Press Releases

Mar 19: LITA ALA Annual Precons: Active and Engaging

Chicago -- If you’re attending the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, join us for one of our practical workshops and check out all the...

Mar 19: New workshop bundle: Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop bundle, Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes with Katie LaMantia & Emily Vinci. This...

Mar 18: Dav Pilkey shares 'Radical Ideas' in new AASL video

CHICAGO – A new video featuring Dav Pilkey, the worldwide bestselling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2019 celebration of School Library Month. In the video, Pilkey speaks to how “reading without...

Mar 18: Shirley Simmons receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors...

Mar 18: Megan Donnelly named recipient of NMRT’s 2019 Olofson Award

The New Members Round Table’s (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce that Megan Donnelly is the recipient of the 2019 Olofson Award....

Mar 18: Wellness in the Library Workplace two-week course starts in April

CHICAGO - You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to...

Mar 18: PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete an important survey, which collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology from Fiscal Year 2018. A summary of the survey data is published annually in PLA's ...

Mar 15: ALSC invites applications for 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture with Neil Gaiman

CHICAGO--The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to...

Mar 15: Public Library Association unveils 2019 award winners

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the winners of its 2019 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...

Mar 15: Oakleaf wins 2019 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Megan Oakleaf, associate professor and director of instructional quality at Syracuse University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts...

Mar 14: Jim Duncan Receives Immroth Award

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee is pleased to announce Jim Duncan as the recipient of the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom.

Duncan is the...

Mar 14: Apply now for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the...

Mar 14: 2019 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2019 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 11 and March 13, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 13: ALA launches executive director search with new search committee and Isaacson, Miller

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it has opened its search for an executive director, in partnership with corporate executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, to succeed current ALA Executive Director Mary W. Ghikas. The search will be led by a new ALA Executive...

Mar 13: New iteration: Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging eCourse Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse bundle, Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging. Violet Fox and...

Mar 13: Arizona, New Hampshire, and Tennessee libraries win 2019 ALSC Bookapalooza Program

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2019 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: McNary Community Library of McNary, Arizona; Jaffrey Public Library of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and Lawrence County Public Library of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

The award...

Mar 13: New workshop: A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff with Maxine Bleiweis. This workshop will...

Mar 12: June Garcia wins Melvil Dewey Award

June Garcia is the winner of the 2019 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in...

Mar 12: South Carolina Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ (SCASL) “Emerging Leaders” program is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library...

Mar 12: United for Libraries to designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark

WAUKEGAN, Illinois — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book, will designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark on Saturday, March 16. The unveiling ceremony,...

Mar 12: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due April 5

United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through April 5, 2019.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­...

Mar 12: Raish named 2019 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Victoria (Torrie) Raish, online learning librarian at Pennsylvania State University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and...

Mar 12: Error Found in Election Guide

We regret than an error has been discovered in the Guide to the 2019 ALA Elections. The link to the Council Candidate biographical information incorrectly contained information for...

Mar 12: LITA’s guide to the new technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — The time is right for “New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know,” an all-new survey of the library technology that’s already transitioning from...

Mar 11: Co-Anchor of NBC News TODAY, Hoda Kotb is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Hoda Kotb is the co-anchor of NBC News’ Today and co-host of the fourth hour of NBC News’ Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC and covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms, including numerous human-...

Mar 11: Polls now open in 2019 PLA Election

Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 3

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2019 Election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new directors to the...

Mar 11: Bell, Gielty, Salamah, and Wilbert receive 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award to Alexandra Bell, Bloomington Public Library (Illinois); Jeanmarie Gielty, Cleveland Public Library (Ohio); Hadeal Salamah, District of Columbia Public Library; Dawn Wilbert,...

Mar 11: ALA Hopeful for Bipartisan Support from 116th Congress, despite "Discouraging" White House 2020 Budget Proposal

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal:

"As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan...

Mar 08: ALCTS President's Program features Dr. Marcia Chatelain

CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. for its President’s Program featuring Dr. Marcia Chatelain. Associate Professor of History and...