Press Releases

Mar 14: Apply for the Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC recently announced a scholarship opportunity for the 2018 ALSC National Institute. The Institute will be held in Cincinnati, OH from September 27-29, 2018.

In efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing...

Mar 14: Intellectual freedom breakfast at ALA Annual Conference welcomes New Orleans journalist

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) will host an Awards Recognition and Fundraising Breakfast on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....

Mar 14: Dysert named 2018 ACRL ESS De Gruyter Grant Winner

CHICAGO – Anna Dysert, cataloguer librarian at McGill University, has been selected to receive the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) European Studies Section (ESS) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “A Survey of the Manuscripts of Isaac Israeli...

Mar 14: Robert P. Doyle receives 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for banned books resource guide

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has awarded the 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2018 award goes to Robert P. Doyle, for his work "...

Mar 13: Public libraries invited to apply for ‘The Great American Read’ PBS programming grants

CHICAGO — Public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the PBS series “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and...

Mar 13: Jason Reynolds calls school libraries 'places of recognition for young people' in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new public service announcement featuring New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2018 celebration of School Library Month. In the PSA, Reynolds speaks to how school libraries...

Mar 13: Make A Giant Leap for Patron Privacy: Prepare for Choose Privacy Week with A Free Webinar on Library Privacy Audits

CHICAGO — Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2018? Join Erin Berman and Julie Oborny of the San José Public Library for a free webinar that outlines the first steps libraries can take to...

Mar 13: Brager, Mars, and Pittman win 2018 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO— Trent Brager, Amy Mars, and Kim Pittman have been selected to receive the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work on 23 Framework Things, a free online...

Mar 13: Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick explores the meaning of faith

Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle latest title chosen for ALA Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle, on sale today, as the latest addition to the American...

Mar 12: Important Reminders for Members as ALA Gets Ready to Launch the new ALA Connect on April 25

ALA will launch the new ALA Connect on Wednesday, April 25, bringing with it new features and updates to members’ online collaborative space for networking, learning, growing, and engaging on a variety of topics of interest.

ALA is upgrading to a new platform, powered by Higher Logic. ...

Mar 12: PLA Virtual Conference registration to close March 14

CHICAGO — Time is running out for interested participants to register for the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2018 Virtual Conference. The Virtual Conference is an opportunity for public library...

Mar 12: Polls now open in 2018 PLA Board Election

Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 4

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2018 Election. In the 2018 PLA Election six nominees, listed below, will stand for three positions on...

Mar 12: Share your expertise as an ACRL e-Learning presenter

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the association’s e-Learning program. Submit a proposal for a webcast or online course and share your knowledge and...

Mar 12: YALSA announces 2018 Teen Read Week™ theme

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will feature “It’s Written in the Stars…READ” as the theme for this year’s Teen Read Week celebration, which will take place October 7-...

Mar 09: Call for Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Conversation Starters & Ignite Sessions

CHICAGO -- 2018 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are being accepted through March 30th, 2018. Find out more about these opportunities...

Mar 09: Nutefall receives 2018 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO – Jennifer E. Nutefall, university librarian at Santa Clara University, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award as editor of the book “Service Learning, Information...

Mar 08: ALA and AASL release joint statement on Florida Senate Bill 7026

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Steven Yates released the following joint statement in response to legislation that will allow for the arming of school librarians in Florida schools. Senate Bill 7026 would...

Mar 08: Jay Bansbach wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jay Bansbach has won a free year of AASL membership. Bansbach's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Val Emrich to AASL, Bansbach ...

Mar 08: LITA Announces Inaugural Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Library and Information Technology Association released its first Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Denver. The annotated Lists are...

Mar 08: Scherlen named 2018 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Allan Scherlen, professor and social sciences librarian at Appalachian State University, has been awarded the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established...

Mar 08: New iteration: New on the Job eCourse/e-book bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, New on the Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 4,...

Mar 07: Lindsey Whittington Receives Immroth Award

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Awards Committee is pleased to announce Lindsey Whittington as ALA’s recipient for this year’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors...

Mar 07: M. Kathleen Kern Named Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Editor

CHICAGO - M. Kathleen Kern has been appointed incoming editor of RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal. Kathleen began as editor-designate in early February and will assume the position of editor on July 1, 2018.

“Kathleen is a fine writer and has...

Mar 06: Michael Daria receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Michael Daria, superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools (TCS), is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made...

Mar 06: Twenty-five libraries selected for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot program

CHICAGO — Twenty-five libraries have been selected to participate in the pilot phase of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great Stories Club, a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs...

Mar 06: New session: Developing Effective Community Partnerships Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Developing Effective Community Partnerships with Paul Signorelli and Andrew Sanderbeck. This...

Mar 06: New workshop: Transforming the Library with User Experience

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Transforming the Library with User Experience with Amy Deschenes. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2...

Mar 06: Bucks County Community College wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Bucks County Community College has been chosen to receive the 2018 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award for its Learning Resources...