Press Releases

Sep 05: ALCTS seeking 2015 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO  Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration....

Sep 02: Nomination period extended for the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

New deadline: Sept. 24

NEW YORK — The nomination period for the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian award has been extended to better accommodate nominations for school, college, university and community college librarians. 

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Sep 02: Cataloging with RDA

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Oct. 13, 2014.

As more libraries...

Sep 02: Becoming the copyright specialist in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Oct. 13, 2014.

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Sep 02: PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO  Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library...

Sep 02: Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to The American Dream Starts @ your library®

Grants available to libraries to fund programs and resources for adult English language learners in Dollar General communities

CHICAGO – With assistance of a $327,512 grant awarded from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the...

Sep 02: Rethinking library instruction: Libraries as social learning centers

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting...

Sep 02: AASL webinar provides framework for professional growth

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will demonstrate how the use of A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners, AASL’s online program assessment and planning module, can drive a school librarian’s personalized learning plan.  Presented...

Sep 02: AASL invites members to share the wealth – and win

CHICAGO – Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are invited to “share the wealth” of AASL membership – and win! With each new member recruited, the referring AASL member will earn an entry into a monthly prize drawing as well as an entry into...

Sep 02: AASL releases white paper outlining research agenda

 CHICAGO – The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available for view and...

Sep 02: New books spotlight intellectual freedom challenges and triumphs for kids in time for Banned Books Week

CHICAGO —The annual Banned Books Week, held Sept. 21−27 this year, celebrates the freedom to read. Two new titles published by ALA Editions spotlight both the challenges and triumphs of safeguarding...

Sep 02: Self-service library technology examined in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Self-service library technology is everywhere nowadays, from machines that can scan and sort books automatically to self-checkout stations and book vending machines, allowing patrons to access library materials and services without a personal interaction. “Library Self-Service Software...

Sep 02: RUSA seeks nominations for 2015 achievement awards and grants

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is seeking nominations for its annual series of awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2014.

For many years RUSA has been dedicated to celebrating the outstanding...

Aug 26: Promote Library Card Sign-up Month with free tools

CHICAGO — Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with new downloadable tools and public service announcements (PSAs) designed to promote the benefits of Library Card Sign-up Month to the public.

Sample media tools are available to remind the public of all the resources available for free...

Aug 26: PLA accepting applications for 2015 PLA Leadership Academy in Charleston, S.C.

CHICAGO  The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership...

Aug 26: ALSC now accepting applications for 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group, provides a $600 stipend...

Aug 26: New from ACRL—'Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services,” by Courtney Greene McDonald.

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Aug 25: Free resources available to help libraries engage community, lead change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is offering free materials to help libraries improve their community engagement and facilitation techniques.

The materials — conversation guides, questionnaires, worksheets and webinars — are designed to help libraries strengthen their...

Aug 25: United for Libraries welcomes Texas public library groups as members

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees in Texas are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a...

Aug 25: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Alex Haley

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the staff and board of the Alex Haley Museum and & Interpretive...

Aug 22: Ruberg wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2014 symposium

CHICAGO — Rebecca Ruberg, a teen librarian at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Iowa, won the 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend provides Ruberg with up to $1,000 to attend the 2014 symposium, to...

Aug 19: Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

CHICAGO — The ability to catalog proficiently can be a valuable skill for every librarian, but proper training is essential. Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse...

Aug 19: Call for events: Organizations invited to post events for Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

CHICAGO — The Executive Committee of Banned Books Week invites organizations and individuals, such as libraries, authors, publishers, bookstores and schools, to share how they are celebrating 2014’s Banned Books Week.  This year’s Banned Books Week, which is taking place from Sept. 21-27, will...

Aug 19: Guide to Reference for essential general reference and LIS sources

CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library...

Aug 19: United for Libraries hosts new electronic discussion group for state friends of the library groups

PHILADELPHIA — Those who work with, are members of and/or serve as board members of state friends of the library groups are invited to participate in the new United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to statewide Friends groups.

State Friends groups...

Aug 19: AASL webinar reshapes read-alouds into 'talk-alouds'

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will examine read-aloud strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators. Presented by Raquel Cuperman, “Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds” will take...

Aug 19: Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE webinar program announced

MIDDLETOWN, CONN., CHICAGO — The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in...

Aug 19: AASL extends deadline for national conference preconference proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is extending its submission deadline for preconference workshops proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The new deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. More information is available at ...

Aug 19: ALA, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announce ‘Exploring Human Origins’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is accepting applications for the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins.   

The exhibition...

Aug 18: A library how-to-do-it manual for disaster planning, response and recovery

CHICAGO — Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a...

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