Press Releases

Jul 19: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork featuring DC’s Teen Titans now available

CHICAGO – As honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are appearing in print and digital Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help promote the value of a library card. DC is also providing Teen Titans artwork for customizable library cards...

Jul 18: ALA Council resolution on global climate change

CHICAGO - At the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, ALA Council passed a resolution calling for libraries to preserve and make available factual, scientific data, information and literature both from government and citizen sources pointing to evidence of global climate change.

The...

Jul 18: Council resolution calls for libraries to create responsible spaces

CHICAGO - At the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, the ALA Council passed a resolution regarding libraries as responsible spaces. As part of the Committee on Diversity report, this resolution is in response to a documented increase in hate crimes occurring in libraries.

The resolution...

Jul 18: ALA Council adopts interpretations on politics and equity, diversity, inclusion

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, ALA Council adopted two interpretations authored by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) that address recent dialogues on diversity and politics.

“...

Jul 18: Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2018

Submit Your Program ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now...

Jul 17: LLAMA Webinar: What Drives and Guides Us - The Importance of Developing a Personal Philosophy of Librarianship

CHICAGO — Many librarians report feeling passionate about their chosen profession, but have you ever asked yourself exactly why? What are your personal values that make working in the library field so rewarding? Knowing the answers to these questions and being able to articulate them as a...

Jul 17: PLA joins Legacy Partners for unveiling of DA2I report

Libraries play critical role in expanding worldwide access to information, report says

NEW YORK – The Public Library Association (PLA) is teaming with its legacy partners to celebrate the launch of a new research report on the role of information access in...

Jul 17: ALA argues to retain 2015 Open Internet protections with FCC comments

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) continues the fight for an open internet for all. In comments filed at the Federal...

Jul 17: Anclade wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2017 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO – Tegan Anclade, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has won the 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Anclade with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to attend...

Jul 13: ALA, Center for News Literacy announce plans to create media literacy training for public libraries

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at the Stony Brook School of Journalism, announce Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train public library professionals to teach their adult patrons to be better informed news...

Jul 13: New Iteration: How to Market Your Library eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, How to Market Your Library. Dana Braccia will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday,...

Jul 12: ATTN Travelers: Join ASCLA in Ireland 2018

CHICAGO - Pack your bags for this seven night, grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018 with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association.

This week-long...

Jul 12: FSU master's candidate receives Kino Lorber EDU/Video Round Table Annual Scholarship to assist future media librarians

New York — Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., has announced the second annual winner of a scholarship presented in collaboration with the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). David William Rodriguez, a master's candidate at Florida...

Jul 12: 2018 Bill Morris Seminar Applications Now Open!
ALSC is now seeking applications for the 2018 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Co.  The seminar will be facilitated by ALSC member leaders including past committee members and chairs of...
Jul 11: So you want to be an academic library director

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That’s the empowering message of “...

Jul 11: New Iteration: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers Advanced eCourse

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of our popular advanced eCourse Cataloging for Non-Catalogers...

Jul 11: United for Libraries to host free webinar July 25: ‘Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. EDT.

Plan now for...

Jul 11: Two groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Foundation and the Friends of Smyrna (Tenn.) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock...

Jul 11: LLAMA Webinar: Library Space Planning -- Using Knowledge Management Principles for Success

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present "Library Space Planning -- Using Knowledge Management Principles for Success," on Wed., July 19, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar will present change management approaches using proven library...

Jul 11: July webinar looks at past and future of PLA's performance measurement program

CHICAGO – Project Outcome, the Public Library Association’s...

Jul 10: Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System chosen as site for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the Western Washington University and Whatcom County Library System to serve as the host site for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi...

Jul 10: ALSC announces winners of 2017 Bound to Stay Bound, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Jul 10: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2017 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2017 Annual Conference Meeting.

Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit...

Jul 10: Free webinar on working successfully with Friends groups

CHICAGO — Executive Director of United for Libraries and former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., Sally Gardner Reed has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate. In a new free webinar,...

Jul 07: Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a...

Jul 07: ALA extends commitment to Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On June 26, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) extended its commitment to the Libraries Transform Campaign for an additional three years (Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020).

Libraries Transform is the ALA’s public awareness campaign and serves to highlight...

Jul 07: New eCourse: Using Apps to Manage Information and Stay Organized

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Using Apps to Manage Information and Stay Organized. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Jul 06: 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – The Librarians Call to Action

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, in the association’s home city of Chicago. The conference was attended by more than 22,700 librarians, library workers and library...

Jul 06: 2017 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2017 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was...

Jul 06: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The ALA 2018 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of Councilor-at-Large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA Councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m....