Press Releases

Feb 04: Course on popular YouTube added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help patrons learn the basics of using the popular online video site, YouTube. The course, Intro to Searching Videos on YouTube...

Feb 04: Ten ALA Spectrum Scholars awarded grants to attend PLA 2020 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded travel grants for ten Spectrum Scholars to attend the PLA 2020 Conference, taking place Feb. 25-29 in Nashville, Tenn. The American Library Association's ...

Feb 03: AASL Affiliates turn a new Chapter

CHICAGO – During the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly voted to adopt the term Chapters for state and regional school library associations. The change in name better reflects the relationship of AASL to state and...

Feb 03: K-8 school libraries invited to apply for $5,000 award recognizing outstanding programming

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the...

Feb 03: AASL Member Published in Accessibility, Compliance & Equity

CHICAGO – An article written by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Kathy Lester has been published in the January/February 2020 issue of AC&E as part of AASL President Mary Keeling’s presidential initiative to expand efforts in AASL to provide a safe, respectful,...

Feb 03: Meeting the challenge of teaching information literacy

CHICAGO — While the profession has generated many books on information literacy, none to date have validated exactly why it is so difficult to teach. In her new book “Meeting the Challenge of...

Feb 03: Apply now for YALSA’s new Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant, which aims to annually recognize a librarian or a...

Feb 03: AASL welcomes Mississippi Association of School Librarians

CHICAGO – During the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) approved the Mississippi Association of School Librarians (MsASL) as a chapter of AASL. AASL Chapters are the grassroots representation of AASL members that serve to bring matters occurring at the...

Jan 29: “How We Fight for Our Lives” and “Cantoras” win 2020 Stonewall Adult Awards

PHILADELPHIA -- Two of the 2020 Stonewall Book Awards were announced Sunday, Jan. 26 by the Rainbow Round Table (RRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, held January 24-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Stonewall Book Awards are...

Jan 28: 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee introduces new name and top ten feminist books for young readers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 committee (formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Project), a subgroup of the Feminist Task Force (FTF) of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), selected its top ten books for 2020. Each year,...

Jan 28: New from ACRL - “Leading Change in Academic Libraries”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Change in Academic Libraries,” edited by Colleen Boff and Catherine Cardwell. Each of the stories of...

Jan 28: New from ACRL - “Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders” by Lori Birrell...

Jan 28: New from ACRL - “Becoming a Library Leader”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Becoming a Library Leader: Seven Stages of Leadership Development for...

Jan 28: 2020 Over the Rainbow Book List features 70 titles for adult readers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Over the Rainbow Book List Committee of the American Library Association's Rainbow Roundtable (RRT) gave careful consideration to 324 books this year, 152 fiction and 172 nonfiction. Choosing 32 fiction titles and 38 nonfiction titles to make up the complete 2020 Over the...

Jan 28: Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

PHILADELPHIA - Jerry Craft, author of “New Kid,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “The Undefeated,” are the 2020 recipients of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Craft and Nelson were among the award winners announced...

Jan 27: LITA announces the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2018 and...

Jan 27: American Library Association announces 2020 youth media award winners

PHILADELPHIA- The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its...

Jan 27: WGBH wins Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, 'Molly of Denali'

PHILADELPHIA – WGBH is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, Molly of Denali. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter...

Jan 27: Kevin Henkes wins 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Henkes is the winner of the 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a significant and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “Julius, the Baby of the...

Jan 27: James Yang wins Geisel Award for 'Stop! Bot!'

PHILADELPHIA – Author and illustrator James Yang is the 2020 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Stop! Bot!” published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library...

Jan 27: Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal win 2020 Sibert Medal

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal, author and illustrator of “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” were named the winners of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2019. The award was announced today...

Jan 27: 2020 Batchelder Award honors Enchanted Lion Books for Brown

PHILADELPHIA – Enchanted Lion Books is the winner of the 2020 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “Brown.” The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits...

Jan 27: “When Aidan Became a Brother” and “The Black Flamingo” win 2020 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

PHILADELPHIA – “When Aidan Became a Brother” written by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita and published by Lee & Low Books Inc., and “The Black Flamingo” by Dean Atta with illustrations by Anshika Khullar and...

Jan 27: "The Field Guide to the North American Teenager" wins 2020 William C. Morris Award

PHILADELPHIA– “​​​​​​The Field Guide to North American Teenager,” written by Ben Philippe and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has been named the 2020 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously...

Jan 27: 2020 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

Philadelphia ––The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability...

Jan 27: Steve Sheinkin wins 2020 Edwards Award

PHILADELPHIA – Steve Sheinkin wins the 2020 Edwards Award for “Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon,” “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” and “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery...

Jan 27: AILA announces 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards

Philadelphia — Today American Indian Youth Literature Award winning titles were highlighted during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards, the premier announcement of the best of the best in children’s...

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 “...