Press Releases

Jul 07: ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2020

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2020 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,240 Spectrum...

Jul 07: LLAMA webinar: Self-reflection vs. self-evaluation - Understanding your employees’ perceptions

LLLAMA webinar helps you understand your employees better by adding self-reflection to their evaluations

At annual review time, many employees complete a self-evaluation, which is often the same evaluation sheet their supervisor will use. Employees’ self-...

Jul 07: Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellowship Deferred

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the deferral of applications for the 2021 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellowship Program. As the program is designed as a grant to support a Fellow’s attendance at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting, this decision was made in light of...

Jul 06: 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 importance to the...

Jul 06: ALA, Capital One invite rural libraries to apply for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced a new grant opportunity for rural public libraries that will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide.

Through...

Jul 02: ALA summons support for Library Stabilization Fund Act

Sen. Reed, Rep. Levin introduce bicameral legislation to support libraries

WASHINGTON -- The American Library Association (ALA) praised today’s introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act, introduced in both chambers by...

Jul 02: Stories from Inside the Data Warehouse - A 3-part webinar series

LLAMA webinar series explores data warehouses in academic libraries

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Jul 01: ALA Council approves Core; dissolves ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA

CHICAGO—In votes on Tuesday, June 23, and Saturday, June 27, the ALA Council voted to approve Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures as a new ALA division beginning September 1, 2020, and to dissolve the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library...

Jul 01: ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection brings library community together

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors.

Created following ALA’s difficult decision to cancel its 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA Virtual-Community...

Jul 01: Libraries invited to apply for ALA’s ‘Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change’

New programming grant seeks to propel climate change action in libraries across the United States

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of...

Jul 01: Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

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Jul 01: New from ACRL - “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures,...

Jun 30: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) announces the winner of the 2020 Justin Winsor Library History Essay

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to announce that this year’s Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award winner is Dr. Julie Park for her paper, entitled “Infrastructure Story: The Los Angeles Central Library’s Architectural History.”

Park is assistant curator...

Jun 30: Recipients of the 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award announced

 
CHICAGO - Denice Adkins, associate professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Jenny Bossaller, associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, and Heather Moulaison...

Jun 30: AASL Shares EDI Resources for Educators

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resources created by the 2019-2020 Presidential Initiative Task Force. Advised by AASL President Mary Keeling, the committee, hosted office hours, designed informative bookmarks,...

Jun 30: American Libraries’ AL Direct e-newsletter goes weekly starting July 8

CHICAGO—Starting July 8, AL Direct, the e-newsletter of American Libraries magazine, will change to a weekly schedule and showcase an updated design. The newsletter, which is currently mailed on Tuesdays and Fridays, will mail every Wednesday.

AL Direct,...

Jun 29: Public Library Association launches 2021 health insurance enrollment project

CHICAGO — Through the third cycle of its health insurance enrollment and education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of...

Jun 26: ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) accepts and acknowledges its role in upholding unjust systems of racism and discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the association and the profession.

We recognize that the founding of our Association...

Jun 26: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall says dismantling racism in library and information services is overdue

CHICAGO – During the inaugural ALA Virtual Event this week, American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall issued a strong challenge for our nation’s librarians, library professionals and library supporters, calling for support of a workforce that reflects a diverse client...

Jun 26: Member manager sought for YALSA’s blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association seeks a member manager for its collection development and content curation blog, The Hub...

Jun 24: Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns Sept. 14-28 with an epic saga

CHICAGO – The Libraries Transform Book Pick will return Sept. 14-28, 2020 with its second ebook selection: Lauren Francis-Sharma’s “Book of the Little Axe,” published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. During the lending period, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will...

Jun 24: Celebrating how library workers are making a difference for their communities

CHICAGO — Libraries are community connectors, places where people come together, think together, and learn together. Libraries support and nurture strong, resilient communities. Day in and day out, the library workers at these institutions are doing much more than ensuring equal and equitable...

Jun 23: ALSC and CLEL launch a Virtual Storytime Services Guide

CHICAGO— During times of crises, libraries continue to play a vital role in connecting their communities to resources, information, and to each other. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Colorado...

Jun 23: ALA statement affirming the rights of transgender people

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), and particularly its Rainbow Round Table, unequivocally and emphatically stands in solidarity with its transgender staff and members, transgender library workers, transgender library users, transgender authors, and the transgender members of the...

Jun 23: SustainRT contributes Carbon Offsets donation to Native Energy

CHICAGO — The ALA Sustainability Round Table is excited to announce that this year it will donate its Carbon Offset Travel Grant to help reduce the carbon footprint of the...

Jun 23: Choice launches Patron Driven podcast

MIDDLETOWN, CT - This week Choice launches a new five-episode podcast called Patron Driven. The series combines interviews and storytelling to spotlight the breakthrough programs, hard-won advocacy, and community connections...

Jun 23: NMRT Resume Review Service extended

CHICAGO — The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now extending its Resume Review Service for the month of June. Previously offered during ALA conferences and year round to NMRT members, the service, offered from now until the end of June, enables both ALA and non-ALA members alike to submit...

Jun 23: Pairing STEAM with stories

CHICAGO — Laying the groundwork for building children’s curiosity, openness to learning, ability to persist in the face of failure, and interest in connecting learning from one subject to the other are important objectives for today’s libraries. Partnering with cultural institutions, such as the...