Press Releases

Sep 05: United for Libraries to designate Grant Cottage a Literary Landmark

MOREAU, New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book and the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will designate the U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site a Literary Landmark.

A Literary Landmark plaque dedication ceremony will be held at...

Sep 05: LLAMA webinar explores 21st Century library ethics

CHICAGO — As the world becomes increasingly digital, information politics have become more convoluted and can impact libraries profoundly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “21st Century Library Ethics,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Central...

Sep 05: Standards excitement builds with AASL Twitter chat

CHICAGO – Anticipating the launch of its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will conduct its first standards-related Twitter chat at 6:00 p.m. Central on Mon., Sept. 18. The chat will be facilitated by members of the standards...

Sep 05: ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they...

Sep 05: Nominations will close Sept. 18 for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users nationwide have through Monday, Sept. 18 to nominate their favorite librarians for the American Library Association (ALA)’s prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Members of the public can nominate library professionals who have transformed lives and communities by...

Sep 05: ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights...

Aug 31: New session: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Aug 30: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists,...

Aug 29: United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located...

Aug 29: AASL commends six programs aligned with its values and mission

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs due to the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and...

Aug 29: Sustainability Round Table Announces Free Student Memberships

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to announce free memberships for LIS students!

Beginning September 1, 2017, students may join SustainRT for free. To qualify for a free membership, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in ALA-accredited...
Aug 29: ALA offers support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in wake of shooting

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,   

"We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico," said...

Aug 28: ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

CHICAGO  – In the wake of historic flooding fueled by Hurricane Harvey, the American Library Association (ALA) and the library community continue their commitment to disaster relief efforts within the Gulf Coast Region.   

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is being affected...

Aug 25: Only the “Best” in an all new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – The 2017 list of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Best Websites for Teaching & Learning will be explored during a live webinar on Tues., Aug. 29, at 6:00 p.m. Central. One of the most anticipated releases of educational resources each year, AASL Best Websites...

Aug 24: No-nonsense guidance on project management

CHICAGO — Barbara Allan’s new book “The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA...

Aug 23: Ashley selected as 2017-2018 The Hub member manager

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Stephen Ashley, Teen Engagement Coordinator at the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Public Library as its new member manager for its blog, The Hub.

“I'm super excited to...

Aug 23: LLAMA Webinar: 21st Century Library Ethics

As the world becomes increasingly digital, information politics have become more convoluted and can impact libraries profoundly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “21st Century Library Ethics,” on Wed., September 13, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time...

Aug 22: ACRL releases The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship,” edited by Anne-Marie Deitering,...

Aug 21: New Workshop—The Smart Way to Acquire New Technology: Creating a Successful RFP

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, The Smart Way to Acquire New Technology: Creating a Successful RFP with Timothy J. Dickey. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take...

Aug 21: New eCourse: Genealogical Research for Librarians

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Genealogical Research for Librarians. June Power will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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Aug 21: PLA echoes ALA statement condemning racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) proudly supports the American Library Association's (ALA) position on the recent tragic violence in Charlottesville,...

Aug 18: New School Library Research article examines the development of reading lists

CHICAGO – A new article detailing the results of a small-scale study exploring the design and use of reading lists by UK school librarians and teachers is now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, ...

Aug 17: New Workshop—Tracking Technology Trends: Staying Current in a World of Information Overload

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Tracking Technology Trends: Staying Current in a World of Information Overload with Nicole Hennig. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:...

Aug 17: Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the ...

Aug 17: PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host...

Aug 15: YALSA’s 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its list of 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

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Aug 15: Teens can now vote for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO – Voting for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten official titles is now open.

Teens all around the world can start casting their...

Aug 15: ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“The ALA expresses our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost and injured during this weekend’s...

Aug 14: New Tools, Support Advance Digital Skills Training in PLA Pilot Project

CHICAGO -- A new digital literacy pilot project made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) and Cox Communications (Cox) is hitting a critical milestone this summer as participating libraries kick off training events in their communities. 

The goal of this national collaboration...

Aug 11: New Iteration: Cataloging with RDA eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, October 2, 2017...