Press Releases

Oct 17: Award-Winning Celebrity Chef and Best-Selling Author Jeff Henderson is the ALA President's Program Speaker at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, to an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff Henderson is a role model for anyone in need of encouragement and looking to reinvent their life. Two decades after his release from federal...

Oct 17: Visionary Storyteller, Actress, and Author Echo Brown is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio, who strives to inspire and provoke. Her first solo show, nominated as one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle, "Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters...

Oct 16: Gain Business Reference Skills with RUSA

Don't miss out!! Register today for the Fall 2019 offering of Business Reference 101 beginning on Monday, October 28, 2019 from the Reference and User Services Division. This 3-week long,...

Oct 16: 2019 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced the official titles of the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten.

The top ten titles...

Oct 16: Delving into AASL’s Shared Foundation of Collaborate

CHICAGO —Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Mary Catherine Coleman’s book “Collaborate” examines effective implementation of the Shared...

Oct 15: Submissions open for ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference scholarships, sponsored by EBSCO

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting applications for EBSCO-sponsored scholarships to librarians who wish to attend ALA's Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

The scholarships are given annually to allow more librarians access to the professional development...

Oct 15: United for Libraries now accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through January 10, 2020.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions...

Oct 15: Another change ahead for the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles awards

MIDDLETOWN, CT – Each year Choice, a publishing unit at the Association of College and Research Libraries, announces the editors’ selections of the best academic nonfiction titles reviewed during the year just ended. Selection as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title is a recognition of the work’s...

Oct 14: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award Applications 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...

Oct 14: Over 100,000 readers nationwide join #eBooksForAll campaign against planned embargo

Thousands more adding their names to petition daily

CHICAGO – In just one month, the American Library Association’s (ALA) #eBooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states to condemn...

Oct 09: An updated text exploring the theory and practice of YA librarianship

CHICAGO — How should LIS envision its young adult users? Now showcasing an even more rigorous debate about the theory and practice of YA librarianship, the new second edition of “...

Oct 08: Run for office by filing an electronic petition

Individuals who were not selected by the 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: 

  1. President-elect with the...
Oct 08: United for Libraries to designate Literary Landmarks for Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe

United for Libraries, in partnership with Connecticut Center for the Book, Connecticut Humanities and Hartford Public Library, will designate two Connecticut Literary...

Oct 08: Tiny Library Toolkit Inspires New Approaches to Library Services

A new Tiny Library Toolkit, developed by the Meridian (Idaho) Library District, shares that library's experience creating a "lighter, quicker, cheaper" means of installing a library service...

Oct 08: PLA adds fourth location to slate of regional EDISJ symposia

CHICAGO – In response to demand from the public library field, the Public Library Association (PLA) is bringing its regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ) to a fourth location in 2019. ...

Oct 08: New from ACRL - “Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization,”...

Oct 08: A guide to interactive storytimes with music and movement

CHICAGO — Alyssa Jewell’s new book “Move, Play, Learn: Interactive Storytimes with Music, Movement, and More,” published by ALA Editions, encourages children to...

Oct 08: Nominations will close Oct. 21 for the national I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO–Library users have until Monday, Oct. 21 to nominate superstar librarians for the American Library Association’s (ALA) prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Members of the public can submit nominations online for library...

Oct 07: Public libraries across U.S. join American Library Association’s first “digital book club” with gripping new ebook

CHICAGO – Readers nationwide can now borrow and discuss the first ebook selection of the Libraries Transform Book Pick, a new digital reading program from the American Library Association and Rakuten OverDrive. From Oct. 7-21...

Oct 07: Maggie Townsend wins free AASL national conference registration, hotel and travel

CHICAGO – Maggie Townsend, school librarian in Bismarck, North Dakota, recommended American Association of School Librarians (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has been drawn as the grand prize winner of AASL's ...

Oct 04: Fifty-seven public libraries awarded funding to encourage Affordable Care Act enrollment

CHICAGO – Through its health insurance enrollment and education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, the Public Library Association (PLA) is encouraging enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

Oct 03: ALA receives $2 million Google.org grant to develop library entrepreneurship centers

WASHINGTON -- The American Library Association (ALA) has received a $2 million grant from Google.org to develop library entrepreneurship centers and enable libraries across the country to double down on their support for people looking to start a new business. 

“Today...

Oct 03: IFRT accepting nominations for 2020 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 award.  The award honors a literary work or series of works in the area of intellectual freedom. This can include matters of ethical, political, or social concerns related to intellectual freedom. It is presented...

Oct 03: Applications now open for the 2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. Last year the Will Eisner...

Oct 02: 50 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition from ALA and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

CHICAGO — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced 50 libraries that will host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling...

Oct 02: Scholastic Book Fairs sponsors AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce Scholastic Book Fairs as the new sponsor of the AASL Collaborative School Library Award. The award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators. Award...

Oct 01: DC Circuit Court Delivers Mixed Ruling on Net Neutrality

ALA Will Continue Fight for Open Internet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) authority to issue its 2018 Order eliminating network neutrality protections while also vacating parts...

Oct 01: Demystifying online instruction

CHICAGO — The design of information literacy instruction and the building of it are two distinct skillsets and processes; yet all too often everything gets mashed together, creating needless confusion and stress. In “...

Oct 01: Edward M. and Helen R. Adams sponsor AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for 'National School Library Standards'

CHICAGO – Edward M. and Helen R. Adams have joined Roger and Susan D. Ballard and Cassandra Barnett as sponsors of an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for "National School Library Standards." The award, given each year, is named in honor of an AASL...