Press Releases

Jul 14: 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

CHICAGO – Companions Journeying Together (Illinois), Impact Academy (Indiana) and Marshallville Public Library (Georgia) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant...

Jul 14: ‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’ to be held Aug. 4-6

EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations” will be held Aug. 4-6, 2020. This interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees,...

Jul 14: Nominating committee extends deadline

CHICAGO — The ALA 2021 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect. The new deadline is July 31, 2020

During this unprecedented time, the ALA 2021...

Jul 14: Constructing library buildings that work

CHICAGO — When it’s time to start planning for a renovation or construction project, you don’t need a book that covers everything from A to Z. Instead you need a concentrated set of tools and techniques that will guide you and your team to find the best solutions for your specific project. That’...

Jul 13: 25 projects for eco explorers

CHICAGO — Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children’s librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. Christine M. Kirker’s “...

Jul 09: 2020 PR Xchange Award Winners Announced

The PR Xchange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year's PR Xchange Awards Competition.  The PR Xchange Committee is charged with coordinating the annual awards competition, under the direction of the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice, Library Leadership and...

Jul 09: Recruiting and retaining younger generations for library boards, Friends groups, and Foundations

CHICAGO — According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other younger generations are often underrepresented on library...

Jul 08: ACRL "Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: An Introductory Workshop" webcast coming August 5

CHICAGO - Join the Associaton of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) at 1:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, for the e-Learning webcast "Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: An Introductory Workshop." If you are...

Jul 07: ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2020

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2020 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,240 Spectrum...

Jul 07: LLAMA webinar: Self-reflection vs. self-evaluation - Understanding your employees’ perceptions

LLAMA webinar helps you understand your employees better by adding self-reflection to their evaluations

At annual review time, many employees complete a self-evaluation, which is often the same evaluation sheet their supervisor will use. Employees’ self-...

Jul 07: Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellowship Deferred

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the deferral of applications for the 2021 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellowship Program. As the program is designed as a grant to support a Fellow’s attendance at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting, this decision was made in light of...

Jul 06: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the...

Jul 06: ALA, Capital One invite rural libraries to apply for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced a new grant opportunity for rural public libraries that will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide.

Through...

Jul 02: ALA summons support for Library Stabilization Fund Act

Sen. Reed, Rep. Levin introduce bicameral legislation to support libraries

WASHINGTON -- The American Library Association (ALA) praised today’s introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act, introduced in both chambers by...

Jul 02: Stories from Inside the Data Warehouse - A 3-part webinar series

LLAMA webinar series explores data warehouses in academic libraries

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Jul 01: ALA Council approves Core; dissolves ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA

CHICAGO—In votes on Tuesday, June 23, and Saturday, June 27, the ALA Council voted to approve Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures as a new ALA division beginning September 1, 2020, and to dissolve the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library...

Jul 01: ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection brings library community together

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors.

Created following ALA’s difficult decision to cancel its 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA Virtual-Community...

Jul 01: Libraries invited to apply for ALA’s ‘Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change’

New programming grant seeks to propel climate change action in libraries across the United States

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of...

Jul 01: Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

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Jul 01: New from ACRL - “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures,...

Jun 30: ALCTS Publishing explores geography and GIS library materials with its latest Sudden Selector’s Guide

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing has released its latest publication in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Geography and GIS. Authored by Carl Olson and Kim Ricker and edited by Helene...

Jun 30: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) announces the winner of the 2020 Justin Winsor Library History Essay

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to announce that this year’s Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award winner is Dr. Julie Park for her paper, entitled “Infrastructure Story: The Los Angeles Central Library’s Architectural History.”

Park is assistant curator...

Jun 30: Recipients of the 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award announced

 
CHICAGO - Denice Adkins, associate professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Jenny Bossaller, associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, and Heather Moulaison...

Jun 30: AASL Shares EDI Resources for Educators

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resources created by the 2019-2020 Presidential Initiative Task Force. Advised by AASL President Mary Keeling, the committee, hosted office hours, designed informative bookmarks,...

Jun 30: American Libraries’ AL Direct e-newsletter goes weekly starting July 8

CHICAGO—Starting July 8, AL Direct, the e-newsletter of American Libraries magazine, will change to a weekly schedule and showcase an updated design. The newsletter, which is currently mailed on Tuesdays and Fridays, will mail every Wednesday.

AL Direct,...

Jun 29: Public Library Association launches 2021 health insurance enrollment project

CHICAGO — Through the third cycle of its health insurance enrollment and education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of...

Jun 26: ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) accepts and acknowledges its role in upholding unjust systems of racism and discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the association and the profession.

We recognize that the founding of our Association...

Jun 26: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall says dismantling racism in library and information services is overdue

CHICAGO – During the inaugural ALA Virtual Event this week, American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall issued a strong challenge for our nation’s librarians, library professionals and library supporters, calling for support of a workforce that reflects a diverse client...