Press Releases

Nov 06: Learn how to produce, record and deliver podcasts to your patrons in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to use podcasting as an efficient and easy method to share news and information, promote programs and services and distribute other important content to your patrons. “...

Nov 06: Call for proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

CHICAGO – The 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the international library community by presenting a poster session in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 in the Exhibit Hall.

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Nov 06: IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1...

Nov 06: 'News You Can Use' sessions on Policy, Research, Technology, Privacy, Diversity/Inclusion and more at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In a timely and varied cluster of more than 25 “News You Can Use” sessions at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts from across library-related fields offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, diversity and inclusion, literacy, technology and more. The preliminary list of...

Nov 06: Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant though Jan. 15, 2016.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to...

Nov 05: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 Bookapalooza Program
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Bookapalooza Program. This program offers select libraries a collection of...
Nov 04: IRRT partners with International Librarians Network, provides financial and promotional support

CHICAGO  – The American Library Association International Relations Round Table (IRRT) has agreed to a partnership with the International Librarians Network (ILN) that recognizes the organizations’ shared interest in...

Nov 04: An introduction to information behavior

CHICAGO — “Introduction to Information Behaviour,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is an essential primer...

Nov 04: New ACRL book examines 'Modern Pathfinders'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides” by Jason Puckett.

Whether you call them research guides, subject guides or...

Nov 04: Nominate an academic librarian for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — LITA is seeking nominees for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) by academic librarians who have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management and/or library...

Nov 04: Paterson awarded Books for Teens Grant

CHICAGO — Seale Paterson, branch manager, and Elizabeth Granzow, library associate at the New Orleans Public Library, were awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Paterson and...

Nov 03: New edition of Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries available

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a revised edition of its...

Nov 03: Learn about finding the right balance in controversial topics in children’s literature in upcoming IFRT/GLBTRT webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) for an upcoming webinar on how librarians can balance open access, accurate classification and ease of use for all families without discrimination as they include books...

Nov 03: ALZAD for Digital Archiving selected as distributor for ALA subscription services in Middle East

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that ALZAD for Digital Archiving (ALZAD) has been selected to serve as the distributor of ALA subscription services in the Middle East Region.  ALZAD will...

Nov 03: Ken Burns and Terry Tempest Williams in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams join Donna Seaman, Booklist editor for adult books, for the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges...

Nov 02: Liz Moore among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Liz Moore, Janice Y.K. Lee, Val McDermid, Stephanie Danler, Jennifer Haigh and Robyn Carr will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 11 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter...

Nov 02: Applications invited for ‘Thinking Money’ traveling exhibition to public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, invites applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.

Money affects...

Oct 30: Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper retires after 40+ years of service

CHICAGO – Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper retired on Oct. 30, after four decades of working for the magazine, the book review journal of the American Library Association. Effective Nov. 2, Donna Seaman and Rebecca Vnuk will jointly direct Booklist’s Adult Books...

Oct 30: IPEDS survey adopts new definitions based on academic library community input — register for ACRL/ ARL webinar

WASHINGTON, D.C; CHICAGO — The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component is adopting revised definitions for FY 2015 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Association of College & Research...

Oct 29: Jo Ann Jenkins, nationally recognized leader, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO —  Dynamic change agent, nationally recognized leader and former chief operating officer at the Library of Congress Jo Ann Jenkins brings her message of innovation to the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as an Auditorium Speaker from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. With more...

Oct 29: Author Sherman Alexie added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of the Children’s Author Lunch with Sherman Alexie to the PLA 2016 Conference schedule from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Alexie...

Oct 29: ALA President commends bipartisan supporters of library amendment to ESEA reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), thanks Senate signatories for the...

Oct 29: ALSC enhances creativity programming in 79 libraries with Curiosity Creates Grants

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the 79 recipients of Curiosity Creates grants. Each library will receive up to $7,500 to support...

Oct 27: LCA pleased Librarian of Congress expands film clip exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) welcomes today’s decision issued by the Librarian of Congress...

Oct 27: Official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug.15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015). Altogether, over 27,000 votes were cast for the...

Oct 26: Enhance your services and engage users

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop Facebook in the Library: Enhancing Services and Engaging Users with David Lee King. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

Oct 23: Mary Frances Berry to keynote 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Acclaimed civil rights activist and academic Dr. Mary Frances Berry will keynote the 2016 Dr. Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:...

Oct 23: ALA to launch Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital...

Oct 23: Abbas, Koh selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2016 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen June Abbas, professor, and Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2016...

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