Press Releases

Jan 09: Sue Polanka’s new volume on using and managing electronic books

CHICAGO — With their explosive sales and widespread availability over the past few years, e-books have definitively proven that they’re here to stay. In “No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic...

Jan 09: Garza de Cortés to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Oralia Garza de Cortés, past-president of REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and children’s literacy advocate, will deliver the Call to Action at the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration...

Jan 06: New Year’s resolutions @ your library

CHICAGO – When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we all know how difficult it can be to get them started, much less keep them going throughout the year. While resolutions are fresh in people’s minds, the library is a resource they can use to kick off the New Year right.

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Jan 03: Minnesota Library Association supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has announced its support of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift to the Spectrum Presidential Fundraising Initiative.  MLA has made a $750 contribution to the Initiative. 

ALA President...

Jan 03: ASCLA selects Babcock-Ellis as 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Aimee Babcock-Ellis, librarian for the Drug Enforcement Administration, will serve as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a...

Jan 03: ALA OITP hosts 'Online & Above the Radar: Ensuring the Use & Discoverability of Digital Collections' panel Jan. 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will continue the conversation about libraries increasing access to digitized materials with the panel “Online & Above the Radar: Ensuring the Use & Discoverability of Digital Collections” at the ALA Midwinter...

Jan 03: Improve your library instruction with ALA Editions eCourse with Paul Signorelli

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of Paul Signorelli's facilitated eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers . Signorelli, former director of staff...

Jan 03: By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week...

Jan 03: ALA Editions offers new session of popular course on copyright for librarians

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular facilitated eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris, a copyright, licensing and digital property lawyer who...

Jan 03: ACRL offers 2012 Scholarly Communications Road Shows

CHICAGO – Once again, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will take its popular scholarly communications workshop on the road to five locations in 2012. New this year, the curriculum is revised, and hosts will share part of the costs. Now titled “Scholarly Communication:...

Jan 03: Leonard Kniffel among featured authors at ALTAFF Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA at ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the Gala Author Tea, featuring former American Libraries Editor-in-Chief Leonard Kniffel, from 2 to 4 p.m. CST on Monday,...

Jan 03: Library Consultant Interest Group reviews 'Library Consultants Code of Ethics' draft in Dallas

CHICAGO -- The Library Consultant Interest Group -- a member group situated within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA-- invites independent librarians, library consultants, state library consultants of all types, regional library...

Jan 03: Whether you feel like print or online, the new Booklist subscription model offers it all

Booklist Publications is introducing a new subscription model effective Jan. 1, 2012, a combination of print and online access that promises to have a strong impact on streamlining collection development and readers’ advisory workflows. A...

Jan 03: ALA Annual Conference early bird registration & housing now open!

CHICAGO - The American Library Association looks forward to welcoming attendees to the 2012 ALA Annual Conference  in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26 to continue important conversations about the transformation of libraries, e-content and other key topics....

Dec 30: Ronald J. Jankowski named new membership development director

CHICAGO - Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for communications and member relations, has announced that Ronald J. Jankowski will be the new membership development director, effective Jan. 9, 2012.

Jankowski has a degree in communications from Columbia College and has earned...

Dec 29: 2011 Diversity Research honoree Alire to open DiversiTea

CHICAGO - The ALA Council Committee on Diversity, the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee and the ALA Office for Diversity will welcome Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita of the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries and 2011 Achievement in Library...

Dec 29: New Día brochure, webinars offered in January

CHICAGO - For 2012, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be releasing a new El día de los niños/El día de los libros brochure for parents and will also host a new round of...

Dec 29: Two weeks to register for ALSC online courses

CHICAGO - In two weeks, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) begins a new semester of online courses, but there is still time to register. ALSC is offering four great courses, and all of these are open for registration. Courses start Monday, Jan. 16. 

ALSC’s online...
Dec 29: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO - The deadline has been extended to Feb. 1 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award, Beta Phi Mu Award, Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award,  Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, Ken...

Dec 29: ALSC, PLA offer Every Child Ready to Read webinar

CHICAGO - Following the release of the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Second Edition, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library...

Dec 27: Updated Great Early Elementary Reads bibliography released

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has revised the popular bibliography “Great Early Elementary Reads,” which features recommended book titles for beginning readers.

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Dec 27: ALSC's Great Websites for Kids relaunches with fresh new design

CHICAGO - Great Websites for Kids (GWS) (www.ala.org/greatsites), the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) online website directory, has been completely redesigned. The updated site boasts a fresh and colorful kid-friendly look and...

Dec 27: Last chance to apply for summer reading and teen internship grants from YALSA and Dollar General

CHICAGO — Librarians seeking funding for summer reading programs aimed at teens or to hire teen interns to support summer reading programs can apply for one of two grants distributed by YALSA and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due Jan. 1 for:

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Dec 27: Last chance to help YALSA give books to teens with a matching gift

CHICAGO — YALSA’s Books for Teens program raises funds to provide teens in low-income communities access to high-quality, recently published, age-appropriate books. If YALSA can raise $500 during the month of December, a generous benefactor has agreed to donate an additional $500. Just a few...

Dec 21: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults seeks papers on 21st-century literacies

CHICAGO —The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (yalsa.ala.org/jrlya), a peer-reviewed, open-access quarterly research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association, seeks papers for its Spring 2012 issue on...

Dec 20: LLAMA leadership development seminar will focus on new librarians

CHICAGO - The Leadership Development Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free panel discussion on “Recruitment, Retention and Mentoring of New Librarians” from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 in the Dallas Convention Center, Room...

Dec 20: Booklist announces prestigious 2011 Top of the List selections

CHICAGO - Booklist magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association, has announced its Top of the List winners for 2011. The eight winning titles were chosen from the annual Editors’ Choice selections as the best books and media of 2011.

“From a dog who became...

Dec 20: ALA, Fetzer Institute announce 30 public libraries to host Building Common Ground programs

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute selected 30 public libraries to host a series of programs as part of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative, which is supported by the...

Dec 20: New webinar: How to influence with story

CHICAGO - Facts and figures may be the staples of organizational life, yet it is storytelling that reaches people’s hearts.  ALA TechSource will cosponsor with WebJunction the January 10 webinar “Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy...

Dec 20: 2012 ASCLA conference programs focus on the future: technology, collaboration, innovative outreach programs and leadership
CHICAGO -- Any librarian concerned about what the future holds for libraries won’t want to miss the outstanding lineup of ALA Annual Conference programs hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

This year’s program topics highlight the...

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