Press Releases

Oct 26: John Grisham named Honorary Chair of National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16, 2011

CHICAGO – John Grisham is widely recognized as the world’s most popular storyteller, with more than 250 million books in print worldwide. In addition to writing numerous adult bestsellers, John has recently written his...

Oct 26: Online learning session features successful museum/library partnerships

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is announcing a free, online learning session, “Museum/Library Partnerships That Work!” to be held at 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 18. To register for this session, visit:...

Oct 26: Introducing alaeditions.org

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the launch of its new website, alaeditions.org.  The site offers an updated public face for ALA Editions and

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Oct 26: PLA’s latest webinar offers an innovative strategy to make public libraries indispensable

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Nov. 15,  the Public Library Association (PLA) will present a live, hour-long webinar, “Transforming Our Image,” led by Valerie Gross, president and CEO of Howard County...

Oct 26: LITA offering two workshops in San Diego

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two full-day educational workshops on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.

Jason Clark of Montana State University is presenting Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs. Participants...

Oct 26: New AASL toolkit helps implement learning standards and program guidelines
CHICAGO – A new resource from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) helps building-level school librarians implement learning standards and program guidelines. The "Building Level Toolkit...
Oct 26: Freedom to Read Foundation announces nominating committee

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced the nominating committee for its April 2011 election. Committee members are: Robert P. Doyle, Chicago (chair); James G. Neal, New York; and Judith Platt, Washington, D.C.

Six positions on the...

Oct 26: Who was John Cotton Dana and what is that award about?

CHICAGO - Ask your average library customers to name a famous librarian, and they might be able to dredge up the name Melville Dewey. Ask a professional in the field, and a variety of names will be recalled, chief among them that of John Cotton Dana.

That being the case, it’s no wonder...

Oct 26: New ACRL publication: Web Research in Academic Libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Web Research in Academic Libraries” (CLIP Note #41). This exciting new title provides useful information on teaching Web research...

Oct 25: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering 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.

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Oct 21: Entice teen readers with "Annotated Book Lists for Every Teen Reader," a new book from YALSA and Neal-Schuman

CHICAGO — Today’s school librarian or young adult specialist must be ready to help both the voracious teen reader who has devoured every "Twilight" installment to a book hater who prefers action movies and video games and wants help making a selection for her next book report. Luckily, "...

Oct 21: YALSA’s Going Mobile webinar offers easy, free ways to connect libraries, teens, and cell phones

CHICAGO — Three-quarters of U.S. teens have cell phones — and you can easily use the devices to engage teens at your library at very little expense. Learn how to make your library cell-phone friendly in YALSA’s Nov. 18 webinar, Going Mobile: Teens, Libraries and Cell Phones, hosted by Jennifer...

Oct 19: Learn more about Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23, in Visibility podcast
CHICAGO – This week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and thousands of libraries across the U.S. are celebrating Teen Read Week.  In a podcast on the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) blog, Visibility @ your library, YALSA Communications...
Oct 19: PLA introduces new downloadable training kit for public library staff

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just released "Time Flies…But Where? Time Management Tips and Tools," a downloadable training program for public library staff. The training will help participants evaluate the...

Oct 19: U.S. State Department sponsors goodwill trip to Pakistan to foster library development

CHICAGO - With total damage to libraries and schools from the devastating floods that ravaged large areas of Pakistan in August still to be assessed, the U.S. State Department and the Pakistan Library Association brought together librarians from the United States, India, and Pakistan for a...

Oct 19: Log on now to participate in critical national study of Internet use in public libraries: Survey closes Nov. 5

CHICAGO - The Nov. 5 deadline is swiftly approaching for public libraries to participate in the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet...

Oct 19: LLAMA presents Webinar series for new library directors and deans
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a series of four interactive webinars designed to meet the needs of new library leaders at the dean, director, department head or branch manager level. Each of the 60...
Oct 19: ALA Editions now available on Kindle

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, already offers many titles as both e-books and print/e-book bundles through the ALA Store. Now...

Oct 19: Fall 2010 issue of Prism now available
CHICAGO - The Fall 2010 issue of Prism: the newsletter from the ALA Office for Accreditation is now available at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/accreditation/prp/prism/prism_current.cfm...
Oct 19: American Library Association welcomes GreenMyParents in effort to rebuild library in Haiti
 
CHICAGO -GreenMyParents, a social media youth movement to seed the green economy and save the planet, has joined forces with  the American Library Association (ALA) in its effort to rebuild the Petit Goave Public Library in Haiti, which...
Oct 19: RUSA seeks proposals for online professional development offerings

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) invites interested instructors and presenters to submit proposals for online professional development courses and webinars to be offered starting in early 2011.

RUSA currently offers several online courses in the areas of...

Oct 19: 2011 ALA Scholarship online application now available
CHICAGO - Scholarship money is available for future librarians. 
 
The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to...
Oct 19: OJC Technologies chosen to oversee ALA website migration to Drupal

CHICAGO - The American Library Association has contracted with OJC Technologies of Urbana, Ill., to manage the migration of http://ala.org to the open source Drupal platform.

“Moving the ALA website to...
Oct 19: Dreams can come true @ your library

Massachusetts teen wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand-prize

CHICAGO – Thirteen-year-old Josh Smith’s dream of visiting to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is about to the come true, thanks to a trip...

Oct 19: AASL Fall Forum advanced registration ends Oct. 21
CHICAGO – The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2010 Fall Forum ends Oct. 21. Hotel rooms can also be booked at the discounted rate through Oct. 21. IN FOCUS: The Essentials of 21st-Century Learning...
Oct 19: School librarians valuable resource as digital content expands

CHICAGO –According to a survey by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 61 percent of school library staff respondents provide professional development for teachers in the use of digital content. Of those providing training, 71 percent spend between one and six hours or more a...

Oct 19: IMLS holds ceremony for new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board

Washington, D.C. – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today held the Oath of Office Ceremony for the new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board. The ceremony was officiated by the Honorable David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.

In June...

Oct 18: 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory
CHICAGO - Need additional financial assistance? The 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give...
Oct 18: How to stop house teardowns, architecture as a tool for social change and Lauren Myracle interview featured on @ your library.org website

CHICAGO - An article about the blight of house teardowns and how you can stop them by Wanda Urbanska, how architecture is changing lives on five continents and an interview with Lauren Myracle, author of  "ttyl" and "tttn," are featured at  ...

Oct 18: YALSA, WWE® kick-Off WrestleMania® XVII Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launches this...

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