Press Releases

Jan 27: YALSA announces 2020 Alex Awards

PHILADELPHIA – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2020 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Jan 27: Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Craft, author of “New Kid,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “The Undefeated,” are the winners of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Author, Alicia D. Williams of “...

Jan 27: 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners announced

PHILADELPHIA – The 2020 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), were announced today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

Jan 27: Mildred D. Taylor 2020 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

PHILADELPHIA–Mildred D. Taylor, is the recipient of the 2020 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 24 – 28, in Philadelphia,...

Jan 27: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop to deliver 2021 ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture

PHILADELPHIA – Literary scholar Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop will deliver the 2021 ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting...

Jan 27: Rafael López y Carlos Hernández ganan premios Pura Belpré

FILADELFIA – Rafael López, ilustrador de “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln”; y Carlos Hernández, autor de “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe”, fueron seleccionados como los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2020, que rinden...

Jan 27: YMA highlights 2020 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth category winners

PHILADELPHIA - The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), announced 2020 winners of its Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth categories today...

Jan 27: Rafael López, Carlos Hernandez win 2020 Pura Belpré Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Rafael López, illustrator of “Dancing Hands : How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln,” and Carlos Hernandez, author of “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe,” are the 2020 recipients of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and...

Jan 27: Scholastic Audiobooks wins 2020 Odyssey Award for “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction”

PHILADELPHIA– Scholastic Audiobooks producer of the audiobook, “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction,” has won the 2020 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library...

Jan 27: "Dig" wins 2020 Printz Award

PHILADELPHIA – “Dig,” written by A.S. King, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, has won the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA...

Jan 27: "Free Lunch" wins 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

PHILADELPHIA– “Free Lunch,” written by Rex Ogle, and published by Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company, has been named the 2020 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens....

Jan 26: 'Lost Children Archive,' 'Midnight in Chernobyl,' receive 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

PHILADELPHIA - The American Library Association (ALA) selects “Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, as the winner of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and "Midnight in Chernobyl," by Adam...

Jan 26: ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2020 Notable Videos for Adults list

PHILADELPHIA – The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2020 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults...

Jan 25: McLinn Named Recipient of ALSC’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award

PHILADELPHIA -Dr. Claudette S. McLinn is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

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Jan 25: AASL President holds office hours to discuss EDI in school libraries

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Mary Keeling will hold online offices hours at 6:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 6, to field questions regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in school libraries. The EDI office hours are a part of Keeling’s...

Jan 25: ALA persists with #eBooksForAll advocacy campaign: “Macmillan must lift the embargo”

PHILADELPHIA – ALA President Wanda Brown issued the following statement in response to Macmillan CEO John Sargent’s “Ask Me Anything” session at the ALA Midwinter Meetings on Saturday, January 25, 2020: 

“Today, Mr. Sargent invited conference attendees to ask him anything. He talked, and...

Jan 24: Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani to serve as 2020 National Library Week honorary chairs

CHICAGO—Authors and Olympic ice dancing medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will promote the value of libraries as honorary chairs of National Library Week, April 19—25, 2020. The Shibutanis will shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers, all of which transform...

Jan 24: Emily Drabinski, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to deliver keynotes at the Exchange Virtual Forum

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) have announced that Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will deliver keynote addresses at...

Jan 23: John E. Ulmschneider named 2020 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO —John E. Ulmschneider, dean of libraries and university librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is the 2020 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by GOBI...

Jan 23: 2020 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Nevada State College Marydean Martin Library, Henderson, Nevada; Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries, Santa Rosa, California; and the University of...

Jan 22: Algonquin Area Public Library Receives 2020 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2020 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, IL. 
 
The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide up...

Jan 21: ALA releases updated Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

Today the American Library Association issued an updated Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, the premier resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every...

Jan 21: ALA responds to National Archive efforts to alter materials

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement regarding the National Archive’s efforts to alter photographs that include protest signs unflattering to our current administration. Such an act is a violation of the...

Jan 20: Philadelphia Leaders and Innovators Share Insights at 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries

Philadelphia leaders and innovators will share their visions for the future at three Libraries Transform sessions during the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the 2020 ALA Midwinter...

Jan 17: ALSC 2020 National Institute Registration Now Open

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2020 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "Dive In: Engage, Amplify, Activate”...

Jan 17: Ten Projects Vie for $1,000 at Awesome Libraries Chapter’s Midwinter Pitch Event

Ten finalists have been selected for the Awesome Libraries Chapter’s live-pitch event at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The...

Jan 17: Garcia receives YALSA’s 2020 Innovation Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Brittany Garcia, Teen and Adult Services Librarian II at the Rancho Cucamonga (RC) Public Library in Cucamonga, California, for her Adult 101: Life Skills for Teens program as the recipient of its...

Jan 16: OIF responds to Missouri legislation that proposes policies and procedures that threaten access to information

CHICAGO – Missouri House Bill 2044, introduced on January 8, 2020, proposes the creation of five-member “parental library review boards” to identify “age-inappropriate” public library materials and restrict access to those materials. The bill proposes criminal prosecution for librarians who make...

Jan 16: Practical ways to improve a dysfunctional library

CHICAGO — Like other workplaces, libraries can sometimes be stressful, with library workers bearing the brunt of such problems as uncivil patrons, poor communication, inadequate leadership, and toxic behaviors by fellow employees. But there’s hope. Following up their...