Press Releases

Nov 10: Register now for ASCLA Virtual Convergence webinars

CHICAGO—The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites all members of the library community to engage in online learning with the 2011 Virtual Convergence: a series of professional development webinars that will be held in January 2011 immediately following the...

Nov 09: IMLS director nominee Susan Hildreth to lead panel at PLA Midwinter institute
CHICAGO – Susan Hildreth, director of the Seattle Public Library and IMLS director nominee, will lead a panel of library administrators and consultants at Public Libraries Survive and Thrive in the 21st...
Nov 09: Traveling exhibitions celebrate life and work of great Jewish artists

Apply by Jan. 24 to host one of three ALA exhibitions

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced three new traveling exhibits focusing on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of America and the world through...

Nov 09: NLM, MLA support Spectrum Presidential Initiative through continued funding of Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO - The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Medical Library Association (MLA) are pleased to announce their continued support for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program.  In partnership with MLA, NLM has announced its support of...

Nov 09: ALA joins the Combined Federal Campaign

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has joined the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member charity of the Independent Charities of America and Educate America! The Education, School Support and Scholarship Funds Coalition. 

This new opportunity enables ALA to strengthen...

Nov 09: School Libraries Count! personalized reports available for AASL survey participants
CHICAGO – Personalized reports are now available for participants in the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey. Participants in the 2010 survey can access their reports by visiting www.ala.org/...
Nov 09: GLBT Youth Literature Award captures media interest
CHICAGO - Just hours after the Nov. 1 announcement of the American Library Association’s (ALA) addition of the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award to the prestigious Youth Media Awards presentation, dozens of media outlets from across the country...
Nov 09: Call for papers for International Papers Program for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The American Library Association, International Papers Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2011.

The...

Nov 09: Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2011 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend his/her...

Nov 09: Not just your usual Midwinter networking

CHICAGO — An abundance of scheduled discussion opportunities to pick from at the ALA Midwinter Meeting sets the stage for rich and productive outcomes — in addition to the informal networking that is always a...

Nov 09: SASB approves AASL/ALA NCATE standards
CHICAGO – On Oct. 24, the Specialty Areas Studies Board (SASB) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approved the 2010...
Nov 09: More than 1,800 libraries to celebrate National Gaming Day on Nov. 13

Tens of thousands of people will be gaming together at their local libraries on Saturday, Nov. 13, to celebrate the American Library Association's third annual National Gaming Day @ your library.

The latest map of 1...

Nov 09: Nominations open for John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2010 John Ames Humphry/ OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. It consists of a...

Nov 08: A new guide to sociology and psychology reference

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the publication of “ALA Guide to Sociology and Psychology Reference.” Encompassing versions of...

Nov 08: YALSA offers mini-grants for Teen Tech Week™
CHICAGO —Through funding from the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will award up to 10 Teen Tech Week  mini...
Nov 08: ALSC launches application for Everyone Reads @ your library mini-grants

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for mini-grants intended to expand youth literacy programs by including and celebrating a variety of cultures in public libraries.  These mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library...

Nov 08: Registration opens for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™
2011 theme is Mix and Mash @ your library®
 
CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched its...
Nov 08: Gear up for summer reading with YALSA’s December webinar

CHICAGO — The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, but you’ve got summer reading on your mind —summer reading programs, that is. Librarians looking for guidance as they begin their annual summer reading program planning process won’t want to miss YALSA’s Dec. 16 webinar, Gear...

Nov 08: Public library survey on Internet services and funding extended to Nov. 14

CHICAGO – Study managers have extended the participation deadline for the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey to Nov. 14. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Library Association, the survey provides an important...

Nov 05: A self-paced tutorial for hiring and supervising library shelvers

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is making available “Hiring and Supervising Library Shelvers eCourse.” Adapted from Patricia Tunstall’s...

Nov 02: Create the ultimate teen-friendly library with YALSA's pre-Midwinter institute

CHICAGO — Today’s teens make up one of the largest generations in U.S. history. They’re tech-savvy, smart, curious and more diverse than previous generations. They’re today’s customers and tomorrow’s voters. So how do you build a library...

Nov 02: Julie Todaro reveals "Mysteries of Mentoring" at Midwinter institute

CHICAGO - Are mentors all they’re cracked up to be?  Can you find professional success and growth without one?  Do you have what it takes to be an effective mentor? Dr. Julie Todaro will help you answer these questions and many more during “The Mysteries of Mentoring:  The Perfect Mentor and...

Nov 02: Hall of Famers Dawson and Gossage step up to the plate for libraries
CHICAGO – This past weekend, Hall of Fame relief pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage was on hand to catch the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series Gala in Cooperstown, N.Y. The pitcher was none other than 13-year-old Josh Smith, the grand prize winner of this year’s Step Up to the Plate @...
Nov 02: Congratulations to LITA members selected as 2011 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board of Directors congratulates Bohyun Kim and Andreas Orphanides on being selected to participate in the ALA 2011 Emerging Leaders Program, as well as on their selection for a LITA sponsorship. LITA sponsorship includes a $1,...

Nov 02: $84,000 available through ALSC professional awards and grants

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is offering libraries and librarians more than $84,000 in grants and funding through its 2011 professional awards and scholarships.

ALSC’s professional awards and grants recognize outstanding library service to children...

Nov 02: ALTAFF and Nordstrom award Books for Babies matching grants

PHILADELPHIA – In partnership with Nordstrom, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded grants of $500 each to match $1,075 raised by selected Friends of the Library groups, libraries and...

Nov 02: AASL sponsors two Emerging Leaders
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association (ALA) 2010 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join 100 of their peers as the fifth year of the program kicks off at the ALA 2011...
Nov 01: ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels signs with ALA for five more years

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels has signed on to remain in charge of the oldest and largest library association in the world through FY 2015.

The decision was made during the ALA Executive Board’s fall meeting, Oct. 22-24, at ALA...

Nov 01: 2009 Academic Library Trends and Statistics now available from ACRL

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "2009 Academic Library Trends and Statistics," the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections...

Nov 01: ALA adds GLBT youth literature award to prestigious Youth Media Award announcements

CHICAGO – As the publishing industry prepares for the announcement of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards, authors and illustrators of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) literature for youth will have their fingers crossed in hopes of receiving the coveted...

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