Press Releases

Jun 07: Public Library Association expands access to technology and digital skills training for rural communities with Microsoft Philanthropies

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new effort, supported by Microsoft Corp., to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills...

Jun 07: A guide celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — “The Coretta Scott King Awards: 50th Anniversary,” published by ALA Editions and edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, celebrates...

Jun 07: Richland Library first to receive Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

Richland Library of Columbia, South Carolina is first library selected for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace.

The library was chosen for its...

Jun 07: Seymour to serve as YALSA’s 2019-2020 ALA Liaison

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Gina Seymour, School Library Media Specialist at the Islip (New York) High School, as its next ALA Liaison. She will...

Jun 06: Thirty-six participants selected for seventh ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Thirty-six librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in the American Library Association’s Leadership Institute. This year marks the seventh immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

The 36 Institute participants will...

Jun 05: Submit your Library’s Promotional Materials to the 2019 PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual

The PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual offers visitors the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America. Approximately 1,000 ALA Annual Conference attendees visit the PR Xchange event each year. The PR Xchange Event will also...

Jun 04: United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on relationship building with lawmakers

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It’s Important,” sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, will be held Sunday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m. at Washington Convention Center, 147B....

Jun 04: Marlena E. White wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2019 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Marlena E. White, current Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library in Lexington, S.C. and President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

White...

Jun 04: United for Libraries to host author panels at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host six author panels during ALA Annual 2019:

  • Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can't Put Down on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 102B. This author panel featuring Jacob...
Jun 04: Social Responsibilities Round Table and Alternative Press Index to honor 50th anniversaries at joint celebration

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Alternative Press Index will celebrate each of their 50th anniversaries with a social gathering and discussion with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies at Busboys...

Jun 04: Celebrate the best in LGBTQIA+ literature at the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate its award winners and honorees at the Stonewall Book Awards...

Jun 04: At ALA 2019 Annual Conference learn new marketing and communications strategies

CHICAGO – For ALA Annual Conference attendees looking for new marketing and communications resources and ideas, there are two free programs that should not be missed: PR Forum: Takeaways From D.C. Public Library’s #UncensoredDC Campaign and Using Libraries Transform for Awareness and Advocacy....

Jun 03: New School Library Research Asks "Whose Responsibility Is It to Teach Digital Citizenship"

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the perceptions and beliefs of school librarians regarding state-mandated digital...

Jun 03: Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on Donorschoose.org to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians...

Jun 03: Step-by-step guidance on strategic planning for academic libraries

CHICAGO — No doubt about it: strategic planning is a serious commitment. But when carried out skillfully, thoughtfully, and with sensitivity to the impacts on all those involved, it’s an undertaking that can pay large dividends for the library and its users. A strong...

May 31: Creating an InterDisciplinary Space at Your Library – a LITA webinar

Chicago -- A new LITA webinar on InterDisciplinary spaces is coming soon.

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
Tuesday June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time...

May 31: Journalist Stephen Kinzer to speak at 2019 SRRT Chair's Program

The International Responsibilities Task Force of the American Library Association's (ALA) Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) will present "Subverting Other People's Elections:...

May 31: Michael Stephens encourages wholehearted librarianship

CHICAGO — Of his earlier book, Against the Grain raved, “Reading this book brings a sense of hope, inspiration, and excitement for what the future holds for the new generation of hyperlinked librarians entering...

May 30: Libraries = Strong Communities tour to end with rally celebration at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and other library advocates from across the country will celebrate the triumphant finish of Libraries = Strong Communities, a national advocacy presidential effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and...

May 30: Melissa Kay Walling new Director of Membership Development and Customer Service at ALA

Melissa Kay Walling, CAE, IOM will join ALA as its new Director, Membership Development and Customer Service. She will begin at ALA June 17, 2019. Walling is an accomplished association executive with nearly 15 years of experience in serving members, staff and volunteers. She comes to ALA most...

May 29: Recipients of 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 60 recipients will be receiving a set...

May 29: 2019 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by ACRL President Lauren Pressley, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Washington...

May 29: LITA Education Call for Proposals, 2019 – 2020

Chicago -- What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers...

May 29: Heather Pelham has been selected for the 2019 ASGCLA Exceptional Service Award

Heather Pelham, Public Services Librarian, Georgetown County Library System, SC, has been selected for the 2019 Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies Exceptional Service Award. She was chosen for her advocacy and work re-establishing a library...

May 29: How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to...

May 28: Tulsa City-County Library wins 2019 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The Library was selected for implementing the community-driven idea of...

May 28: Dr. Mirah J. Dow wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Mirah J. Dow, professor and director of the Ph.D. Program at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the...

May 28: 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton for "A Rapidly Escalating Demand: Academic Libraries and the Birth of Black Studies Programs." Knowlton's essay traces the response of a...

May 28: Gary Janetti to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Gary Janetti will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Authors Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Jessica Holmes will...

May 28: 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries Opens Call for Session Proposals

CHICAGO – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for the 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 24 - 28, 2020, in...