Press Releases

Jul 23: Anita Mechler named YALSA executive director

CHICAGO — ALA is pleased to welcome Anita Mechler, the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. 

Most recently, Mechler has been the project manager/archivist at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium...

Jul 19: Harry Potter Poster and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO –ALA Graphics’ fall catalog has mailed, and will unveil new products that are sure to educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new...

Jul 19: New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion...

Jul 19: ALA: New Tor delay on library ebooks hurts readers, authors and libraries

CHICAGO - At the beginning of July, Tor, a division of Macmillan, announced without warning that it was immediately beginning to embargo ebook sales of new titles to libraries for four months....

Jul 19: International librarianship as professional development

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out...

Jul 19: AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School...

Jul 18: New session: Using Surveys to Improve Your Library Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Using Surveys to Improve Your Library with Emily Daly. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and...

Jul 18: New iteration: Business Outreach for the Public Librarian eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Business Outreach for the Public Librarian. Barbara Alvarez will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

Jul 18: New iteration: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through...

Jul 18: New advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

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

Jul 17: Call for nominations for IFLA section committees for 2019-2023 is now open
CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is seeking nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations...
Jul 17: New policy brief highlights state initiatives to promote family engagement in public libraries

BOSTON — State library leaders are promoting two-generation approaches to early learning and fostering environments in which children and the adults in their lives have equal opportunities to create knowledge and gain new skills together. The Global Family Research Project’s new policy brief,...

Jul 17: LITA Awards First ALA Leadership Institute Scholarship to Jennifer Chan

Jennifer Chan has been selected to receive LITA’s first scholarship to attend the 2018 ALA Leadership Institute.

Chan is the Scholarly...

Jul 17: Literacy instruction and teacher collaboration examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians' knowledge and perception of literacy instruction in light of the...

Jul 16: Theresa M. Boulrice Selected as the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Theresa M. Boulrice of Springfield, Massachusetts as the recipient of the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a...

Jul 16: Sara White Named Recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Sara White, Youth Services Senior Librarian at the Seminole County Public Library, as the recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional...

Jul 16: ALA president announces international relations resources

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of programs and tools to engage, retain and expand ALA’s international members. From free webinars to opportunities for engagement with librarians from various countries, Garcia-Febo in conjunction...

Jul 13: New iteration: Web Design Basics for Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Jul 13: New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated...

Jul 13: New session: 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:...

Jul 13: New microlearning event: Snapchat Explained

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new microlearning event, Snapchat Explained with Paige Alfonzo. This microlearning event will last 30 minutes and take place at 12:00pm...

Jul 13: New session—Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction with Jill...

Jul 12: Sarah Strahl wins the 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Sarah Strahl for her proposal for a Food Literacy – A Critical Need at Hillsboro Public Library.

Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that "these funds be used...

Jul 11: ACRL releases The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments, Third Edition

CHCIAGO - The Association of College and Research LIbraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures,...

Jul 11: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring the Incredibles now available

CHICAGO – Library Card Sign-up Month artwork featuring Honorary Chairs the Incredibles is now available for download. The artwork includes print and digital Public Service Announcements (PSAs), social media graphics, customizable library cards and billboards. As Honorary Chairs, the Incredibles...

Jul 11: 2018 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2018 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General...

Jul 11: YALSA introduces new Innovation in Teen Services Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its new Innovation in Teen Services Award, which aims to annually recognize a member who has demonstrated a commitment to creating innovative library...

Jul 10: ALA OIF Responds to Library Bill of Rights Meeting Room Interpretation update

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights,...

Jul 10: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2018 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference.

What follows reflects the April 2018 policy revision to...

Jul 09: ALA President unveils enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness website

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and members of the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee announce the relaunch of ALA-Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Workplace Wellness website. The site now includes additional health resources that...