Press Releases

Jan 20: Speakers to explore library funding options at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Thinking about new funding sources for your library? Join leaders from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) when they discuss federal library funding resources at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “All Eyes on...

Jan 20: Panel of ebook policy experts to address 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss the best ways for libraries to bring together authors and readers in the digital age at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The...

Jan 20: Politicos, professors and press to populate panel discussion of what new Congress means for libraries at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, academia and the press will explore the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The session...

Jan 16: Recipients of 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant announced

CHICAGO – Recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant have been announced. Seven winners and one runner-up were chosen.

The recipients are as follows with the runner-up denoted with an asterisk:

  • Brandt...
Jan 14: ALA task force seeks your input on equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series...

Jan 13: Application deadline extended: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — The application deadline for the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant has been extended to Monday, Jan. 26.

Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Scholastic Library Publishing National...

Jan 13: Cartoonist Jeff Smith highlights FTRF Midwinter fundraiser

CHICAGO — Jeff Smith, creator of the BONE comic book series, will be the featured speaker at the 9th annual Freedom to...

Jan 13: ALA joins Canadian Library Association and Toronto iSchool to offer 'Library Advocacy Unshushed' MOOC

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is proud to announce its partnership with the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” beginning...

Jan 13: A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration and the Exhibit Hall make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  The ALA Store...

Jan 12: Attend the ALA Presidential Candidates' Forum at Midwinter

The 2015 election for ALA president-elect will be a rare event, with four candidates vying for the position!  Become an informed voter by attending the ALA Presidential Candidates’ Forum from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Chicago at McCormick Place, W375e/Skyline....

Jan 12: Registration and housing open Jan. 12 for 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

Attendees from...

Jan 12: Meg Cabot added to the lineup for Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”) will join Marisa de los Santos, Steve Berry, Elizabeth Berg, Thomas Perry and Marja Mills for United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Central time on Monday, Feb. 2 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in...

Jan 09: Couillard-Smith, Vittek win BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO — Chelsea Couillard-Smith and Robyn Vittek were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Chelsea Couillard-Smith is a...

Jan 08: IFRT accepting nominations for the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes...

Jan 08: AASL webinar invites school librarians to 'get thinking!'

CHICAGO  A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to “get thinking!” to challenge and engage learners....

Jan 08: ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting programs will help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Midwinter Meeting that will help libraries leverage their trusted...

Jan 08: AASL offers new learning in the New Year with four online courses

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for four American Association of School Librarians (AASL) eAcademy online courses. These four-week, self-paced courses cover the topics of project-based learning, research and the Common Core State Standards, implementing an e-book collection and personalized...

Jan 08: Engaging with issues of diversity and inclusion at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — From the creation of #WeNeedDiverseBooks to the heroic response of the Ferguson Public Library, diversity and inclusion have played key roles in the library conversation this year. Whether with annual traditions – MLK Sunrise Celebration...

Jan 07: ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

“The American Library Association condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the offices of...

Jan 06: Jason Segel, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Well known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian and screenwriter Jason Segel will appear as Auditorium Speaker from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first...

Jan 06: LLAMA Webinar will feature thought leader Ben Bizzle

CHICAGO — As libraries evolve to keep pace with the digital world, new approaches to marketing are increasingly necessary. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA...

Jan 06: Storage, disaster recovery and archiving in the Cloud: next free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Chances are you’ve been affected by a tech disaster, and you don’t have fond memories of what it was like. Is your library prepared for the next time it happens? In “A Library’s Guide to Storage, Disaster Recovery and Archiving in the Cloud,” the next...

Jan 06: LLAMA Seeking Library Building Awards jurors

CHICAGO — The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is seeking jurors for the 2016 ...

Jan 06: Spring into 2015 with Bad Kitty, Jane Lynch, Tim Howard and more fantastic new products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ new catalog is here, filled with new products to keep library patrons and students excited about reading and learning all year long. In celebration of her 10th birthday, Bad Kitty makes...

Jan 06: New from ACRL - Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change" (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White.

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Jan 06: Rapid growth in 3D printer use raises public policy issues for libraries and society

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Public policy issues surrounding 3D printers are now coming to the fore as the technology becomes more widely available in America’s libraries and homes. To ensure people are able to use 3D printers responsibly and effectively, librarians must now work towards developing...

Jan 05: Reinventing reference

CHICAGO — Uniquely positioned to connect library users to the information they seek, and thus to the wider world, library staff serving on the front lines of reference have both the power and responsibility, in turn, to position the library as an institution that remains relevant and responsive...

Jan 05: Year's best in books and media for adults unveiled at Midwinter

CHICAGO — All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the announcements of adult literature’s next classics at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago....

Dec 30: Metaliteracy: Reinventing information literacy to empower learners

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. Trudi Jacobson and Thomas Mackey will serve as the instructors for a four-...

Dec 30: ALA Virtual Town Hall meetings archived for viewing on demand

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s three virtual town hall meetings, held during the months of November and December, have been archived and are now available to members to view at their convenience.

These meetings focused on the Association’s new strategic directions for the...

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