Press Releases

Nov 28: Nominations being accepted for 2018 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit a nomination for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative...

Nov 28: Call for proposals for 2018 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO—ALA The International Relations Roundtable is calling for proposals for its 2018 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant.  This grant was established by the IRRT to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international...

Nov 28: Get Your Digital Life Decoded – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- The current technological and political landscapes have re-ignited conversations and concerns around digital security, privacy, and media literacy. Staff at NCSU developed a project branded as “Digital Life Decoded,” and grounded in substantial user research done in the spring of 2017...

Nov 27: PLA Webinar to introduce core concepts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries

CHICAGO -- This December, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to present a webinar in December on the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. This webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they...

Nov 27: Applications for United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA...

Nov 27: ACRL releases Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts” edited by Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman...

Nov 27: Academic library workers invited to free dialogue and deliberation workshop at Midwinter 2018

The American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will offer a free one-day workshop to teach academic librarians how to convene and facilitate community conversations on issues of...

Nov 27: A comprehensive resource to help public libraries create and manage homework centers

CHICAGO — Despite the proliferation of online homework websites and tutoring services, public libraries still have an important role to play when it comes to supporting young people’s educational needs. Public libraries that take a proactive approach—by setting up organized homework centers—have...

Nov 22: Public libraries sought for PLA/DC Public Library digital archiving project

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) and DC Public Library are seeking applications from public libraries interested in establishing robust digital preservation/archiving programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded DCPL, in partnership with PLA, a ...

Nov 21: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2018 award
CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over...
Nov 21: AASL sets new standards with National Conference & Exhibition, providing school librarians with tools to think, create, share and grow

PHOENIX – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) closed the curtain on a landmark National Conference & Exhibition Nov. 9-11 in Phoenix, Arizona, after introducing new standards school librarians will use for years to come.

Attended by more than 2,500 school librarians...

Nov 21: Upcoming webinar reviews intellectual freedom basics

Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce a Nov. 27 webinar, “...

Nov 21: Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research now accepting submissions
CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The deadline for submitting entries is January 31, 2018. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the...
Nov 21: ALA strenuously opposes FCC proposed order on net neutrality

WASHINGTON - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the proposed order on net neutrality released by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

“Preserving net neutrality is essential for equitable access to online...

Nov 21: 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals
CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. ...
Nov 21: Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research now accepting submissions

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. This award provides recognition for proposed dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The deadline for...

Nov 20: New workshop—Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape with Paul Signorelli. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Nov 20: December webinar highlights Project Outcome as strategic planning tool

CHICAGO – In early December, PLA will host a webinar highlighting how select libraries are using Project Outcome to align performance measurement efforts with strategic priorities and measuring...

Nov 17: Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter...

Nov 17: Accepting appointments for career counseling

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, February 10 - 11, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver....

Nov 17: New iteration—Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated...

Nov 17: New session: Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 60 minutes and take place at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm...

Nov 17: New Research: Librarians promote school readiness through Every Child Ready to Read programs

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have published a report called Bringing Early Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every...

Nov 17: Hear How We’re All Makers – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to...

Nov 17: ALA and REFORMA create Adopt a Library program to assist libraries in the Caribbean

CHICAGO — Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the Caribbean and libraries were not spared. In addition to its fundraising efforts, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and...

Nov 17: New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the...

Nov 16: NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)....

Nov 14: Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need...

Nov 14: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions...

Nov 14: Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the...