Press Releases

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...

May 02: Kansas City Public Library wins Paul Howard Award for Courage

CHICAGO — The Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library has been selected to receive the 2017 American Library Association Paul Howard Award for Courage.  This prestigious award is given biannually to a library, library board, library group, or an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the...

May 02: Megan Ozeran wins 2017 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Megan Ozeran has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for...

May 02: ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President...

May 02: Márquez and Downey selected for first Future of Libraries Fellowship

Joe J. Márquez, Web Services Librarian for Reed College Library, and Annie Downey, Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services for Reed College Library, have been selected for the Future...

May 02: Mountain Plains Library Association supports ACRL Diversity Alliance

CHICAGO - The executive board of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) has voted to formally support the goals of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. MPLA will encourage...

May 02: Announcing the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award winners

CHICAGO — After many hours of deliberation the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from the HW Wilson Foundation.  The following winners will be celebrated June 25 at a...

May 01: 75 public libraries selected as NASA@ My Library Partners

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries have been selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and...

May 01: Feng-Ru Sheu Wins the 2017 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — Feng-Ru Sheu has been named the 2017 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled "Evaluating of Story-based Design Approach: Are Story-based Tutorials More Engaging?” The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that...

May 01: Mark Miller named ALA Trustee Citation recipient

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – The American Library Association and United for Libraries has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudoun County (Va.) Library Board of Trustees, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library...

May 01: Satia Marshall Orange recipient of 2017 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, former director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished Librarian Award...

May 01: Lesley Farmer receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Lesley Farmer, professor of library media at California State University Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library...

May 01: AASL awards eleven Inspire Grants for collections and special events

CHICAGO – Eleven schools from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the Inspire Grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to...

May 01: Dana Kepler receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Dana Kepler, school librarian at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo., is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding for the creation...

May 01: More than 500 library supporters gather to fight for libraries in Washington, D.C. on 2017 National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more than five hundred library advocates from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual...

Apr 28: Information literacy in the workplace

CHICAGO — Through a mosaic of viewpoints from the personal to the organizational, “Information Literacy in the Workplace: New Perspectives,” published by Facet Publishing and available...

Apr 27: Beth Nawalinski named United for Libraries executive director

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association announced Beth Nawalinski as the new executive director of United for Libraries, effective July 31, 2017. Nawalinski currently serves as deputy executive director of United for Libraries. Following a nationwide search, Nawalinski will fill the...

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