Press Releases

Apr 08: ALA announces $1.25M emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it will make available $1.25M in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and...

Apr 06: American Library Association establishes ReMember Fund to help members during times of financial insecurity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the launch of a new fund intended to help library workers facing financial challenges keep solid footing as they navigate their career paths.

The ReMember Fund, established with initial funding...

Apr 20: Gordon Baker elected 2022-2023 United for Libraries president

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Dr. Gordon Baker, dean of libraries at Clayton State University and trustee at Henry County (Georgia) Library System, has been elected 2022-2023 United for Libraries president. Baker will serve as president-elect during 2021-2022 under 2021-2022 United for Libraries...

Apr 20: United for Libraries Virtual Conference program proposals open

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting proposals for its upcoming online conference “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations,” scheduled to be held Aug. 3-5, 2021.

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Apr 20: Dr. Steven Yates receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. Steven Yates, assistant director and assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alabama, is the American Library Association (ALA) 2021 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.

The award, which seeks to...

Apr 20: ALA calls on U.S. Dept. of Education to review PSLF program

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association (ALA) joined nearly 100 national and state organizations in signing a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, requesting the agency undertake a review of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

Created in...

Apr 20: Amy Dodson receives the 2021 Paul Howard Award for Courage

CHICAGO – The Paul Howard Award for Courage Jury is pleased to announce that Amy Dodson, director of the Douglas County Public Library (DCPL) in Nevada, is the recipient of the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The award, consisting of $1,000 and a gold-...

Apr 20: K.C Boyd receives 2021 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — K.C Boyd, school librarian and member of the District of Columbia Public Schools Library Corps (DCPS), is the recipient of the 2021 American Library Association’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award...

Apr 20: Robert Randolph Newlen wins Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Robert Randolph Newlen is the recipient of the 2021 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association (ALA) for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship.

The Jury for the 2021 Joseph...

Apr 20: Burlington County Library System wins 2021 ALA/EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award

CHICAGO — The Burlington County Library System is the 2021 winner of the prestigious EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of...

Apr 20: Celebrate Preservation Week ® 2021 with free webinars, event tools and resources

CHICAGO — April 25–May 1, libraries, institutions, archives and museums across the country will celebrate preservation and conservation in their communities, libraries, institutions, archives and museums. Following the Preservation Week 2021 theme “Preserving Community Archives,” ...

Apr 20: 2021 Rise Book Project presents Top Ten feminist books for young readers

CHICAGO – RISE, a subgroup of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force, announced its Top Ten feminist books for young readers, selected from the 2021 RISE Book Project.

Formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Booklist, The RISE Book Project recommends well-written...

Apr 19: New Research Explores School Librarian’s Teacher Self-Efficacy

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the difference in school librarians’ teacher self-efficacy among those who worked in elementary,...

Apr 19: Three libraries awarded ALA’s inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to Harrison (N.Y.) Public Library, Montana...

Apr 19: Amy Koester elected ALSC vice-president/president-elect

Amy Koester, learning experiences manager, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library (SPL), has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She begins her term as president-elect on July 1, 2021...

Apr 16: AASL Releases Guide to Inspire Future Generations of Explorers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians inspiring future generations of explorers. “Developing Reflective Explorers and Innovators” contains activities, resources, and professional...

Apr 16: Launching large-scale library initiatives

CHICAGO — The necessity for library leaders to demonstrate that libraries are innovative, collaborative, and can provide eye-catching, transformational services and programs to their communities cannot be understated. But libraries do not suffer from a lack of big ideas. What library workers...

Apr 15: Padma Lakshmi, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Melissa de la Cruz announced as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that chef and TV host Padma Lakshmi, Caldecott-winner Juana Martinez-Neal, and best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz will be among the featured speakers at the virtual 2021 ALA Annual Conference...

Apr 15: Lester Elected 2022-2023 AASL President

CHICAGO – Kathy Lester, school librarian at East Middle School in Plymouth, Michigan, has been elected the 2022-2023 president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Lester will serve as president-elect during 2021-2022 under AASL President Jennisen...

Apr 15: Cynthia Johnson elected as the 2021-22 President-Elect of RUSA

CHICAGO ⎯  Cynthia Johnson has been elected the 2021-22 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).  Johnson will serve her Presidential term during 2022-23.

“My entire career as a librarian has focused on helping our users...

Apr 15: ALA announces recipients of $1 million in community engagement funding for small and rural libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the recipients of nearly $1 million in funding for small and rural libraries, the second grant distribution as part of the association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries initiative.

The...

Apr 14: Celebraciones del 25to aniversario del “Día” resaltarán diversidad, cultura y alfabetismo

CHICAGO – El próximo 30 de abril, cientos de bibliotecas de todo el país celebrarán el 25to aniversario del “Día”. Esta iniciativa, reconocida nacionalmente, enfatiza la importancia del alfabetismo para todos los niños de todas las procedencias, vinculando a niños y familias con libros...

Apr 14: Día 25th anniversary celebrations to highlight diversity, culture, and literacy

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries nationwide will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds by linking children and families to multicultural...

Apr 14: Core Webinar: Web Accessibility Beyond Best Intentions

CHICAGO—Implementing web accessibility in libraries requires more than an educated site administrator. Managers need to be backed up with institutional changes to accessibility language in procurement policies and a budget to purchase necessary software. Lay leaders are needed to model...

Apr 14: ALA releases American Rescue Plan state funding resource for libraries 

ALA has published a new resource that details how libraries of all types can best obtain a portion of the...

Apr 14: Erin L. Ellis elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Erin L. Ellis, Associate Dean of Research and Learning Services at Indiana University, has been elected ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect. Ellis will become president-elect in July 2021 and assume the presidency in July 2022 for a one-year term.

Mary Mallery, Chief Librarian...

Apr 14: Margaret Heller Elected 2021-22 Core President-elect

Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 President-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term will begin July 1, and she’ll serve in that role until July 1,...

Apr 14: Pelayo-Lozada wins 2022-2023 ALA presidency

CHICAGO -  Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, adult services assistant manager, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, California has been elected 2021-2022 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). Pelayo-Lozada is the first Emerging Leader to be elected ALA...

Apr 14: Albany (N.Y.) Public Library awarded ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its second Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Albany (N.Y.) Public Library for their Branching Out program, a community initiative that aims...

Apr 14: 2021 Public Library Association election results

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2021 Election. Voting was available from March 8 through April 7, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

The members elected...