Press Releases

Nov 13: Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library...

Nov 13: Expose your data with Schema.org and JSON-LD – a LITA webinar
Chicago -- In this LITA webinar learn how to use Schema.org and JSON-LC to expose your data on the internet. Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services,...
Nov 13: Accepting Applicants for the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant

ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual...

Nov 10: Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown...

Nov 10: New advanced eCourse: Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding....

Nov 10: AASL announces the new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

CHICAGO — Designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning, the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL),...

Nov 09: New eCourse: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through Incivility and Conflict with Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Richard Moniz and Jo Henry...

Nov 09: New iteration: Getting Started with Library Service Design eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Getting Started with Library Service Design. Joe J. Marquez and Annie Downey will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Nov 09: New iteration: 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits. Ed Rossman will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Nov 09: ACRL invites ACRL 2019 conference proposals

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2019 conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018. Poster session, roundtable...

Nov 09: Courses in budgeting, using mobile devices added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

CHICAGO — DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help community members increase their digital literacy skills, has added two new beginner-level courses to its collection of tutorials, which now totals 21. The learning modules on...

Nov 08: Booklist & AASL announce Schools in Need Giveaway Program

Scholastic Partners with ALA  to Give School Librarians a Boost

CHICAGO — Today, Booklist Publications and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announce an exciting initiative to provide expert book-and-media buying assistance to...

Nov 08: The ALA President’s Program at the Midwinter Meeting Debates Neutrality in Libraries.

Are Libraries Neutral?  Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?  The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content...

Nov 08: LITA's 50th Anniversary Fundraising Sends 6 Scholarship Winners to LITA Forum

Concluding the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is proud to sponsor six scholarship recipients to attend this week's LITA Forum in Denver, Colorado:

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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...