Press Releases

Jul 05: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for these positions have until July 31st, to...

Jul 03: Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $750 travel grants to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to...

Jul 02: ALCTS Publishing releases first guide in new monographs series

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the first title in its new Sudden Position Guide series. Edited by Jeremy Myntti and authored by Ben Abrahamse, Whitney Buccicone, Stephen Buss, Autumn Faulkner, Matthew Gallagher and Nicole Smeltekop, the...

Jul 02: LITA Learnings: Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries

Chicago -- Check out the latest LITA Learnings.

Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries
Tuesday July 16, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenters: ...

Jul 02: Accepting Applications for 2020 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the ...

Jul 02: ALA uneasy about Simon & Schuster digital lending model changes

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) expressed unease about changes announced by Simon & Schuster (S&S) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. These changes place a financial burden on public libraries and limit public access to library...

Jul 01: Discovering your own style of library leadership

CHICAGO — Author Jason Martin won’t tell you how to be a leader. In fact, that’s not the point of his new book “Library Leadership Your Way,” published by ALA Editions. Instead he’ll give you a...

Jun 29: PLA announces changes to Board of Directors

Salazar begins one-year term as PLA president, Jeske as president-elect

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association's (PLA) Board meeting on June 22 officially marked the end of the 2018-2019 service year, which brought several important changes to the composition of the PLA...

Jun 27: Gain Business Reference Skills

Business Reference 101 is for any librarian in-training who wants to gain confidence and knowledge around BizRef topics such as company and industry research, consumer and market research, entrepreneurship topics and more. This 3-week long, asynchronous course allows users to go...

Jun 27: ALA welcomes Supreme Court decision to hold citizenship question from 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In response, ALA President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

“The...

Jun 27: Supporting creative writers at the library

CHICAGO — Information professionals and educators can help patrons find their own stories in libraries—not only as readers, but also as writers. Stories, whether fiction, nonfiction, or verse, often have research behind them; and libraries and archives can welcome writers...

Jun 26: Keys to managing organizational knowledge

CHICAGO — Sharing organizational knowledge supports onboarding, coaching, mentoring, and the day-to-day smooth functioning of the workplace. So why are the procedures, policies, and best practices for your organization often so hard to find? Although the term “knowledge...

Jun 26: New from ACRL - “The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the...

Jun 21: AASL President recognizes OverDrive Education with Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – OverDrive Education has been selected by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Kathryn Roots Lewis as a 2019 recipient of the AASL Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a...

Jun 21: AASL President recognizes Marney Welmers with Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Marina "Marney" Welmers, retired middle school librarian, has been selected as a 2019 recipient of the Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Kathryn Roots Lewis. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an...

Jun 20: AASL announces 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual lists honor apps and websites that provide enhanced learning and...

Jun 20: July PLA webinar explores access issues related to unreturned library materials

CHICAGO – As a means of reducing barriers to library access, public libraries are increasingly eliminating overdue fines and fees. So, why do some patrons still fail to return borrowed materials? 

In Fall 2016, more than 10,000 people in the City of Milwaukee, WI, had their overdue fines...

Jun 19: An updated introduction to collection development for school librarians

CHICAGO — Applying an informal and practical approach, Mona Kerby’s new second edition of “An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians...

Jun 18: ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2019

Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awards 2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships. ...

Jun 18: LLAMA President’s Program will explore ways for leaders to handle EDI conflicts

How do you as a manager or library leader handle incidents of discrimination, micro-aggression, and interpersonal rejection in your library? How do...

Jun 18: Tuliao participates in the inaugural Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for Spectrum

CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the 2019 Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on June 23 at the...

Jun 18: Make Connections at the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center’s Open House/Job Fair

As part of its continuing efforts to help job seekers and employers make real connections, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center...

Jun 18: A Conversation about Library Safety and Well-being

During the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., members of ALA President, Loida Garcia-Febo’s working group on Library Safety and Well-Being along with the APA Committee on the...

Jun 18: 2019 ACRL Academic Library Impact Research Grant recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2019. These grants of up to $3,000 each support new research on...

Jun 18: Escobar awarded YALSA’s Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Kristie Escobar, a third-year doctoral student at the Florida State University's School of Information (iSchool), as the recipient of its new...

Jun 17: Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School wins ALA’s 2019 Jaffarian Award for poverty and philanthropy program

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School for their Poverty and Philanthropy class. 

The $5,000 Jaffarian Award, supported by the Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes excellence in humanities...

Jun 17: ALA and US library associations affirm commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

ALA, AALL (the American Association of Law Libraries),...

Jun 17: E-book collections and professional development examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines high school e-book collections and structured professional development for in-service...

Jun 17: Public and academic libraries invited to join ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition tour

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines...

Jun 17: ALA 'concerned' over Hachette Book Group ebook and audio book lending model changes

The American Library Association (ALA) expressed concern about changes announced today by Hachette Book Group (HBG) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. Effective July 1, 2019, HBG will replace its perpetual ownership model for libraries with two-year access for...