Press Releases

Oct 10: Nominations sought for 2015 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996...

Oct 09: ALA calls on Dept. of Ed. to include public libraries in early learning intervention model

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) urged the Department of Education in a letter (pdf) today to include public libraries as early learning...

Oct 07: Arkansas becomes latest state to provide United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Arkansas recently joined Texas, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas in purchasing the Trustee Academy....

Oct 07: Web design basics for librarians

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new new iteration of its popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Oct 07: Researching prospective donors: Get more funding for your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library. Susan Summerfield Hammerman will serve as the instructor for a five-week...

Oct 07: Social media basics: Engaging your library users

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Social Media Basics: Engaging Your Library Users. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse...

Oct 07: Apply now to host 2015 ACRL Scholarly Communication Road Shows

CHICAGO – Today's academic and research librarians increasingly act as change agents in the higher education community. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of open access and scholarly communication. To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly...

Oct 07: Getting babies into books with early literacy programs

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs. Kathy Kirchoefer will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated...

Oct 07: The sustainability of scholarly information

CHICAGO — Written by G.G. Chowdhury, “Sustainability of Scholarly Information,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ...

Oct 06: ACRL seeks nominations for 2015 awards

CHICAGO – This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), an achievement made possible by the efforts of its leaders and members serving the higher education community. As ACRL celebrates...

Oct 06: Amanda McCoy wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Amanda McCoy in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. McCoy’s name was drawn as the first monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) new ...

Oct 06: ALA voice to join FCC Open Internet roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Windhausen, network neutrality counsel to the American Library Association (ALA) and president of Telepoly Consulting, will represent libraries and higher education institutions Tuesday as a panelist for an Open Internet roundtable discussion hosted by the Federal...

Oct 06: School librarian’s role in Senior/Capstone Projects examined in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will demonstrate the school librarian’s integral role in Senior/Capstone Projects - research-oriented courses driven by student interest rather than curricular mandates.  Presented by a...

Oct 06: LLAMA webinar identifies core competencies of assessment

CHICAGO Do you know what skills are needed to obtain or succeed in a library assessment position?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) can help you find out.  LLAMA’s Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section (LLAMA-MAES) will present “Core...

Oct 06: Digitization examined in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Digitization is not the future of libraries, it’s the present. Whether your institution is a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for today’s librarian.  “Digitization and...

Oct 03: ACRL announces Immersion ’15 Programs

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’15 Program. The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the...

Oct 03: Applications now being accepted for 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation opened applications today for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend graphic novels...

Oct 03: 2014 revision of RDA: Resource Description and Access Print now available

CHICAGO — The newest print accumulation of RDA: Resource Description and Access is now available. RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2014 Revision contains:

  • A full accumulation of RDA—the...
Oct 03: New resource for school library conversations

CHICAGO – A new digital magazine issue, featuring articles from prominent members of the profession, showcases the way school libraries and school librarians transform learning. “School Libraries Transform Learning,” an American Libraries digital supplement produced in partnership with...

Oct 01: ALA Endowment Fund passes $40 Million

CHICAGO On behalf of the American Library Association (ALA) Endowment Trustees, Senior Endowment Trustee Rod Hersberger announced that the value of the Association’s long-term investments reached $40.2 million on Aug. 31, 2014. The Endowment achieved its last major...

Oct 01: ALA encouraged by E-rate momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the fiber gap facing the majority of the nation’s 16,400 public libraries and the communities they serve. ALA President Courtney Young today released the following...

Oct 01: Registration, housing now open for 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, which offers the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions,...

Oct 01: LIRT Accepting Applications for Librarian Recognition and Innovation in Instruction Awards

CHICAGO The American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) invites nominations for two awards to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. 

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will...

Sep 30: United for Libraries’ Literary Landmark™ for Lynn Riggs rededicated

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries’ Literary Landmark for Lynn Riggs was re-dedicated in partnership with Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) on Sept. 5 in Claremore, Okla.

Originally dedicated in 2003 and placed at the Claremore Public Library, the Literary Landmark plaque was...

Sep 30: American Dream Starts @ your library grant allows California library system to expand ESL classes

CHICAGO –  Through an American Dream Starts @ your library grant awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the American Library Association, the Riverside County (Calif.) Library System has been able to expand ESL classes for adult learners.

In this countywide program,...

Sep 30: Deadline extended to Oct. 13 to apply for The American Dream Starts @ your library grant funding

Grants available to libraries to fund programs and resources for adult English language learners in Dollar General communities

CHICAGO – Monday, Oct. 13, is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing...

Sep 30: AASL member Elissa Malespina receives 2014 school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Elissa Malespina was named the 2014 Bammy Award recipient in the school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the...

Sep 30: ACRL 2015 preconferences announced

CHICAGO — Registration is now available for preconferences to be held prior to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” in Portland, Ore.  ACRL is offering six...

Sep 30: ALA President Courtney Young selects 22 chapters to participate in career development facilitator training

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young will partner with ALA Chapters to provide training for a national cohort of 22 librarians from a cross section of libraries to become certified Career Development Facilitators (CDF).  President Young stated, "I am grateful for...

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