Press Releases

Apr 25: 2019 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected six winners, three honorable mentions, and a notable citation for the 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

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Apr 25: New workshop: Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees with Aaron Schmidt. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute...

Apr 25: New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus...

Apr 24: New from ACRL - “Scholarship in the Sandbox”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories,...

Apr 23: 2019 Paul Howard Award for Courage to Magill

CHICAGO – Tyler Magill of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The $1,000 award and citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual who...

Apr 23: PLA to host three webinars in May

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced its webinar offerings for the month of May. All three webinars are offered free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Please click the webinar titles below for more information or to register.

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Apr 23: Patricia Helm Smith receives Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Patricia Helm Smith, retired executive director of the Texas Library Association (TLA), is the American Library Association (ALA) 2019 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.

The award, which seeks to acknowledge exceptional contributions to promoting the field...

Apr 23: Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College chosen for LIRT 2019 Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2019 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College at the ALA 2019 Annual...

Apr 23: Dr. Clarence Maybee chosen as the 2019 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Dr. Clarence Maybee, Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist at Purdue University, as the 2019 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition...

Apr 23: Practical ideas for improving search results

CHICAGO — Bringing together expert international practitioners and researchers, “Systematic Searching: Practical Ideas for Improving Results,” published by...

Apr 23: U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on IPEDS Changes by May 20

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Education has issued a request for comments on planned changes to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys, which include the Academic Libraries component. The 60-day Federal Register notice (docket ED–2019–ICCD–0028) was published on...

Apr 23: AASL continues community involvement in National Standards implementation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched two online surveys to gather insight from a variety of school library professionals and stakeholders regarding its 2018 "National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries." Using...

Apr 23: ALA, PLA Select First Round of Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Awardees: 20 Pennsylvania Public Libraries Receive Funding for Workforce Development

Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of 20 libraries* in Pennsylvania selected to...

Apr 22: OverDrive Education sponsors AASL National Conference General Session

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce OverDrive Education as the sponsor of Friday's general session, featuring Dr. Adolph Brown, III, during the AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

"School...

Apr 22: Webinar offers wellness strategies for those experiencing microaggressions and workplace stress

CHICAGO — As part of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s efforts in the areas of wellness and diversity, the ALA-APA will host a free webinar entitled ‘Strategies for wellness for those experiencing microaggressions plus workplace stress’ at noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central/8 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday,...

Apr 22: Enhance your professional education with a LLAMA preconference in Washington, DC

Registration is now open for three preconferences presented by The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), in conjunction with the 2019 ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC., June 21-24. ...

Apr 22: An updated introduction to library management best practices

CHICAGO — Just because a set of responsibilities isn’t formally called management doesn’t mean that it isn’t management. And the newly updated second edition of “...

Apr 22: Conversing with the Ethnic Affiliates of the American Library Association Webinar

Chicago - As part of ALA’s President Loida Garcia-Febo efforts in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has invited ALA’s affiliate members of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color...

Apr 19: ALA welcomes Raymond Garcia to ALA Governance Office

CHICAGO  — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Raymond Garcia as a Communications Assistant in the ALA Governance Office. He began April 9.

He previously worked as a Journalism Intern for the Public Library Association (a Division of the American Library Association). He...

Apr 19: 2019-2020 President-Elect of RUSA Announced

CHICAGO- Courtney McDonald, Learner Experience & Engagement Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Libraries, has been elected the 2019-20 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). McDonald will serve her Presidential term during 2020-21...

Apr 19: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Intellectual Freedom Course and Scholarship Opportunities

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is excited to partner with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign iSchool (iSchool at Illinois) on two Fall intellectual freedom courses.  In addition to encouraging students...

Apr 18: ALA welcomes new YALSA Executive Director Tammy Dillard-Steels

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Tammy Dillard-Steels as executive director, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA. Her first day at ALA will be Tuesday, April 23.

She brings to ALA experience as executive director of the American...

Apr 18: Academic librarians 'Recasting the Narrative' at ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland

CHICAGO – More than 4,000 librarians, exhibitors and guests convened in Cleveland to reflect and rethink the role of academic librarians in a changing and challenging society.

With the theme “Recasting the Narrative,” the ACRL 2019 Conference, presented by the Association of College and...

Apr 18: New iteration: Working with Children of All Ages eCourse Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our eCourse bundle Working with Children of All Ages. R. Lynn Baker and Brooke Newberry will serve as the instructors for three, 4-...

Apr 18: Libraries close the gap on unequal privacy during Choose Privacy Week 2019

CHICAGO – This year’s theme for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2019) — “Inclusive Privacy: Closing the Gap” — draws attention to the privacy inequities imposed on vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations...

Apr 18: New session: Dealing with Challenging Patrons Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Dealing with Challenging Patrons with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:...

Apr 18: Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom Webinar

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our...

Apr 17: 2019 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Karlen and Pellack

CHICAGO – Douglas Karlen, research soil scientist (retired) at the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, and Lorraine Pellack, head of the University Library research services department at Iowa State University, have been selected as the 2019 recipients of the...

Apr 17: PLA announces plans to commemorate 75th anniversary

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will officially turn 75 years old on Oct. 13, 2019, and the entire public library field is encouraged to be a part of PLA’s Diamond Anniversary celebration. From now through the PLA 2020...