Press Releases

Oct 26: Aldrich, Garcia, Pelayo-Lozada, seek 2022-23 ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Stacey A. Aldrich, State Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System, Honolulu, Hawaii; Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library, Cranston, Rhode Island; and Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates,...

Oct 29: YALSA releases Outstanding Books for the College Bound recommended reading list

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its long-awaited Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB) recommended reading list. The list was curated by YALSA’s 2019 OBCB Committee.

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Oct 29: "2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics" now available from ACRL

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics," the latest...

Oct 29: ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

CHICAGO - On September 22, the White House issued its Executive Order On Combating Race And Sex Stereotyping, prohibiting federal employees, contractors, and grant recipients from...

Oct 29: Nominations open for 2021 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living...

Oct 29: Makerspaces in practice

CHICAGO — More than a decade since they first began to crop up, makerspaces continue to transform and revitalize libraries, tapping into patron creativity and fostering collaboration. In “...

Oct 28: ALA decries latest FCC failure on net neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) majority approved an order responding to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's remand in Mozilla v. FCC. The court ordered the FCC to address the impact of its Restoring Internet...

Oct 28: Core Webinar Explores Information Technology Fluency and Poster Design

This webinar will discuss technological gaps in knowledge and best practices when creating research posters. Using the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, this webinar will identify several opportunities for...

Oct 28: What You Need to Know about Library Assessment Focus Groups

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures, will present the webinar “Finding Focus: Library Assessment Focus Groups,” on Tuesday, December 1, from 1:00 – 2...

Oct 27: New from ACRL - "The Library Outreach Cookbook"

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Library Outreach Cookbook," edited by Ryan L. Sittler and Terra J. Rogerson, full of activities, strategies, plans,...

Oct 27: United for Libraries Past President Peter Pearson to speak on California Public Library Advocates webinar Nov. 12

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries Past President Peter Pearson, lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group, will be a featured speaker for the ...

Oct 27: National Friends of Libraries Week wraps up 15th annual celebration; Award applications due Dec. 4

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups from all over the country marked the 15th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24. Even while facing the challenges of their library buildings being closed, or open...

Oct 27: Announcing the 2020 Sharjah Virtual International Forum

CHICAGO — The Sharjah International Book Fair and the American Library Association are excited to announce the first Sharjah Virtual International Forum, Nov. 10-12, 2020. As many other conferences have...

Oct 27: American Libraries Changes Podcast Name

CHICAGO - American Libraries has changed the name of its monthly podcast from Dewey Decibel to Call Number with American Libraries.

After consulting with the American Libraries Advisory Committee, staff decided to change the podcast...

Oct 27: Maximizing relevance and results using library marketing

CHICAGO — Effectively marketing libraries by persuasively communicating their relevance is key to ensuring their future. Speaking directly to those in senior leadership positions, Cordelia Anderson’s new book “...

Oct 27: I Love My Librarian Award nominations will close Nov. 9

CHICAGO—Library users have through Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 to nominate their favorite librarians for the...

Oct 26: ALA Nominating Committee Councilors-at-Large candidates announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee annually nominate candidates from among the general membership for members-at-large of Council. Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition.

Individuals interested in...

Oct 26: PLA’s new Learning Tapas offers bite-sized professional development for public librarians

CHICAGO – In October, the Public Library Association (PLA) released two new professional development resources exclusively available to PLA members. PLA's new Learning Tapas are quick, self-paced videos with corresponding guidebooks designed to provide a "...

Oct 26: Announcing the Results of the 2020-21 Core Election

 We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020-21 Core Election.

Christopher J. Cronin, Associate University Librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected as the first President of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. His...

Oct 26: What You Need to Know about Interlibrary Loan

CHICAGO- Register today for the upcoming four-week web course Inside Interlibrary Loan: Basics for a New Millennium beginning on November 2, 2020.

As library shelving and...

Oct 26: Longlist for 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 46 books (26 fiction, 20 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is ...

Oct 26: Copyright for archivists and librarians comprehensively covered in new books from Facet Publishing

CHICAGO — Two new titles published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store offer matchless guidance for navigating the always challenging areas of copyright. The sixth edition of Tim Padfield’s “...

Oct 26: AASL opens proposals for 2021 national conference programming

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a comprehensive call for proposals for its 2021 national conference. AASL invites proposals for concurrent sessions, research into practice sessions, and the IdeaLab best practice showcase to...

Oct 26: Run for ALA office by filing an electronic petition

CHICAGO - Individuals who were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running by petition may do so by completing an e-petition form:

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Oct 26: PLA’s 2021 early literacy calendars now available

CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, the Public Library Association (PLA) has developed and released an Early Literacy Calendar, featuring daily literacy-building activities that libraries can...

Oct 26: ALA awards programming grants to help libraries address the climate change crisis

Free programming guide available to help all libraries with planning nationwide

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of its...

Oct 23: Training Program for New Library Directors

CHICAGO- Register today for the upcoming "Welcome to Coolborough: A Story-Based Hybrid Training Program for New Library Directorswebinar scheduled for Thursday...

Oct 22: 2020 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2020 Teens’ Top Ten.

The top ten titles are as follows:

  1. Wayward Son ...
Oct 22: ACRL releases “Fostering Change: A Team-Based Guide”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Fostering Change: A Team-Based Guide,” by Brianna Marshall, director of research services, University of California-Riverside Library; Dani Brecher...