Press Releases

Oct 04: GLBTRT seeks nominations for Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the second-annual Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community.

Given since 2016, the Newlen-Symons Award honors recent library initiatives that demonstrate excellence in library services to...

Oct 04: New ALA Editions session: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new session of its popular online event, Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event with Maxine Bleiweis. 

This winter, Maxine Bleiweis—consultant, former...

Oct 04: ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda

Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The...

Oct 03: Run for office by filing electronic petition

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2017 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. A...

Oct 03: ALA President Julie Todaro responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library free speech arrests

CHICAGO -   On May 9, 2016 Kansas City Public Library Director of Public Programing Steve Woolfolk was arrested for his efforts to protect free speech during a public program entitled “Truman and Israel.” During the program off-duty police officers hired by the event sponsor arrested a patron...

Oct 03: Applications now being accepted for 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend...

Oct 03: Why do librarians need to know about ontologies?

CHICAGO — More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today's information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit...

Sep 30: Exciting Breakfast for Bill at the ALSC Mini Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced a very special...

Sep 30: Register for free webinar on how to participate in 2017 Money Smart Week

CHICAGO — Register today for a free webinar on Oct. 14, 2016, to learn how your library can participate in 2017 Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Register at http://bit.ly/2cqny1i and participate in this hour-long webinar that will provide you with resources,...

Sep 30: New Workshop: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday,...

Sep 30: Participants of IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), have announced the first 20 participants of its IMLS grant funded project,...

Sep 29: Better library conversations

CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and...

Sep 28: New research articles examine leadership, capstone projects and library supervisors

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning...

Sep 27: Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 17, more than 70 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School...

Sep 27: Transforming Lives through Literacy: AEFL Week 2016

CHICAGO — As we mark 2016’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The increasing demand for services underscores the intersection of literacy with...

Sep 27: Applications now available for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a Friend of a college/university library to attend the...

Sep 27: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library...

Sep 27: 2016 LITA Forum early bird rates extended
 
Chicago -- LITA has extended the members early bird registration rate another two weeks for the 2016 LITA Forum and save $50.
 
Sep 26: The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “...

Sep 26: ASCLA offers Tulip Time fundraising cruise in 2017

CHICAGO--The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has confirmed their annual fundraising trip to The Netherlands and Belgium during Tulip Time 2017. Hosted by AMA Waterways, this seven night river cruise starting...

Sep 23: ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (...

Sep 23: American Library Association lauds bipartisan Senate bill to renew support for libraries nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acknowledging and highlighting the critical role of libraries across the nation, the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2016 (S. 3391) was introduced today by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  

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Sep 23: Margarita Engle and Susan Tan team up at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Award-winning children’s book authors Susan Tan and Margarita Engle will team up on Saturday, January 21st in the Auditorium Speakers Series at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss diversity in children's books and women authors.

Margarita...

Sep 22: ACRL releases Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the two-volume “Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook.” Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of...

Sep 22: Booklist offers special content for National Reading Group Month, Great Group Reads

Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book Association’s October ...

Sep 21: Acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell is Opening Session Speaker at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits on Friday, January 20, in Atlanta, Georgia. Bell, who describes himself as...

Sep 21: Social Media For My Institution – a new LITA web course

Chicago -- Sign up for the new LITA web course Social Media For My Institution: from “mine” to “ours”. Delivered by instructor Dr. Plamen Miltenoff on Wednesdays, 10/19/2016 – 11/9/2016. This will be a...

Sep 21: Longlist for 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

Forty-seven books (24 fiction, 23 nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website....

Sep 21: Incorporating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot library instruction

CHICAGO — The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s new edition of “...

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