Press Releases

Apr 12: Cronin elected ALCTS President for 2020-2021

CHICAGO—Christopher Cronin, associate university librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected the 2020-2021 president of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). He will serve as president-elect for one year before becoming ALCTS President...

Apr 12: AASL awards five Inspire Special Event Grants

CHICAGO – Five school libraries from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school...

Apr 12: AASL awards six Inspire Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO – Six school libraries from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high...

Apr 12: Deborah Jacobs wins 2019 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Deborah Jacobs, former director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, has...

Apr 11: McCurtis elected ALSC 2020-2021 president

Kirby McCurtis, an Administrator at Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

“I am honored and grateful to the membership...

Apr 11: Cawthorne elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO -  Jon E. Cawthorne, dean of the Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. He will become president-elect following the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and assume the presidency in July...

Apr 11: 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

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Apr 11: ALA Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2020 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2020 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2020 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51...

Apr 10: LLAMA announces election results

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that Tyler Dzuba has been elected as the new President-elect. He is Senior Business Intelligence Officer, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY...

Apr 10: Evviva Weinraub Elected 2020-21 LITA President

Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Technologies at Northwestern University, has been elected as the 2020-2021 President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She will serve as...

Apr 10: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO – 38 members have been elected as Councilors-at-Large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA). 34 members to serve a three-year term and 4 members to serve a two-year term. The results are below (listed in...

Apr 10: 2019 Public Library Association Election results

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2019 Election. Voting was available from Mar. 11 through Apr. 3, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

The members elected ...

Apr 10: Farrell elected ALA treasurer

CHICAGO - Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019–2022.

Farrell received 5,221 votes, while her opponent, Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research at...

Apr 10: Jefferson wins 2020–2021 ALA Presidency

CHICAGO - Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Jefferson received 5,108 votes, while his opponent, Lance Werner, executive...

Apr 10: ALA and SAGE Publishing release Libraries Transform tools for promoting critical thinking

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new Libraries Transform toolkit with free public awareness resources relating to critical thinking. The toolkit was created through a collaboration with SAGE Publishing...

Apr 10: A radical approach to children's and youth programming

CHICAGO — Library services are transforming to emphasize interactive, innovative, participatory, and often production-centered programming. It’s a truly radical approach, and tomorrow’s LIS graduates in children’s and youth services need a resource that helps them understand...

Apr 09: Joyce Valenza receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science at Rutgers University, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by The Rosen Publishing Group, the $3,000 award recognizes an...

Apr 09: Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

EXTON, Penn. - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations....

Apr 09: AASL and Scholastic announce ‘Pilkey Party @ Your School Library’ as part of School Library Month celebration

Grand Prize to receive a visit and free books for the entire school
with School Library Month National Spokesperson and bestselling author Dav Pilkey

CHICAGO – To celebrate School Library Month (SLM), the American Association of School Librarians (...

Apr 09: PLA, NNLM expand strategic partnership through consumer health programming survey

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has added another collaborative project to its ongoing partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Through this...

Apr 09: 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...

Apr 08: Academic librarians gathering in Cleveland, April 10-13, to discuss their role in rapidly changing higher education landscape

CHICAGO — Academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. As students, faculty, and staff change the way they consume information, academic libraries are also transforming to ensure success across the higher education...

Apr 08: ALCTS honors Janet Morrow and Mary Page

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that ALCTS members Janet Morrow, head of Resource and Discovery Services at Northeastern University, and Mary Page, dean of University Libraries at West Chester University, have been awarded...

Apr 08: A handbook for Freedom of Information officers and their colleagues

CHICAGO — Freedom of information (FOI) is now an international phenomenon with over 100 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe enacting the right to know for their citizens. Since 2005, the UK’s Freedom of Information Act has opened up thousands of public bodies to unparalleled...

Apr 08: Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler are Auditorium Speakers at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Graphic novelist Frank Miller is one of the most influential and awarded creators in comics and graphic novels. He is known for his intense, hard-boiled storytelling, and gritty noir aesthetic. Miller co-directed the movie Sin City, based on his graphic novel by the same name, and...

Apr 08: Out of Print celebrates National Library Week with disaster relief fundraiser and Star Wars™ READ® materials

CHICAGO – Apparel and accessories company Out of Print is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) for a National Library Week fundraiser and officially debuting its new Star Wars™ READ® collection....

Apr 08: AASL Standards–based learning for primary grades using picture books

CHICAGO — Drawing on compelling picture books that can be used to directly support the National School Library Standards for Learners, School...

Apr 07: State of America’s Libraries 2019 report affirms Libraries = Strong Communities

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries 2019 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s...

Apr 05: St. Petersburg College Awarded for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Heather Holtzman, Paula Knipp, and Kassie Sherman from St. Petersburg College were selected as the...