Press Releases

Jun 17: E-book collections and professional development examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines high school e-book collections and structured professional development for in-service...

Jun 17: Public and academic libraries invited to join ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition tour

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines...

Jun 17: ALA 'concerned' over Hachette Book Group ebook and audio book lending model changes

The American Library Association (ALA) expressed concern about changes announced today by Hachette Book Group (HBG) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. Effective July 1, 2019, HBG will replace its perpetual ownership model for libraries with two-year access for...

Jun 17: Nominate a superstar librarian for the national I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community...

Jun 14: ACRL releases 'Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future'

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the release of "Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future," prepared for ACRL by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke...

Jun 14: Explore PBS documentary 'American Creed' with the filmmaker and get a free DVD at 2019 ALA Annual Conference

What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times?

In the PBS documentary American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to explore the idea of a...

Jun 14: New Scholars Program Kicks-off with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the ALA Scholarship Program

During the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. we are rolling out a new ALA Scholars Program. Recipients of the ALA 2018 scholarships will be brought to the Annual...

Jun 13: LITA @ ALA Annual 2019 – Top Technology Trends

Chicago -- If you’re going to ALA Annual in Washington, DC, don’t miss the latest Top Tech Trends panel.

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Jun 13: PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative kicks off for summer 2019

CHICAGO -- This week, the Public Library Association (PLA) commenced its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) activities for summer 2019. Through III, PLA sponsors paid, mentored summer internships at public libraries for high school...

Jun 12: Apply now for YALSA’s 2019 Diversity Program Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites diverse individuals to apply by August 1 for a chance to present a literacies focused...

Jun 11: Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

What could be better than books and breakfast? Maybe signed books and breakfast? Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year's best authors from RUSA book and media award winners and Best of Lists Authors discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign...

Jun 11: United for Libraries to host programs for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host several programs curated for library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations during ALA Annual 2019:

  • Annual Giving Campaigns - Best Practices From Across the Country on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the...
Jun 11: Winners of the 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards to be recognized at United for Libraries' Gala Author Tea

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the LeClaire (Iowa) Community Library and Charleston (S.C.) Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each group received $250 and will be recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea,...

Jun 10: 2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 25-30, 2020. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices....

Jun 10: ALA president to host Cooking Stage demo during ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The life of a library worker can be stressful, with demanding professional and personal schedules that can invite poor health. During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will lead a cooking demo from 10 – 10:45 a.m.,...

Jun 10: New books, products, special events from ALA Publishing at Annual Conference in Washington DC

Shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition for products that meet the widest range of...

Jun 07: Public Library Association expands access to technology and digital skills training for rural communities with Microsoft Philanthropies

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new effort, supported by Microsoft Corp., to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills...

Jun 07: A guide celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — “The Coretta Scott King Awards: 50th Anniversary,” published by ALA Editions and edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, celebrates...

Jun 07: Richland Library first to receive Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

Richland Library of Columbia, South Carolina is first library selected for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace.

The library was chosen for its...

Jun 07: Seymour to serve as YALSA’s 2019-2020 ALA Liaison

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Gina Seymour, School Library Media Specialist at the Islip (New York) High School, as its next ALA Liaison. She will...

Jun 06: Thirty-six participants selected for seventh ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Thirty-six librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in the American Library Association’s Leadership Institute. This year marks the seventh immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

The 36 Institute participants will...

Jun 05: Submit your Library’s Promotional Materials to the 2019 PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual

The PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual offers visitors the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America. Approximately 1,000 ALA Annual Conference attendees visit the PR Xchange event each year. The PR Xchange Event will also...

Jun 04: United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on relationship building with lawmakers

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It’s Important,” sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, will be held Sunday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m. at Washington Convention Center, 147B....

Jun 04: Marlena E. White wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2019 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Marlena E. White, current Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library in Lexington, S.C. and President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

White...

Jun 04: United for Libraries to host author panels at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host six author panels during ALA Annual 2019:

  • Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can't Put Down on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 102B. This author panel featuring Jacob...
Jun 04: Social Responsibilities Round Table and Alternative Press Index to honor 50th anniversaries at joint celebration

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Alternative Press Index will celebrate each of their 50th anniversaries with a social gathering and discussion with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies at Busboys...

Jun 04: Celebrate the best in LGBTQIA+ literature at the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate its award winners and honorees at the Stonewall Book Awards...

Jun 04: At ALA 2019 Annual Conference learn new marketing and communications strategies

CHICAGO – For ALA Annual Conference attendees looking for new marketing and communications resources and ideas, there are two free programs that should not be missed: PR Forum: Takeaways From D.C. Public Library’s #UncensoredDC Campaign and Using Libraries Transform for Awareness and Advocacy....

Jun 03: New School Library Research Asks "Whose Responsibility Is It to Teach Digital Citizenship"

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the perceptions and beliefs of school librarians regarding state-mandated digital...

Jun 03: Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on Donorschoose.org to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians...