Press Releases

Sep 07: Public Library Association releases new strategic plan

Addresses critical issues and changes affecting public libraries

CHICAGO – Today the Public Library Association (PLA) unveiled a new strategic plan effective through the year 2022. The new PLA...

Sep 07: Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began...

Sep 07: Philanthropist and Author Melinda Gates will open the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to...

Sep 06: Libraries invited to join Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign this Banned Books Week

Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship. This Banned Books Week (September 23-29), the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is hosting a letter-writing campaign that celebrates stories that have made an impact.

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Sep 06: New iteration: Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction eCourse/Book Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse/book bundle, Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction. Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will serve...

Sep 06: Search begins for ALCTS 2019 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. These two awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and...

Sep 06: New iteration: Introduction to Critical Information Literacy eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social...

Sep 06: Using positive stories about Muslims to foster multicultural understanding

CHICAGO — Islamophobia, a long standing, deeply entrenched global issue, disrupts civil society at many levels, from anti-Muslim policies to heightened tensions and hate crimes, including the increased bullying of Muslim children. One of the root causes of Islamophobia is...

Sep 06: New iteration: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-...

Sep 05: ALA study will explore public library services for new Americans

CHICAGO — More than 55 percent of new Americans use their public library at least once a week, seeking English language learning...

Sep 05: ALCTS 2019 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 05: Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Library professionals are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). This thematic reading and discussion program series will engage...

Sep 05: ALA’s new Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is open for membership

Membership in ALA’s newest round table – the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is now open. Those who wish to join ALA can add GNCRT membership effective immediately and current ALA members can click the renew...

Sep 05: Welmers sponsors YALSA’s Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is excited to announce the generous sponsorship of its Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award by...

Sep 05: American Library Association to explore Chicago commercial real estate market

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association (ALA) announced its plan to explore Chicago’s commercial real estate market with the listing of its headquarter buildings at 40 and 50 East Huron. Efforts to examine the value of its headquarters are fueled by its goals to enhance operational...

Sep 05: ALCTS seeking 2019 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 05: National writing contest seeks short stories on courage, launches September 25

Winners could receive up to $1,000 and the chance to be published in Short Story Dispensers

CHICAGO – Up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers nationwide will be at stake for writers of all levels, through a new writing contest launching...

Sep 04: Seventeen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase

Honorees include new buildings, renovations, and expansions in the US and Canada

CHICAGO — Seventeen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase, which appears in...

Sep 04: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2019

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One...

Sep 04: Federal, Armed Forces, Specialized & Cooperative Libraries Merge to Form New Division of ALA

CHICAGO – Representatives from the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT), announced today that they have merged to form a new division of the American Library Association: the Association of Specialized,...

Aug 31: New workshop: Music Cataloging Basics

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Cataloging Basics with Mary Huismann and Linda Blair. This workshop will...

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...