Press Releases

Apr 24: The ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — Since it was established in 1967, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has championed the rights of library users to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the...

Apr 24: Web Design and Development: Advanced eCourse

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), this returning popular...

Apr 24: AASL seeks manuscripts for Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. Potential topics, requirements for consideration and deadlines can be found at...

Apr 23: Nation’s libraries to provide guidance on how to preserve priceless heirlooms, collectibles

CHICAGO – With spring cleaning in full swing, thousands will ponder how to preserve new-found treasures.  From April 26 – May 2, many will turn to their local library to celebrate Preservation Week®, a time when libraries across the country will provide information and expertise on how to...

Apr 22: ALA election closes May 1

CHICAGO — The 2015 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 1.  If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so!  If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process.  In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting...

Apr 22: Banned Books Week celebrates Young Adult books in 2015

New York — Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event's national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools,...

Apr 22: American Library Association ‘inimically against’ bill to extend Section 215 of PATRIOT Act without ‘urgently needed change’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S. 1035, a bill to reauthorize the "library provision," Section 215, of the USA PATRIOT Act without reform of any kind and to extend it until 2020. In response, American Library Association President...

Apr 21: Las bibliotecas celebran la diversidad y promueven el alfabetismo multicultural

Participe en “¡Día! Diversidad en acción” el 30 de abril         En Inglés

CHICAGO – Las bibliotecas de nuestra nación tienen el compromiso de...

Apr 21: Libraries celebrate diversity, promote multicultural literacy

Join Día! Diversity in Action on April 30              En Español   

CHICAGO – Our nation’s libraries are committed to...

Apr 21: Roll out the rainbow carpet for LGBTQ patrons

CHICAGO - Join the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) as it hosts a preconference highlighting library services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and queer/questioning community.  “Rolling out the Rainbow Carpet: Serving LGBTQ Communities” will be held from 8:30...

Apr 21: New eCourse on assessing student learning with instructional technologies focus

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Assessing Student Learning with Instructional Technologies, facilitated by Melissa Mallon. This four-week asynchronous eCourse starts Monday, June 1, 2015.

Are you...

Apr 21: James G. (Jim) Neal honored for his service with the 2015 Joseph W. Lippincott award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Jim Neal has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Joseph W. Lippincott award.  The award, donated by Joseph W. Lippincott III was established to recognize “distinguished service to the profession of librarianship...

Apr 21: Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate...

Apr 21: Popular workshop returns: Using Twitter for marketing and outreach

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop Using Twitter for Marketing...

Apr 21: LLAMA webinar presents a new approach to strategic planning

CHICAGO — Strategic planning:  from groans to eye-rolls, the words alone are enough to elicit a range of responses from most librarians—not many of them positive.  All too often the experience is cumbersome and results in plans that are too long, too complex, and have little impact on work. ...

Apr 21: ALA Editions eCourse: School librarian’s guide to proving your value and keeping your job

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda K. Weisburg will serve as the instructor for this six-...

Apr 21: Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional...

Apr 21: YALSA seeks member manager for its newly re-envisioned blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its blog, The Hub. Established in 2009, the blog originally functioned as a resource to keep the library...

Apr 20: ALA, BCALA respond to destruction of Michael Brown, Jr. Memorial Tree

CHICAGO – On Saturday, April 18, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) dedicated a living memorial tree and stone monument to the City of Ferguson, Missouri.  The tree was planted in January-Wabash Park with a monument stone at its base honoring slain teen Michael Brown,...

Apr 20: ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award to Oklahoma State University Library

CHICAGO — The Oklahoma State University Library, (Stillwater, Oklahoma) has been named the 2015 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have...

Apr 20: LITA guide to technology disaster response and recovery planning

CHICAGO— Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A...

Apr 17: Learn how you can help cyberbullied patrons in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Cyberbullying is a form of online violence affecting many teens and adults. It has been discussed frequently in the popular media, but is still a misunderstood issue. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn more about cyberbullying, the impact of cyberbullying on victims,...

Apr 16: Libraries showcase free financial resources

CHICAGO — Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities that will teach members of their communities how to hone their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week @ your library,” April 18 – 25. More than 3,500 free Money Smart Week events will take place throughout the...

Apr 16: LLAMA presents timely pre-conferences at Annual Conference in San Francisco

CHICAGO — Space planning, career development and library renovations are all part of the pre-Annual Conference offerings in San Francisco from the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). Registration is through the ALA Annual Conference site. Enter special code “LLAMA2015” if you...

Apr 16: ALSC releases 2015 Summer Reading list

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released three Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer in order to help prevent the summer slide.

Three lists are available to...

Apr 16: New AASL pins mark member milestones

CHICAGO – New and continuing members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now wear their AASL membership proudly with the distribution of new AASL member pins.

New members will receive the pin, featuring the AASL logo, with their welcome packet upon joining the...

Apr 16: 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 24 titles that were published...

Apr 16: Library broadband speed test shows increased capacity; room still for improvement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to "Broadband Quality in Public Libraries," a new...

Apr 15: Smart investing website redesigned, new features

CHICAGO — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, smartinvesting.ala.org.

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