Press Releases

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Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in ...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

Nov 02: ACRL releases Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices” edited by Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-...

Nov 02: Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Up to 15 grants of $10,000 each will...

Nov 01: "Collective Leadership: Activating the Gifts of You and Your Team" Institute at Midwinter 2018

CHICAGO - Change the way you think about leadership from something you do alone, to or for others to something you do with others. Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting for...

Nov 01: "Conversational Intelligence" Institute at Midwinter 2018

CHICAGO - Want to increase trust and authenticity in conversations? Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting for the institute: ...

Nov 01: Easy graphic design for librarians

CHICAGO — From the layout of a library’s web banner to its printed newsletter to the swag handed out during summer reading programs, libraries make their visual identities known through the many forms of communication they produce and share. And even if “graphic designer” isn’t technically in...

Oct 31: Applications for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or...

Oct 31: ALA receives $1.1 million from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for reading and discussion model for underserved youth as part of national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort

CHICAGO — Libraries will engage more than 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative, humanities-based reading and discussion programming thanks to a $1.1 million grant to the American Library Association (ALA) from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

The Truth, Racial Healing...

Oct 31: Value of Academic Libraries 2018 travel scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year...

Oct 30: Free webinar focuses on the ways libraries can support Cooperative Extension

CHICAGO — Join the project leads of the Digging DEEP project for a webinar that provides an in-depth discussion of the surprising results and relationships that came out of the...

Oct 30: Margaret Yu-Yin Hung Wins 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award
CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Margaret Yu-Yin Hung the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and Popularisation.”
 
The...
Oct 30: Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017.

The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research...

Oct 26: ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing...

Oct 25: RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Seeks Editor

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of...

Oct 25: An updated handbook of art and design librarianship

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design...

Oct 25: ALA unveils shortlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States...

Oct 24: ACRL sponsors Project Information Literacy student news consumption study

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a co-sponsor of a forthcoming Project Information Literacy (PIL) research study investigating how young adults consume news and gather information. The research,...

Oct 24: ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible...

Oct 24: Tackling Fake News: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Everyone is talking about Fake News. People are more aware than ever that when you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know whether what you are seeing is fact rather than speculation, opinion, or outright fiction. In our role...

Oct 23: Discover Altmetrics and Reproducibility at 2 new LITA events

Chicago -- Don’t miss out on either of two new LITA continuing education opportunities. First comes a webinar on Altmetrics and then a web course on...

Oct 23: Fellows, coaches selected for December PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- PLA is proud to announce the fellows and coaches for its 2017 Leadership Academy, taking place December 4-8, 2017, in Chicago, Ill. Themed "Navigating Change · Building...

Oct 23: Tackling societal challenges: a view from two generations. A conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when...

Oct 20: Podcast investigates the A1 Mystery of Avon Lake

CHICAGO — Whodunit?

That’s the question many are asking as they anticipate the Oct. 25 episode of Dewey Decibel, the monthly podcast of American Libraries magazine.

In...

Oct 20: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award Applications for Guides to Library Resources

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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