Press Releases

Nov 18: ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels highlights importance of libraries, warns against cutbacks in CBN interview
CHICAGO – In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels explained the current state of America’s libraries and the financial difficulties they face. The segment, which aired on Nov. 11, can be viewed on...
Nov 16: ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host Open House during Midwinter Meeting in San Diego

CHICAGO - As part of its continuing efforts to help job seekers retool their skills and prepare for job searches, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in the Placement Center during the American Library Association’s Midwinter...

Nov 16: Neil Gaiman latest big-name author to join the ALA Midwinter roster

CHICAGO— From the Youth Media Awards, the RUSA Book Awards and the “Spotlight on Adult Literature” to Neil Gaiman, Armistead Maupin, Richard Rhodes, Kathy Reichs and Ted Danson, the ALA Midwinter Meeting promises a rich feast for attendees who enjoy hearing from and interacting with authors....

Nov 16: Tweeting, posting, friending and other social media for libraries

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the publication of “Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian's Guide,” by Laura Solomon.

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Nov 16: ALA JobLIST Placement Center to provide free career counseling during ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will provide free career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, 2011 in the Placement Center during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego (#alamw11).

As part of its efforts to help job seekers retool...

Nov 16: An online course for sharpening supervisory skills

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is making available “Library Supervision eCourse.” Adapted from Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil’s bestselling...

Nov 16: Genealogy reference workshop advance registration ends Nov. 29

CHICAGO—Advance registration will close Monday, Nov. 29 for “Genealogy Happens! At the Genealogy Reference Desk,” a 2011 Midwinter institute offered by the ALA genealogy experts, the History Section of the Reference...

Nov 16: Catch up on teen services trends with YALSA’s recent webinars

CHICAGO —  School librarians, teen services librarians, young adult librarians and others who work with teens in libraries can now access previously recorded webinars from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). While YALSA members will...

Nov 16: Membership in AASL gets even more rewarding
CHICAGO – From Sept. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2011 new or renewing members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will receive 10,000 Capstone Rewards Bonus Points which can be redeemed for books with Capstone and their collective divisions. For more information, visit...
Nov 16: Manuscripts sought for LITA/Ex Libris student writing award

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex...

Nov 16: YALSA launches first issue of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, launched the inaugural issue of its new, open-access, peer-reviewed electronic research journal, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults at...
Nov 16: YALSA's Research Committee seeks poster sessions for ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans

CHICAGO — The Research Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites library and information science faculty, students and practicing librarians to propose a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 23-28...

Nov 16: ALA to honor Dr. King’s legacy at Midwinter
CHICAGO – Dr. Michael K. Honey, Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during the...
Nov 15: Online course prepares librarians and library staff to provide effective reference services

CHICAGO—Librarians and staff at all types of libraries looking to improve their performance at the reference desk are encouraged to sign up for “The Reference Interview," an online...

Nov 15: ALTAFF seeks feedback on National Friends of Libraries Week

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), sponsored the fifth annual National Friends of Libraries Week on Oct. 17-23, 2010. ALTAFF is now seeking feedback from Friends groups on how they...

Nov 12: Nominations sought for Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1974 National Book...

Nov 12: South Carolina Library Association supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) has announced its support of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program and the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  

In 2010, the Spectrum Scholarship Committee of the South Carolina Library Association...

Nov 12: New online course for public libraries: “Bite-Sized Marketing”

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), is making available “Marketing Public Libraries eCourse.” This eCourse is adapted from the bestselling...

Nov 11: ACRL e-Learning call for proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting proposal submissions for the ACRL e-Learning program. Submissions are being accepted for live webcasts and asynchronous online courses. Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by Dec. 17, 2010...

Nov 10: ALSC announces FLIP workshop winners
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the winners of an all-expense-paid family literacy training workshop, funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Children’s Museum of Houston...
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...

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