Press Releases

Oct 04: OITP, LITA seek submissions for cutting-edge technology practices

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Nominations...

Oct 04: 45 must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand! Join YALSA for Book Blitz Part II.  This webinar highlights 45 “Must Know” fiction and nonfiction YA titles released in the second half of 2012. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., and book reviewer guru for this fast...

Oct 03: Universal design for academic libraries

CHICAGO — A wealth of possibilities related to use of space and design exists within the walls of academic libraries.

In “Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching,...

Oct 03: 'Driving Advocacy with Data' webinar to showcase study and examples of making the case at local level

CHICAGO — Learn how to navigate the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) for impactful advocacy at the local level during the free webinar “Driving Advocacy with Data” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Attendees will learn how to...

Oct 02: Nomination period now open for awards representing ASCLA’s diverse areas of library services

CHICAGO — The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) welcomes nominations for its 2013 awards, which recognize projects focused on library services to people with...

Oct 02: Information session on AASL grant to be held at Fall Forum

CHICAGO — Attendees of the 2012 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Fall Forum at the Greenville, S.C., location are invited to an information session immediately prior to the start of the forum on Oct. 12.  The information session will introduce a new AASL mini-grant available to...

Oct 02: RFP issued for ASCLA Accessibility Academy project consultant

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has issued an RFP for a project consultant (PDF) to assist in the production of an online, interactive ASCLA...

Oct 02: ALA Cultural Communities Fund to sponsor $5,000 award for excellence in library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that the ALA Cultural Communities Fund is the new sponsor for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award will recognize a library (public, academic, school or special) that demonstrates...

Oct 02: Library community works to address the demographic shift

More than 800 attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19 -23, came to a close with a powerful message from author and activist Jamal Joseph – “libraries empower the communities that...

Oct 02: Filtering continues to be an issue for schools across the country

CHICAGO — According to results of a survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in most schools across the country.  An executive summary of...

Oct 02: October 2012 online courses from RUSA: Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101

CHICAGO — The next sessions of Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101, two popular online courses offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), begin in mid-October; registration is now available for both individual participants and groups.

RUSA’s online learning...

Oct 02: AASL receives NCLE grant to create personal learning network

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has received a grant from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to create a personal learning network centered on the topic of its 2012 Fall Forum – transliteracy. The funding will be used support school librarians and...

Oct 02: Registration and housing now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are now open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.  Details will follow in the coming weeks; in the meantime, in addition to being in the popular city of...

Oct 02: Best-selling author and visionary Steven Johnson at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle can be ready for a presentation they won't forget, from Auditorium Speaker Steven Johnson, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. One of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture, Johnson will offer his...

Oct 02: AASL releases white paper on technology use in schools

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools.  The paper covers...

Oct 02: Friends of the Library groups recognized with United for Libraries’ Best Friends Awards

PHILADELPHIA —Nine Friends of the Library groups have received Best Friends Awards from United for Libraries.

Best Friends Awards are given to Friends groups for outstanding publicity and marketing materials that promote the group and its programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate...

Oct 02: Call for nominations: The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are being sought for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.  Nominations must be submitted to ALA's International Relations Office by Dec. 1.

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president...

Oct 02: Apply now for ACRL’s Immersion ’13 Program

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’13 Program. Complete program details and application materials are on the ACRL website.  The application...

Oct 02: Libraries and Online Learning: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO — Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership. Never has this partnership been more important or wide-ranging than in today's online environment.   “Libraries and Online Learning: A Powerful Partnership,”  a Midwinter Symposium from the Association for...

Oct 02: A comparative study of libraries and archives

CHICAGO — Despite the fact that they have different legal statuses, legal frameworks and operational workflows, some politicians and bureaucrats think that there is much to gain if libraries and archives work closely together or even merge. In “...

Oct 02: User studies for digital library development

CHICAGO — As the information environment becomes increasingly electronic, digital libraries have proliferated, but the focus has often been on innovations in technology and not the user. “User Studies For Digital Library Development,” published by...

Oct 02: Social media for academics

CHICAGO—“Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide” uniquely addresses the needs of academics, demonstrating how to use social media to benefit their teaching and research. This new book is edited by Diane Rasmussen Neal, a professor...

Oct 02: The core concepts of information organization management

CHICAGO — A significant step towards developing a body of management knowledge pertinent to the context of Library Information Science (LIS), “Management of Information Organizations,” published by...

Sep 28: An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. 

The open letter states:

It’s a rare thing in a...

Sep 28: American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Library Association (ALA) released new data to update “Diversity Counts,” a comprehensive study of gender, race, age and disability in the library profession. 

Using 2009-2010 American Community Survey analyses, new data reveals a small gain—from 11 percent...

Sep 28: Unlocking the educational potential of audiobooks for youth

CHICAGO — Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today’s “born digital” generation. Mary Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the...

Sep 28: Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s fall online course

CHICAGO — School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups, and how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out how in...

Sep 28: National Reading Group Month chooses Booklist again as sponsoring partner

CHICAGO — Booklist, the ALA’s review source, has been selected for the fifth year as a partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM),...

Sep 26: Bill Moyers calls out book censors for Banned Books Week

CHICAGO — Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the...

Sep 26: ALA partners in Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 3-5

CHICAGO —ALA is pleased to join the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference again as a partner. During this unique global conversation on the current and future state of libraries and celebration of innovation, ALA staff and members will share expertise and content in several sessions on the...

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