Press Releases

Jan 15: ALSC releases white paper on an Outreach Model Serving All Children and Families

The Association for Library Service to Children has released a white paper titled, Engage, Cultivate, Provide, and Assess: An Outreach Model...

Jan 15: LLAMA webinar explores message dissemination during a crisis

CHICAGO — Libraries are public places open to all. Unfortunately, in today’s society this means library leaders and their communications and marketing teams need to be prepared to react to violence and other disruptive events in libraries in order to protect their public image and brand. Faced...

Jan 15: EBSCO Information Services awards five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians, who are all first-time attendees, $1,500 scholarships to attend the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 24-28 in Philadelphia. The...

Jan 15: ALA Appoints Tracie D. Hall as Executive Director

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracie D. Hall as its executive director, effective February 24, 2020. Following a nationwide search, Hall was selected to succeed Mary W. Ghikas, who has worked for ALA since 1995 and served as executive...

Jan 13: Libraries Ready to Code Opens Call for Applications: Mini-Grants for Digital Skills Programs

In advance of Digital Learning Day, ALA is opening a call for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s...

Jan 13: Food literacy programs, resources, and ideas for libraries

CHICAGO — Food is more than just a basic human need—learning about it and enjoying it can be important social activities. As Hillary Dodge demonstrates in her new book “...

Jan 10: Lucas and Warmack Seek 2021-2022 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – Jennisen Lucas and Phoebe B. Warmack will seek the 2021-2022 AASL presidential term during the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at ...

Jan 10: Call for RUSA 2020 Achievement Award Nominations!

There are so many people doing good work; this is a chance to make sure they get the national recognition they deserve. RUSA is now seeking nominations for the 2020 Achievement Awards!

Please take a look at the award summaries below with these questions in mind:

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Jan 10: Big ideas to enrich libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Curiosity, respect, goodwill, and unity: these are a few of what Plato calls “big ideas,” and they’re concepts that libraries can harness to enlighten humanity in the long-term and help solve problems in the short-term. The journey toward applying your potential...

Jan 09: U.S. Senate Confirms ALA Member Crosby Kemper III as New IMLS Director

The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of American Library Association (ALA) member and Kansas City Public Library CEO Crosby Kemper III as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums....

Jan 09: Call for ASGCLA 2020 Achievement Award Nominations

The Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies is seeking nominations for their 8th annual awards...

Jan 09: New from ACRL - “The 360 Librarian”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The 360 Librarian: A Framework for Integrating Mindfulness,...

Jan 08: The ShibSibs debut on new Celebrity READ® poster in ALA Graphics’ spring catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics is excited to announce new products for readers of all ages in our spring 2020 catalog. Olympians, siblings, and new authors Maia and Alex...

Jan 08: Gihan Mohamad Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Gihan "Gigi" Mohamad has won a free year of AASL membership. Mohamad's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Charlene Taveras to AASL...

Jan 08: PLA opens registration for 2020 Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an alternative opportunity for public library workers who are unable to attend the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. PLA will present a condensed, live, online conference experience—the ...

Jan 08: ACRL sponsors 2020 ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its sections are sponsoring nine members to participate in 2020 class of American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project...

Jan 08: YALSA announces 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

CHICAGOThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its ...

Jan 08: YALSA names 2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2020 Amazing...

Jan 07: Feb. 1 deadline for ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The 2020 application process for the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is open.

This award honors an individual library, library consortium, a group of...

Jan 07: ALA seeks proposals for 2020-2021 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which...

Jan 07: Host libraries sought for 2020 PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative

Applications due February 3rd

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications from public libraries interested in participating in PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) this year. In...

Jan 07: A guide to financial literacy programs and tools from ALA’s Public Programs Office

CHICAGO — A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your...

Jan 07: Free webinar to help libraries anticipate patron questions about 2020 Census

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold a free webinar for library staff,...

Jan 07: Program proposals sought for YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals for its...

Jan 07: ALA joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observing 2020 National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 21

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing...

Jan 06: ALA Graphics launches ancillary gift shop

ALA Graphics recently launched a new ancillary gift shop at bit.ly/GraphicsGiftShop. The ALA Graphics Gift Shop offers t-shirts, totes, mugs, and other gift items featuring some of Graphics’ most popular...

Jan 06: Imani Perry to keynote 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Professor and author Imani Perry will deliver the keynote address at the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. The 2020 Celebration will be held from 6...

Jan 06: Candidates announced for 2020 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s ...

Jan 06: Evans's and Greenwell's updated management basics text

CHICAGO — The recipient of rave reviews from far and wide (Journal of Hospital Librarianship deemed it “a librarian’s dream … very forward-thinking”), since its first edition “...

Jan 03: Genealogy Institute sponsored by ProQuest at ALA Midwinter

On Friday, January 24, 2020 the RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute sponsored by ProQuest will explore German History during the ALA Midwinter Meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA

This year’s institute will feature a hands-on workshop “...