Press Releases

Nov 17: Hear How We’re All Makers – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to...

Nov 17: ALA and REFORMA create Adopt a Library program to assist libraries in the Caribbean

CHICAGO — Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the Caribbean and libraries were not spared. In addition to its fundraising efforts, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and...

Nov 17: New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the...

Nov 16: NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)....

Nov 14: Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need...

Nov 14: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions...

Nov 14: Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the...

Nov 14: Anonymous donor to match up to $100,000 of ALA Annual Fund contributions

CHICAGO – As the season for gift giving is in full swing, the American Library Association (ALA) has an exciting opportunity!  An anonymous donor is matching gifts made to the ALA Annual Fund as of Nov. 1, 2017.  Donations are tax-deductible and gifts from an individual donor, up to $1,000, are...

Nov 13: 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!

This seven night...

Nov 13: Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library...

Nov 13: Expose your data with Schema.org and JSON-LD – a LITA webinar
Chicago -- In this LITA webinar learn how to use Schema.org and JSON-LC to expose your data on the internet. Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services,...
Nov 13: Accepting Applicants for the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant

ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual...

Nov 10: Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown...

Nov 10: New advanced eCourse: Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding....

Nov 10: AASL announces the new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

CHICAGO — Designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning, the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL),...

Nov 09: New eCourse: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through Incivility and Conflict with Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Richard Moniz and Jo Henry...

Nov 09: New iteration: Getting Started with Library Service Design eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Getting Started with Library Service Design. Joe J. Marquez and Annie Downey will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Nov 09: New iteration: 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits. Ed Rossman will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Nov 09: ACRL invites ACRL 2019 conference proposals

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2019 conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018. Poster session, roundtable...

Nov 09: Courses in budgeting, using mobile devices added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

CHICAGO — DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help community members increase their digital literacy skills, has added two new beginner-level courses to its collection of tutorials, which now totals 21. The learning modules on...

Nov 08: Booklist & AASL announce Schools in Need Giveaway Program

Scholastic Partners with ALA  to Give School Librarians a Boost

CHICAGO — Today, Booklist Publications and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announce an exciting initiative to provide expert book-and-media buying assistance to...

Nov 08: The ALA President’s Program at the Midwinter Meeting Debates Neutrality in Libraries.

Are Libraries Neutral?  Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?  The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content...

Nov 08: LITA's 50th Anniversary Fundraising Sends 6 Scholarship Winners to LITA Forum

Concluding the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is proud to sponsor six scholarship recipients to attend this week's LITA Forum in Denver, Colorado:

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Nov 08: ALCTS Midwinter Symposium Explores Library Access and Accessibility

CHICAGO—On Friday, Feb. 9, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will hold the Midwinter Symposium “Empowering Access and Ensuring Accessibility: Connecting People to Information and Collections”...

Nov 07: Grace Lin to present Opening General Session at 2018 ALSC Institute
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that award-winning author Grace Lin will present the Opening General Session at the ALSC National Institute...
Nov 06: PLA, Gail Borden Public Library team up to expand DigitalLearn.org training resources

CHICAGO — DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills, now includes a robust suite of resources and tools for library staff and other educators to use when conducting training in the community. PLA has...

Nov 06: LIS Students: Apply for the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in ...

Nov 06: Using digital analytics to track the library user’s journey

CHICAGO — Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive...

Nov 03: Apply for the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Cutting Edge Tech Education

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the...

Nov 02: November webinar to focus on using data to increase community impact of library programs

CHICAGO – Are your library's programs and services maximized to address the needs of the community you serve? This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for...