Press Releases

Nov 06: National Friends of Libraries Week Award applications due Dec. 4

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Applications for United for Libraries' National Friends of Libraries Week Award are due Dec. 4, 2018.

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Nov 06: What Do the Midterms Mean for Your Library? An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — What will the upcoming midterm elections mean for your library and community? Join us for a free 60-minute webinar at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 9 where we’ll provide an...

Nov 06: Public Library Association announces events at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Planning to attend the American Library Association's (ALA) 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash.? Be sure to take advantage of the outstanding programming offered by the Public Library Association (PLA).

Preconference Programs

PLA is presenting...

Nov 06: ALA, EBSCO Information Services extend scholarship opportunities to librarians outside U.S. to attend Annual Conference

Librarians Residing Outside the U.S. Have the Opportunity to Receive up to $2,500 for Conference-Related Expenses

IPSWICH, Mass. — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information...

Nov 02: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee seeking applicants for Book Donation Grant

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to...

Nov 01: AASL Seeks National Conference Program Reviewers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of concurrent session and best practices showcase proposals for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. To apply, please use the...

Nov 01: Call for Proposals for 2019 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

Chicago – The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019....

Nov 01: ALA, GLBTRT continue to voice support of LGBTQ civil liberties

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following joint statement in response to proposals to rescind Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) federal civil rights protections. Currently the...

Nov 01: Public Library Association supports libraries in connecting consumers to health care coverage

CHICAGO – Today (Nov. 1, 2018*) marks the beginning of the six-week enrollment period for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Public Library Association (PLA) is providing support for public libraries to help their communities get covered. As part of a national...

Oct 31: Author Robin DiAngelo is the ALA President’s Program Speaker at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting

For more than twenty years, Robin DiAngelo has worked with a wide range of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors consulting and training on the issues of racial and social justice. She says, “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively...

Oct 31: YALSA seeks editor for upcoming publication

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is seeking an experienced editor for its upcoming publication based off its...

Oct 30: Travel Grants Available for First-Time AASL National Conference Attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Full conference details can be found at...

Oct 30: United for Libraries to partner on 'Summer Scares' reading program

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is developing a “Summer Scares” reading program that will provide libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers. The goal is to introduce new authors...

Oct 30: Hakala-Ausperk’s Leadership Planners series launches with “Future-Proof Your Team”

CHICAGO — From renowned leadership guru Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, author of the bestseller “Be A Great Boss,” comes a unique planner for helping your team survive and thrive amidst change. “...

Oct 30: ALA accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for...

Oct 29: Dewey Decibel podcast investigates haunted library in a special Halloween episode

CHICAGO — Why do strange things keep happening at Peoria (Ill.) Public Library? Is the building haunted by ghosts? Do the stacks truly sit on cursed ground? 

Dewey...

Oct 29: Zoë Kravitz shares the magic of libraries in new video PSAs

CHICAGO – Actress, singer and model Zoë Kravitz stars in two new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the American Library Association, promoting the magical power of libraries. In the PSAs, Kravitz, who appears in the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” urges...

Oct 25: ACRL releases Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students,” edited by Crystal Renfro and Cheryl Stiles. The...

Oct 25: YALSA seeks member manager for YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is seeking a member manager for its blog, the YALSAblog. The ...

Oct 24: Celebrate Health Literacy Month with expanded toolkit from NNLM and ALA

CHICAGO -- The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the American Library Association (ALA) have updated the Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit with...

Oct 24: Farrell announces candidacy for 2019-22 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas, has filed as a petition candidate for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022.

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Oct 24: ALA unveils shortlist for 2019 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 23: 2019 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Course Schedule Now Available

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Course schedule. Focusing on the fundamentals of acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection assessment, collection development and management,...

Oct 23: New session: Working with Individuals Affected by Homelessness workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Working with Individuals Affected by Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach...

Oct 22: Gear up for International Games Week 2018

It has been a long time coming, but International Games Week is back! This year’s event will take place during the week of November 4th through the 10th. This annual tradition is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and hosted by the American Library Association, in...

Oct 22: LLAMA Webinar Helps Managers Decide What Really Matters

One of the most difficult challenges for library managers and leaders is trying to make their libraries be everything to everyone. How do you start...

Oct 22: ALA seeks applicants for national Policy Corps

Deadline set for November 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the ALA Policy Corps. The deadline for applications is November 16. The Corps initiative aims to...

Oct 19: Technology-based outreach for libraries

CHICAGO — From straightforward internet access to elaborate makerspaces, libraries have taken center stage when it comes to providing free access to technology to those who visit their physical spaces. But how about people who don’t walk into a library? How do we ensure...

Oct 18: Wolf in the Snow Poster and more in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ winter catalog is on its way, and will unveil new products that will educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new...