Press Releases

Nov 27: ACRL seeks 'Standards for Libraries in Higher Education' workshop presenters

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library...

Nov 27: Maker Monday makes ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Maker Monday debuts at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, offering a day of events and activities to help you get informed and involved in the latest from the makerspace movement. It also provides a chance for successful programs to share their stories. Maker Monday...

Nov 27: AASL webinar looks at making the most of professional learning communities

CHICAGO — School library professionals are encouraged to register for the new Knowledge Quest webinar, “Making the Most of Professional Learning Communities” taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 12, 2012. Hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the webinar...

Nov 27: Learn to reach reluctant readers with YALSA’s December webinar

CHICAGO — Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal, librarian at Western High School in Huntington, Calif. and past member of YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee, for a webinar discussion...

Nov 27: ALA launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

CHICAGO —As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are...

Nov 27: New edition of Cassell and Hiremath’s keystone reference services text

CHICAGO — Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, the new third edition of “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction,” by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, published by ...

Nov 27: Archived AASL webinar reveals how data can be used to support school library programs

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent webinar, “The Power of Data,” is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar, presented by Dr. Sandra...

Nov 26: Caroline Kennedy named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2013

CHICAGO — Caroline Kennedy has been named the 2013 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), according to the American Library Association. During National Library Week and throughout the month of April, libraries of all types—public, school, academic and special-- hold...

Nov 26: Caroline Kennedy in conversation at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - ALA Midwinter Meeting offers a special opportunity to hear the widely admired Caroline Kennedy in conversation with ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling on Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am. Kennedy is well known as the best-selling author of 10 books on American history, politics...

Nov 26: Lead, publish and teach with ALCTS

CHICAGO  - Do you really know what opportunities there are to be involved in your association?  Have ever thought about publishing some of your ideas?  Wanted to know how you could be one of the webinar presenters?  Now is your chance to find out.

“Lead, Publish, and Teach with ALCTS!”,...

Nov 26: Worlds of learning revealed in new AASL webinar on transmedia storytelling

CHICAGO — The place of transmedia in learning will be examined in a new webinar offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 11, 2012, “Worlds of Learning with Inanimate Alice” will explore how transmedia storytelling exemplifies...

Nov 21: PLA launches enhanced, interactive Public Libraries Online

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the complete makeover of Public Libraries Online (PLOnline) at www.publiclibrariesonline.org, the online companion to the PLA printed journal Public Libraries.

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Nov 21: PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CST on Dec. 5, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host the third annual “Nancy Pearl Presents: Books That Make Great Gifts,” exclusively for PLA members. This free webinar features readers’ advisory...

Nov 21: PLA encourages practitioners to complete survey on digital literacy practices

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) hopes to collect insight and feedback through a brief survey intended for both library professionals and community educators regarding their digital literacy efforts. The survey aims...

Nov 21: ALA Midwinter Conversations: Community Engagement and the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

CHICAGO - For libraries of all types located in all kinds of communities, innovation in engaging those communities is a compelling and critical strand of conversation right now. 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting offers several important opportunities to participate in and move the conversation forward...

Nov 20: ALA Editions announces new online journal eContent Quarterly

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal. Launching in Fall 2013, eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in...

Nov 20: Remote access to school library resources continues to rise

CHICAGO — According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing, expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results. The data also indicates connectivity to the school library continues to rise through increased networked...

Nov 20: Beyond Words website offers resources for recovery

CHICAGO — The Beyond Words website, part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, contains linked resources for school librarians and students to use while recovering from a natural disaster. Links include...

Nov 20: ALA to host copyright webinar for educators and school librarians

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject in school environments. To address their copyright concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) will host...

Nov 20: AASL president commends teen digital research report

CHICAGO —The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the College Board and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares...

Nov 20: YALSA needs your hit teen program ideas for the 365 Days of YA online calendar

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for ideas big and small on easy-to-implement programs, services and activities for teens. The newly formed 365 Days of YA Taskforce needs tried and true ideas as it creates an online calendar full of teen service resources...

Nov 19: Congratulations to LITA members selected as 2013 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board of Directors is pleased to congratulate Zach Coble and Margaret Heller on being selected to participate in the ALA 2013 Emerging Leaders Program and on being selected for LITA sponsorship.  LITA sponsorship includes a $1,...

Nov 19: YALSA celebrates at Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — More than 500 librarians, educators and authors came to the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at the Arch in Missouri  Nov. 2-4, to celebrate teen reading at the third Young Adult Literature Symposium, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American...

Nov 19: United for Libraries accepting National Friends of Libraries Week Award applications through Dec. 3

PHILADELPHIA  — United for Libraries will present two awards of $250 to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012).

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Nov 16: 2013 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards Competition now open

CHICAGO — The 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries (PDF) is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of...

Nov 16: Filtering in schools creates disconnected educators

CHICAGO — According to the results of the 2012 School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in...

Nov 16: 'Going Virtual Without Going Mad' webinar

CHICAGO — Want to make it easier for your membership to get involved in national activities?  Looking to understand ALA policies regarding what can and cannot be done virtually?  Having trouble with your current virtual set-up?  Plan to attend this FREE, one-hour webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 28,...

Nov 15: LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting-edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of...

Nov 13: Public libraries invited to seek $50,000 in training, support to help teens learn news literacy skills

CHICAGO — Public libraries and library consortia are invited to apply for more than $50,000 in training and support, in the News Know-how initiative that helps  students, grades 10-12, learn skills that will help them  distinguish fact from opinion , check news and information sources and...

Nov 13: 'News you can use'—updates and implications for policy, research, statistics, technology

CHICAGO — Throughout ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts across library-related fields will offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data.

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