Press Releases

Mar 06: ALTAFF to present ‘With Friends Like These…’ at PLA Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present “With Friends Like These...” as part of the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference from 2-3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in...

Mar 06: Library interior design award submissions now being accepted

CHICAGO - The submission deadline for the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards is March 30.  These biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design and promote examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.  They are co-sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 06: RUSA preconference empowers generalists, new business librarians faced with business reference questions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming preconference, “Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference,” will provide librarians who may be intimidated by business reference questions with...

Mar 06: What is Drupal and what can it do for Your Library? Learn all about it in new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Drupal Basics: What Drupal Can Do for Your Library. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific ...

Mar 06: Preservation Week @ your library publicity tools available

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types can promote Preservation Week @ your library (April 22 - 28) with publicity tools offered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office (PIO).

During Preservation...

Mar 06: 'Transforming Libraries' webinar with R. David Lankes to kick off ALA President’s Empowering Voices initiative

CHICAGO –  Join a conversation on “Transforming Libraries” at a free webinar from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Visionary professor R. David Lankes, author of  the award-winning “Atlas of New Librarianship,” and Barbara Stripling, co-chair of ALA President Molly...

Mar 06: Scott Walter appointed College & Research Libraries editor

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Scott Walter to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Walter will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.

“Scott brings excellent...

Mar 06: ACRL selects Scholarly Communication Road Show hosts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Committee has selected five sites from 12 applications to host the “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop...

Mar 06: New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

CHICAGO – The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather...

Mar 06: Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference
CHICAGO – Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.  Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.  Preservation Week is pleased to have Steve Berry, New...
Mar 06: The PLA 2012 Career Center connects job seekers/providers and hosts a resume review clinic

CHICAGO – At the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference, a space in Exhibits Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be dedicated to a do-it-yourself Career Center. The PLA 2012 Career Center will provide opportunities for...

Mar 06: School library leaders share keys to successful coteaching

CHICAGO – Now available on the AASL website is the newest installment of the American Association of School Librarians’ 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and...

Mar 06: John Cotton Dana library public relations award raised to $10K

CHICAGO - Have you had success with a library marketing campaign? If so, share your story-- and you could win $10,000 for your library. The H.W. Wilson Foundation, the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, and EBSCO Publishing are excited...

Mar 06: Schubert, Barbus, Klein, Alvis receive Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2012 Penguin Young Reader’s Group Award to Heather Schubert, Hill Country Middle School Library, Eanes ISD, Austin , Texas; Eric Barbus, San Francisco-North Beach Branch, San Francisco; Linda Klein, Anchorage Public...

Mar 06: Modern Language Association members to receive complimentary access to CHOICE reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONN.  - The Modern Language Association (MLA) and Choice, the leading academic review journal, today announced a pilot project to provide MLA members with complimentary access to Choice reviews.

During the pilot phase, all MLA members will receive free...

Mar 06: Free ALA/Merritt Fund and JobLIST Placement Center webinar on defusing workplace challenges

CHICAGO – Librarians across all settings can, at times, face unexpected challenges or confrontations from an angry or upset patron, community member, coworker or concerned citizen. Knowing how to handle these difficult conversations in ways that can lead to a healthy resolution is critical. ...

Mar 05: Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon opens ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Focusing on why it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people and addressing the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world, journalist, Internet policy specialist and...

Mar 05: Join COSWL March 29 as it celebrates National Women’s History Month

CHICAGO - March is National Women’s History Month, and the American Library Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) and Northwestern University Libraries (Ill.) will be celebrating by co-hosting a discussion of  "Right Here I See My Own Books: A History...

Mar 05: 2012 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners for the 2012 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established...

Mar 05: Diversity Leadership Online introduces new courses on recruitment and value of diversity

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity will introduce two new courses to the Diversity Leadership Online series, beginning April 18, 2012. This ongoing webinar series provides the foundation for a culture of responsible diversity leadership within the profession....

Mar 05: ALA announces “Discover Tech,” an interactive traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for...

Mar 05: Duane Bray featured speaker at joint ALCTS/ACRL President's Program

CHICAGO – Duane Bray, a partner at IDEO, a global innovation and design consulting firm, is the featured speaker at the joint President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Association of College and...

Mar 05: Carnegie Corporation of New York, American Library Association announce new literary prizes for adult best fiction, nonfiction book of year

CHICAGO — Winners of two new annual literary prizes—the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—will be announced at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June. This is the first time that ALA, which sponsors the prestigious...

Mar 05: Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and bestselling author, to speak at 2012 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Behavioral economist and best-selling author Dan Ariely takes a groundbreaking look at the way we behave, examining the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest. He will talk about these and other ideas from his forthcoming book “The Honest Truth About...

Mar 02: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition names YALSA one of 31 winners

SAN FRANCISCO – The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and its design partner, Badgeville, were named one of 30 winners from a pool of 91 finalists in the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition on Thursday, March 1, at the...

Mar 02: ALA calls on Random House to reconsider major ebook price increase

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is calling on publisher Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the price of ebooks to the library market starting March 1. ALA President Molly Raphael issued the following statement:

“While I appreciate Random House’s...

Mar 02: Waukegan Public Library wins 2012 Marshall Cavendish Award

CHICAGO - The Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library has been named the 2012 winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award.  The award, donated by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation, is given in recognition to either a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in...

Mar 02: Proposal deadline extended for two Jesse H. Shera Awards

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association has extended the submission deadline for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The new deadline date is Friday, March 30, 2012.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given...

Mar 02: Pollard and Fry winners of 2012 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO – Libby Pollard and Melissa Fry are the winners of the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “Assessment of Non-Library Use at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library.”

The $3,000 grant supports innovative...

Mar 01: Join YALSA for March 8 Tweetup on 'The Hunger Games'

CHICAGO – Join YALSA on Thursday, March 8, for a Tweetup in honor of Teen Tech Week™ to discuss "The Hunger Games" film premiere and your library! The Tweetup, sponsored by The Hub, YALSA’s YA Lit blog, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Eastern...

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