Press Releases

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 12: Winners of National Short Fiction Contest announced

CHICAGO  — Six outstanding writers are being recognized for their entries in the Public Library Association’s (PLA) National Short Fiction Contest. This fall, more than 600 writers across the U.S. entered...

Dec 12: Abigail Sparling Named 2019 ALCTS Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Abigail Sparling, Serials Metadata Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL), has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2018-2019. Each year, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) sponsors one Emerging Leader who has...

Dec 12: Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

Do you know of a state chapter or organization that has bravely defended the freedom to read or access information, successfully promoted intellectual freedom issues, or demonstrated exemplary coalition-building efforts?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)...

Dec 12: Social Tagging in a Linked Data Environment

CHICAGO — Social tagging, hashtags, and geotags are used across a variety of platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Instagram) in different countries and cultures. “Social Tagging...

Dec 12: 2019 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2019 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best...

Dec 11: Wayétu Moore among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Wayétu Moore, Juliet Grames, Chris Pavone, Clare Mackintosh, Annie Ward, and G. Willow Wilson will be the featured authors at the United for...

Dec 11: Professional development scholarship available

CHICAGO — The ALA Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning...

Dec 11: ALA seeks proposals for 2019-2020 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach...

Dec 11: ALSC now accepting applications for 2019 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2019 Bookapalooza Program. This program offers select libraries a collection of...

Dec 11: Nominations sought for 2019 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund,...

Dec 11: Nominations open for John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the ...

Dec 11: Call for proposals for 2019 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO—ALA The International Relations Roundtable is calling for proposals for its 2019 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant. ...

Dec 11: Nominations open for 2019 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit a nomination for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr....

Dec 11: Coretta Scott King 50th anniversary celebration Toolkit now available

CHICAGO – Libraries, schools and civic organizations across the country and world will host a variety of celebrations to observe the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Given annually since 1969, the awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and...

Dec 11: 2019 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2019 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young...

Dec 10: Newest PLA 'Quick Reads' book offers guidance for library service to teenage parents

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. ...

Dec 10: A guidebook for building political support for library funding

CHICAGO — Library funding is political. And the struggle to secure funding is ongoing; the work that librarians need to do to influence local politics doesn't just pop up in the few months before Election Day. It should span the years before or between elections. John...

Dec 07: New workshop—Coping with Burnout: Strategies for Staying Centered

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Coping with Burnout: Strategies for Staying Centered with...

Dec 07: New iteration—Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure. Dr....

Dec 07: New iteration: Digital Humanities for All Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Digital Humanities for All Librarians. Laura Braunstein will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

Dec 06: Don’t miss the new LITA webinar – Accessibility for All: Screen Readers

Chicago -- There’s still time to sign up now for a new LITA webinar.

Accessibility for All: Screen Readers
Tuesday December 18, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Kelsey...

Dec 06: New iteration: Genealogical Research for Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Genealogical Research for Librarians. June Power will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Dec 06: New iteration: Music Collection Development for Every Librarian eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Collection Development for Every Librarian...

Dec 06: New iteration: Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian. Sara J....