Press Releases

May 22: Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and...

May 22: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2018 ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ training in St. Louis

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9...

May 22: Dr. Clara M. Chu wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliated faculty at The iSchool of Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the...

May 22: PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library...

May 22: Chang Liu wins Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO – Chang Liu, director, Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession.  The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public librarian who demonstrates...

May 21: Greg Pronevitz selected for ASCLA’s Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, has been selected for the 2018 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of...

May 21: Fostering wellness through physical literacy programs

CHICAGO — By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based...

May 18: LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

What is your library’s organizational culture and why does it matter?  Understanding the way people and groups in your organization interact with each other, with patrons, and with...

May 18: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical...

May 18: The 2018 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2018 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together...

May 18: Patricia Herndon selected for ASCLA’s Francis Joseph Campbell Award

CHICAGO – Patricia Herndon, Director of Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), has been selected for the 2018 Francis Joseph Campbell Award administered by the ...

May 18: Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

CHICAGO – Keren Dali, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and Nadia Caidi, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information iSchool, are the recipients of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA)...

May 17: A new ALA Editions Special Report on fake news and alternative facts

CHICAGO — Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn’t, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information...

May 17: New iteration: Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding Advanced eCourse

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of the advanced eCourse ...

May 17: St. Charles Public Library selected for ASCLA’s Exceptional Service Award

CHICAGO – St. Charles Public Library, Outreach Services Department, has been selected for the 2018 ASCLA Exceptional Service Award administered by the Association of Specialized and...

May 16: Gayle Danley Joins the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition as an Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO - Gayle Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national, and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia...

May 16: Valerie Horton selected for ASCLA’s Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Valerie Horton, Director, Minitex, University of Minnesota, has been selected for the 2018 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of...

May 15: Linda Crowe receives 2018 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO – Linda Crowe, retired Executive Director of  the Peninsula Library System and the
Califa Group as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP), is the 2018 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award....

May 15: Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development Award recipient named

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Gale, a Cengage Company Financial Development Award administered by the American Library Association. The award is presented annually to a library organization...

May 15: Susan Orlean among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Annual

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Orlean, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lou Berney, Lisa Unger, Leif Enger, and Delia Owens will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New...

May 15: New session: Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children with Carol Morrone. This workshop will last 90 minutes...

May 15: New session—Effective Library Signage: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Effective Library Signage: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices with Mark Aaron Polger. This...

May 15: New advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Intermediate Cataloging...

May 15: Gwinnett County Public Library's Removing Barriers Project selected for ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award

CHICAGO – Gwinnett County Public Library’s Removing Barrier’s Project, has been selected for the 2018 ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation Systems (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award administered by the ...

May 15: Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at...

May 15: Best Practices for Data Privacy: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — The news feels overwhelmingly loaded with stories of security breaches and compromised data. In an environment where data breaches have become norm, how can we keep our data and our library users’ data secure? Join American Libraries Live on May 21 for a discussion on data...

May 14: The Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Results of 2018 Board of Trustees Election

Last week the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees.  The following candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in New Orleans:  

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