Press Releases

Sep 25: Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the...

Sep 22: Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando...

Sep 21: AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration deadline approaching

CHICAGO – Only three weeks remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their registration prior to Oct. 12 save $50 over late/on-site rates for the conference, taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information,...

Sep 21: Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history. Written by Faye Phillips, an...

Sep 21: New Workshop: Cataloging Judaica Resources

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica Resources with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am...

Sep 20: September 2017 update from the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

As the nation grapples with a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and white supremacist violence, public libraries are finding themselves, naturally, at the center of critical community conversations around inclusion, tolerance, and safety. It's timely that the...

Sep 20: ALA Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, library rebuilding efforts

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CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts...

Sep 20: ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college...

Sep 19: Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the...

Sep 19: ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO – Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadlines are Feb. 1, 2018. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit...

Sep 19: Partnership supports renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study

Updated research report will identify the most effective ways to advocate for public library funding

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and OCLC are pleased to announce a partnership...

Sep 19: Nation celebrates the power of words during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

CHICAGO – Libraries, bookstores and schools will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017, an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week thousands of libraries, bookstores,...

Sep 19: bibliotheca Sponsorship to Support GLBTRT

bibliotheca was proud to host the Diversity Wall installation at this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Visitors to the wall were...

Sep 19: RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Seeks Editor

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of...

Sep 19: CCSS, OER, and more in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – During a new webinar taking place Thurs., Sept. 28, at 6:00 p.m. Central, presenter Krista Welz will demonstrate a variety of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. Registration for “Common Core Open...

Sep 18: Library staff gather virtually for discussion of national opioid crisis

CHICAGO -- From discarded needles in outdoor spaces to overdoses in bathrooms, public libraries in communities of all sizes are acutely impacted by the dramatic rise in opioid abuse. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and...

Sep 18: Amy Aldridge-Ritchey wins free AASL national conference registration, hotel and travel

CHICAGO – Amy Aldridge-Ritchey from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, recommended American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has won complimentary AASL National Conference registration, round-trip airfare, and a three-night hotel stay as the grand prize winner...

Sep 15: ACRL releases The Library Assessment Cookbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Assessment Cookbook,” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs. This new addition to the ACRL Cookbook series compiles lessons and...

Sep 14: New Session–How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2...

Sep 14: New eCourse/e-book bundle: Learner-Centered Pedagogy for Library Instruction

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse/e-book bundle, Learner-Centered Pedagogy for Library Instruction. Dani Brecher Cook and Kevin Michael Klipfel will serve as the instructors for a 6-week...

Sep 14: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA Election:

Sedley Abercrombie, Lead Library...

Sep 13: ASCLA launches new, modern website

CHICAGO - On Monday, September 11, 2017, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) launched a new, modern website that's been in progress for nearly a year.    

"As a part of our commitment to keep things flexible,...

Sep 13: Barnhart to serve as YALSA’s first ALA Liaison

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has chosen Amanda Barnhart, Teen Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library in Independence, Missouri as its ALA liaison to represent YALSA in various American Library Association (ALA) groups and committees.

“I am eager and excited...

Sep 13: ALA Accepting Scholarship Applications

If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available.  The American Library Association (ALA) has...

Sep 12: ALSC now accepting applications for Strengthening Communities Through Libraries Minigrants

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting online applications for the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries Minigrants. These grants are made possible through a...

Sep 12: AASL web portal offers first peek at new standards resources and content

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce the release of several early materials addressing elements of the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” which will launch in November at the AASL National...

Sep 12: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants $249,056 to ALSC and YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $249,056 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

ALSC will use the grant funds to administer a second round of...

Sep 12: ALA, library community support Hurricane Irma response efforts

CHICAGO  – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for the libraries damaged by Hurricane Irma.   

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma,” said ALA President Jim Neal. “We are...

Sep 12: United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away...

Sep 12: PLA promotes family engagement through libraries at fall conferences

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is spreading the word about its Family Engagement Initiative by reaching out to library, museum and education professionals. PLA leaders and staff are hitting the road this fall to...