Press Releases

Oct 30: Free webinar focuses on the ways libraries can support Cooperative Extension

CHICAGO — Join the project leads of the Digging DEEP project for a webinar that provides an in-depth discussion of the surprising results and relationships that came out of the...

Oct 30: Margaret Yu-Yin Hung Wins 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award
CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Margaret Yu-Yin Hung the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and Popularisation.”
 
The...
Oct 30: 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, 2017.

The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research...

Oct 26: ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing...

Oct 25: RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Seeks Editor

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of...

Oct 25: An updated handbook of art and design librarianship

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design...

Oct 25: ALA unveils shortlist for 2018 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 24: ACRL sponsors Project Information Literacy student news consumption study

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a co-sponsor of a forthcoming Project Information Literacy (PIL) research study investigating how young adults consume news and gather information. The research,...

Oct 24: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible...

Oct 24: Tackling Fake News: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Everyone is talking about Fake News. People are more aware than ever that when you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know whether what you are seeing is fact rather than speculation, opinion, or outright fiction. In our role...

Oct 23: Discover Altmetrics and Reproducibility at 2 new LITA events

Chicago -- Don’t miss out on either of two new LITA continuing education opportunities. First comes a webinar on Altmetrics and then a web course on...

Oct 23: Fellows, coaches selected for December PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- PLA is proud to announce the fellows and coaches for its 2017 Leadership Academy, taking place December 4-8, 2017, in Chicago, Ill. Themed "Navigating Change · Building...

Oct 23: Tackling societal challenges: a view from two generations. A conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when...

Oct 20: Podcast investigates the A1 Mystery of Avon Lake

CHICAGO — Whodunit?

That’s the question many are asking as they anticipate the Oct. 25 episode of Dewey Decibel, the monthly podcast of American Libraries magazine.

In...

Oct 20: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award Applications for Guides to Library Resources

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 20: New workshop: Collection Development for Judaica Materials

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Collection Development for Judaica Materials with Rebecca Jefferson. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:...

Oct 20: New session: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Oct 20: New workshop—Legally Using Images: Understanding Digital Copyright

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Legally Using Images: Understanding Digital Copyright with Lesley Ellen Harris. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 1:30pm Eastern/12:30...

Oct 19: Deadline extended to sign up for the ALA-sponsored tour to Cuba

The deadline to register for the 2018 ALA-sponsored tour to Cuba has been extended to December 1, 2017. Join the American Library Association (ALA) on another seven-day tour to Cuba, March 3-10, 2018. Last year’s sold-out tour was a success! We’re expecting an even more...

Oct 19: Official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten.

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

Oct 19: A sourcebook of 63 ready-to-use maker projects

CHICAGO — A new compilation from editor and maker Ellyssa Kroski, “63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and...

Oct 18: Nominees sought for 2018 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996 Coretta...

Oct 18: Be the next member manager of YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ!

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks a new member manager for its teen programming website, Teen Programming HQ.

The mission of Teen Programming HQ is to provide a one...

Oct 17: Take Altmetrics to the Next Level with this LITA webinar

Chicago -- A new LITA webinar, Taking Altmetrics to the Next Level in Your Library’s Systems and Services, will explore their uses. Altmetrics are traditionally viewed as the realm of evaluation and assessment,...

Oct 17: Junot Díaz Presents as Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting Exhibits in Denver

Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award...

Oct 16: Stipends available for public library health workshop with National Network of Libraries of Medicine

CHICAGO — Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend "Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community," a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia.

The conference will be held...

Oct 16: An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for marketing electronic resources

CHICAGO — When front line librarians improve awareness of under-utilized resources, thereby increasing demand for more of the same, it can also encourage increased funding for the library. Newly expanded and updated, the second edition of “...

Oct 13: GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2018 awards recognizing outstanding service to the GLBT community

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 private) that...