Press Releases

Feb 23: First Step Award to Natascha Owens

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Natascha Owens, serials cataloger at the University of Chicago Library, as the recipient of the 2018 First Step Award – a Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the...

Feb 23: Juán-Pabló González awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO—The 2018 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant has been awarded to Juán-Pabló González. González is a graduate archives assistant at The Catholic University of America, and a current Master of Library and Information Science candidate at The Catholic University of America....

Feb 23: ALCTS’ Piercy Award to Alison M. Armstrong

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) named Alison M. Armstrong, collection management librarian in the McConnell Library at Radford University, the winner of the 2018 Esther J. Piercy Award. This award will be presented on Saturday, June 23 at the...

Feb 22: New ALA Statement Affirms Net Neutrality is Essential to Intellectual Freedom

At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council adopted the statement “Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue.” Written by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the...

Feb 21: Chen, Barnes, Garcia, and McCauley elected to ALA Executive Board

(CHICAGO) Diane R. Chen, Tamika Barnes, Edward A. Garcia, and Maria Taesil Hudson McCauley have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting held February 9...

Feb 21: A guide to LGBTQAI+ books for children and teens

CHICAGO — There is a rich and varied body of literature for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/allied and intersexed young people, and the new book “LGBTQAI+ Books...

Feb 21: 2018 YALSA Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Teen Intern Grant.

The grant will allow libraries...

Feb 21: 2018 YALSA Summer Learning Resources Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Learning Resources Grant.

The grant’s purpose is...

Feb 21: Majkut receives YALSA 2018 National Library Legislative Day Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Kristen Majkut, librarian at the Albany (New York) High School, its 2018 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD)...

Feb 21: NLA Intellectual Freedom Round Table receives the 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Nebraska Library Association Round Table for Intellectual Freedom is the 2017 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual...

Feb 20: Swanson Best of LRTS Award to Neville and Henry

CHICAGO—Tina M. Neville and Deborah B. Henry, librarians at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg have been awarded the 2018 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, “...

Feb 20: 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

DENVER – Where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.

The American Library Association (ALA) hosted...

Feb 20: Nuth and Blanchat book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO—The recipients of the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award are Alana Nuth (publishing as Verminski) and Kelly Marie Blanchat for their volume, “...

Feb 20: Building kids’ literacy skills through creative writing

CHICAGO — Creative writing encourages imaginations to take flight, and when adults use the right approach, building literacy skills becomes a form of play that gets kids excited to create their own stories. Packed with ready-to-use lesson plans designed for kindergarten- and early elementary-...

Feb 20: ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee releases 2018 list

DENVER – The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2018 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose is...

Feb 19: American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners

DENVER — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

A list of all the 2018 award winners...

Feb 16: New coloring book for library lovers supports the mission of ALA

CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils....

Feb 16: AASL Launches Affiliate of the Year Award

CHICAGO – At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the launch of its new Affiliate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the AASL Affiliate organization most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and...

Feb 16: Submissions Now Open for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards

$10,000 Development Awards will go to up to Eight Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards. The awards are managed by the Library...

Feb 16: 2018 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Naugatuck Valley Community College Max R. Traurig Library, Waterbury...

Feb 15: Music Library Association’s guide to essential world music scores and sound recordings

CHICAGO — Intended to offer suggestions for anyone, regardless of musical training or experience, who is seeking to develop music collections in libraries of all kinds, “...

Feb 14: Public Library Association to offer diversity-focused youth internship program in 2018

Applications due March 25

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications from public libraries interested in participating in PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) for the summer of 2018. Last year, PLA piloted III, an...

Feb 14: David W. Lewis named 2018 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, is the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 2018 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, recognizes an...

Feb 14: New session: Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons with Paige Alfonzo. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute...

Feb 14: New session—Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald...

Feb 14: YALSA names 2018 Writing Award winners

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2018 YALSA Writing Award with members winning in four categories.

The winners...

Feb 14: Long-time RUSA member, Ed Garcia, elected to ALA Executive Board
CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to announce that long-time RUSA member and current RUSA Director-at-Large has been elected to the ALA Executive Board. In addition to his service to RUSA, Garcia is a member of LITA, PLA, GAMERT, GLBTRT and many other...
Feb 14: YALSA names 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The...

Feb 14: YALSA names 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The list of 78 titles, drawn from 131 official...