Press Releases

Apr 26: A comprehensive examination of discovery services

CHICAGO — We’re in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library’s researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. In “...

Apr 25: American Libraries launches Dewey Decibel podcast

CHICAGO—American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, just launched the Dewey Decibel podcast. Hosted by AL Associate Editor Phil Morehart, this new monthly podcast series will feature conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars,...

Apr 25: NMRT 2016 Professional Development Award Recipients Announced

The American Library Association's New Members Round Table (ALA-NMRT) 2016 Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award and NMRT-sponsored Professional Development Grant Award. These $1,000...

Apr 25: Rep. Rush Holt to talk importance of library advocacy in DC
 
Hundreds to advocate for libraries during 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 42nd annual National Library Legislative Day from May 2–3, 2016, at the Liaison...
Apr 22: RUSA appoints Celia Ross as new vendor relations liaison

CHICAGO—The President of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Anne Houston, has appointed Celia Ross, Associate Librarian at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as Vendor Relations Liaison.

The Vendor Relations Liaison's role is to facilitate communication...

Apr 21: Libraries offering personal finance programs during Money Smart Week, April 23 - 30, 2016

CHICAGO – Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities to teach members of their communities how to sharpen their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016.

We can all improve our money management skills. But where can we discover the resources...

Apr 21: Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

(Washington, D.C.) – "The Library of Congress has never more needed the unique combination of character, acumen and...

Apr 20: The new edition of ALA Neal-Schuman’s in-depth examination of digital curation

CHICAGO— As an in-depth explanation of the entire digital curation lifecycle, from creation to appraisal to preservation to organization/access to transformation, the first edition of “Digital Curation,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman...

Apr 20: ACRL program proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
 
There will be a virtual meeting at 1:00 p....
Apr 20: Learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in your library. “Building and Operating Your Digital Media Lab” will take place on May 4 at 1:00 p.m. Central....

Apr 19: 2016 Banned Books Week grants offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund

CHICAGO — For the seventh year, the Freedom to Read Foundation is offering grants to support a wide variety of engaging, provocative and fun events commemorating Banned Books Week.

Applications are open for the 2016 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund ...

Apr 19: Fifty public libraries selected to host 'Thinking Money' traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, has announced 50 public libraries that will host a new traveling exhibition, Thinking Money.

Money...

Apr 19: Jarrett Dapier receives the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Jarrett Dapier is the recipient of the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

In March 2013, students took to the streets to protest the order issued by Chicago Public Schools (CPS)...

Apr 19: Hilda Weisburg receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Hilda Weisburg, retired school librarian and editor of “School Librarian's Workshop,” is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the...

Apr 19: Stephanie Hewett Rous receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Stephanie Hewett Rous, school librarian at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, N.C., is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides funding for the creation...

Apr 19: United for Libraries to host Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Bestselling writers Shari Lapena, Lisa Fenn, Thomas Mullen, Susan Mallery and Imbolo Mbue, along with...

Apr 19: ACRL becomes key dissemination partner for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition

CHICAGO; AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has joined the network of partners behind the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition. Since the inaugural report in 2014, the academic and research library-focused edition of the NMC Horizon Report series has...

Apr 19: Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries, receives 2016 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries, which is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. The...

Apr 18: ALSC Cancels 2016 National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to HB 2

CHICAGO - The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C.

The cancellation is a response to the passage last month...

Apr 18: Bibliotecas de la nación apoyarán el progreso de la diversidad y la tolerancia el 30 de abril, 20mo aniversario del “Día”

[ In English ]

CHICAGO – Durante veinte años, las bibliotecas han conectado a los niños con el alfabetismo gracias al “Día”, programa...

Apr 18: New AASL toolkit brings the power of the school library to preservice principals and teachers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) released a new toolkit in response to a concern that future principals and teachers are often unaware of the positive impact that school librarians and school library programs can have on student achievement. The freely available ...

Apr 18: New ALCTS monograph spotlights collaborative stewardship of collections

CHICAGO — Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.  As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and...

Apr 15: Caroline B. Sinkinson Selected as 2016 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Caroline B. Sinkinson, teaching and learning librarian at The University of Colorado, Boulder as the 2016 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.  The...

Apr 15: LIRT Announces the Winner of the 2016 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo’s Milne Library at the ALA...

Apr 14: Kino Lorber to create scholarship for future media librarians

New York City - Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., today announced its collaboration with the Video Roundtable (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) in creating a scholarship for future media librarians. The scholarship is to be given once a year to a Masters degree...

Apr 14: Deborah D. Levitov wins The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Travel Award

CHICAGO — The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Travel Award of the Retired Members Round Table will be presented to Deborah D. Levitov of Lincoln, Nebraska, at the RMRT program at 1 p.m. Sunday in Orlando, Florida, during the American Library Association Annual...

Apr 14: 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published...

Apr 13: PLA 2016 draws more than 8,000 to Denver for nation’s largest public library conference

CHICAGO – More than 8,000 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and supporters gathered in Denver and online from April 5 – 9 for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference. As the nation’s largest public library conference, PLA 2016 explored the library’s evolving role in...

Apr 13: ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code”
 
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.
 
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