Press Releases

May 11: New Iteration—Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure. Richard Moniz and Martin House will serve as the instructors for a...

May 11: New eCourse—Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future. Mirela Roncevic will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

May 11: New Iteration—Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda K. Weisburg will serve as the instructor...

May 10: New ACRL report highlights library contributions to student learning and success

CHICAGO - Through a new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects,” the higher...

May 09: 2017 PR XChange Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The PR XChange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s PR XChange Awards Competition, under the direction of the Public Relations and Marketing Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). Over 390 entries in print and electronic...

May 09: The Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, Indiana) has been named the 2017 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, Indiana) has been named the 2017 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for their program series, “Discuss, Meet, & Act: The Power of Words.”

The award...

May 09: Arizona Moon: A Novel of Vietnam by J. M. Graham wins the 2017 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

CHICAGO — "Arizona Moon: A Novel of Vietnam" by J. M. Graham and published by Naval Institute Press is the winner of the 2017 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States...

May 09: Sara Frey Wins Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Sara Frey, the instructional media specialist and technology integration coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This special...

May 09: Rachel Williams Wins the 2017 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research
CHICAGO — Rachel Williams has been named the 2017 winner of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research for her project entitled "Performing Boundary Work: An Exploration of Public Library Workers’ Provision of Information Services to...
May 09: Celebrate the best in children’s literature at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast...

May 09: Janice Rice to deliver 2017 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture
CHICAGO – Janice Rice, retired outreach librarian at College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, will deliver the 2017 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Presented by the ALA Office...
May 09: Join EMIERT to explore Chicago’s historic Chinatown during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Join the American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) as it explores Chicago’s iconic Chinatown as part of EMIERT’s ongoing Taste of the Town series of tours. The tour will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23...

May 09: 2017 ACRL/PLA Joint Presidents’ Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) for a joint Presidents’ Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in...

May 09: Scottoline and Serritella to appear at ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by Ingram Content Group

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will be featured in the lineup of United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday...

May 09: United for Libraries to host President’s Program with Andy Weir at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries President Susan Schmidt will host the President’s Program featuring bestselling author Andy Weir, part of the Auditorium Speaker Series, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the ALA Annual...

May 09: United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)  with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.

Sen. Reed authored key sections...

May 05: ALA secures search firm in quest for new executive director

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that it will enlist the services of Isaacson, Miller to identify and select ALA’s new executive director.  ALA’s current Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, will retire on July 31, 2017. 

ALA has established a search...

May 05: ALCTS Virtual Preconference Explores Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Metadata

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will kick off its ALA Annual programming with the two-day, virtual preconference “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CT on...

May 05: Social Media—What's Next?: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — The Pew Research Center estimates 69 percent of Americans use some type of social media, making your library’s social media presence more important than ever. 

Now is the time to reboot your social media streams, set your priorities and establish goals,...

May 05: New Workshop—Cyber Security and Privacy: Protecting Yourself and Your Users

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cyber Security and Privacy: Protecting Yourself and Your Users with Nicole Hennig. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Thursday, July 6, ...

May 04: PLA offers Project Outcome webinar for library consultants

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association’s (PLA) will introduce library consultants to the Association's performance-measurement program, Project Outcome, through a dedicated webinar. Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public...

May 04: 2017-2018 Edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2017 - 2018 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library...

May 04: Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library Recipient of the LIRT 2017 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference...

May 04: Jo Angela Oehrli Selected as the 2017 Recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award Winner

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Jo Angela Oehrli, Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan, Shapiro Undergraduate Library as the 2017 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.  The...

May 03: PLA offers free webinar to introduce upgraded Project Outcome features and tools

CHICAGO – In coordination with the unveiling of upgraded tools and features on its Project Outcome website, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a free webinar to help participating libraries navigate the new site environment. Project Outcome...

May 03: An updated handbook on the fundamentals of library supervision

CHICAGO — Mentor, creator, monitor, and negotiator: these are some of the roles a supervisor must play, and wearing that many hats is a challenge that requires discipline and organization (and a healthy sense of humor). The third edition of Beth McNeil’s “...

May 02: Ernest Ingles Named ALA 2017 Ken Haycock Award Winner

CHICAGO — Ernest Ingles, who recently retired from his position as chief librarian and vice-provost, as well as director, for the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta is the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Ken Haycock Award recipient.  

The award...

May 02: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting...

May 02: LLAMA Webinar: Signs of the future — Using Digital Signage in Your Library

CHICAGO — The days of posting important announcements on a library bulletin board and hoping someone might see them are ending. Today’s digital signage offers many more visible and effective options. Using technologies such as LCD, LED, projection and tablets to display content as digital images...

May 02: Steven Woolfolk receives the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Steven Woolfolk, Director of Programming and Marketing at the Kansas City Public Library, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will present Woolfolk with the prize...

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