Press Releases

Jan 23: Duncan Tonatiuh, Guadalupe Garcia McCall win Pura Belpré Awards

DALLAS – Duncan Tonatiuh, illustrator of “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours,” and Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of “Under the Mesquite,” are the 2012 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and...

Jan 23: Melissa Sweet wins 2012 Sibert Medal

DALLAS – Melissa Sweet, author and illustrator of “Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade” was named the winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2011. The award was announced today by the...

Jan 23: 'Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy' wins 2012 Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award

DALLAS – “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” by Bil Wright, published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the 2012 recipient of the Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.  The...

Jan 23: Ashley Bryan 2012 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

DALLAS – Ashley Bryan is the recipient of the 2012 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 20 – 24 in Dallas.

“Ashley Bryan, author,...

Jan 23: Jack Gantos, Chris Raschka win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

DALLAS-  Jack Gantos, author of “Dead End in Norvelt,” and Chris Raschka, illustrator of “A Ball for Daisy” are the 2012 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Jack Gantos and Chris Raschka were among the award...

Jan 23: Josh Schneider wins Geisel Award for 'Tales for Very Picky Eaters'

DALLAS– Author and illustrator Josh Schneider is the 2012 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Tales for Very Picky Eaters”published by Clarion Books,an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to...

Jan 23: American Library Association announces 2012 Youth Media Award winners

DALLAS - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

A list of all the 2012 award winners...

Jan 22: 2012 Notable Books List: best in adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry

DALLAS — The Notable Books Council, a group of readers’ advisory experts within the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced its selections for the 2012 Notable Books List of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Since 1944,...

Jan 22: RUSA’s 2012 Reading List highlights must-read titles in women’s fiction, mystery and other genres

DALLAS — The expert readers’ advisory librarians on the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Reading List Council have selected their top picks for 2012 in eight popular genres: adrenaline titles (including suspense, thrillers and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction,...

Jan 22: RUSA's inaugural Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration revealed

DALLAS — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2012 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration juried list.

The list was selected by The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Council. Its members include Jodi L. Israel, library...
Jan 22: Top reference titles named to RUSA’s 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources list

DALLAS — The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2011 have been named to the 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources list, an annual award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the...

Jan 22: 'Sacred Trash' wins Sophie Brody Medal; three honor titles also named

DALLAS — Sacred Trash: the Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza” by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole (Schocken Books) is the 2012 recipient of the he Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Sophie Brody Medal Award for outstanding Jewish literature....

Jan 22: Morris, author of 'Reader’s Advisory Guide to Street Literature,' wins RUSA’s 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Award

DALLAS — Vanessa Irvin Morris, assistant teaching professor at Drexel University, is the 2012 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s Zora Neale Hurston Award.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award, sponsored by Harper Perennial, honors librarians who have demonstrated...

Jan 22: Sarah L. Johnson wins RUSA’s prestigious Louis Shores Award for book reviewing

DALLAS - Sarah L. Johnson, professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University and author of the blog Reading the Past, is the 2012 winner of the Louis Shores Award, an annual honor presented by the Reference and User Services...

Jan 22: Scholarly collection of slang honored with 2012 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work of the year

DALLAS - The 2012 Dartmouth Medal - an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year - has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” published by Chambers.

The dictionary was selected for its...

Jan 22: PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2012

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for one library professional to win his or her way to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less...

Jan 21: ALA President Molly Raphael speaks up for Dallas libraries

DALLAS - America’s libraries are stretching their resources to their limit in the face of extraordinary budgetary challenges. This is especially true of the Dallas public library system, which has made the most of its dwindling funds. In this opinion piece,...

Jan 20: New from ACRL: Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future.” Edited by Rita Kohrman, education...

Jan 19: OIF webcasts offer convenient, affordable professional development opportunities

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is pleased to announce the availability of eight recorded webcasts on vital topics in intellectual freedom today.

OIF’s “Intellectual Freedom Summer School” offered a series of five online learning programs for public, academic and...

Jan 19: PLA 2012 Virtual Conference to feature same quality programming offered at on-site conference in Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Registration for the PLA 2012 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 15-16, 2012, the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed, live and online PLA Conference with...

Jan 18: ALA to unveil the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media

CHICAGO — Children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and publishing groups will wait in anticipation as the American Library Association (ALA) announces the top awards in children’s and young adult literature and media.  The ALA Youth Media Awards, 7:45 a.m. CT, Jan. 23, Dallas Convention...

Jan 17: National Library Week promotion at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries' exhibit space at this year’s Midwinter Meeting and submit your programming ideas for National Library Week. You could win a set of National Library Week themed promotional materials.

Programming ideas will be featured on the...

Jan 17: ALA announces new member benefit program with NetGalley

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the official launch of a new member benefit program for members in partnership with NetGalley. ALA members who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGalley can now add their ALA member number to their profile, to speed...

Jan 17: Winter e-Learning from ACRL on management, research and publishing, communication skills and more

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2012 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at...

Jan 17: American Library Association invites President Obama on a school library tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association commends the first family for its service to a school library on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  On Monday Jan. 16, ...

Jan 17: Huron Street Press furthers ALA’s mission to the public

CHICAGO — Taking ALA Publishing beyond its traditional market of library and information professionals, the American Library Association announces the launch of a new publishing imprint, Huron Street Press. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all...

Jan 17: IRRT supports Emerging Leader Valeria Gallo-Stampino

CHICAGO - IRRT is delighted to announce that Valeria Gallo-Stampino has been selected as the 2012 IRRT candidate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program.  Valerie will receive a small award from IRRT to assist with the program costs.

Valeria currently...

Jan 17: Two AASL committees turn White House petition for school libraries into teachable moment

CHICAGO - Utilizing Carl Harvey’s petition for school libraries on WhiteHouse.gov as a teachable moment, the AASL Advocacy and Legislation Committees have developed a wiki site for high school librarians to raise awareness of the historical roots of the petition process.  The site, located at...

Jan 17: Friends of the Library groups: Fill out ALTAFF’s survey for a chance to win

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey for Friends of the Library groups. The survey can be accessed at http://www....

Jan 17: YALSA Academy launches on YouTube

CHICAGO — YALSA Academy, a new online educational video initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association, launches on Jan. 17 at www.youtube.com/yalsa1957. The channel offers free training videos on popular, practical professional...

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