Press Releases

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...

Aug 29: 35 libraries selected for ALA's Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Thirty-five U.S. libraries have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program series that engages underserved teens...

Aug 27: United for Libraries to host free National Friends of Libraries Week webinar

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar on ideas to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26) on Tuesday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Featured speakers include Judy Bentzen (Friends of the San Juan...

Aug 27: United for Libraries to host free webinar: What’s Your E?™ - The E’s of Libraries®

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar: What’s Your E?™ - The E’s of Libraries® on Tuesday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Featured speakers will include Alan Fishel, Charity Tyler, and Paula Miller. The...

Aug 27: Library Building Projects 101 – Planning, Design, and Construction: a two-day workshop with optional third day site tour

LLAMA presents Library Building Projects 101 – Planning, Design, and Construction: a two-day workshop with optional third day site tour

The prospect of starting a library building project can often seem overwhelming to...

Aug 27: Approval of RUSA STARS Legislation and Licensing Model License Clause

RUSA Model Interlibrary Loan License Clause


Introduction

This model clause was developed by the RUSA STARS Legislation & Licensing Committee in 2016-2017 to advocate for more...

Aug 27: Library cards fuel academic achievement, lifelong opportunity

CHICAGO – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when the American Library Association (ALA) joins libraries nationwide in reminding everyone that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic success and lifelong learning.

Across the nation, libraries are...

Aug 27: GNCRT spotlights comic creators to #GetLibraryCarded for #LibraryCardSignUp Month

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Presents: Comic Creators #GetLibraryCarded in Support of #LibraryCardSignUp Month

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is happy to partner with comic...

Aug 26: Seamless youth services for every age and stage

CHICAGO — The tweens aren’t the only “in-between” years in a child’s life—the storytime-to-school age and teen-to-adult transitions are just as momentous, and as tricky to address when it comes to programming. That’s certainly one factor behind the phenomenon of declining...

Aug 26: Revised and new intellectual freedom policies and resources available from ALA, IFC

In anticipation of a new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) revised several existing interpretations and resources and created new policies, guidelines and resources to address emerging intellectual freedom issues for the...

Aug 23: ALA releases template for state, local library action opposing Macmillan eBook embargo

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and its public library division, the Public Library Association (PLA), added a new tool to resources available for state library chapters and local library...

Aug 23: ALA urges libraries to partner with National Voter Registration Day

** Sign up by September 12 to receive free promotional resources **  
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA), a Premier Partner of National Voter Registration Day, encourages libraries to sign up to observe the unofficial holiday on Tuesday,...

Aug 22: AASL selects seven school administrators to serve on its School Leader Collaborative

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has selected seven school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. The “AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning” is a two-year initiative...

Aug 20: United for Libraries to host live webinar '2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends and Foundations Need to Know'

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends and Foundations Need to Know,” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Gavin Baker, assistant director of government relations at the American Library Association, will...

Aug 20: Choice white paper encourages libraries to develop and implement a marketing outreach strategy

MIDDLETOWN, CT. – Choice today announced the publication of the fourth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This paper, their second marketing-focused publication “...

Aug 15: New AASL Standards publications focus on leadership, lessons, and collection development

CHICAGO – New publications from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions expand on AASL's "National School Library Standards" to build practitioners' leadership skills, provide compelling and authentic lessons, and introduce key components that influence collection...

Aug 15: DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2019 Teens’ Top Ten voting; voting now open

CHICAGO, IL – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced that for the seventh year in a row, DOGObooks will host the voting page for the 2019...

Aug 14: LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management

LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management

Managing change in your library doesn’t have to be daunting...

Aug 13: Simple tools for wrangling data

CHICAGO — Data manipulation and analysis are far easier than you might imagine—in fact, using tools that come standard with your desktop computer, you can learn how to extract, manipulate, and analyze data (and metadata) of any size and complexity. In “...