Press Releases

Jun 04: Simone Wagner Awarded 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Simone Wagner has been selected to receive the 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor. Wagner will be attending Simmons School of...

Jun 01: 2019 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are now open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 1, 2018, for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices....

Jun 01: Open Access 2020: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — OA2020 is a global initiative to transform scholarly publishing from the current subscription (paywall) system to new open access publishing models. Over 100 libraries and institutions from around the world have joined OA2020, including a growing number from the United States. This...

Jun 01: Emerging Leaders Poster Session Time Change

The time of the Emerging Leaders (EL) poster session and reception scheduled on Friday, June 22, 2018 has been changed to 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Morial Convention Center, Room 345.

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans...

Jun 01: Recipients of 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 50 recipients will be receiving a set...

May 31: YALSA releases new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education (CE). The report was...

May 29: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) announces the presentation of the 2018 Donald G. Davis Article Award

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is delighted to announce the presentation of the 2018 Donald G. Davis Article Award to Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce for her 2016 article, “The Reign of Children: The Role of Games and Toys in American Public Libraries, 1877-1925,” published in ...

May 29: Comedian Tom Papa to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian Tom Papa will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Authors Harrison Scott Key and Chris Erskine will also...

May 29: LITA @ ALA Annual 2018 – President’s Program

Join LITA President Andromeda Yelton and welcome Kendra Albert, a technology lawyer and an affiliate research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, during the 2018 ALA Annual conference....

May 29: Retired ALA Finance Director continues to go the extra mile for Spectrum

Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will once again be raising funds in support of the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the...

May 25: Free webinar on Integrating STEM and Coding into Makerspaces

CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high...

May 25: New session: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will...

May 25: New workshop: Sensory Storytime Programs

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Sensory Storytime Programs with Jennifer Roy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30...

May 24: Learn to conquer the digital world at PR Forum 2018

CHICAGO – In today’s world, it’s not a matter of whether or not you engage in social media and digital marketing but how well you do it. At the 2018 PR Forum, being held 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, learn how to determine which social platform is best...

May 23: A no-nonsense guide to born-digital content

CHICAGO — Collecting and managing content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form requires a very specific approach. And, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows, providing...

May 23: ALCTS endorses acquisitions core competencies

CHICAGO —The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has endorsed the “Core Competencies for Acquisitions Professionals.” The Education Committee of the...

May 22: Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and...

May 22: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2018 ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ training in St. Louis

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9...

May 22: Dr. Clara M. Chu wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliated faculty at The iSchool of Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the...

May 22: PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library...

May 22: Chang Liu wins Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO – Chang Liu, director, Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession.  The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public librarian who demonstrates...

May 21: Greg Pronevitz selected for ASCLA’s Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, has been selected for the 2018 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of...

May 21: Fostering wellness through physical literacy programs

CHICAGO — By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based...

May 18: LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

What is your library’s organizational culture and why does it matter?  Understanding the way people and groups in your organization interact with each other, with patrons, and with...

May 18: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical...

May 18: The 2018 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2018 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together...

May 18: Patricia Herndon selected for ASCLA’s Francis Joseph Campbell Award

CHICAGO – Patricia Herndon, Director of Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), has been selected for the 2018 Francis Joseph Campbell Award administered by the ...

May 18: Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

CHICAGO – Keren Dali, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and Nadia Caidi, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information iSchool, are the recipients of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA)...

May 17: New workshop: Getting the Most Out of Library Volunteers

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Getting the Most Out of Library Volunteers with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take...