Press Releases

May 21: LITA AvramCamp, a 2019 ALA Annual Preconference

Chicago -- Register now for this unique and affordable LITA workshop at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

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May 20: Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports...

May 20: Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn...

May 20: The 2019 Cathleen Bourdon Award goes to Liz Bishoff

Liz Bishoff, is the 2019 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, presented by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Owner of Liz Bishoff Group LLC, Ms. Bishoff has been a tireless leader and supporter of the ASGCLA...

May 20: LITA Learnings: Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform

Chicago -- Don't miss this new LITA webinar

Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform
Thursday, May 30, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Hong Ma...

May 17: Dewey Decibel podcast to host CSK Book Award winners at 2019 ALA Annual

CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

The panel, to be held at the PopTop Stage...

May 17: Laurie Halse Anderson joins Colson Whitehead in 'Reading Dangerously' at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO — New York Times bestselling author and intellectual freedom advocate Laurie Halse Anderson will speak at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019.  Anderson, recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American...

May 17: Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-...

May 17: Free webinar in June highlights voter education services in public libraries

CHICAGO – In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential...

May 17: Now available: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring Toy Story 4 characters

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork...

May 16: The Francis Joseph Campbell Award Goes to Kim Charlson

Kim Charlson, Executive Director, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library is the 2019 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award, given by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Ms. Charlson is being honored for her strong...

May 15: ALA releases new Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association released the ...

May 15: Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Library workers are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens...

May 15: John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards Announced

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that eight winners will receive this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards. Each library receives a $10,000 award provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The awards will be presented at a reception held...

May 15: A toolkit for public library directors

CHICAGO — New public library directors quickly learn what seasoned directors already know: running a library means you’ve always got your hands full—balancing the needs of staff, patrons, facilities, library boards, and other stakeholders with professional responsibilities...

May 14: Coretta Scott King Book Award Breakfast celebrated at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience at the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast...

May 14: ALA adding sustainability as a core value of librarianship

CHICAGO – Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example by taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.

Now the American Library Association (ALA) is...

May 14: Erin Morgenstern among featured authors at Gala Author Tea sponsored by Reference USA at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Erin Morgenstern, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Kiley Reid, Karl Marlantes, Megan Angelo, and Gabriel Bump will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea,...

May 14: COA announces accreditation decision made at 2019 Spring Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces the accreditation action taken at its Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, 2019, in Chicago.

What follows reflects the April 2018 policy revision to...

May 14: The Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, AL wins the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, AL. for the proposal "Socializing on the Spectrum".

Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that "these funds be used for...

May 14: Satia Orange to deliver 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

CHICAGO – Satia Orange, the first director of ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach (OLOS) which is now the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), will deliver the 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The lecture...

May 13: American Libraries wins design award

CHICAGO — American Libraries’ art director, Rebecca Lomax, has been awarded a 2018 Peter Lisagor Award for best design by a specialty/trade publication.

Presented by...

May 13: ASGCLA/Keystone Library Automation System & National Organization on Disability Award Announced

This ASGCLA award is presented to the South Carolina State Library’s (SCSL) Talking Book Service’s (TBS) for its Assistive Technology Petting Zoo. The Zoo was developed as a new outreach initiative in 2015 to raise awareness for Assistive Technology and its ability to make...

May 13: Jennifer Sturge receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Jennifer Sturge, specialist for school libraries and digital learning for Calvert County Public Schools in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay...

May 13: African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the...

May 13: Six recipients honored with the 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA...
May 13: Beyond banned books

CHICAGO — Equitable access to information for all, including underserved populations, is a core value of librarianship. The growing awareness of where this inequality persists has led many professionals to take steps to advance social justice within their institutions, from...

May 09: Richard Huffine is the Recipient of the Federal Achievement Award

Richard Huffine, Chief of the Library and Public Information Center at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is ASGCLA’s 2019 recipient of the Federal Achievement Award. Mr. Huffine is honored for his long service and record of achievement in the promotion of library and...

May 09: A conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor...

May 09: New iteration: Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Brooke Newberry will...