12: Syd Hoff home designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — The Miami Beach, Fla., home of children’s book author and cartoonist Syd Hoff was designated a Literary Landmark during a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Hoff (1912-2004) created “Danny and the Dinosaur,” “Sammy the Seal” and more than 60 HarperCollins I CAN READ books for...

Feb 12: Pennell named 2013 ACRL WESS De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Daniel M. Pennell, bibliographer for Russian, East European, Germanic and Global Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected to receive the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) De Gruyter European Librarianship...

Feb 11: “Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket,” new American Libraries Live episode, streams Feb. 14

CHICAGO -  American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go, returns on at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 14 with a new episode on mobile library services. Moderated by Jason...

Feb 11: 2013 Cunha/Swartzburg Award to Martha Anderson

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section Committee for the Hollinger Metal Edge-sponsored...

Feb 11: Swanberry-Hanley receives Merrill-Oldham Grant

CHICAGO – Marianne Swanberry-Hanley, assistant librarian/assistant conservator at Syracuse University’s Bird Library, has been awarded the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional...

Feb 11: HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Rick Anderson

CHICAGO —  The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Rick Anderson, interim dean and  university librarian at the University Utah’s...

Feb 11: Webinar helping school librarians prepare for performance evaluations added to AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO - Writer Patricia Owen discusses the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) recently published “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in the newest archived webinar available in AASL’s professional development repository,...

Feb 11: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in April

CHICAGO - The interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” April 8-May 3, is now open for registration. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA...

Feb 08: A guide to the best sources for finding out about diabetes

CHICAGO — For the more than 26 million Americans diagnosed with or affected by diabetes, having accurate information on the disease is crucial. But the sheer volume of information available can be daunting for patients and caregivers alike. “The...

Feb 08: PLA award winners represent excellence in public libraries

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 11 2013 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 07: ALSC releases Spring 2013 Online Course schedule

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released the schedule for spring 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 8, 2013.

The schedule...

Feb 06: Midwinter Meeting highlights now available in Cognotes

CHICAGO - More than 10,700 librarians, exhibitors, authors, staff, paraprofessionals, teachers and friends made the most of ALA Midwinter Meeting conversations, networking, programs, award ceremonies, exhibits, speakers, institutes, social events and the wonderful city of Seattle. You can read...

Feb 06: Langston Hughes Library to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center will be designated a Literary Landmark at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

A plaque will be placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration,...

Feb 05: Affairs of the heart @ your library

CHICAGO – Love is certainly in the air at the library this month, as February marks not only Valentine’s Day, but also Love Your Library Month and American Heart Month.

This February, libraries across the country are all about “heart.” Here are just a few examples of what libraries are...

Feb 05: Michelle Harrell Washington appointed director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Mary W. Ghikas, senior associate executive director, ALA, has announced that Michelle Harrell Washington has been appointed the new director, Office for Diversity (OFD) and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the American Library Association, effective Feb. 11, 2013. ...

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