Press Releases

Jan 09: Brakel and Carroll Seek 2020-2021 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Lisa Brakel and Kathy Carroll will seek the 2020-2021 AASL presidential term during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at ...

Jan 08: Jeanne Theoharis to keynote 20th annual King observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Professor and author Jeanne Theoharis will deliver the keynote address at the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Seattle. The 2019 Celebration will be...

Jan 08: Host libraries sought for 2019 PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative

Applications due February 1st

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications from public libraries interested in participating in PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) for the summer of 2019...

Jan 08: Choice sharing curated extracts of the 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles list with non-subscribers

MIDDLETOWN, CT. -  In January of each year, Choice publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. This year’s complete list features 455 books and digital resources from 141...

Jan 08: Spring 2019 PLA Leadership Academy participants announced

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee has selected 28 exceptional librarians to participate in the...

Jan 07: ALCTS appoints Stephen Hearn as ALA representative to NARDAC

CHICAGO—The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has...

Jan 07: AASL opens nominations for 2019 Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for its Social Media Superstars, which recognize outstanding social media users within the school library profession. These superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school...

Jan 07: ALSC seeks member content editor for Everyday Advocacy

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member content editor for its Everyday Advocacy (EA) website and "Everyday Advocacy Matters" newsletter. The mission of Everyday Advocacy is to educate youth services librarians...

Jan 04: Jim Belair Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

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

Jan 03: A new edition of the classic RA guide to genre fiction by Wyatt and Saricks

CHICAGO — Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, the new third...

Jan 02: Hider’s updated text on information resource description

CHICAGO — The new second edition of Philip Hider’s “Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata,” published by ALA Neal-...

Dec 28: Milo Ventimiglia and much more in new spring ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ spring catalog is on its way, and will unveil new products that will educate, excite, and inspire. Look for popular actor Milo Ventimiglia on the...

Dec 21: Library community grieves tragic loss of Amber Clark of Sacramento Public Library

CHICAGO –Amber Clark, Sacramento Public Library’s North Natomas branch supervisor, was fatally wounded by a gunman in the library’s parking lot as she sat in her vehicle on the evening of Dec. 11. Since the time of this tragic event, the American Library Association (ALA) has contacted...

Dec 20: 50 public libraries selected for American Creed: Community Conversations programming grants

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, has announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to take part in American Creed: Community Conversations, a grant program that will invite audiences to consider...

Dec 20: PLA to offer regional symposia on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in libraries

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has released the schedule for its highly anticipated symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ). The symposium Social Justice and Public Libraries: Equity Starts...

Dec 19: 2019 Library Building Awards application deadline is January 14

The 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning...

Dec 18: ALSC provides $70k in Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants to 14 libraries

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries...

Dec 18: 'United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees' to be held at ALA Midwinter Meeting

A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Saturday, January 26, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Seattle Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and...

Dec 18: YALSA opens proposals for 2019 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals for its 2019 Young Adult...

Dec 17: New session: Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Dr. Lesley Farmer. This workshop will consist of...

Dec 17: Application process open for 2019 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2019 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 5-8,...

Dec 17: Public libraries invited to apply to host Thinking Money for Kids traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.

Inspired...

Dec 14: Forty-six state library associations partner with ALA to offer joint student membership program

CHICAGO — Forty-six state library associations (ALA Chapters) partner with the American Library Association (ALA) to offer a joint student membership program, which allows students engaged in a program of study or certification in MLS/MLIS, CAEP and LTA programs for no more than five total years...

Dec 13: 70 libraries named for ALA’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Seventy libraries have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library...

Dec 13: PLA proposes adding Fiscal Officer position to Board of Directors

Members to vote on proposal in 2019 PLA Election

CHICAGO – At its fall 2018 meeting, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors authorized the addition of a measure to appear on the ballot in the...

Dec 13: Metaliterate learning for the post-truth world

CHICAGO — Metaliteracy, Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson’s revolutionary framework for information literacy, is especially well suited as a tool for ensuring that learners can successfully navigate today’s information morass. Indeed, it is starkly evident that the...

Dec 13: Forty-six state library associations partner with ALA to offer joint student membership program

CHICAGO — Forty-six state library associations (ALA Chapters) partner with the American Library Association (ALA) to offer a joint student membership program, which allows students engaged in a program of study or certification in MLS/MLIS, CAEP and LTA programs for no more than five total years...