Press Releases

Mar 06: Registration open for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum.  “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” will be held Oct. 12 - 13, 2012, in Greenville,  S.C.  New this year, those unable to join AASL in South Carolina can attend the Fall Forum...

Mar 06: Your guide to the 2012 ALA elections

CHICAGO – As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2012 elections, an electronic election guide has been created to help inform members about the candidates and the election process.  “Your Guide to the 2012 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency...

Mar 06: Turock and Reed named ALA honorary members

CHICAGO – Dr. Betty J. Turock and Senator Jack Reed were elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20 to 24 in Dallas. Honorary membership, ALA's highest honor, is conferred in...

Mar 06: An in-depth guide for using social media in the K-12 classroom

CHICAGO -- Modern K-12 lessons should never be dull or rote. In today’s classrooms, educators can engage their students using a wide range of digital and social networking tools, from wikis and blogs to podcasts and videoconferences. In her timely new book, "...

Mar 06: The Hunger Games @ your library

CHICAGO –  With the success of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, teens and adults are equally excited about the movie’s upcoming release. Here are just a few ideas of how librarians across the country are tapping into readers' enthusiasm.

A "survival training class" and Capitol fashion...

Mar 06: Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

As library use increases, so does need for new technologies

CHICAGO - In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access....

Mar 06: PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

CHICAGO - Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in Room 122-A/B of the Pennsylvania...

Mar 06: Everything you need to know about Hiring, Training and Supervising Shelvers--new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new three-part workshop, Hiring, Training, and Supervising Shelvers with Patricia Tunstall.

Shelvers are crucial to library operations. They play a...

Mar 06: Learn all about the latest gadgets and gizmos in workshop with Jason Griffey

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of Jason Griffey's popular workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians. This two-part workshop will take place on Thursdays,...

Mar 06: Karen Danczak Lyons on value of PLA's 2012 Conference

CHICAGO – Next week, thousands of librarians and library professionals from across the country will gather in Philadelphia for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13 – 17.  In a video podcast, PLA Conference Chair and First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public...

Mar 06: Office for Diversity accepting nominations for Achievement in Library Diversity Research

CHICAGO - As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Office for Diversity is seeking nominations for the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honor. 

The Achievement in Library Diversity Research recognizes ALA members for...

Mar 06: More resources available to libraries serving diverse populations, time to prepare for celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) April 30

CHICAGO - As the nation’s population continues to become more diverse, more resources to serve those populations are now available to libraries through the new website devoted to El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día. Día encourages libraries to...

Mar 06: ALTAFF to present ‘With Friends Like These…’ at PLA Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present “With Friends Like These...” as part of the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference from 2-3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in...

Mar 06: Library interior design award submissions now being accepted

CHICAGO - The submission deadline for the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards is March 30.  These biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design and promote examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.  They are co-sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 06: RUSA preconference empowers generalists, new business librarians faced with business reference questions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming preconference, “Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference,” will provide librarians who may be intimidated by business reference questions with...

Mar 06: What is Drupal and what can it do for Your Library? Learn all about it in new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Drupal Basics: What Drupal Can Do for Your Library. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific ...

Mar 06: Preservation Week @ your library publicity tools available

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types can promote Preservation Week @ your library (April 22 - 28) with publicity tools offered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office (PIO).

During Preservation...

Mar 06: 'Transforming Libraries' webinar with R. David Lankes to kick off ALA President’s Empowering Voices initiative

CHICAGO –  Join a conversation on “Transforming Libraries” at a free webinar from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Visionary professor R. David Lankes, author of  the award-winning “Atlas of New Librarianship,” and Barbara Stripling, co-chair of ALA President Molly...

Mar 06: Scott Walter appointed College & Research Libraries editor

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Scott Walter to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Walter will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.

“Scott brings excellent...

Mar 06: ACRL selects Scholarly Communication Road Show hosts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Committee has selected five sites from 12 applications to host the “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop...

Mar 06: New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

CHICAGO – The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather...

Mar 06: Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference
CHICAGO – Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.  Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.  Preservation Week is pleased to have Steve Berry, New...
Mar 06: The PLA 2012 Career Center connects job seekers/providers and hosts a resume review clinic

CHICAGO – At the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference, a space in Exhibits Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be dedicated to a do-it-yourself Career Center. The PLA 2012 Career Center will provide opportunities for...

Mar 06: School library leaders share keys to successful coteaching

CHICAGO – Now available on the AASL website is the newest installment of the American Association of School Librarians’ 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and...

Mar 06: John Cotton Dana library public relations award raised to $10K

CHICAGO - Have you had success with a library marketing campaign? If so, share your story-- and you could win $10,000 for your library. The H.W. Wilson Foundation, the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, and EBSCO Publishing are excited...

Mar 06: Schubert, Barbus, Klein, Alvis receive Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2012 Penguin Young Reader’s Group Award to Heather Schubert, Hill Country Middle School Library, Eanes ISD, Austin , Texas; Eric Barbus, San Francisco-North Beach Branch, San Francisco; Linda Klein, Anchorage Public...

Mar 06: Modern Language Association members to receive complimentary access to CHOICE reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONN.  - The Modern Language Association (MLA) and Choice, the leading academic review journal, today announced a pilot project to provide MLA members with complimentary access to Choice reviews.

During the pilot phase, all MLA members will receive free...

Mar 06: Free ALA/Merritt Fund and JobLIST Placement Center webinar on defusing workplace challenges

CHICAGO – Librarians across all settings can, at times, face unexpected challenges or confrontations from an angry or upset patron, community member, coworker or concerned citizen. Knowing how to handle these difficult conversations in ways that can lead to a healthy resolution is critical. ...

Mar 05: Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon opens ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Focusing on why it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people and addressing the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world, journalist, Internet policy specialist and...

Mar 05: Join COSWL March 29 as it celebrates National Women’s History Month

CHICAGO - March is National Women’s History Month, and the American Library Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) and Northwestern University Libraries (Ill.) will be celebrating by co-hosting a discussion of  "Right Here I See My Own Books: A History...

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