Press Releases

May 03: Wally Lamb among the authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present its Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 1 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Melanie Benjamin, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey Deaver, Wally Lamb and Jojo Moyes will discuss their writing life and...

May 03: Jarrett Krosoczka to speak at AASL Awards Luncheon during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Author, illustrator and school library advocate Jarrett Krosoczka...

May 03: North Carolina School Library Media Association fosters emerging leaders with AASL’s ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA...

May 03: Young wins ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association, defeating. Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Young received 5,...

May 01: AASL announces winners of School Library Month video contest

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce the winners of the "Communities matter @ your library" Student Video Contest.  Contestants were urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music...

May 01: United for Libraries to present 2013 Public Service Award to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)

PHILADELPHIA —  Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, will present United for Libraries’ 2013 Public Service Award to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C., on May 7.

Rep. Fortenberry was the first...

May 01: Make two clicks for advocacy with YALSA’s Tweet Your U.S. Senator/Representative Maps on NLLD

CHICAGO – Can’t make it to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on May 8? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, can offer you a way to...

May 01: Join YALSA and Connected Learning TV for an Online Discussion on Teens, Libraries and Social Media this May

CHICAGO –The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and Connected Learning TV will kick-off a month-long series of...

May 01: ALA: Hachette Book Group marks real progress in library e-lending

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed today’s announcement (DOC) from Hachette Book Group that it will begin offering its full catalog of e-books immediately...

May 01: Pew Study: 'Libraries offer children resources not available at home'

ALA President Maureen Sullivan Releases Statement on New Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new study shows that the majority of parents highly value one resource for their children: libraries. Ninety-four percent say libraries are important for their...

Apr 30: OIF announces Choose Privacy Week online forum participants

CHICAGO - On May 1, the American Library Association and libraries around the country begin their observance of Choose Privacy Week, the annual event that invites everyone to visit their local libraries to learn more about protecting their personal...

Apr 30: 'Cain at Gettysburg' wins the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

CHICAGO— "Cain at Gettysburg" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books, is the winner of the 2013 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war...

Apr 30: Spring has sprung @ your library

CHICAGO — Whether spring means a thorough house cleaning, preparing a home garden or simply enjoying the season,  librarians are planning programs that suit library users' preferred springtime activities.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are planning to...

Apr 30: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that...

Apr 30: Carbondale Public Library wins 2013 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO - The Carbondale (Ill.) Public Library has been named the 2013 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.  The award, donated by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, is given in recognition of a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming.

The...

Apr 30: Las bibliotecas de la nación les rendirán homenaje a las culturas

“El día de los niños/El día de los libros”se celebrará el 30 de abril"

CHICAGO -  Los expertos en demografía pronostican que en el año 2050, los afroamericanos, los asiáticos de las islas del Pacífico, los latinos/hispanos y los indígenas norteamericanos conformarán la...

Apr 30: Nation’s libraries celebrate cultures

El día de los niños/El día de los libros(Children’s Day/Book Day) April 30

CHICAGO - Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.  April 30 is El...

Apr 29: ACRL 2013 draws more than 4,800 to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — NPR’s Maria Hinojosa brought ACRL 2013 to a close, as more than 4,800 library staff, exhibitors, speakers and guests from 50 states and 19 countries met from April 10 – 13 at the Indiana Convention Center to discuss the changing role of academic libraries.

Themed “Imagine,...

Apr 29: Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Results Boot Camp with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a unique opportunity for extended, interactive professional development with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson at the PLA Results Boot Camp: “...

Apr 29: United for Libraries names Johnson and Mull ALA Trustee Citation recipients

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries has named G. Victor Johnson and Beverly Mull as recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for...

Apr 29: Ross Mathews added to the line-up of United for Libraries’ 'The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE'

PHILADELPHIA – Ross Mathews of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has been added to the line-up for “The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The full...

Apr 29: Join the celebration of quality children’s and young adult literature at the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast from 7 – 9:30 a...

Apr 29: Roy to present 2013 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO - Dr. Loriene Roy, professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will deliver the 2013 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Monday, July 1 during ALA’s 2013 Annual...

Apr 29: Joseph Landor and Judy Russell receive AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award

CHICAGO – School librarians Joseph Landor and Judy Russell are the recipients of the 2013 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award. Sponsored by Follett Software Company, the $1,500 award...

Apr 29: Two school library research projects awarded AASL Research Grants

CHICAGO — Two school library-related research projects, “The Principals’ Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians in Teaching and Learning Case Study” and "Bark If You R.E.A.D. in School Libraries: Can School Librarians with Therapy Dogs...

Apr 26: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. Along with a...

Apr 26: Janis Ian helps wrap up 2013 Annual Conference and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian will be helping 2013 Annual Conference attendees wrap up in Chicago and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ian appears as part of Wrap Up/Rev Up from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, July 1 in McCormick Place S100....

Apr 25: Learn to make your customer service the best it can be

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions presents a new session of its exciting workshop,  How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service with Laurie Brown. This 90-minute session will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013....

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