Press Releases

Jul 11: ALA president on NSA leak: 'Our country needs to find the right balance'

ALA Launches Privacy Tools for Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Coming off the heels of Independence Day, the American Library Association (ALA) launched “ALA Liberty,” a new website that contains tools libraries can use to...

Jul 11: All-new teen craft projects for hipster librarians

CHICAGO — From Tina Coleman and Peggie Llanes, the authors of the enormously popular bestseller “The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects,” comes an all-new selection of innovative ideas, featuring numerous projects easy...

Jul 11: Upcoming PLA webinar offers an introduction and how-to for community assessments

CHICAGO — The one-hour webinar, “Is Community Assessment a High Hurdle? Get Over It!” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. Central on August 14, will give attendees a running start towards conducting a...

Jul 11: Creating subject guides for the 21st-century library

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of its exciting workshop, ...

Jul 11: Improving your library’s mobile services

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Bohyun Kim: Improving Your Library’s Mobile Services. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m....

Jul 10: 'Engaging, fresh, innovative'-2013 ALA Virtual Conference, July 24 and 25

CHICAGO — Topics at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference (July 24 and 25) include transformational community engagement; new directions for libraries and digital content; iCloud for patrons; iPods, Games and other innovative instruction ideas; making...

Jul 09: Maps the RDA way - the Sequel, featuring Paige Andrew and Susan Moore

CHICAGO - Did you attend the program "Maps the RDA way" at the annual conference in Chicago? Do you have questions now that you've come back? Or were you unable to get to the session and want some information? If so, you're in luck. There will be a follow-up webinar at 1 p.m. Central on July 22...

Jul 09: A modern vision for transforming preschool storytime

CHICAGO—According to recent research, the best way to make new connections in a child’s brain is by building on something already known. A child who loves a book will listen to it repeatedly, maintaining interest. Using a selected book in a number of consecutive preschool storytimes, but...

Jul 09: YALSA’s Reads 4 Teens digital download now available in the ALA Store

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Reads 4 Teens recommended reading list for teen patrons is now available for purchase as a digital download through the ALA Store.  Reads 4 Teens is a collection of the...

Jul 09: Demystifying copyright: How to educate your staff and community

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular facilitated eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff...

Jul 09: E-Books: What librarians need to know now and for the future

CHICAGO - ALA Editions will hold a session of its popular facilitated eCourse, E-Books: What...

Jul 09: Harnessing free content with Web service APIs

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Jason Paul Michel: Harnessing Free Content with Web Service APIs. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2...

Jul 09: Planning and preparing for RDA

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Planning and Preparing for RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as instructor for...

Jul 09: Serving deaf patrons in the library

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library with Kathy MacMillan, a popular new workshop that will take place in two 90-minute sessions held on successive Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25.

MacMillan...

Jul 09: Dealing with difficult patrons

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Dealing with Difficult Patrons with Steve Albrecht. The workshop takes place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific on...

Jul 09: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach with Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael. This 90-minute workshop will take place 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m....

Jul 09: Boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) and the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, will designate the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minn. a Literary Landmark on Tuesday, July 16.

Harry Sinclair Lewis is perhaps...

Jul 09: Using Twitter for marketing and outreach

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Andrew Burkhardt: Using Twitter for Marketing and Outreach. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p....

Jul 03: American Library Association Black Caucus unveils Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families

Telling Our Stories @ Your Library grant winners

CHICAGO - During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 27 – July 2, Jerome Offord Jr., president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), has  ...

Jul 03: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in October

CHICAGO - The popular interactive online course, “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer,” returns Oct. 28-Nov. 22. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is...

Jul 03: Become a confident grant writer and winner with PLA’s new online course

CHICAGO – In the competitive world of grants, it helps to have an inside edge. Sharpen your edge with a new online course, “Winning Grants for Your Library,” from the Public Library Association (PLA). This four-week course runs...

Jul 03: The 2013 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2013 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2013 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together...

Jul 03: Remarkable books about young people with special needs

CHICAGO — Matching children with special needs to books and stories that will motivate and engage them ,“Remarkable Books About Young People with Special...

Jul 03: Richard Ford and Timothy Egan win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Richard Ford’s “Canada” received the medal for fiction,...

Jul 03: ALA Annual Conference focuses on transforming libraries, engaging communities

CHICAGO — As libraries reinvent themselves by meeting the challenges posed by emerging technologies, they look for creative ways to engage their communities. These issues and more were examined at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, held June 27-July 2 in...

Jul 02: Windmill at Stony Brook Southampton to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Tennessee Williams

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, will designate the windmill at Stony Brook Southampton a Literary Landmark in honor of Tennessee Williams on Saturday, July 13.

The 82-acre campus is part of SUNY (State University of New York)...

Jul 02: Ruth V. Small and Mega Subramaniam named AASL School Library Research editors

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has appointed Ruth V. Small and Mega Subramaniam as co-editors of its peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). Small and Subramaniam assume the...

Jul 02: Mike Morgan and Larry Romans offer up to $15,000 in match challenge to grow the Stonewall Book Awards

CHICAGO — During the Stonewall Book Awards Brunch at ALA’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, Mike Morgan and Larry Romans announced that they will match contributions of $25 or more ($10 for text donations) to the Stonewall Book Awards up to $15,000 in a year-long effort to grow the Stonewall...

Jul 02: Elturk honored as EMIERT Distinguished Librarian at Annual Conference, donates award to organizations

CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, was honored at ALA Annual Conference as the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biennially, the award recognizes a...

Jun 30: AASL announces inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of 25 apps builds on AASL’s established Best Websites for Teaching & Learning...

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