Press Releases

Oct 09: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2013 ALA Election:

Craig Scott Amos,...

Oct 08: Immroth, Young seek 2014-15 ALA presidency

CHICAGO— Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, and Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny, are the candidates for the 2014-15 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

“I am humbled and...

Oct 08: Advance your career with the LLAMA Midwinter Career Institute

CHICAGO — Are you looking for a rocket-boost to your career? The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Planning Your Next Career Move: Developing the Skills to Make it Happen from   1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2013.   This institute will...

Oct 08: Indexing, from thesauri to the Semantic Web

CHICAGO — Describing both traditional and novel techniques, “Indexing: From Thesauri to the Semantic Web,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through...

Oct 04: ALA 2013 scholarship online application now available

CHICAGO — Scholarship money is available for future librarians. 

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master's degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per...

Oct 04: ALA welcomes DPLA to Chicago, library community members invited to attend

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) extends its welcome to attendees of DPLA Midwest and invites members of the library community to attend.

Taking place on Oct. 11-12, 2012 in Chicago, DPLA Midwest is the third major public event bringing together librarians, technologists,...

Oct 04: OITP, LITA seek submissions for cutting-edge technology practices

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Nominations...

Oct 04: 45 must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand! Join YALSA for Book Blitz Part II.  This webinar highlights 45 “Must Know” fiction and nonfiction YA titles released in the second half of 2012. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., and book reviewer guru for this fast...

Oct 03: Universal design for academic libraries

CHICAGO — A wealth of possibilities related to use of space and design exists within the walls of academic libraries.

In “Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching,...

Oct 03: 'Driving Advocacy with Data' webinar to showcase study and examples of making the case at local level

CHICAGO — Learn how to navigate the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) for impactful advocacy at the local level during the free webinar “Driving Advocacy with Data” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Attendees will learn how to...

Oct 02: Nomination period now open for awards representing ASCLA’s diverse areas of library services

CHICAGO — The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) welcomes nominations for its 2013 awards, which recognize projects focused on library services to people with...

Oct 02: Information session on AASL grant to be held at Fall Forum

CHICAGO — Attendees of the 2012 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Fall Forum at the Greenville, S.C., location are invited to an information session immediately prior to the start of the forum on Oct. 12.  The information session will introduce a new AASL mini-grant available to...

Oct 02: RFP issued for ASCLA Accessibility Academy project consultant

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has issued an RFP for a project consultant (PDF) to assist in the production of an online, interactive ASCLA...

Oct 02: ALA Cultural Communities Fund to sponsor $5,000 award for excellence in library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that the ALA Cultural Communities Fund is the new sponsor for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award will recognize a library (public, academic, school or special) that demonstrates...

Oct 02: Library community works to address the demographic shift

More than 800 attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19 -23, came to a close with a powerful message from author and activist Jamal Joseph – “libraries empower the communities that...

Oct 02: Filtering continues to be an issue for schools across the country

CHICAGO — According to results of a 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 most schools across the country.  An executive summary of...

Oct 02: October 2012 online courses from RUSA: Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101

CHICAGO — The next sessions of Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101, two popular online courses offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), begin in mid-October; registration is now available for both individual participants and groups.

RUSA’s online learning...

Oct 02: AASL receives NCLE grant to create personal learning network

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has received a grant from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to create a personal learning network centered on the topic of its 2012 Fall Forum – transliteracy. The funding will be used support school librarians and...

Oct 02: Registration and housing now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are now open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.  Details will follow in the coming weeks; in the meantime, in addition to being in the popular city of...

Oct 02: Best-selling author and visionary Steven Johnson at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle can be ready for a presentation they won't forget, from Auditorium Speaker Steven Johnson, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. One of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture, Johnson will offer his...

Oct 02: AASL releases white paper on technology use in schools

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools.  The paper covers...

Oct 02: Friends of the Library groups recognized with United for Libraries’ Best Friends Awards

PHILADELPHIA —Nine Friends of the Library groups have received Best Friends Awards from United for Libraries.

Best Friends Awards are given to Friends groups for outstanding publicity and marketing materials that promote the group and its programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate...

Oct 02: Call for nominations: The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are being sought for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.  Nominations must be submitted to ALA's International Relations Office by Dec. 1.

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president...

Oct 02: Apply now for ACRL’s Immersion ’13 Program

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’13 Program. Complete program details and application materials are on the ACRL website.  The application...

Oct 02: Libraries and Online Learning: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO — Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership. Never has this partnership been more important or wide-ranging than in today's online environment.   “Libraries and Online Learning: A Powerful Partnership,”  a Midwinter Symposium from the Association for...

Oct 02: A comparative study of libraries and archives

CHICAGO — Despite the fact that they have different legal statuses, legal frameworks and operational workflows, some politicians and bureaucrats think that there is much to gain if libraries and archives work closely together or even merge. In “...

Oct 02: User studies for digital library development

CHICAGO — As the information environment becomes increasingly electronic, digital libraries have proliferated, but the focus has often been on innovations in technology and not the user. “User Studies For Digital Library Development,” published by...

Oct 02: Social media for academics

CHICAGO—“Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide” uniquely addresses the needs of academics, demonstrating how to use social media to benefit their teaching and research. This new book is edited by Diane Rasmussen Neal, a professor...

Oct 02: The core concepts of information organization management

CHICAGO — A significant step towards developing a body of management knowledge pertinent to the context of Library Information Science (LIS), “Management of Information Organizations,” published by...

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