Press Releases

Oct 15: Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

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Oct 12: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award applications for guides to library resources

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Oct 12: Meridian Library District selected for 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship

Meridian (Idaho) Library District has been selected for the 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship administered by the ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries.

Meridian Library...

Oct 12: ACRL funds 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar Stephanie Akau

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing commitment to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Stephanie Akau as its 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar. Akau currently...

Oct 12: New workshop—Data Privacy: Protecting Your Library, Yourself, and Your Patrons

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Data Privacy: Protecting Your Library, Yourself, and Your Patrons with Nicole Hennig. This...

Oct 11: Nominate a Colleague Doing Cutting Edge Work in Tech Education for the LITA Library Hi Tech Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 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 within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the...

Oct 10: Public Library Association launches health insurance enrollment initiative

Will offer funding for public libraries to connect consumers to coverage

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering new resources for libraries to...

Oct 10: Submissions open for ALA Midwinter scholarship sponsored by EBSCO

CHICAGO — Submissions are open for the 2019 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Seattle, Jan. 24-29.

The five scholarships will be awarded...

Oct 09: New session—Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald...

Oct 09: ACRL releases Institutional Repositories: CLIPP #44

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Institutional Repositories,” compiled and edited by Brighid M. Gonzales, book number 44 in ACRL’s CLIPP series (...

Oct 09: United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in...

Oct 09: Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions...

Oct 09: RUSA Financial Literacy for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Are there crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs in your neighborhood? What financial literacy education might they need to grow their business? At the next online discussion of the RUSA Financial Literacy Interest Group, Megan Emery of Chattanooga Public Library will lead a conversation about...

Oct 09: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host The Heart of Librarianship webinar

CHICAGO — As part of her global outreach efforts, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host a free webinar, The Heart of Librarianship, at 9 a.m. Central time/10 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 14, 2018. To participate, ...

Oct 08: SRRT seeks applications for 2019 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the first annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to...

Oct 08: Public Library Association partners with OCLC to help public libraries, partners respond to opioid epidemic

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will collaborate with OCLC on new project to collect and share knowledge and resources to support public libraries and their community partners in addressing the opioid crisis. OCLC was awarded a $249,714 National Leadership...

Oct 08: Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. ...

Oct 05: Library leaders identify strategies in “Fight for School Libraries”

CHICAGO – An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field...

Oct 03: Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? a webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central. This is a webinar version of the Intellectual Freedom...

Oct 02: GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2019 awards recognizing outstanding service to the LGBTQ community

CHICAGO - Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association seeks to honor librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or...

Oct 02: Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Entertainment services are by far the most likely services to be purchased by libraries in the next year according to a recent survey of more than 300 libraries in North America.

Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. ET where we’ll discuss the results of...

Oct 02: Write and Cite 'Chicago Style': Helping Students and Patrons Understand The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian

CHICAGO—In this special free event, ALA Publishing and the University of Chicago Press will discuss using The Chicago Manual of Style for citation building and more. Rebecca...

Oct 02: 2018 LITA Forum early bird rates extended

The early bird registration rate has been extended for two more weeks, so there’s still time to save $50 on one of the most dynamic and interactive events you can attend.

LITA Forum 
Minneapolis, MN
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Oct 02: Longlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The...

Oct 02: An ALCTS guide to streaming video acquisitions

CHICAGO — Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing...

Oct 01: Run for office by filing an electronic petition

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect, Treasurer or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2019 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal...

Sep 28: PLA unveils new leadership model, seeks applicants for next Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new model for its Leadership Development Initiative. Developed by 21 select library leaders, the PLA Leadership Model describes the work, methods, and core values of...

Sep 28: New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus...