Press Releases

Nov 28: OIF Seeks Censorship Information from 2018

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is seeking information on challenges and censorship incidents that occurred in 2018 in libraries, schools and universities. Library workers, educators and community members are encouraged to...

Nov 28: National Short Fiction Contest enters judging phase

Public encouraged to vote in Readers’ Choice competition

CHICAGO – The submissions are in, now it’s your turn to weigh in. This fall, the Public Library Association (PLA) launched a national short story writing contest, inviting writers across the U.S. to submit short stories...

Nov 27: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 7

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 7, 2019.

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Nov 27: How libraries can support community health and wellbeing through bibliotherapy

CHICAGO — Bibliotherapy programs can now be found in libraries all over the world, from public libraries to health/hospital libraries and academic libraries. In their new book “Bibliotherapy,” published by...

Nov 27: Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick is Heartland, a personal story of working-class poverty in America

Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth chosen for ALA’s Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland: A Memoir of Working...

Nov 26: Record-keeping in an information culture

CHICAGO — Can archives and records management still make a distinctive contribution in the 21st century, or are they now being dissolved into a wider world of information governance? What should be our conceptual understanding of records in the digital era? What are the...

Nov 26: ACRL releases Library Service and Learning
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring...
Nov 21: CEO and Author Sylvia Acevedo is Auditorium Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Sylvia Acevedo has worn many hats: engineer at IBM, rocket scientist at NASA, award-winning entrepreneur, commissioner on the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, and currently CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. In Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl...

Nov 21: Eric Klinenberg, Sociologist and Author is Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His latest book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (available now),...

Nov 21: New iteration—Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work. Maria T. Accardi will serve as the...

Nov 21: New eCourse—Supporting Teen Services: Fostering Community, Programming, and Outreach

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Supporting Teen Services: Fostering Community, Programming, and Outreach. Jennifer...

Nov 20: ALA president reminds members of professional EDI tools to address microaggressions, quash racial profiling

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo released the following statement regarding the association’s commitment to providing library professionals with resources that support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). This statement comes on the heels of two...

Nov 20: New workshop: Taking STEAM Programs to the Next Level

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Taking STEAM Programs to the Next Level with Amy Holcomb. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Nov 20: New eCourse: Managing Children's Collections from Acquisition to Weeding

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Managing Children's Collections from Acquisition to Weeding. Jill Burket Ragase will serve as the...

Nov 19: Corey Hall selected as 2019 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Corey Hall has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to...

Nov 19: Bianca Spurlock selected as 2019 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Bianca Spurlock has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country...

Nov 19: New session: Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens with Corey Wittig. This workshop will consist of two...

Nov 16: Freedom to Read Foundation Offers Scholarships for Courses on Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), is excited to announce a scholarship for the Spring 2019 seminar, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University...

Nov 16: Imagining the archive of the future

CHICAGO — “Archival Futures,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, draws on a range of...

Nov 15: Helwick named YALSA’s 2019 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced Kacy Helwick, Youth Collection Development Librarian at New Orleans (Louisiana) Public Library, as its 2019 Emerging Leader.

 “This is...

Nov 14: New iteration: Getting Started with Library Service Design eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Getting Started with Library Service Design. Joe J. Marquez and Annie Downey will serve as the...

Nov 14: 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...

Nov 14: ALCTS surveys digital preservation in libraries

CHICAGO — In today’s information landscape, there are fewer topics that more urgently demand expansive discourse than digital preservation, which touches on everything from technology to copyright. Association for Library Collections...

Nov 13: Baker & Taylor to sponsor 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast   

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature during its Youth Media Awards announcements at 8 a.m. PT, on Jan. 28, 20l9, from Seattle, Washington. Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the...

Nov 13: LIS Students: Apply for the Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong...

Nov 13: ACRL sponsors 2019 Emerging Leaders
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its sections are sponsoring seven members to participate in 2019 class of ALA Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff...
Nov 13: A guide to research data management

CHICAGO — Research Data Management (RDM) has become a professional topic of great importance internationally following changes in scholarship and government policies about the sharing of research data. “...

Nov 12: How to judge a book by its cover—and everything else

CHICAGO — Paying attention to subtext is a crucial component of literacy. However, the concept of peritextual analysis takes such examination much further, teaching readers how to evaluate information and sources using elements that precede or follow the body of the text. A...

Nov 09: Journalist and Author Isha Sesay to Close the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

CHICAGO - Isha Sesay was born in England and at the age of seven moved with her family to her parents' homeland of Sierra Leone. At age sixteen...

Nov 09: PLA sponsors 2019 ALA Emerging Leaders Glidden and Shah

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a long-time supporter of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders (EL) program, will sponsor the participation of two library professionals in the 2019 EL class. EL is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers...