Press Releases

Feb 09: ALSC names eight more Great Websites for Kids
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
The newly added sites...
Feb 08: Tig Notaro to bring PLA 2016 Conference to a laugh-filled close

CHICAGO — Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver will want to stay through the end to enjoy comedian Tig Notaro at the PLA 2016 Closing Session.

Most recently, Amazon ordered a...

Feb 08: ALA supports Nebraska library efforts to fight legislation impacting library boards

CHICAGO – ALA President Sari Feldman, working in conjunction with the Nebraska Library Association, has issued a letter opposing Legislative Bill 969, a bill that would compel cities and towns throughout Nebraska to change their library boards from independent governing bodies to advisory boards...

Feb 08: Author Nikki Giovanni added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, as an Adult Author Lunch Speaker at the...

Feb 08: Inspired collaboration

CHICAGO— Collaboration involves a fusion of individual talents and skills through outreach and cooperation. And it is one of the key ingredients of a vibrant, successful library that is also relevant to the community it serves.  But it doesn’t just happen magically, and it’s a challenge to...

Feb 05: Tickets available for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Pat Mora

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Santa Barbara Public Library System announced that tickets for the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora are now available.

The lecture, titled "Bookjoy! ¡Alegría en los libros!," will be held at 7...

Feb 05: Create online tutorials easily and effectively, new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces an exciting new eCourse, Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively. Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse...

Feb 05: Learn the library's legal answers when it comes to makerspaces

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers with Tomas A. Lipinski and Gretchen McCord; moderated by Dr. Sara Gonzalez. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live...

Feb 05: Rethinking social media to organize information and communities, popular eCourse returns!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse...

Feb 05: Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs, new workshop!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Feb 05: Canadian Copyright Law, new eTutorial

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new eTutorial, Canadian Copyright Law with Lesley Ellen Harris. This 3-week eTutorial is asynchronous and begins Feb. 28, 2016.

CCL is a 16-eTutorial primer and refresher on...

Feb 05: Public Libraries to strengthen family engagement through new PLA project

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to partner with the Harvard Family Research Project on a new initiative to help public libraries identify successful family engagement strategies and implement them to help children of all ages succeed...

Feb 05: Brumfield named 2016 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Elizabeth Brumfield, distance services librarian at Prairie View A&M University, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and...

Feb 05: Holliday wins 2016 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Wendy Holliday, head of teaching, learning and research services at Northern Arizona University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts...

Feb 04: Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals due March 15th for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

2016 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 accepted through the end of March 15th, 2016....

Feb 04: Anand Giridharadas added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of Anand Giridharadas to the PLA 2016 Conference BIG IDEAS Series on Saturday, April 9 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Giridharadas is a writer. He is a...

Feb 03: 2016 Rainbow Book list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens
BOSTON  – The 2016 Rainbow Book list, a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 8- Jan. 12 in Boston.
 
The bibliography features recommended...
Feb 02: Pearl Ly receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Pearl Ly, director of the learning commons at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community...

Feb 02: Apply now for Día Turns 20 Mini-grant from ALSC

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Día Turns 20 mini-grants. ALSC will award up to twenty (20) public libraries $2,000 each to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of connecting children with diverse books through Día....

Feb 02: Achievement in Library Diversity Research Nominations

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Diversity seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in...

Feb 02: ALA Council resolution calls for restoration of civil liberties and opposes mass surveillance

CHICAGO – At the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling for the restoration of civil liberties and opposing mass surveillance.

Over the past 14 years, ALA Council has passed numerous resolutions addressing privacy and government...

Feb 02: ALA Council denounces Islamaphobia

(CHICAGO) At the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ALA Council passed a resolution against Islamaphobia.

The resolution cites incidents of prejudice and discrimination against individuals of the Muslim faith and recognizes the positive impact that Muslims have made in libraries...

Feb 02: 2016 Teen Tech Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Services Association (ALA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teen Tech Week Grants.

The recipients were selected from among a pool of 52...

Feb 01: School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program...

Feb 01: Bill Mickey named editorial director for Choice

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT –  Bill Mickey has been named editorial director of Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) is the...

Feb 01: Jagman and Swanson receive 2016 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO – Heather Jagman, coordinator of reference, instruction and academic engagement at DePaul University; and Troy A. Swanson, department chair, library and teaching and learning librarian at Moraine Valley Community College, have been chosen as the winners of the Association of College and...

Feb 01: McConnell and Baker receive ALA GLBTRT Award for Political Activism
CHICAGO — Michael McConnell and Jack Baker have been named the inaugural recipients of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Award for Political Activism. The award will be presented on Monday, June 27, 2016 during the Stonewall...
Jan 29: Learn about applying copyright in online learning environments, returning workshop!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Mar. 9,...

Jan 29: Application process open for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 15, 2016. Building on the...

Jan 29: GLBTRT Executive Board statement on the passing of Larry Romans

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) family, along with all of ALA, are saddened to learn of the death of Larry Romans, director at large of the GLBTRT on Thursday.

His service to the Library community was vast; Larry served on the...

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