Press Releases

Apr 12: ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy
 
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Rosen as a senior advisor in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this capacity, Rosen will provide guidance on a broad range of topics in OITP’s new Program on Youth &...
Apr 11: “State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to  meet the needs of tech-savvy...

Apr 11: 2016 Teen Read Week™ Initiative launched

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2016 Teen Read Week (TRW) website, www.ala.org/teenread

YALSA encourages libraries to use a multi-lingual “...

Apr 08: Apply now for the 2016 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant

CHICAGO – Eligible library staff, afterschool providers and educators can now apply for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2016 Teen Read Week...

Apr 08: Publisher partners with libraries for Money Smart Week promotion

HarperCollins offers special pricing on seven finance-related ebook titles

CHICAGO – Libraries celebrating Money Smart Week, April 23 – 30, will have the opportunity to take advantage of an offer from publisher HarperCollins to receive special pricing for...

Apr 07: ALA to Host Natl. Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.―The innovation economy, digital learning and computer science, and even the future of the Library of Congress are all timely topics for this election season. The American Library Association (ALA) will debate each at its first...
Apr 06: Applications due April 15 for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – The deadline for applications for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute is quickly approaching. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute, which will take place...

Apr 06: Registration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium now open

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, is now open. Individuals can...

Apr 06: Kate Lechtenberg receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Kate Lechtenberg, school librarian in Ankeny Community Schools located in Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2016 American...

Apr 06: PLA premieres library advocacy video series at national conference

DENVER — At the intersection of practice and advocacy is the story of libraries’ and library staff’s positive impacts on individuals and communities. Better understanding and capturing these impacts drives the work of Project Outcome...

Apr 05: ALA, AASL provide support for high school librarians in Cleveland

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are providing support to local efforts to avert cuts to high school librarians in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The proposed cuts directly follow district reform...

Apr 05: GLBTRT to release new toolkit at PLA Conference

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will release a new toolkit at the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference to help Librarians better serve the GLBT population. Titled “Open to All,” this new resource is designed for...

Apr 05: Choose Privacy Week demands respect for minors' privacy

CHICAGO — Choose Privacy Week, the American  Library Association's annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians' special role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole, will take place May 1 – 7, 2016.

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Apr 05: ALA and AASL introduce School Library Snapshot tool

CHICAGO — In time for School Library Month, the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), in collaboration with American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has introduced a new School Library Snapshot tool. This tailored infographic allows school librarians to create a visual representation of...

Apr 05: Tewell and Angell win 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Eamon Tewell and Katelyn Angell as the winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the...

Apr 05: Lindsey Tomsu wins the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Lindsey Tomsu’s project “Tween & Teen BUILD Collective” at La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Nebraska. The goal of the project, Tomsu writes, is to “provide tweens and teens (fourth through 12th grade...

Apr 05: Vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone!

(Chicago) Did you know that you can vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone and other mobile devices? You need not be tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere –at the airport, on the bus, at the dog groomer! (But we do ask that you refrain from voting...

Apr 05: Park wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the...

Apr 05: Kelvin Watson receives the Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Kelvin Watson, chief innovation and technology officer, Queens Library (Queens, New York), has been named the 2016 inaugural winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public...

Apr 05: Kathleen Procopio receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Kathleen Procopio, principal of Millville (N.J.) High School, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made...

Apr 01: Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Public voting is now open through April 20, 2016 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 167 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart...

Apr 01: Enter YALSA’s Teens Succeed with Libraries Video Contest

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites library staff and teens to submit creative and compelling videos for its ...

Apr 01: YALSA honors four members with 2016 YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2016 YALSA Writing Award, with members winning in four categories.

The...

Apr 01: Apply now for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the...

Mar 31: Newbery Award Winner Avi to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award winning author Avi will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as part of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his...

Mar 31: Library community mourns loss of CALA Past President Lisa Zhao

CHICAGO -- In recognizing the passing of Lisa Zhao, the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) wants to celebrate the character of this distinguished and dedicated CALA member. Lisa was the Catalog Librarian (1990 - 2015) in University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and CALA President (...

Mar 31: ALSC, PLA Provide Access to Articles on ECRR Survey Results

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce preliminary findings from their three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Project...

Mar 31: ALA applauds Lifeline program modernization to include broadband

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service...

Mar 30: Participate in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

In celebration of summer, YALSA will be...

Mar 29: ALA President, ALSC President, and GLBTRT Chair Urge North Carolina Governor to Repeal HB2

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar and ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to North Carolina Governor Pat...

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