Press Releases

Oct 04: 2018 applications for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries now being accepted

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2018 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend...

Oct 03: ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

“The ALA has significantly expanded its...

Oct 03: LLAMA Webinar: The MOU -- Your Blueprint for Managing Collaborative Projects

As libraries collaborate more and more on projects with outside partners, it’s crucial that the process go smoothly for all parties and that expectations are made clear beforehand. A memorandum of understanding (MOA) is often the best way to assure this. The Library Leadership and Management...

Oct 03: PLA now accepting nominations for 10 service awards and grants for 2018

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering 10 awards and grants designed to highlight the best in public library...

Oct 03: Public libraries highlight cyber security awareness in October

CHICAGO – Earlier this month the credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed that they had suffered a cyber-attack that endangered the personal information of 143 million U.S. users. Even before the Equifax hack, 64 percent of Americans had been personally affected by a major data breach or data...

Oct 03: ALA, EBSCO provide opportunity for five librarians to attend ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — October 3, 2017 — Submissions are open for the 2018 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 Denver, Feb. 9-16.  

The...

Oct 03: ‘Friend Your Library’ materials now available at no cost to United for Libraries statewide group members

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries is pleased to present the ALA Store’s new downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and...

Oct 03: United for Libraries and PLA to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct...

Oct 03: Library Instruction Round Table Accepting Nominations for Two Awards

The American Library Association's (ALA) Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) welcomes submissions for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. Submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, special, academic) are encouraged. Winners will...

Oct 03: ALA, Center for News Literacy announce Media Literacy @ Your Library cohort

CHICAGO — Five public libraries have been selected to participate in Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become...

Oct 02: October webinar highlights the many uses of outcomes data

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association's Public Programs Office are partnering to present a webinar on the benefits of using outcomes data to improve and support library programming. Participants will learn how to leverage ...

Oct 02: Run for office by filing an 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 2018 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for...

Oct 02: Get ready to celebrate International Games Week 2017 – October 29 – November 4, 2017

Due to ever-increasing demand, International Games Day became International Games Week in 2017! This week-long event is now more flexible and supports gaming across the spectrum of libraries. This year’s event will...

Oct 02: Small/rural public libraries invited to apply for stipends for dialogue and deliberation workshop at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Libraries Transforming Communities:...

Sep 28: Longlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – Forty-six books, 25 fiction, 21 nonfiction, have been selected for the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is ...

Sep 28: ALA appoints Jessica Hughes ASCLA/RUSA executive director
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Jessica Hughes executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of ALA. She will start Oct. 9.

She currently serves as...

Sep 28: Ken Varnum Appointed New ITAL Editor

Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, has been appointed as the new editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the Library and...

Sep 27: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing...

Sep 27: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor...

Sep 26: AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its colleagues impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As recovery efforts begin, AASL encourages schools to apply for one of two AASL disaster relief grants: the ...

Sep 26: Accessibility and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Technology highly influences accessibility—many patrons use...

Sep 26: Applications open for the 2018 AASL awards program

CHICAGO - Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2018 awards season are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program...

Sep 26: Registration & housing now open for PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO — It’s official. Registration and housing are now open for PLA’s 2018 Conference! Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and...

Sep 26: Libraries Transform through Literacy: AEFL Week 2017

CHICAGO – As we mark 2017’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from September 24-30, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The correlation between literacy and income inequality, health outcomes and rates of...

Sep 26: RUSA achievement awards nomination period opens

CHICAGO—Beginning October 1, 2017, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will open the nomination period for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting...

Sep 26: Essentials for the government information librarian

CHICAGO — Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work...

Sep 25: ALSC 2018 National Institute Registration Now Open
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2018 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "All Aboard! Embracing Advocacy and Inclusion” will be held Sept. 27-29,...
Sep 25: Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the...

Sep 22: Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando...