Press Releases

Sep 08: ALCTS 2018 Publication Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 07: Dave Eggers is Auditorium Speaker at 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Dave Eggers is an award-winning and acclaimed author of many books, including What Is the What, winner of France’s Prix Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and more recently The Circle and Heroes of the Frontier, longlisted for the 2018 International...

Sep 07: ALCTS seeking 2018 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: ALCTS 2018 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2018

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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 07: Communicating the value of the academic library

CHICAGO —  It’s up to you to measure the value of your academic library and how it delivers on your institution’s goals. The question is how to do it efficiently and effectively. Megan Oakleaf, who wrote a benchmark 2010 ACRL report on library...

Sep 06: Search begins for ALCTS 2018 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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: ALCTS seeking Cataloging and Metadata Management Awards nominations for 2018

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of cataloging, classification, and metadata management. The awards are presented by the...

Sep 06: Author and Poet, Elizabeth Acevedo is the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Elizabeth Acevedo will present as the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With...

Sep 06: ALA website will be offline for maintenance the evening of Sept. 8

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association’s (ALA) Information Technology & Telecommunication Services (ITTS) will conduct server maintenance beginning at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 8.

As ITTS works to enhance the association’s technical infrastructure, the ALA website will...

Sep 06: Bill Nye and Gregory Mone Will Close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host, and New York Times bestselling author, William Sanford "Bill" Nye, and co-author Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author will close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver,...

Sep 06: September webinar focuses on measuring effect of digital literacy services

CHICAGO – Nearly all public libraries offer some sort of digital literacy services, ranging from group computer classes to individual tutoring assistance, but how do library staff know their efforts are achieving the desired effect? How can libraries provide consistent digital literacy programs...

Sep 06: Choice and The Charleston Company launch ccAdvisor

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - Choice and The Charleston Company today announced the launch of ccAdvisor, an online review source for information databases and digital resources. Itself a database, ccAdvisor...

Sep 05: Library Director Bootcamp: A free preview

CHICAGO — So you’ve finally made it—you’re a library director … now what? You can learn about management, but it’s hard to find a library school course that teaches you how to be a boss. This winter, library management experts Kathy Parker and Kate Hall will be offering a...

Sep 05: Join the ALA-sponsored tour to Cuba

CHICAGO — Join the American Library Association (ALA) on another seven-day tour to Cuba, March 3-10, 2018. Last year’s sold-out tour was a success! We’re expecting an even more rewarding tour this year.

The tour includes visits to UNESCO historical sites in Havana, Cienfuegos, and...

Sep 05: United for Libraries to designate Grant Cottage a Literary Landmark

MOREAU, New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book and the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will designate the U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site a Literary Landmark.

A Literary Landmark plaque dedication ceremony will be held at...

Sep 05: LLAMA webinar explores 21st Century library ethics

CHICAGO — As the world becomes increasingly digital, information politics have become more convoluted and can impact libraries profoundly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “21st Century Library Ethics,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Central...

Sep 05: Standards excitement builds with AASL Twitter chat

CHICAGO – Anticipating the launch of its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will conduct its first standards-related Twitter chat at 6:00 p.m. Central on Mon., Sept. 18. The chat will be facilitated by members of the standards...

Sep 05: ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they...

Sep 05: Nominations will close Sept. 18 for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users nationwide have through Monday, Sept. 18 to nominate their favorite librarians for the American Library Association (ALA)’s prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Members of the public can nominate library professionals who have transformed lives and communities by...

Sep 05: ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights...

Aug 31: New session: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Aug 30: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists,...

Aug 29: United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located...

Aug 29: AASL commends six programs aligned with its values and mission

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs due to the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and...

Aug 29: Sustainability Round Table Announces Free Student Memberships

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to announce free memberships for LIS students!

Beginning September 1, 2017, students may join SustainRT for free. To qualify for a free membership, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in ALA-accredited...
Aug 29: ALA offers support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in wake of shooting

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,   

"We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico," said...

Aug 28: ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

CHICAGO  – In the wake of historic flooding fueled by Hurricane Harvey, the American Library Association (ALA) and the library community continue their commitment to disaster relief efforts within the Gulf Coast Region.   

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is being affected...

Aug 25: Only the “Best” in an all new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – The 2017 list of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Best Websites for Teaching & Learning will be explored during a live webinar on Tues., Aug. 29, at 6:00 p.m. Central. One of the most anticipated releases of educational resources each year, AASL Best Websites...

Aug 24: No-nonsense guidance on project management

CHICAGO — Barbara Allan’s new book “The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA...