Press Releases

Sep 20: YALSA receives grant from IMLS to host National Forum on Teens and Libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, was awarded grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $99,937.  The funds will be used to host a year-long National Forum on Teens and Libraries,...

Sep 19: A survey of the best informational picture books for children

CHICAGO—An ideal tool for enriching library collections with outstanding books that children really want to read, “Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children,” published by ALA...

Sep 18: Bill & Judith Moyers are Honorary Chairs of Banned Books Week

Bill Moyers speaks out against censorship in new 30th anniversary video essay 

CHICAGO — Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers have been named Honorary Co-Chairs for the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week (Sept. 30...

Sep 18: AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO — The first issue of Knowledge Quest Volume 41 will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The September/October 2012 issue of AASL’s official journal covers the topic of Participatory Culture and Learning and was...

Sep 18: Landmark new textbook for studying the information society

CHICAGO — Covering every aspect of the new digital information environment from iPads and e-books to the future of information and how it will be controlled, “Information 2.0: New Models of Information Production,...

Sep 18: Making sense of business reference

CHICAGO—In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for people who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. Celia Ross, an “accidental business reference librarian by...

Sep 18: Information literacy webinar now available in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent vendor webinar, Wanted: Information Literacy Skills in a World of Google & Wikipedia, is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, ...

Sep 18: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ your library

CHICAGO — Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, commemorating Independence Day for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. During the month, Mexico and Chile also celebrate independence on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively...

Sep 18: Introduce Henry Rollins at ACRL 2013

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is holding a video contest in advance of the ACRL 2013 conference, to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. The association is seeking video applications from academic and research...

Sep 18: Learn the basics of cloud computing in new workshop

CHICAGO— ALA TechSource announces a new workshop, Cloud Computing For Librarians: An Introduction with Krista Godfrey.

The computer world is constantly talking about cloud computing and the revolutionary implications...

Sep 18: Spend four nights learning to use technology to connect with teens

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a unique new workshop, Using Social Media and Mobile Technology to Engage Teens with Jennifer LaGarde. This event will give participants the opportunity to spend an hour a night for four...

Sep 18: Nominations sought for 2013 RUSA achievement awards, research and travel grants

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the many achievement awards and conference travel and research grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

RUSA, which...

Sep 17: Innovative services at public libraries highlighted in new ALA issues brief

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform lives by providing critical services and innovative solutions to information access in spite of years’ worth of consecutive and cumulative budget cuts. More Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for access to essential technology services...

Sep 17: ALCTS publishes 'Planning and Constructing Book & Paper Conservation Laboratories'

CHICAGO— Book and paper conservation labs are vital for caring for aging library collections. Constructing or renovating a lab offers an exciting opportunity for developing or improving a conservation program. The opportunity may become a daunting task for even the most seasoned conservator, let...

Sep 17: New from ACRL: 'The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering,” edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

“...

Sep 17: PLA receives IMLS grant to develop online digital literacy resource

CHICAGO—The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded a $291,178 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. PLA will partner with the ALA’s Office...

Sep 14: Learning from libraries that use WordPress as a content-management system

CHICAGO—With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress Web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content-management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In “Learning from Libraries...

Sep 14: M-Libraries—mobile technology and transformation

CHICAGO — Mobile technology offers huge potential to help libraries transform their service models to meet the challenge posed by a new generation of learners in an increasingly global information environment who require libraries to play a greater role than ever in the delivery of education and...

Sep 14: ALA decries Hachette’s 104 percent library e-book price increase

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) denounces Hachette Book Group’s reported decision to raise the price of e-books to the library market starting Oct. 1. ALA...

Sep 13: Help LLAMA and United for Libraries develop fundraising programs for librarians and advocates

PHILADELPHIA — The Library Leadership & Administration Association (LLAMA) and United for Libraries are requesting feedback via a survey as they work together to develop a pre- or post-conference event on fundraising for the...

Sep 13: ASCLA in Italy: Reservation deadline for tour of Rome and Amalfi Coast extended to Sept. 21

CHICAGO — The last day to reserve your spot for “ASCLA in Italy”, a trip hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, is Sept. 21, 2012.

This trip abroad will take place April 15-24, 2013, and all interested travelers are...

Sep 13: Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants funds to ALSC, YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $226,876 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

ALSC and YALSA will use the grant to support three important...

Sep 12: Celebrate the power of literature and read a banned book

Banned Books Week is Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

CHICAGO – What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else didn’t agree with its content and had it...

Sep 12: Kenneth Crews on open access and copyright in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces the next event in its exciting new workshop series, Crews on Copyright: Open Access and Your Publications: What's Copyright Got to Do with It? with Kenneth D. Crews.

For librarians,...

Sep 12: ALA commends Weinberg Foundation for supporting Maryland school libraries

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the Weinberg Foundation for its dedication of $5 million to build 12 new school libraries for Baltimore City Public Schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the first of the three renovated...

Sep 11: Nominations now accepted for Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

Apply by Dec. 15 to receive $4,000, national recognition for program model

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming....

Sep 11: AASL sponsors two Spectrum Scholars to attend Fall Forum

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor the travel, lodging and attendance of two Spectrum Scholars, Judith Guzman-Montes and Connie Thompson, at the AASL 2012 Fall Forum. Transliteracy...

Sep 11: LLAMA webinar shows how to implement digital collections that preserve community history

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is presenting a webinar, "Social Entrepreneurship in Action: Digitizing Our Cultural History," from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Social...

Sep 11: Call for submissions: webinar proposals for RUSA’s 2013 online learning offerings

CHICAGO — E-books, library programming and outreach, reference services, collection marketing and leading a book group are just some of the webinar topics sought by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for spring 2013; proposals can be submitted...

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