Press Releases

May 08: Apply now for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion programs for underserved teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the Great Stories Club, a grant program in which library workers lead reading and discussion programs with underserved teens in their communities.

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May 08: 'Frozen Hours: A Novel of Korean War' by Jeff Shaara wins 2018 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

CHICAGO  — "Frozen Hours: A Novel of Korean War" by Jeff Shaara and published by Ballantine Books is the winner of the 2018 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States...

May 08: Fifty public libraries selected for 'The Great American Read' programming grants from PBS and ALA

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS announced the list of 50 public libraries selected to receive programming grants for “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

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May 08: Free webinar: A look at the state of school librarianship with Hilda Weisburg

CHICAGO — American schools are going through a period of dramatic change, and school libraries are changing right along with them. As we deal with changing budgets, changing technology and changing student needs, the role of the school librarian seems uncertain. Please join Hilda Weisburg for a...

May 08: New ALCTS monograph discusses issues in electronic resources management

CHICAGO — In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and...

May 08: Literary Tastes panel to host award-winning genre and literary authors

CHICAGO—On Sunday, June 24, 2018 the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host its annual author panel, Literary Tastes featuring authors and narrators that have been...

May 08: Ann Schmidt wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Ann Schmidt has won a free year of AASL membership. Schmidt's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Terri McCarthy Wright to AASL, ...

May 08: 2018 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Hosted by ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Ernest N....

May 07: The Incredibles and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics summer 2018 catalog has arrived, featuring new products that will excite and inspire readers of all ages. The catalog cover highlights Disney·Pixar’s “The Incredibles” on...

May 07: Extensive programming for public librarians available at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- With big-name speakers and diverse educational offerings, the Public Library Association (PLA) offers something for every public library worker in its programming at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, taking place June 21-26 in...

May 07: Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, announces that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will open 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education,...

May 07: Todd Krueger elected for 2019-2020 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO —Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), elected Todd Krueger as the division’s next president-elect. Krueger will begin his term as president-...

May 07: Sara Kelly Johns receives 2018 Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO — The Retired Members Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Annual Conference Award is Sara Kelly Johns.

This award honors...

May 07: Carla J. Stoffle wins 2018 Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO – Carla J. Stoffle, professor, School of Information University of Arizona, is the winner of the 2018 Melvil Dewey Medal.  This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), recognizes “creative leadership of...

May 07: EBSCO and ALA award seven scholarships enabling librarians to attend 2018 Annual Conference

~Annual Scholarship Enables Librarians to Expand Professional
Development Opportunities at National Conference ~

 

CHICAGO In partnership with the American Library Association (ALA),...

May 04: Build your confidence and competence with LLAMA’s new change management course

Change used to be something that happened intermittently in libraries. You'd lead your team through a planning process, and then through the resulting change process, followed by a period of stability and stasis. Not anymore. In today’s libraries change is constant and ongoing, and library...

May 03: Free webinar explores online workplace learning

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions has partnered with Infopeople to offer a free webinar that explores strategies for how library staff can make time and space for online learning.  

Taking place on Friday, May 18 at 2:00 pm ET, “...

May 03: Two PLA Conference programs, cancelled in Philadelphia, now offered as free webinars

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that the content from two educational programs originally scheduled for presentation at the PLA 2018 Conference will be offered as free webinars this month. The two programs -- Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices...

May 03: LITA/PLA AvramCamp 2018 – Sign up now!
Chicago -- Don’t miss this exciting, and affordable, networking and learning opportunity at the upcoming 2018 ALA Annual conference in New Orleans, LA.
 
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May 03: New eCourse—Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Feminist Librarianship: Re-Envisioning Library Work. Maria T. Accardi will serve as the instructor for a 4...

May 03: ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy six-volume set

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the six-volume “Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice,” book number 73 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. Edited by Mary K. Oberlies and Janna...

May 01: ALA President Jim Neal to hold ‘Fight for School Libraries’ summit May 23

CHICAGO – Seeing the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal will host a summit in Chicago on May 23, at ALA Headquarters, 50 E. Huron, to work with our nation’s library leaders to craft a...

May 01: Dr. Plummer Alston Jones, Jr. wins genealogical history award

CHICAGO—Dr. Plummer Alston Jones, Jr., professor of library science at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History...

May 01: PLA and LITA offer highly affordable workshop for women in tech

Scholarships available. Apply by May 17!

CHICAGO -- Women in the technology field face numerous challenges in their day-to-day work. That’s why PLA is partnering with the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) to present AvramCamp, named in honor of library...

May 01: Kurt Munson named 2018 Distinguished ILL Librarian

CHICAGO—Kurt Munson, Assistant Head of Access Services at Northwestern University Library was selected as the 2018 winner of the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section's (STARS) ...

May 01: United for Libraries conducting survey on ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards.

Feedback from current and past library trustees, friends, foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in...

May 01: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting...

Apr 30: Authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker to speak at PLA Member Breakfast in June

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to welcome Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker as the featured speakers for its Member Welcome Breakfast at the...

Apr 30: Jonathan Eig is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is a journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. He has written five books:...