Press Releases

Jul 26: 2018 LITA Forum – Save the Date and Register

Register now for the 2018 LITA Library Technology Forum in Minneapolis, MN to be held November 8-10, 2018

Join your colleagues in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the...

Jul 25: Emily Werner Selected as the 2018 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Emily Werner of Boulder, Colorado as the 2018 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.

 

The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor, who...

Jul 25: Samantha A. Hyde Selected as the 2018 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Samantha A. Hyde of Akron, Ohio as the 2018 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient.

 

The scholarship was named for a long-time ALA staff member who directed the ALA Conference Services Office for more than 20 years. This...

Jul 25: Reagan M. Callahan Selected as the 2018 ALA Century Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Reagan M. Callahan of Eureka Springs, Arkansas as the 2018 Century Scholarship recipient.

 

The $2,500 scholarship funds services or accommodation for a library school student with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited...

Jul 25: Keiko Newsom Selected as the 2018 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Keiko Newsom of King City, Oregon as the 2018 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.

 

The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in...

Jul 25: Esther C. Jones Selected as the 2018 David H. Clift Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Esther C. Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota as the 2018 David H. Clift Scholarship recipient.

 

The David H. Clift Scholarship was named for a former director of the American Library Association. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a...

Jul 25: Brian J. DeFelice Selected as the 2018 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Brian J. DeFelice of Braintree, Massachusetts as the 2018 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.

 

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in...

Jul 24: ODLOS offers travel grant for two JCLC attendees

CHICAGO – The Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) announces a travel grant for the third national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. This year’s conference centers around the theme “Gathering all...

Jul 24: PLA to hold short-fiction writing contest this fall

National competition begins Sept. 25

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is inviting writers to submit original works of short fiction for a National Writing Contest taking place this fall.

Only original works...

Jul 24: Shortley wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO – Ness Shortley, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide...

Jul 24: Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates Educational Collaboration with San Jose State University School of Information

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is excited to announce an educational collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Freedom to Read Foundation in our courses on intellectual freedom in our Master of...

Jul 24: 100 libraries selected to lead Great Stories Club reading programs with underserved youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced 100 libraries nationwide selected to take part in the Great Stories Club, a national grant program that supports reading and discussion programs for underserved teens.

The grantees represent 77 public libraries, 14 school/K-12...

Jul 23: Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – As part of a key strategic initiative, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This...

Jul 23: New eCourse bundle: Working with Children of All Ages

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new eCourse bundle, Working with Children of All Ages. R. Lynn Baker and Brooke Newberry will serve as the instructors for three, 4-week eCourses...

Jul 23: Anita Mechler named YALSA executive director

CHICAGO — ALA is pleased to welcome Anita Mechler, the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. 

Most recently, Mechler has been the project manager/archivist at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium...

Jul 19: Harry Potter Poster and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO –ALA Graphics’ fall catalog has mailed, and will unveil new products that are sure to educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new...

Jul 19: New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion...

Jul 19: ALA: New Tor delay on library ebooks hurts readers, authors and libraries

CHICAGO - At the beginning of July, Tor, a division of Macmillan, announced without warning that it was immediately beginning to embargo ebook sales of new titles to libraries for four months....

Jul 19: International librarianship as professional development

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out...

Jul 19: AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School...

Jul 18: New session: Using Surveys to Improve Your Library Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Using Surveys to Improve Your Library with Emily Daly. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and...

Jul 18: New iteration: Business Outreach for the Public Librarian eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Business Outreach for the Public Librarian. Barbara Alvarez will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

Jul 18: New iteration: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through...

Jul 18: New advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Creating and...

Jul 17: Call for nominations for IFLA section committees for 2019-2023 is now open
CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is seeking nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations...
Jul 17: New policy brief highlights state initiatives to promote family engagement in public libraries

BOSTON — State library leaders are promoting two-generation approaches to early learning and fostering environments in which children and the adults in their lives have equal opportunities to create knowledge and gain new skills together. The Global Family Research Project’s new policy brief,...

Jul 17: LITA Awards First ALA Leadership Institute Scholarship to Jennifer Chan

Jennifer Chan has been selected to receive LITA’s first scholarship to attend the 2018 ALA Leadership Institute.

Chan is the Scholarly...

Jul 17: Literacy instruction and teacher collaboration examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians' knowledge and perception of literacy instruction in light of the...

Jul 16: Theresa M. Boulrice Selected as the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Theresa M. Boulrice of Springfield, Massachusetts as the recipient of the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a...

Jul 16: Sara White Named Recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Sara White, Youth Services Senior Librarian at the Seminole County Public Library, as the recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional...