Press Releases

Jul 19: YALSA announces cohort 4 participants of Future Ready with the Library project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the participants of the fourth and final cohort of its Future Ready with the Library project. The project is...

Jul 19: 2019 YALSA Digital Equipment Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has chosen 10 libraries to receive its 2019 Digital Equipment Grant.

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Jul 18: Get ready for fall with the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics fall 2019 catalog is packed with new products that will educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover spotlights a new Latino Heritage...

Jul 18: The culture of digital scholarship

CHICAGO — At the heart of digital scholarship are universal questions, lessons, and principles relating both to the mission of higher education and the shared values that make an academic library culture. But while global in aspirations, digital scholarship starts with local...

Jul 17: ACRL releases "2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics"

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest...

Jul 17: New research examines classroom teacher and school librarian collaboration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines classroom teachers' perceptions of their...

Jul 15: Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2020-2022

Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2020-2022...

Jul 15: IFRT Emerging Leader Videos Engage Non-Librarians

ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is pleased to announce the publication of four videos to engage non-librarians in the fight to protect intellectual freedom. The brief explainer videos cover the basics of...

Jul 12: The Sacramento Public Library chosen as site for 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot committee has chosen Sacramento Public Library as the site of the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor...

Jul 11: ALA releases findings from NILPPA, a national study of library public programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has released a report outlining the findings of an intensive research study that explored the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library programming, as well as the competencies required to succeed in the field.

The...

Jul 10: New from ACRL - “The Grounded Instruction Librarian”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of...

Jul 09: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2019 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.

What follows reflects the April 2018 policy revision to...

Jul 09: Applications open for 2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for its seventh biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.  This invitational seminar supports...

Jul 09: Upcoming webinar offers guidance on starting a WiFi hotspot lending program at the library

CHICAGO -- Last month, PLA announced a new project, supported by Microsoft Corp., called ...

Jul 09: LITA Learnings: Universal Parity to Resources

Chicago -- Sign up now for the latest LITA Learnings.

Universal Parity to Resources: Rethinking Library Access
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
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Jul 09: ALA Announces Call for Applications for Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program

The American Library Association announces a call for applications for its inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program.  Click here for more information about the application process.  Please note...

Jul 08: 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Sending a message of advocacy for libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 138th Annual Conference & Exhibition (https://2019.alaannual.org), June 20-25, in Washington, DC. The conference was attended by more than 21,400 librarians, library workers and library...

Jul 08: June 2019 ITAL Issue Now Available

Chicago -- The June 2019 issue (volume 38, number 1) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

Reviewed Articles and Communications

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Jul 05: Bozeman Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Keene Memorial Library win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The Bozeman (Montana) Public Library Foundation and ...

Jul 05: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for these positions have until July 31st, to...

Jul 03: Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $750 travel grants to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to...

Jul 02: ALCTS Publishing releases first guide in new monographs series

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the first title in its new Sudden Position Guide series. Edited by Jeremy Myntti and authored by Ben Abrahamse, Whitney Buccicone, Stephen Buss, Autumn Faulkner, Matthew Gallagher and Nicole Smeltekop, the...

Jul 02: LITA Learnings: Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries

Chicago -- Check out the latest LITA Learnings.

Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries
Tuesday July 16, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Jul 02: Accepting Applications for 2020 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the ...

Jul 02: ALA uneasy about Simon & Schuster digital lending model changes

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) expressed unease about changes announced by Simon & Schuster (S&S) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. These changes place a financial burden on public libraries and limit public access to library...

Jul 01: Discovering your own style of library leadership

CHICAGO — Author Jason Martin won’t tell you how to be a leader. In fact, that’s not the point of his new book “Library Leadership Your Way,” published by ALA Editions. Instead he’ll give you a...

Jun 29: PLA announces changes to Board of Directors

Salazar begins one-year term as PLA president, Jeske as president-elect

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association's (PLA) Board meeting on June 22 officially marked the end of the 2018-2019 service year, which brought several important changes to the composition of the PLA...

Jun 27: Gain Business Reference Skills

Business Reference 101 is for any librarian in-training who wants to gain confidence and knowledge around BizRef topics such as company and industry research, consumer and market research, entrepreneurship topics and more. This 3-week long, asynchronous course allows users to go...

Jun 27: ALA welcomes Supreme Court decision to hold citizenship question from 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In response, ALA President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

“The...

Jun 27: Supporting creative writers at the library

CHICAGO — Information professionals and educators can help patrons find their own stories in libraries—not only as readers, but also as writers. Stories, whether fiction, nonfiction, or verse, often have research behind them; and libraries and archives can welcome writers...