Press Releases

Sep 29: Better library conversations

CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and...

Sep 28: New research articles examine leadership, capstone projects and library supervisors

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning...

Sep 27: Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 17, more than 70 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School...

Sep 27: Transforming Lives through Literacy: AEFL Week 2016

CHICAGO — As we mark 2016’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The increasing demand for services underscores the intersection of literacy with...

Sep 27: Applications now available for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a Friend of a college/university library to attend the...

Sep 27: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library...

Sep 27: 2016 LITA Forum early bird rates extended
 
Chicago -- LITA has extended the members early bird registration rate another two weeks for the 2016 LITA Forum and save $50.
 
Sep 26: The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “...

Sep 26: ASCLA offers Tulip Time fundraising cruise in 2017

CHICAGO--The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has confirmed their annual fundraising trip to The Netherlands and Belgium during Tulip Time 2017. Hosted by AMA Waterways, this seven night river cruise starting...

Sep 23: ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (...

Sep 23: American Library Association lauds bipartisan Senate bill to renew support for libraries nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acknowledging and highlighting the critical role of libraries across the nation, the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2016 (S. 3391) was introduced today by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  

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Sep 23: Margarita Engle and Susan Tan team up at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Award-winning children’s book authors Susan Tan and Margarita Engle will team up on Saturday, January 21st in the Auditorium Speakers Series at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss diversity in children's books and women authors.

Margarita...

Sep 22: ACRL releases Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the two-volume “Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook.” Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of...

Sep 22: Booklist offers special content for National Reading Group Month, Great Group Reads

Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book Association’s October ...

Sep 21: Acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell is Opening Session Speaker at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits on Friday, January 20, in Atlanta, Georgia. Bell, who describes himself as...

Sep 21: Social Media For My Institution – a new LITA web course

Chicago -- Sign up for the new LITA web course Social Media For My Institution: from “mine” to “ours”. Delivered by instructor Dr. Plamen Miltenoff on Wednesdays, 10/19/2016 – 11/9/2016. This will be a...

Sep 21: Longlist for 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

Forty-seven books (24 fiction, 23 nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website....

Sep 21: Incorporating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot library instruction

CHICAGO — The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s new edition of “...

Sep 20: ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.

Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.

Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of...

Sep 20: Join the ALA-Sponsored Tour to Cuba during the Havana Book Fair, Feb. 10-17, 2017

CHICAGO — After a sold-out success last year, the American Library Association (ALA) is again providing an opportunity for members and others to be part of a Tour to Cuba during the Havana Book Fair, Feb. 10-17, 2017.

In addition to the Havana Book Fair and the unique sights and sounds of...

Sep 20: ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among...

Sep 20: United for Libraries to host Oct. 4 webinar on Merging a Friends and Foundation

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Merging a Friends and Foundation” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

In the library world today, there is a huge need for support...

Sep 19: Learn how to better serve your Spanish speaking community in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community. “...

Sep 19: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific ...

Sep 16: LLAMA webinar series explores using data for decision making and strategic planning

CHICAGO — Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been left behind in a world driven by ever-increasing amounts of data?

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the LLAMA Assessment Section will present “What’s Your Story?” a series of three webinars for librarians who...

Sep 16: ALA applauds Killeen (TX) City Council decision to retain library

CHICAGO—In a unanimous decision, the Killeen, TX, City Council voted to amend its budget and maintain the Copper Mountain Library, one of only two facilities in Killeen’s library system. The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with the Texas...

Sep 16: ALSC selects eleven more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

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Sep 16: Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog...

Sep 15: Apply now for YALSA’s 2017 summer learning resources and teen summer intern grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened the applications for its 2017 summer learning resources and teen summer intern grants.

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