Press Releases

Apr 21: LLAMA webinar presents a new approach to strategic planning

CHICAGO — Strategic planning:  from groans to eye-rolls, the words alone are enough to elicit a range of responses from most librarians—not many of them positive.  All too often the experience is cumbersome and results in plans that are too long, too complex, and have little impact on work. ...

Apr 21: ALA Editions eCourse: School librarian’s guide to proving your value and keeping your job

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda K. Weisburg will serve as the instructor for this six-...

Apr 21: Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional...

Apr 21: YALSA seeks member manager for its newly re-envisioned blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its blog, The Hub. Established in 2009, the blog originally functioned as a resource to keep the library...

Apr 20: ALA, BCALA respond to destruction of Michael Brown, Jr. Memorial Tree

CHICAGO – On Saturday, April 18, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) dedicated a living memorial tree and stone monument to the City of Ferguson, Missouri.  The tree was planted in January-Wabash Park with a monument stone at its base honoring slain teen Michael Brown,...

Apr 20: ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award to Oklahoma State University Library

CHICAGO — The Oklahoma State University Library, (Stillwater, Oklahoma) has been named the 2015 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have...

Apr 20: LITA guide to technology disaster response and recovery planning

CHICAGO— Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A...

Apr 17: Learn how you can help cyberbullied patrons in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Cyberbullying is a form of online violence affecting many teens and adults. It has been discussed frequently in the popular media, but is still a misunderstood issue. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn more about cyberbullying, the impact of cyberbullying on victims,...

Apr 16: Libraries showcase free financial resources

CHICAGO — Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities that will teach members of their communities how to hone their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week @ your library,” April 18 – 25. More than 3,500 free Money Smart Week events will take place throughout the...

Apr 16: LLAMA presents timely pre-conferences at Annual Conference in San Francisco

CHICAGO — Space planning, career development and library renovations are all part of the pre-Annual Conference offerings in San Francisco from the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). Registration is through the ALA Annual Conference site. Enter special code “LLAMA2015” if you...

Apr 16: ALSC releases 2015 Summer Reading list

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released three Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer in order to help prevent the summer slide.

Three lists are available to...

Apr 16: New AASL pins mark member milestones

CHICAGO – New and continuing members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now wear their AASL membership proudly with the distribution of new AASL member pins.

New members will receive the pin, featuring the AASL logo, with their welcome packet upon joining the...

Apr 16: 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 24 titles that were published...

Apr 16: Library broadband speed test shows increased capacity; room still for improvement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to "Broadband Quality in Public Libraries," a new...

Apr 15: Smart investing website redesigned, new features

CHICAGO — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, smartinvesting.ala.org.

Libraries...

Apr 15: 2015 Teen Read Week™ website now live

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2015 Teen Read Week website, www.ala.org/teenread.  Teen Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to showcase to their...

Apr 15: Registration now open for YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened registration for its Young Adult Services Symposium, which will take place at the Hilton in Portland,...

Apr 15: Schools, Internship Center selected to receive 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO – Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, Minnesota Internship Center in Minneapolis and Townson School in Rochester, New York have been selected to receive the 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded each spring by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee,...

Apr 14: EBSCO, in partnership with ALA, awards scholarships for librarians to attend 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services has awarded seven librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Annual...

Apr 14: Applications open for 2015 Banned Books Week grants via FTRF's Krug Fund
CHICAGO — Applications are open for the 2015 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of...
Apr 14: Intrator's dissertation on postwar cultural reconstruction wins Dain Award

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winner of the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for 2015 - Miriam Intrator for her dissertation, “Books Across Borders and Between Libraries: UNESCO and the Politics of...

Apr 14: 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees to be announced during National Library Week

CHICAGO — To celebrate National Library Week, the Young Adult Library Services (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, will officially announce the 24 nominations for its 2015 Teens’ Top Ten on April 16, the Thursday of National...

Apr 14: AASL opens registration for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, and is the only national conference dedicated...

Apr 14: Landis Intermediate School Library wins the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has named the Landis Middle School Library the 2015 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates innovative planning and development of patron training programs...

Apr 14: Network and get involved at RUSA 101 with the Reference and User Services Association

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host RUSA 101, a networking and orientation event for interested, new and current members from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, in conjunction with the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco....

Apr 14: Paula LaRue wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Paula LaRue, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. LaRue’s name was drawn as the March winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. LaRue referred Ellen Williams...

Apr 14: ASCLA to hold second ASCLA 101 at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host ASCLA 101, a networking and orientation event for interested, new and current members from 10:30 a.m. - 11...

Apr 14: United for Libraries and ALA welcome Texas public library groups as members

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees in Texas are group members of United for Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA), thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Texas joins...

Apr 13: PLA to offer free webinar on FTC scam prevention campaign

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how your library can be an important part of “Pass It On,” the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new scam prevention campaign with tips and tools for older adults in your community. “...

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