Press Releases

May 24: BCALA Launches Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ your library

(CHICAGO) On June 1, 2010, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), an ethnic affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), will kick off Reading is Grand!  Reading is Grand! promotes intergenerational literacy and is targeted at...

May 24: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA – The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Mo., was designated a Literary Landmark by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home &...

May 20: Committee on Diversity Hosts Town Hall Meeting at ALA Annual Conference

The ALA Council Committee on Diversity will host a Town Hall Meeting on Diversity during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The Town Hall Meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday June 25, 2010 in the Washington Plaza Hotel, Federal Hall.

Dr. Ismail Abdullahi,...

May 19: Syracuse student to serve as Google Policy Fellow for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gwen Glazer, a graduate student at Syracuse University pursuing her master’s in Library and Information Studies, was recently selected as the 2010 Google Policy Fellow for the...

May 19: ALA files comments on National Education Technology Plan

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) says the Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan (NETP) presents significant challenges that will take the coordinated effort of many stakeholders to overcome, and libraries are a resource that should be...

May 18: ALA and Scholastic Library Publishing announce 2011 National Library Week Grant

Create your own story @ your library® named official theme

(CHICAGO) Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public...

May 18: ALA Executive Director Fiels discusses the value of libraries and librarians

CHICAGO - American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels delivered a  speech during National Library Week (April 11-17) about the value of libraries and librarians.  Part one of the video can be viewed by visiting ...

May 18: ALTAFF launches “Authors for Libraries”

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is launching “Authors for Libraries,” a unique partnership to connect authors with libraries, Friends of the Library groups and library...

May 18: ACRL 2011 National Conference registration opens

ACRL offers 80 scholarships worth more than $40,000 and keynote sessions featuring Tiffany Shlain, Raj Patel and Clinton Kelly


CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the ACRL 2011 National...

May 18: Twenty-three acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading stage features Laurie Halse Anderson, Roy Blount, Jr., Henri Cole, Heid E. Erdrich, Marilyn Johnson, Adriana Trigiani and more

 CHICAGO – The American Library Association...
May 17: Five librarians win $1,000 Library Advocacy Day stipends from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) named the recipients of stipends to attend Library Advocacy Day in Washington , D.C. on June 29, in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. The five YALSA members who received the stipends are:...

May 17: Gary White elected RUSA vice president/president-elect

CHICAGO—Gary White, acting head of the department of reference, collections and research at Pennsylvania State University, has won election as vice president/president-elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
White joined the faculty of the University Libraries at...

May 17: Boomers and beyond in today’s libraries

CHICAGO – ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of “Boomers and Beyond:...

May 17: ASCLA online membership journal seeks editor

CHICAGO - The deadline for applications for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’s (ASCLA) newsletter editor position has been...
May 17: One-stop destination for online learning launches on ALA website

CHICAGO-- ALA Online Learning has launched at www.ala.org/ala/onlinelearning/index.cfm. This new collaborative section of the American Library Association (ALA) website...

May 17: ALSC releases Great Interactive Software for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its Spring 2010 list of Great Interactive Software for Kids (GISK), which recognizes high-quality computer programs and digital media for children 14 years of...

May 17: ACRL awards Library Advocacy Day travel grants

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has chosen six winners for  2010 Library Advocacy Day travel grants. Reflecting ACRL’s commitment to fostering grassroots legislative advocacy, the association awarded $250 grants to the following ACRL Legislative...

May 13: Rally with AASL for Library Advocacy Day

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages all school librarians and supporters of school libraries to join together on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 29 to show their support for school libraries. Starting at 10 a.m., AASL members, supporters and staff...

May 13: Capstone supports Learning4Life™

CHICAGO – Beginning this summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Capstone are teaming up to offer "Empowering 21st Century Learners: P21 Framework and AASL Learning Standards" licensed institutes. Through the generous support of Capstone,...

May 13: Emerging Leaders Team J releases survey: how Web 2.0 should ALA go?

CHICAGO - ALA is planning a Web redevelopment in the next year.  To ensure that the changes to the website satisfy members’ needs, ALA stakeholders should tell us: Just how Web 2.0 should ALA go? When you visit the ALA website, does it meet your expectations? Would you prefer to be able to...

May 11: American Library Association releases 2009 Legislative Scorecards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office has released the association's 2009 Legislative Scorecards for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Legislative Scorecards outline votes and support of legislation that is important to and...

May 11: Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates six, adds five candidates

CHICAGO - The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to six CPLA® candidates who are now officially Certified Public Library Administrators.

In addition, the committee approved five new candidates in its spring...

May 11: @ your library website highlights article on how you can extend the joy of reading by noted author Emma Walton Hamilton

( Chicago)  An article by noted author Emma Walton Hamilton on using enrichment activities to extend the joy of reading is  highlighted on the @ your library website this week.  The www.atyourlibrary.org website provides  ...

May 11: Nominating Committee seeks candidates

The ALA 2011 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2011 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 33 at-large...

May 11: 2010 Literary Tastes Breakfast packed with award-winning authors

CHICAGO—Two outstanding authors have been added to an already stellar lineup at the 2010 Literary Tastes Breakfast: David Small, author of the graphic novel “Stitches: A Memoir,” and Melvin Konner, author of “The Jewish Body”.

“Stitches: A Memoir,” which was named to the 2010...

May 11: Registration for online course teaching genealogy reference basics closes May 12

CHICAGO—Wednesday, May 12, is the registration deadline for the next offering of “Genealogy 101,” an online course designed to provide librarians and library staff with confidence and skill in assisting...

May 11: Your history @ your library

CHICAGO – This week marks the first annual Preservation Week @ your library, highlighting what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Recognizing the critical role libraries play in...

May 11: Donna K. McDonald elected as 2010-2011 ALTAFF Vice President/President-Elect

PHILADELPHIA –  Donna K. McDonald, director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, has been elected  2010-2011 vice-president/president elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library...