Press Releases

Jan 19: DigitalLearn.org Year in Review

CHICAGO – Twenty-seventeen was a busy year for DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy...

Jan 19: OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit...

Jan 18: A guide to books on the experience of immigrant children and teens

CHICAGO — From its earliest days, the American experience has encompassed immigrants. But in our current atmosphere of political polarization, is it any wonder that many immigrant children feel excluded and isolated? In fact, research shows first- and second- generation immigrant children and...

Jan 17: January Project Outcome webinar focuses on measuring outcomes from library partnerships

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar intended to help libraries plan for collaborative outcome measurement when working with partner organizations. This webinar, ...

Jan 17: AASL introduces National School Library Standards implementation grant for Affiliates

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly announces the launch of the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. Three grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded annually to AASL Affiliate organizations for the planning and...

Jan 17: AASL opens nominations for Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is delighted to announce the return of its social media recognitions, which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession. Such superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school...

Jan 17: ACRL releases Financial Management in Academic Libraries: Data-Driven Planning and Budgeting

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Financial Management in Academic Libraries: Data-Driven Planning and...

Jan 16: ALA recognizes public library administrators with Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award

CHICAGO — Applications are due by March 1 for the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award for Innovation, and Service to Community and Profession.

This award is named for Ernest A. DiMattia, a former public library director whose life demonstrated his commitment to public libraries and the...

Jan 16: Nominations open for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO  Many of us know those special librarians who invest their time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship. They are the ones taking risks to further the cause of the industry and working tirelessly for change within library organizations. They are...

Jan 16: Sally Yates announced as opening session speaker at PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates will join the lineup of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association announced today. She will headline the conference's Opening Session, taking place...

Jan 16: New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated...

Jan 16: Homelessness and the library: an empathy-driven approach

CHICAGO — Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the...

Jan 16: Member discount for PLA 2018 Conference expires Jan. 19

Full-conference rate of only $280 available to PLA and PaLA members 

CHICAGO — Members of the Public Library Association (PLA) and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) can secure special pricing if they register early for the PLA...

Jan 16: Recipients of YALSA’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has selected Chair of the 2018 Printz Award Committee, Angela Carstensen, the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Blogging Team, and Molly Wetta as recipients of its...

Jan 12: New iteration: Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the...

Jan 12: New eCourse—Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor...

Jan 12: Grand Literary & History Tour of Ireland - Book Now!

CHICAGO - Pack your bags! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites you to join us for a grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018! ...

Jan 12: Abron to serve as new Teen HQ member manager

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Dawn Abron, Creative Space/Teen Services Coordinator at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, IL, as the new member manager for its teen programming database, Teen Programming...

Jan 11: PLA & NNLM award stipends for public library workers to attend March workshop

Educational program will focus on consumer health and wellness services in libraries

CHICAGO — Forty-five public library workers have been selected to receive a stipend to attend "...

Jan 10: YALSA names 2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

The list, aimed towards young...

Jan 09: Application available for the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

CHICAGO —  Nominations are being accepted for the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children, an annual award consisting of a commemorative gift and a 24k gold framed citation.  The citation is presented to an individual who has shown exceptional...

Jan 09: Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public...

Jan 09: 2018 Academic Library Impact Research Grants

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Academic Library Impact Research Grants. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer research grants of up to $3,000 each. These grants will enable...

Jan 09: New workshop—Mentoring Library Employees: A Beginner’s Guide

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Mentoring Library Employees: A Beginner’s Guide with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last...

Jan 08: OIF Seeks Information on 2017 Censorship Incidents

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is seeking information on censorship challenges that occured between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. Librarians are encouraged to complete this brief online...

Jan 08: University of Central Missouri creates ALA Student Chapter

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Student Organization of Library and Information Services (SOLIS) at the University of Central Missouri has created a new ALA student chapter.

Each ALA student chapter has its own character and purpose. All...

Jan 08: Fowler, Pennington receive YALSA’s 2018 Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the 2018 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Amy Fowler and Cherity Penington.

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Jan 08: Transforming summer programs at your library

CHICAGO — Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California...

Jan 08: ALCTS Speaker Uncovers Southern Food and Family

CHICAGO—Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene” (Harper Collins 2017), is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’...