Press Releases

Feb 09: New eCourse: Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated...

Feb 08: PLA forms new task force on equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO — On Saturday, Jan. 21, at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board approved the creation of a PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Co-chaired by Richard Kong, director, Skokie (Illinois) Public Library and Amita...

Feb 08: Apply for the 2017 MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a $1000 grant through the MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant...

Feb 08: LDS Business College program wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that LDS Business College has been chosen to receive the 2017 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award for its “There’s a...

Feb 08: John Walsh receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that John Walsh, director of library services at Cochise College, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources...

Feb 07: New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new "privacy checklists" at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement...

Feb 07: AASL opens call for webinars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars 30-60 minutes in length. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

Proposals...

Feb 07: Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library and Holdrege (Neb.) Area Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards.

Each group received $250 and were recognized at United for Libraries’...

Feb 07: 2017 Charlemae Rollins President's Program on Families & Digital Technology

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the theme and speakers for the...

Feb 07: Call for Nominations: ASCLA's Achievement and Recognition Awards

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has opened its nomination period for its annual series of achievement and recognition awards. Members are encouraged...

Feb 07: PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals for the PLA 2018 Conference, March 20-24, in Philadelphia. Proposals may be submitted online...

Feb 07: Dawes, Pelayo-Lozada, and Wong elected to ALA Executive Board

(CHICAGO) Trevor A. Dawes, Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, and Patricia “Patty” Wong have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting held...

Feb 06: An updated special collections handbook

CHICAGO — Working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their...

Feb 06: ALCTS seeks ALCTS News Editor

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor of ALCTS News, the association’s official news source. ALCTS News is a digital...

Feb 06: ALA denounces recent FCC Lifeline revocations, report retractions

WASHINGTON – On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “...

Feb 03: YALSA’s New Teen Book Finder Database announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has launched its highly-anticipated Teen Book Finder Database. Consistent with its app counterpart, the database is...

Feb 03: K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA's 2017 Sara Jaffarian Award

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library...

Feb 03: ALSC names 2017 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2017 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special...
Feb 02: ALA affirms support for NEH, NEA

WASHINGTONToday American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“For more than 50 years, the National Endowment for the...

Feb 02: New AASL editorial board ready to get social

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has appointed five school library professionals to serve as members of the new AASL social media editorial board. Editorial board members will curate and compose social media posts for AASL platforms. The...

Feb 02: Sparks named YALSA’s 2017 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Heather Sparks, LEAP Out-of-School Program Manager at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) as its 2017-2018...

Feb 02: Dodds, Page, Gilmartin receive YALSA’s 2017 Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2017 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Maeve Dodds and Jean Page and...

Feb 02: Circulating Unusual Items Webinar by ASCLA

CHICAGO - Join ASCLA for a webinar to learn how to Circulate Unusual Items at your library on 2/7/17.

There is a growing trend of...

Feb 02: Marsh and Austin win 2017 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO — Katelyn Marsh and Jeanie Austin were chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American...

Feb 02: Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 18th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be...

Feb 02: New eCourse: Cataloging with RDA

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017.

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Feb 02: Kim Lindskog wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Kim Lindskog has won a free year of AASL membership! Lindskog's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Lindskog referred Leah Carol...

Feb 02: RUSA Winter Online Learning

CHICAGO - Don’t miss! 2/23/17 – [Webinar] “Show me the money: Growing grants-related services in the library”
Pinpoint resources of...