Press Releases

Jun 26: Twenty-four public libraries selected to host space, earth science, technology exhibitions

CHICAGO — Twenty-four public libraries from across the country will host interactive science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

The exhibitions — ...

Jun 26: Bob Sibert, BTSB president, to receive AASL Presidential Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Bob Sibert, president of Bound to Stay Bound Books, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Terri Grief. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group...

Jun 26: ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries
 
Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a...
Jun 26: American Library Association applauds marriage equality U.S. Supreme Court ruling

CHICAGO - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in support of marriage equality, a decision that will provide same-sex couples within the library community and throughout the country the legal right to marry without restrictions and with the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. ...

Jun 25: 2015 ALA Annual Conference Wrap-up, live webcast

CHICAGO — Introducing a new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour wrap-up of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, which airs live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 2. Brought to you by American Libraries, this free,...

Jun 24: NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear
 
SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF...
Jun 24: Arts librarian receives 2015 Robert Oakley scholarship
 
The American Library Association (ALA) today awarded Kathleen DeLaurenti the 2015 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship...
Jun 24: 2015 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 23 presentations for the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Special Events area in Exhibits Hall at the Moscone Convention Center during ALA’s Annual...

Jun 24: ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy receive IMLS grant to expand adult literacy services through libraries

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, in partnership with ProLiteracy, has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop online training and supporting resources to better equip librarians and library staff to serve adult...

Jun 23: ALA urges President Obama to select a librarian to head Library of Congress

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a letter to President Barack Obama, from ALA president Courtney Young that makes a compelling case for the President to consider appointing a librarian to lead the nation’s library.

The letter comes in the wake of the...

Jun 23: Winners of the 2015 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 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. The grants, funded by Will and Ann Eisner...

Jun 23: Hones, Murphy awarded Books for Teens Grants

CHICAGO — Kay Hones, librarian at the Civic Center Secondary School in San Francisco and Amanda Murphy, Youth Services assistant manager at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Ohio, were each awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association,...

Jun 23: Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs to speak at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, will speak during the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “...

Jun 23: Eszter Hargittai to discuss 'digital natives' and 'digital naives' at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Eszter Hargittai, a Delaney Family professor in the communication studies department at Northwestern University, will share her research on the social implications of digital media during the closing general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th...

Jun 23: E-book/Webcast package helps planning library expansion or renovation

CHICAGO — Ann Hamilton’s new E-book/webcast package, “Library Expansion/Renovation Checklist: Creating Today’s ARC (Automated Retrieval Collection) Takes More Than Forty Days and Forty Nights,” which is designed to be useful in planning expansion and/or renovation projects in all types of...

Jun 22: ALA Annual Conference programming to highlight library services for immigrants

CHICAGO — Every day, libraries provide immigrants in their communities with access to essential programs and resources that help them to navigate society.  During the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference (June 25-30), attendees will have many opportunities to learn about resources...

Jun 22: Making archives come alive for public libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections...

Jun 22: ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries ...

Jun 19: Jane Mirandette receives 2015 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Jane Mirandette is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to...

Jun 19: ALA Awards 2015 International Presidential Citations to International Libraries

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces four recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2015. These awards recognize the following exemplary services.

 

  • The...
Jun 19: Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO – Dorothy Terry is the 2015 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."



An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle...

Jun 19: 2015 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic now available online

CHICAGO — The 2015 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic is now available online.  657 academic and public libraries from across the country participated in the survey which captures data...

Jun 19: Mark Puente recipient of 2015 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is the recipient of the 2015 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given annually, the...

Jun 19: Applications being accepted for 2016 class of ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders.  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the...

Jun 18: Library community mourns loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The American Library Association (ALA) is saddened to learn that public librarian Cynthia Hurd was among the fatally injured.   

Hurd’s commitment to librarianship was apparent...

Jun 18: American Library Association Statement of Support for “Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015"
 
Today Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) took an important step toward closing the digital divide among our nation’s K12 students. American Library Association President Courtney Young offers the following statement in support of the “Digital Learning...
Jun 18: Now Showing @ ALA offers free movies, documentaries and opportunities to meet artists

SAN FRANCISCO – The “Now Showing @ ALA Film Program” offers a variety of free films and documentaries during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, June 25 – 30, 2015. In some cases, attendees will have a chance to meet with the film's writer...

Jun 18: Now Showing @ALA: Killswitch
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Who controls the Internet? American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees will learn more about this battle at a screening of the 2014 award winning documentary, KillSwitch on Sunday, June 28,...
Jun 18: ALA: FCC should expand Lifeline to include essential broadband service
 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step forward in modernizing the Lifeline program, which supports telephone service for low-income Americans. In...

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