Press Releases

Oct 24: Farrell announces candidacy for 2019-22 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas, has filed as a petition candidate for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022.

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Oct 24: ALA unveils shortlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States...

Oct 23: 2019 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Course Schedule Now Available

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Course schedule. Focusing on the fundamentals of acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection assessment, collection development and management,...

Oct 23: New session: Working with Individuals Affected by Homelessness workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Working with Individuals Affected by Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach...

Oct 22: Gear up for International Games Week 2018

It has been a long time coming, but International Games Week is back! This year’s event will take place during the week of November 4th through the 10th. This annual tradition is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and hosted by the American Library Association, in...

Oct 22: LLAMA Webinar Helps Managers Decide What Really Matters

One of the most difficult challenges for library managers and leaders is trying to make their libraries be everything to everyone. How do you start...

Oct 22: ALA seeks applicants for national Policy Corps

Deadline set for November 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the ALA Policy Corps. The deadline for applications is November 16. The Corps initiative aims to...

Oct 19: Technology-based outreach for libraries

CHICAGO — From straightforward internet access to elaborate makerspaces, libraries have taken center stage when it comes to providing free access to technology to those who visit their physical spaces. But how about people who don’t walk into a library? How do we ensure...

Oct 18: Wolf in the Snow Poster and more in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ winter catalog is on its way, and will unveil new products that will educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new...

Oct 18: Kroski’s guide to escape rooms and other immersive experiences

CHICAGO — By one count, there are more than 7,200 escape room environments in 1,445 cities in 105 countries. So why not in libraries? Sharpening participants’ problem solving and collaboration skills by mashing up real-time adventure, immersive theater, gaming, and old-...

Oct 17: ACRL releases The Library Outreach Casebook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Outreach Casebook,” edited by Ryan L. Sittler and Terra J. Rogerson. This casebook is designed as a tool for...

Oct 17: Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries add a third grant starting in 2019

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. Beginning this year the juries...

Oct 16: LITA Opens Call for Innovative LIS Student Writing

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in ...

Oct 16: Official 2018 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted August 15 through Teen Read Week™ (...

Oct 15: Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

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Oct 12: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award applications for guides to library resources

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Oct 12: Meridian Library District selected for 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship

Meridian (Idaho) Library District has been selected for the 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship administered by the ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries.

Meridian Library...

Oct 12: ACRL funds 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar Stephanie Akau

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing commitment to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Stephanie Akau as its 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar. Akau currently...

Oct 12: New workshop—Data Privacy: Protecting Your Library, Yourself, and Your Patrons

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Data Privacy: Protecting Your Library, Yourself, and Your Patrons with Nicole Hennig. This...

Oct 11: Nominate a Colleague Doing Cutting Edge Work in Tech Education for the LITA Library Hi Tech Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the...

Oct 10: Public Library Association launches health insurance enrollment initiative

Will offer funding for public libraries to connect consumers to coverage

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering new resources for libraries to...

Oct 10: Submissions open for ALA Midwinter scholarship sponsored by EBSCO

CHICAGO — Submissions are open for the 2019 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Seattle, Jan. 24-29.

The five scholarships will be awarded...

Oct 09: New session—Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald...

Oct 09: ACRL releases Institutional Repositories: CLIPP #44

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Institutional Repositories,” compiled and edited by Brighid M. Gonzales, book number 44 in ACRL’s CLIPP series (...

Oct 09: United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in...

Oct 09: Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions...

Oct 09: RUSA Financial Literacy for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Are there crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs in your neighborhood? What financial literacy education might they need to grow their business? At the next online discussion of the RUSA Financial Literacy Interest Group, Megan Emery of Chattanooga Public Library will lead a conversation about...

Oct 09: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host The Heart of Librarianship webinar

CHICAGO — As part of her global outreach efforts, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host a free webinar, The Heart of Librarianship, at 9 a.m. Central time/10 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 14, 2018. To participate, ...

Oct 08: SRRT seeks applications for 2019 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the first annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to...