Press Releases

Mar 22: Mitchell, Watstein awarded Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award
CHICAGO - Eleanor Mitchell, Director of Library Services at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Sarah B. Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons of Seattle University were selected as the 2018 winners of the...
Mar 22: New iteration: Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. Jennifer Velásquez will serve as...

Mar 22: New eCourse: Music Collection Development for Every Librarian

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Collection Development for Every Librarian. Houman...

Mar 22: Public Library Association brings Short Story Dispensers to U.S. public libraries

Knight Foundation funds initiative with Public Library Association and publisher Short Edition to foster creative community connections

PHILADELPHIA – Today, at the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2018 conference, PLA announced a new partnership with community publisher...

Mar 21: Mader wins 2018 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Sharon Mader, dean emeritus and professor at the University of New Orleans, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of...

Mar 21: Jose Antonio Vargas Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Chicago - ALA President, Jim Neal welcomes Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and CEO of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses...

Mar 21: March 2018 ITAL Issue Published

Chicago -- The March issue (volume 37, number 1) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

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Mar 21: New national study reveals voter perceptions of libraries

Joint PLA/ALA/OCLC research updates 2008 “From Awareness to Funding” report

PHILADELPHIA — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC...

Mar 20: Scotts Ridge Middle School project receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The “Human Body Systems” project from Scotts Ridge Middle School Library in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and...

Mar 20: Deb Sondall Saetveit receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Deb Sondall Saetveit, school librarian at Westside Middle School in Omaha, Neb., is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience...

Mar 20: 12 Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Libraries often struggle with creative or effective ideas to promote digital content to their patrons. Common challenges include lacking a budget, not having an in-house marketing department, and trying to reach patrons who are not physically in the library. However, digital content...

Mar 20: Margaret Hung’s library history dissertation wins the 2017 Dain Award

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The winner is Margaret Hung for her dissertation, “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and...

Mar 20: Conkling wins 2018 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Diedre Conkling, director of the Lincoln County Library District, has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions...

Mar 20: Lew and Yousefi win 2018 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Shirley Lew, dean of library, teaching, and learning services at Vancouver Community College, and Baharak Yousefi, head of library communications at Simon Fraser University, are the winners of the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies...

Mar 19: Rapchak named 2018 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Marcia Elizabeth Rapchak, head of teaching and learning at Duquesne University, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and...

Mar 16: AASL announces members of first Induction Program cohort

CHICAGO – Ten members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been selected to participate in the organization’s inaugural Induction Program cohort. Announced at the AASL national conference in Phoenix, the goal of the Induction Program is to assist future school library...

Mar 16: Alabama School Library Association awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant for their “No Other Option Summit.” Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library associations for...

Mar 16: Williams receives ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Teresa D. Williams, business librarian at Butler University, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for her work on the Business Research Workshop.

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Mar 16: Booklist and AASL announce winners of Schools in Need Giveaway

CHICAGO — Booklist and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announce the completion of their Schools in Need Giveaway. Due to an overwhelming interest, 520 schools have been awarded year-long subscriptions to Booklist and Book Links, with full access to...

Mar 15: ALA Hails Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act as Possible 'Turning Point'

WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was issued by American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal upon today’s introduction of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees, Chairmen Grassley and...

Mar 15: New iteration: Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users. Paul Signorelli will...

Mar 15: New session: Cataloging Video Resources with RDA Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Cataloging Video Resources with RDA with Kelley McGrath. This workshop will last consist of two 75-minute...

Mar 14: ALA names honorary member

CHICAGO - Carla D. Hayden was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council on Sunday, February 11, during the Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Honorary membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of...

Mar 14: Apply for the Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC recently announced a scholarship opportunity for the 2018 ALSC National Institute. The Institute will be held in Cincinnati, OH from September 27-29, 2018.

In efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing...

Mar 14: Intellectual freedom breakfast at ALA Annual Conference welcomes New Orleans journalist

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) will host an Awards Recognition and Fundraising Breakfast on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....

Mar 14: Dysert named 2018 ACRL ESS De Gruyter Grant Winner

CHICAGO – Anna Dysert, cataloguer librarian at McGill University, has been selected to receive the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) European Studies Section (ESS) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “A Survey of the Manuscripts of Isaac Israeli...

Mar 14: Robert P. Doyle receives 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for banned books resource guide

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has awarded the 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2018 award goes to Robert P. Doyle, for his work "...

Mar 13: Public libraries invited to apply for ‘The Great American Read’ PBS programming grants

CHICAGO — Public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the PBS series “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and...