Press Releases

May 14: Satia Orange to deliver 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

CHICAGO – Satia Orange, the first director of ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach (OLOS) which is now the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), will deliver the 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The lecture...

May 13: American Libraries wins design award

CHICAGO — American Libraries’ art director, Rebecca Lomax, has been awarded a 2018 Peter Lisagor Award for best design by a specialty/trade publication.

Presented by...

May 13: ASGCLA/Keystone Library Automation System & National Organization on Disability Award Announced

This ASGCLA award is presented to the South Carolina State Library’s (SCSL) Talking Book Service’s (TBS) for its Assistive Technology Petting Zoo. The Zoo was developed as a new outreach initiative in 2015 to raise awareness for Assistive Technology and its ability to make...

May 13: Jennifer Sturge receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Jennifer Sturge, specialist for school libraries and digital learning for Calvert County Public Schools in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay...

May 13: African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the...

May 13: Six recipients honored with the 2019 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA...
May 13: Beyond banned books

CHICAGO — Equitable access to information for all, including underserved populations, is a core value of librarianship. The growing awareness of where this inequality persists has led many professionals to take steps to advance social justice within their institutions, from...

May 09: Richard Huffine is the Recipient of the Federal Achievement Award

Richard Huffine, Chief of the Library and Public Information Center at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is ASGCLA’s 2019 recipient of the Federal Achievement Award. Mr. Huffine is honored for his long service and record of achievement in the promotion of library and...

May 09: A conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor...

May 09: New iteration: Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Planning Programs and Services for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Brooke Newberry will...

May 09: New iteration: Using and Understanding Library of Congress Subject Headings eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Using and Understanding Library of Congress Subject Headings. Bobby Bothmann will...

May 09: Library web development problems and solutions

CHICAGO — Plenty of resources offer you snippets of code and a variety of tutorials can show you the solutions to web development problems. But it’s much more valuable (and a better investment of your time!) to learn some core problem-solving skills. “...

May 08: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s ‘Libraries = Strong Communities’ tour reaches next stop in LA

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo will visit Los Angeles on the next stop of her Libraries = Strong Communities tour.

At 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT,...

May 08: AASL Membership Meeting: Let’s Have a Conversation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 6:00 p.m. Central on Tues., June 4. To RSVP, visit www.ala.org/aasl/...

May 08: Editor sought for YALSA’s quarterly journal, YALS

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks an editor for its quarterly, online journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS). The editor will serve a one-year term...

May 07: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo hosts webinar 'Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season'

CHICAGO — The ALA Chapter Relations Office is pleased to announce that ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host the webinar “Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season,” on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The webinar...

May 07: Ray McPadden wins 2019 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for excellence in military fiction

CHICAGO — "And The Whole Mountain Burned" by Ray McPadden, published by Center Street, Hachette Book Group, is the winner of the 2019 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Award honors the best American Military fiction set in a period...

May 06: University of South Carolina Selected as 2019 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of South Carolina’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner of the 2019 ALA...

May 06: Mary L. Chute Receives the ASGCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

Mary L. Chute, State Librarian, New Jersey State Library, was selected to receive the Association of Specialized, Government & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) Leadership & Professional Achievement Award for her exemplary leadership and achievement in the areas of...

May 06: Small, rural and tribal library staff invited to attend media literacy workshop at 2019 ALA Annual Conference at a reduced rate with support from Knight Foundation

Employees of libraries that serve small, rural or tribal communities are invited to participate in a one-day media literacy training at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for a significantly reduced rate. Registration for the training is open now.

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May 06: LITA Learnings: Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship

Chicago -- Register now for the latest LITA webinar.

Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: ...

May 06: 25 projects for global explorers

CHICAGO — With the increased emphasis on incorporating STEM activities in children’s curriculum at ever earlier ages, often neglected are opportunities to explore subjects outside the sciences, or simply to give children the time and space to use their imagination. Christine...

May 06: ALA reaches fundraising goal to support community engagement work in libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) has reached a significant fundraising goal for its Cultural Communities Fund that will support the work of community engagement in libraries.

Announced in fall 2016, the initiative was made possible by a matching grant from former ALA president and...

May 03: Share award-winning books with your patrons using the new grab-and-go readers’ advisory pamphlets

CHICAGO — Spotlighting recent award-winning titles that library users are sure to love, ALA Editions’ new Grab-and-Go Awards Pamphlets will help patrons find their next favorite book. Sold in packs of 100 for $14.99/pack, the...

May 03: Public libraries in Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia awarded funding for workforce development

CHICAGO -- Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of another 36 libraries across five states, which have been selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills...

May 02: Winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the three winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries at the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann...

May 02: Illinois High School District 214 named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – High School District 214, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2019 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLY Award annually honors a single school or district-wide...

May 02: Author Ann Patchett to speak at 2019 PLA Member Welcome Breakfast

CHICAGO -- The New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will be the special guest speaker, courtesy of HarperCollins, at the Public Library Association's (PLA) Member Welcome Breakfast at the...

May 01: Preconferences at AASL National Conference dive into new AASL Standards-related publications

CHICAGO – Even before the 2019 AASL National Conference officially kicks off, attendees can delve into AASL Standards-related topics at preconferences presented by the authors of forthcoming publications. Half-day workshops will be held Wed., Nov 13, and two-hour workshops will be offered Thurs...