Press Releases

May 01: United for Libraries conducting survey on ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards.

Feedback from current and past library trustees, friends, foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in...

May 01: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting...

Apr 30: Authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker to speak at PLA Member Breakfast in June

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to welcome Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker as the featured speakers for its Member Welcome Breakfast at the...

Apr 30: Jonathan Eig is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is a journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. He has written five books:...

Apr 30: United for Libraries to designate Lawrence Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney

PEPPERELL, Mass. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Lawrence Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

The Lawrence Library is featured in the pages of...

Apr 30: A comprehensive guidebook for library financial management

CHICAGO — Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, William W. Sannwald’s “Financial Management for Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman,...

Apr 27: ALA seeks candidates for two endowment fund trustee openings

CHICAGO — Applications are now being accepted for two expiring terms on the ALA Endowment Trustees committee. 

The candidates will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held June 21 to 26 in New Orleans.  Any newly selected...

Apr 27: 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants Announced

CHICAGO — Art Aids Art and the eKhaya eKasi Art and Education Center in Khayelitsha, South Africa; the Athens Housing Authority, University of Georgia College of Education, and Parkview Community in Athens, GA; and the Uni Project in New York, NY have been selected to receive books as part of...

Apr 26: OCLC Research’s Merrilee Proffitt shows how libraries can leverage Wikipedia

CHICAGO — In “Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge,” published by ALA Editions, Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC Research shows how libraries can contribute to Wikipedia to...

Apr 24: Joliet Public Library receives 2018 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Joliet Public Library (Joliet, Illinois) has been named the 2018 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for their program “Star Wars Day.”

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by...

Apr 24: Alexandra Rivera wins the 2018 Equality Award

CHICAGO — Alexandra Rivera is the 2018 recipient of the ALA’s Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual...

Apr 24: University of North Carolina at Greensboro Selected as 2018 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner...

Apr 24: Emily Rimland Selected as LIRT 2018 Librarian Recognition Award recipient

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, as the 2018 recipient of the LIRT...

Apr 24: New York Public Library wins the LIRT 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the New York Public Library during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The...

Apr 24: LLAMA Online Competency Course Teaches How to Manage Conflict

If you think that creating a peaceful and conflict-free work environment is the most effective way to be a library leader or manager, you might want to reconsider. The reality is that conflict in the workplace is unavoidable at times, but more important, can be a sign of a healthy and well...

Apr 24: McElroy named 2018 winner of History Research and Innovation Award

CHICAGO—Jennifer McElroy, Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Learning History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, A Cengage...

Apr 24: YALSA awarded $497,635 from IMLS to implement “Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach” project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), will implement a new project, Transforming Teen Services: A Train...

Apr 24: ALSC announces inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media list

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Notable Children's Digital Media committee, formerly the Great Websites committee, is excited to announce its inaugural list of great digital media for children.

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Apr 23: Meet the 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans are invited to meet the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception on Friday, June 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m. in Morial Convention Center, Room 345. The ALA 2018 class...

Apr 23: Colby Lewis Wins 2018 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Colby Lewis has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled "The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and...

Apr 20: New workshop—Avoid Programming Burnout: Tap into Your Interests to Stay Engaged

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Avoid Programming Burnout: Tap into Your Interests to Stay Engaged with Katie LaMantia and Emily...

Apr 19: Registration open for YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened registration for its 2018 YA Services Symposium, which takes place November 2-4 in Salt Lake City, UT with the theme:...

Apr 19: New member opportunities as Emerging Technologies Section grows

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Emerging Technology Section (ETS) is transforming to better serve their members. Known for fantastic discussion groups about hot topics and engaging programs about leadership, systems, and user experience, now ETS is bringing a...

Apr 19: Public Library Association announces library cohort for 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the libraries in its 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) cohort. Last summer, PLA piloted this first-of-its-kind internship program designed to present...

Apr 18: Open Access Publishing in the Humanities: An online discussion

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section will co-host a free online discussion on the topic, “Open Access Publishing in the Humanities” from 3-4 pm EST on Wednesday, April 25th. The discussion will take place via the Zoom system hosted by H-Net and will also...

Apr 18: Readers' Advisory experts to host e-discussion on RA basics

CHICAGO—The Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Committee of Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) will host its Spring 2018 CODES Convo online Tuesday, April 24 from 10 am – 6 pm EST.

Participants will be going back to...

Apr 17: Kaminski wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Jennifer Kaminski, secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Ky.

Kaminski will receive $850 plus full conference registration...

Apr 17: Pearson elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Peter Pearson, lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group, has been elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president. Pearson will serve as president-elect during 2018-2019 under United for Libraries President Skip Dye.

“I am honored to...

Apr 17: Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity Recipients Named

CHICAGO – Diana Haneski, Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and Yvonne Cech, Library Director of the Brookfield Library in Brookfield, CT, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with...