Press Releases

Sep 16: ALSC shares statement and resources on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the release of its equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement along with new resources that support the EDI-related work of the association. These materials,...

Sep 16: ALCTS seeking 2020 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 13: ALCTS seeking nominations for 2020 Cataloging and Metadata Management Awards

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of cataloging, classification, and metadata management. The awards are presented by the Cataloging and Metadata...

Sep 13: Search begins for 2020 ALCTS Publications Awards

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 13: Nominations open for 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

CHICAGO - The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association seeks nominations for the 2020 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. 

The David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant...

Sep 12: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2020

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One...

Sep 12: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have...

Sep 11: ALA and OverDrive collaborate to offer public libraries across U.S. a new action-packed adventure for a “digital book club”

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive have collaborated on a digital reading program – a national “digital book club” – which connects readers nationwide with simultaneous access to the same ebook through their public...

Sep 11: Public Library Association launches 2020 health insurance enrollment project

Will offer funding for public libraries to connect consumers to coverage

CHICAGO – After a successful first year in which 92 public libraries participated, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

Sep 11: ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World...

Sep 11: ALCTS 2020 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000 for Guides to Library Resources

CHICAGO —The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Sep 10: Social Responsibilities Round Table seeks applications for 2020 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the second annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related...

Sep 10: Nominations open for 2020 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2020 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...

Sep 10: A new edition of Ross’s acclaimed business reference guide

CHICAGO — “It reads as if you have an expert coach in business reference helping you each step of the way." That’s how Academic BRASS summarized “...

Sep 09: ALA announces National Library Legislative Day to be held in May 2020

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association announced today that the 45th annual National Library Legislative Day will be held May 4-5, 2020, at the Georgetown Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational advocacy event designed...

Sep 06: PLA announces regional workshops on space planning for libraries

CHICAGO – To increase local training opportunities for public library staff, the Public Library Association (PLA) is teaming up with Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, Palo Alto (Calif.) City Library and Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library to offer regional workshops on space-planning for libraries...

Sep 06: PLA to share digital skill-building tools in free September webinar

CHICAGO – Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can...

Sep 06: PLA to present webinar on trauma-informed approach to library service

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar highlighting the trauma-informed approach to public library service. A trauma-informed approach generally entails understanding that library patrons may have experienced trauma and describes how library workers can ...

Sep 06: Reminder: Volunteer Form for ALA, Council, and Joint Committees closes September 30, 2019

Members are reminded that they must submit by September 30, 2019, if they would like to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, or Joint Committees for the 2020-2022 term.  Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to volunteer...

Sep 05: Libraries ‘Keep the Light On’ During Banned Books Week

Don’t be left in the dark this Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28, 2019). The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) offers several resources and activities for libraries and readers that highlight the Banned Books Week 2019 theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep...

Sep 05: ACRL seeks nominations for 2020 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

CHICAGO – Every year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) celebrates the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of academic and research librarians across North America. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants...

Sep 04: Incubating creativity at your library

CHICAGO — Creativity needs a platform. As technology consultant David Weinberger puts it, “A platform provides resources that lets other people build things.” The library is an ideal platform, and in “...

Sep 03: Louise Ratliff receives 2019 MAGIRT Honors Award

CHICAGO — The MAGIRT (Map and Geospatial Information Round Table) Nominations and Awards Committee selected Louise Ratliff, social sciences and maps cataloging librarian at UCLA, as the recipient of the 2019 MAGIRT Honors Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement...

Sep 03: ALSC receives $150,000 from IMLS to host Welcoming Spaces National Forum

ALSC and ACM Partner to Create Welcoming Spaces for Immigrant and Refugee Families

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), received a $150,000 National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the...

Sep 03: Thirteen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase

Honorees include new buildings, renovations, and expansions in the US and Canada

CHICAGO — Thirteen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s...

Sep 03: United for Libraries to present Fundraising & Building Support for Your Library: A Three-Part Webinar Series in October

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host Fundraising & Building Support for Your Library: A Three-Part Webinar Series in October. The sessions included are available for purchase as a package; they cover fundamental aspects of fundraising, advocating, and building community...

Sep 03: Accepting Scholarship Applications

If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master's degree level....

Aug 30: ALA partners with Democracy Class on voter education for youth

*** Free, new resources available for National Voter Registration Day, September 24***

The American Library Association (ALA), a new partner of Democracy Class...