Press Releases

Aug 21: YA author Scott Westerfeld to keynote closing session for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — Scott Westerfeld, author of the Leviathan series, will be the keynote speaker for the general closing session of the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services...

Aug 21: RUSA’s Health Information 101 course now offers IACET CEUs; next offering in September, 2012

CHICAGO — Beginning with the upcoming fall offering in September, 2012, the online course "Health Information 101" offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the...

Aug 21: New RUSA online course provides foundation in interlibrary loan practices in public, academic libraries

CHICAGO — The first offering of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) 101, a new online course offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 14,...

Aug 21: Survey results indicate salaries for librarians in 2012 flat – and in some cases lower

CHICAGO — According to results of the newly-released 2012 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic, with a less than 1 percent increase, salaries for librarians are basically flat. Survey responses from public and academic libraries in all 50 states and the District of...

Aug 21: NEH, ALA announce new funding opportunity, film title, webinars, deadline for Muslim Journeys Bookshelf


Cash grants up to $4,500 will be available in January to support “Let’s Talk About It” programming

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced updates to...

Aug 21: On anniversary of Hurricane Irene, Pitney Bowes Foundation provides $35,000 to help school and public libraries

CHICAGO —Thanks to a generous grant of $35,000 from Pitney Bowes Foundation, the American Library Association has distributed $3,500 in donations to 10 libraries.  Last year, Hurricane Irene caused widespread destruction and major flooding in the Northeast during the last week of August 2011. ...

Aug 20: ACRL funds 2012 Spectrum Scholar Charlotte King

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Charlotte King as its 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar. King will attend the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science...

Aug 20: Building and managing e-book collections

CHICAGO — Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry, “Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ...

Aug 17: Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA)...

Aug 17: Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA)...

Aug 15: Voting now open for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens (aged 12-18) to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at...

Aug 14: Libraries prepare for Library Card Sign-up Month 2012

CHICAGO – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and libraries are preparing for the promotion, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all....

Aug 14: Travel with ALA’s ASCLA division to Italy, including Amalfi Coast, National Library and Vatican Museum

CHICAGO — The itinerary is set for ASCLA in Italy in spring 2013 - -the third tour abroad hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

This trip...

Aug 14: LLAMA webinar helps you navigate through physical and virtual library planning

CHICAGO — The library of the future needs to be a vibrant learning hub and an intellectual crossroads where the physical and the virtual spaces connect.  The transition from a physical library plan into a blended service model requires a solid methodology.  The Library Leadership and Management...

Aug 14: Nominating committee extends deadline for Council candidates

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Nominating Committee has extended the deadline for applications for anyone interested in being considered for Council candidacy.  Any interested ALA members now have until 4:30 p.m. CDT on Sept. 17, 2012 to complete the...

Aug 14: ALA, Tribeca Film Institute announce 50 sites to host 'America’s Music'

$125,000 in total funding for selected libraries to host film viewing and discussion series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will...

Aug 14: New from ACRL: Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries," edited by Daniel C. Mack and Craig Gibson. "Interdisciplinarity and Academic...

Aug 14: First-of-its-kind eCourse examines where e-books meet iPad apps

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, Book as iPad App: Multimedia, Multi-Touch E-Books and their Future in Libraries with Nicole Hennig.

Your patrons trust your recommendations on what to...

Aug 14: Kenneth Crews on e-reserves and fair use in new workshop

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces the first event in an exciting new workshop series, Crews on Copyright: E-Reserves and Fair Use with Kenneth D. Crews.

In May 2012, a U.S. District Court ruled for the first time on...

Aug 14: Learn to plan and strategize for 'A More Effective Social Media Presence' in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a new workshop, A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management with Sarah Steiner and Cliff Landis. This 90-minute online workshop will take place on Wednesday,...

Aug 14: Connect your patrons with indie fiction recommendations from PLA's upcoming readers' advisory webinar

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Sept. 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Alternative Reads: Discovering and Sharing Great Indie Fiction with Your Patrons,” to introduce attendees to the...

Aug 13: Yolanda Cuesta to lead PLA management course on serving diverse populations

CHICAGO — On Oct. 11 and 12 the Public Library Association (PLA) and its co-sponsor, the Kent District Library (KDL) in Grand Rapids, Mich., will present a two-day, in-person management course, “Serving Diverse Populations”...

Aug 13: Gwaradzimba named ALSC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) chose Ticha Gwaradzimba as its 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar.  Gwaradzimba is currently pursuing her master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

A native of Zimbabwe,...

Aug 09: New LITA board members take office

CHICAGO — Cindi Trainor, coordinator, Library Technology and Data Services, at Eastern Kentucky University, is the newly elected vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  Her term, and that...

Aug 09: Two weeks left for special Institute pricing

CHICAGO — Students, members and non-members have two weeks left to take advantage of special pricing for the 2012 ALSC National Institute in September. Special pricing ends Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

ALSC members can save up to $60 by...

Aug 09: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews support for 'The American Dream Starts @ your library'

Grants will increase literacy resources for adult English language learners

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is offering a third round of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy...

Aug 08: American Library Association releases 'Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries'

Washington, DC — Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released “Ebook Business Models...

Aug 07: UNC student Megan England wins student stipend for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — Megan England, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

England applied for the scholarship to attend programs that directly relate...

Aug 07: Freedom to Read Foundation unveils new website, blog

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) — the First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association — has unveiled its new website. The site — which retains the URL www.ftrf.org — is...

Aug 07: LLAMA webinar shows how to get results with stories about your library

CHICAGO  — Everybody knows that some stories are more compelling than others. Now you can discover how to select and communicate the stories of your library’s successes in ways that will have the greatest impact and will produce the results you need. The Library Leadership and Management...

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