Press Releases

Apr 13: ALA praises IMLS for rapid release of COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON - Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced...

Apr 13: Janice Young Announced as the 2020-2021 President-Elect of ASGCLA

Janice Young has been elected the 2020-21 President-Elect of the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA).  Young will serve her Presidential term during 2021-22.

Janice is the Library Director at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office...

Apr 13: 2020 Public Library Association election results

CHICAGO -- Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2020 Election. Voting was available from Mar. 9 through Apr. 1, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

The members elected ...

Apr 13: Public Library Association seeks volunteers for committees, task forces, and advisory groups

Members encouraged to apply by April 24

CHICAGO -- Attention: Public Library Association (PLA) members. Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and become more active in PLA? Please consider applying to serve as a volunteer on one of our ...

Apr 13: Lucia Gonzalez elected ALSC vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Lucia M. Gonzalez, director, North Miami Public Library (NMPL), North Miami, Florida, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She begins her term as president-elect...

Apr 13: Jillian Ehlers receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Jillian Ehlers, school librarian at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, New York, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs, the $2,500 award recognizes...

Apr 10: Dr. Kevin Smith receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools in Connecticut, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has...

Apr 09: LLAMA webinar offers a more effective way to give employee feedback

LLAMA webinar offers a more effective way to give employee feedback

*A note on COVID-19: We know many of our members are working virtually, and LLAMA will...

Apr 09: ALA awards additional 21 Library Census Equity Fund grantees

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) and the LOR Foundation announced that 21 additional libraries will receive Library Census Equity Fund mini...

Apr 09: New Wonder Woman, Banned Books Week materials, and more from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics is excited to announce more than a dozen new products in the summer catalog. Packed with new posters, bookmarks, and incentives for upcoming...

Apr 09: DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

CHICAGO – This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to champion the power...

Apr 09: Andrea Trudeau receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Andrea Trudeau, school librarian at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years...

Apr 09: Kelly Czarnecki wins 2021-2022 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO —Kelly Czarnecki, Teen Loft Manager at ImaginOn in Charlotte, NC, has been elected as YALSA’s 2020-2021 division president-elect. Czarnecki will begin her three-year term as president-elect in June of 2020, becoming...

Apr 09: ALA Neal-Schuman releases free e-book on disaster planning, response, and recovery

CHICAGO — During this time of uncertainty library workers are finding new ways to provide crucial information and services. To bolster their efforts, ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to offer a free PDF e-book of the resource...

Apr 09: Public libraries launch, expand services during COVID-19 pandemic

As public libraries close their buildings to the public, staff continue to serve their communities in innovative ways. Those are among the chief findings the Public Library Association (PLA) announced today in the broadest survey of public libraries’ response to the pandemic to date, with 2,545...

Apr 08: Lucas elected 2021-2022 AASL president

CHICAGO – Jennisen Lucas, district librarian for the Park County School District #6 in Cody, Wyoming, has been elected as the 2021-2022 President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Lucas will serve as president-elect during 2020-2021 under AASL President Kathy Carroll....

Apr 08: Wong wins 2021-2022 ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Patricia "Patty" M. Wong, city librarian at Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library, has been elected 2021-22 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wong received 6,718 votes, while her opponent, Steven Yates, assistant director, University of Alabama School of...

Apr 08: Julie Garrison elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Julie Garrison, dean of University Libraries at Western Michigan University, has been elected Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect in July 2020 and assume the presidency in July 2021 for a one-year term....

Apr 08: ALA seeks proposals for 2020 Diversity Research Grants through May 15

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...

Apr 08: Charity Tyler elected 2021-2022 United for Libraries president

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Charity Tyler, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, has been elected 2021-2022 United for Libraries president. Tyler will serve as president-elect during 2020-2021.

“I am excited to serve United for Libraries and its members,” said Tyler...

Apr 08: United for Libraries to present free April 15 webinar on ‘Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the free webinar “Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis” on Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern. 

How can you work with your local elected officials on library advocacy during this time of COVID-19, and beyond? Learn how to...

Apr 08: Mona Kerby receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Mona Kerby, professor of education at McDaniel College, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by The Rosen Publishing Group, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession...

Apr 08: ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA members vote overwhelmingly to create new ALA division

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), all divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), are thrilled to announce that division...

Apr 07: Freedom to Read Foundation Launches Webinar Series

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be conducting a webinar series over the next few months to provide online education focused on intellectual freedom for library professionals. These webinars will be geared towards librarians, library students, educators, individuals involved in media,...

Apr 07: Kristen Anderson receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Kristen Anderson, school librarian at Kingsley Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides the recipient with $3,000...

Apr 06: Tennessee Association of School Librarians receives AASL Chapter of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Chapter of the Year Award. The $1,000 award recognizes the AASL Chapter most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local...

Apr 03: Carnegie Whitney Grant 2020 Award winners

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Apr 03: Addressing Challenging and Disruptive Patron Behaviors

As libraries strive to serve increasing numbers of patrons and offer innovative new services, it is no surprise that unexpected challenges emerge. One type of challenge that libraries of all types encounter is that of difficult and disruptive patrons. In the RUSA course "...

Apr 02: Access to ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman textbooks during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO — Used in a variety of courses, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman’s textbooks are available in e-book format for libraries and individuals through aggregators and other distributors. To help maintain academic continuity during the pandemic, we are making our textbooks easier to access...

Apr 02: Access to ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman e-books during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO — In response to the need to support remote access to information during the COVID-19 outbreak, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman is making materials easier to access through the following promotions. Institutions interested in offers outside the ALA Store should contact their vendor...