Press Releases

Aug 31: ALSC announces new Equity Fellowships

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the launch of ALSC Equity Fellowships. This new fellowship pilot will award five ALSC fellowships to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or...

Aug 31: 2019 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals - Deadline Extended

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the in Washington, DC, June 20-25, 2019, has been extended to Monday, September 3, 2018, 12:00 Midnight (Central).

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic...

Aug 30: New eCourse—Festivals and Fandoms for Everyone: Community Events at Your Library

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Festivals and Fandoms for Everyone: Community Events at Your Library. Amy Alessio, Katie...

Aug 30: New session: Building Great Programs for Seniors Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Building Great Programs for Seniors with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:...

Aug 28: Jefferson, Werner seek 2020-21 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Section Head, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and Lance Werner, Executive Director, Kent District Library, Comstock Park,...

Aug 27: Pace running for 2019-22 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Andrew K. Pace, executive director, technical research, at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, is the candidate for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022.

A member of ALA for 23 years, Pace is currently a member of the ALA Executive Board (2016-19) and has served...

Aug 27: Harris named 2018-2019 YALSA Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Cearra Harris as its 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholar.

Harris’ career began at Richland Library in Columbia, SC. While working at Richland Library,...

Aug 27: Apply now to be a part of the Teens’ Top Ten book groups

CHICAGO — Library staff can now apply on behalf of their teen book groups for a chance to be a part of the official Teens’ Top Ten book groups.

The...

Aug 27: ALA files amicus brief in support of net neutrality protections

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“The...

Aug 24: National School Library of the Year Award aligned with new AASL Standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a revised application process and rubric for its National School Library of the Year Award (NSLY) that aligns the elements of the award with the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards for Learners, School...

Aug 23: New iteration: Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the...

Aug 23: New iteration: Creating a Culture of Usability in Your Library eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Creating a Culture of Usability in Your Library. Krista Godfrey will serve as the instructor for a 4-...

Aug 22: "Veterans: They Served Us-Here's How to Serve Them" Upcoming Webinar

Since 2013, Gail Borden Public Library District has collaborated with local veterans to develop innovative programs that serve area veterans, including a groundbreaking project called "Veterans on the Go". Under the umbrella title of "Veterans on the Go", the library worked with partners to...

Aug 20: ODLOS Announces JCLC Travel Grant Winners

CHICAGO  –  The American Library Association (ALA) strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion has a goal to expand the work of ALA and its allies in building a diverse and inclusive profession. In this spirit, The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach...

Aug 20: Presenters invited to explore topics and engage attendees during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete proposals must be submitted by Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, and final ...

Aug 17: New session: Build a Great Team Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Aug 16: ALA Council rescinds Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the outcome of a vote by ALA Council to rescind 2018 updates to the Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. The vote comes after a swift response from ALA members, leadership, its offices and library...

Aug 16: Free virtual event with MARCH graphic novel creators offered as part of ALA’s Great Stories Club

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals and their patrons to a free virtual event with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, co-author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic novel series March. During the event, Aydin and Powell will speak with attendees about the Civil...

Aug 16: Patricia C. Franks updates her go-to reference text for RIM students and professionals

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “Records and Information Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, cements this work’s status as an up-to-date classic, its content updated and expanded to...

Aug 15: Teens can now vote for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO – Voting for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten official titles is now open.

Teens all around the world can start casting their...

Aug 15: Ethics for records and information management

CHICAGO — The scope and reach of information, driven by the explosive growth of information technologies and content types, has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. The consequences of these changes to records and information management (RIM) professionals are profound, necessitating...

Aug 14: Forty-five state library associations partner with ALA to offer joint student membership program

CHICAGO — Forty-five state library associations (ALA Chapters) partner with the American Library Association (ALA) to offer a joint student membership program, which allows students engaged in a program of study or certification in MLS/MLIS, CAEP and LTA programs for no more than five total...

Aug 14: Friends of Shelby Area District Library and Friends of the Ravenna Library receive United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Friends of the Shelby (Michigan) Area District Library and the Friends of the Ravenna (Nebraska) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their libraries. Each group receives $1,000 and a...

Aug 14: ALSC now accepting applications for 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2019 Penguin...

Aug 14: Rosen Publishing Group sponsors AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce The Rosen Publishing Group as the new sponsor of the AASL Distinguished Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an...

Aug 14: Rob Reid's collection of hundreds of story program activities

CHICAGO — “200+ Original and Adapted Story Program Activities,” published by ALA Editions, is a delightful new resource ready for use by children’s librarians, elementary-level media specialists, and early childhood instructors. Master...

Aug 13: Taylor-Cloud wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Kimberly Taylor-Cloud, a Youth Services Librarian at the Fairburn Branch Library of the Atlanta-Fulton (Georgia) Public Library System, has won the 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium library worker stipend from the Young Adult Library...

Aug 13: DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2018 Teens’ Top Ten voting

CHICAGO, IL – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced that it will be partnering with DOGObooks, the largest website for kids and teen books, to host the voting for the 2018 Teens’...

Aug 09: Volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and joint committees for 2019 - 2021

CHICAGO — Wanda Kay Brown, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to serve on an ALA, Council or joint committee for the 2019-2021 term (terms start on July 1, 2019). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and...