Press Releases

Mar 12: ALCTS presents a guide to graphic novels

CHICAGO — The circ stats say it all: graphic novels’ popularity among library users keeps growing, with more being published (and acquired by libraries) each year. The unique challenges of developing and managing a graphics novels collection have led the Association of Library Collections and...

Mar 12: America’s libraries report for duty as 2020 Census opens

CHICAGO - Today, millions of U.S. households will begin receiving letters inviting them to respond to the 2020 census. The American Library Association issued the following statement by ALA President Wanda Brown:

"For the first time in history, U.S. residents have the opportunity to...

Mar 11: Alison Macrina receives the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

The LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee is pleased to select Alison Macrina as the 2020 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award. Macrina led the Tor Relay Initiative in New Hampshire, is the founder and executive director of the Library Freedom Project, and has written...

Mar 11: ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will hold first joint President's Program featuring Meredith Clark

CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for a joint President’s Program featuring Dr. Meredith Clark,...

Mar 11: Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author will open the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

CHICAGO—American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland first made history in 2007 as the second African American to be promoted to the rank of "soloist" in two decades at the company.  In 2015, Copeland made history for the second time, when she became the first African...

Mar 11: Learn how to Build your own Digital Scholarship/Humanities Curriculum with this LITA webinar

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) will present "Digital Inception: Building a digital scholarship/humanities curriculum as a subject librarian," on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST. Digital scholarship is gaining momentum in academia. What...

Mar 11: Create Accessible Library Training

Training and support is offered by libraries as resources and services change with the introduction of new technology, community needs, and changing user demographics. Often, librarians are tasked with teaching about the new resources and services for which they are primarily responsible....

Mar 10: Polls now open in 2020 PLA election

Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 11:59 p.m. Central Time

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association (PLA) 2020 election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new...

Mar 10: Public Library Association announces 2020 award winners

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of its 2020 awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Award and grant recipients are chosen by member volunteers who serve on PLA’s...

Mar 10: ALA creates Task Force on United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has created a Task Force on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to develop a multi-year strategic plan in...

Mar 10: Sarah Schroeder awarded Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO – Sarah Schroeder is the 2020 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund" award.

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference in recognition...

Mar 10: United for Libraries and Tulare County Historical Society to celebrate first female Literary Landmark honoree in California

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will designate Tulare Historical Museum in California as a Literary Landmark™ in honor of Tulare County Bicentennial Poet and Poet Laureate Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel. The designation will mark the first woman to be honored with a Literary Landmark in the...

Mar 10: Old Dominion University creates ALA Student Chapter

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Student Organization of Library and Information Studies (SOLIS) at Old Dominion University has created a new ALA student chapter. This is the first student chapter to be formed in Virginia. 

Each ALA student...

Mar 10: New from ACRL - “The Critical Thinking about Sources Cookbook”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Critical Thinking about Sources Cookbook,” edited by Sarah E. Morris. The book is a collection of...

Mar 09: AASL members on ballot for ALA positions

CHICAGO – When ALA election polls open on March 9, 2020, several members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will be included on the ballot as candidates for American Library Association (ALA)...

Mar 06: 2020 ACRL section award recipients announced

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 section awards. Made possible by...

Mar 05: American Library Association gears up for 2020 ALA election

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) is gearing up for its upcoming election. Polls will open at 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, March 9, 2020.  ALA members are encouraged to cast a digital ballot to vote for association-wide leadership that will shape the future and direction of the...

Mar 04: AASL to host webinars for school library preparation faculty and instructors

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Coordinating Committee will host a six-part webinar series to assist college and university ...

Mar 04: YALSA names 2020 Writing Award recipients

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named the winners of its 2020 Writing Award with individuals being awarded in four categories.

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Mar 04: Hebah Emara named 2019-20 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

The Library and Information Technology Association and OCLC are funding Hebah Emara's participation in the ALA Spectrum Scholars program as part of their commitment to help diversify the library technology field.

Emara ...

Mar 03: Dr. Lesley Farmer receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor of Educational Technology and Media Leadership at California State University, Long Beach, (CSULB) is the American Library Association (ALA) 2020 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.

The award, which seeks to acknowledge...

Mar 03: Public Library Association stands with Nashville in wake of tornado

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is deeply saddened at news of the devastating impact of last night’s deadly tornado in Nashville and central Tennessee. Nashville Public Library locations are closed today, except for polling locations. PLA is reaching out to Nashville library...

Mar 03: Help build the 2021 AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library professionals to help plan programming for the 2021 AASL National Conference. Professionals are asked to submit topics needed for...

Mar 02: Pre-Service school librarians’ perceptions explored in new School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores graduate-level instruction on research designs and methods for pre-service school librarians. SLR promotes and publishes high-...

Feb 28: [Call for Nominations] 2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open...

Feb 28: Sol María López awarded 2020 Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO—The 2020 Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant has been awarded to Sol María López, Media Cataloging Coordinator at the Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder. López holds an MSLS from the University of North Texas and a BA in Psychology and Linguistics from New Mexico...

Feb 27: ALA adds Polish American Library Association to its professional affiliate roster

CHICAGO - The governing Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has voted to make the Polish American Librarians Association (PALA) an ALA Affiliate. The action was taken Jan. 27 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. PALA applied for affiliation in 2019, and the application...

Feb 27: Libraries Ready to Code Awards Microfunding on Digital Learning Day

Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, awarded ...

Feb 26: OCLC, PLA report offers strategies for public libraries to respond to the opioid crisis

CHICAGO — OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA) today issued Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, a report that offers tested...

Feb 25: United for Libraries to host National Library Legislative Day webinar for members

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “National Library Legislative Day: How Friends, Trustees, and Foundations Can Get Involved,” on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

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