Press Releases

Oct 08: Public Library Association partners with OCLC to help public libraries, partners respond to opioid epidemic

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will collaborate with OCLC on new project to collect and share knowledge and resources to support public libraries and their community partners in addressing the opioid crisis. OCLC was awarded a $249,714 National Leadership...

Oct 08: Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. ...

Oct 05: Library leaders identify strategies in “Fight for School Libraries”

CHICAGO – An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field...

Oct 03: Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? a webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central. This is a webinar version of the Intellectual Freedom...

Oct 02: GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2019 awards recognizing outstanding service to the LGBTQ community

CHICAGO - Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association seeks to honor librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or...

Oct 02: Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Entertainment services are by far the most likely services to be purchased by libraries in the next year according to a recent survey of more than 300 libraries in North America.

Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. ET where we’ll discuss the results of...

Oct 02: Write and Cite 'Chicago Style': Helping Students and Patrons Understand The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian

CHICAGO—In this special free event, ALA Publishing and the University of Chicago Press will discuss using The Chicago Manual of Style for citation building and more. Rebecca...

Oct 02: 2018 LITA Forum early bird rates extended

The early bird registration rate has been extended for two more weeks, so there’s still time to save $50 on one of the most dynamic and interactive events you can attend.

LITA Forum 
Minneapolis, MN
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Oct 02: Longlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The...

Oct 02: An ALCTS guide to streaming video acquisitions

CHICAGO — Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing...

Oct 01: Run for office by filing an electronic petition

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect, Treasurer or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2019 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal...

Sep 28: PLA unveils new leadership model, seeks applicants for next Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new model for its Leadership Development Initiative. Developed by 21 select library leaders, the PLA Leadership Model describes the work, methods, and core values of...

Sep 28: New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus...

Sep 28: New Technology Planning LITA Guide is Out Now

Chicago -- There's a new title in the LITA Guide series, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, by Diana Silveira. Technology is a crucial part of...

Sep 27: ASGCLA's Announces New Mentoring Program

Nearly two years in the planning, ASGCLA’s new division-wide Mentoring Program launched at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans.

ASGCLA’s Membership Promotion Committee, who developed the program and created its documentation and processes, accepted the first set of applications in early 2018...

Sep 27: RUSA Announces New Research Grant in Honor in Gail Schlachter

RUSA is proud to announce a new research grant named in honor of long-time member leader Dr. Gail A. Schlachter. This grant was established in memory of Dr. Gail A. Schlachter by her children Sandy Hirsh and Eric Goldman, with contributions from her family and friends. Sandy Hirsh and Eri...

Sep 27: JCLC honors outstanding individuals at 2018 conference

Albuquerque, N.M. — The third National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) this week at the ...

Sep 25: Hlywak appointed director of ALA Communications and Marketing

CHICAGO — Stephanie M. Hlywak has been named ALA’s new director of Communications and Marketing, effective Oct. 1, 2018. She comes to ALA from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where she served as national director of content marketing. In that role, she built the content marketing program...

Sep 25: Nominations open for 2019 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nomination for the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living...

Sep 25: Nominations open for 2019 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO - The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association seeks nominations for the 2019 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award. The EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are...

Sep 25: Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2018.

The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research...

Sep 25: Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick is a radiant retelling of Liberia’s early years

Wayétu Moore’s ‘She Would Be King’ latest title chosen for ALA Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King (Graywolf Press) as her latest pick for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Book...

Sep 25: National writing contest launches to engage communities with literature

Public Library Association seeks stories on courage, offering winners up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers worldwide

(CHICAGO) – Sept. 25, 2018 – America’s libraries are home to countless volumes and voices of diverse writers. They also are trusted...

Sep 24: Schools and Libraries Speak Out for Banned Books with Krug Fund Grants

Chicago, IL- The Freedom to Read Foundation extends its congratulations to the 2018 Banned Books Week grants recipients. Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and...

Sep 24: Public libraries invited to apply for American Creed Community Conversations programming grants

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences...

Sep 24: Waugh selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2019 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dr. Amanda Waugh, Instructional Librarian at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at...

Sep 24: Designing, planning, and implementing career programming for teens

CHICAGO — Enrollment in vocational programs is on the rise and many high schools are introducing or restarting vocational preparedness components as part of their curricula. You already know that programming events for young adults can draw a big crowd, which means that...

Sep 20: An updated how-to-do-it manual for building digital libraries

CHICAGO — Whether you’re embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection from scratch or simply need to understand the conceptual and technical challenges of constructing a digital library, the new second edition of “...

Sep 20: Reading motivation 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), reports the findings of two case studies focused on student reading motivation. SLR promotes and...