Press Releases

Feb 08: Serving LGBTQ teens @ your library with YALSA’s February webinar

CHICAGO — Navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood can be challenging enough, but for teens that identify as LGBTQ, adolescence can be an especially difficult time. For many LGBTQ teens the library is a critical resource to help them explore their questions in a safe environment...

Feb 08: American Library Association President Molly Raphael, ALA delegation discuss library e-book lending with publishers

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.

The representatives at these meetings included...

Feb 08: Tickets available for 2012 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Peter Sís
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Miami University’s School of Education, Health & Society (EHS) have announced that tickets for the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Peter Sís are now available. 
 
The lecture,...
Feb 07: The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program recognizes Pasadena City College graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the Pasadena City College (PCC) Library Technology Certificate Program that will allow PCC graduates to receive the Library Support Staff...

Feb 07: Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide now available in Spanish

CHICAGO – The Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide is now available in Spanish

This guide for parents provides tips for using library resources to create quality family time. ...

Feb 07: Sacramento Public Library wins 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Public awareness campaign showcases “You belong @ your library®” theme

CHICAGO - The Sacramento (Calf.) Public Library is the winner of the 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.

The $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library...

Feb 07: Texas A&M University Libraries announce salary increase for Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program graduates

CHICAGO - Texas A&M University Libraries announced that they will award up to a 4 percent salary increase to any library support staff members who complete the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program.  Employees must show the relevancy of LSSC to their job and must receive...

Feb 07: Video contest asks students why they belong in their school library

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2012 student video contest You Belong @ Your School Library. Beginning Feb. 7, video submissions will be accepted that illustrate why the...

Feb 07: PLA award winners represent excellence in public libraries

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 12 2012 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 07: Two Friends groups win ALTAFF’s National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA – The Friends of the Ennis (Texas) Public Library and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Public Library District were recognized for winning the 2011 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)...

Feb 07: YALSA honors four members with inaugural YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its first YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Sarah Ludwig for best article in the previous volume of Young...
Feb 07: Memphis (Tenn.) Public Library wins 2012 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO– The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Library Services to Special Population Children and their Caregivers are pleased to announced that...

Feb 07: Patlan winner of 2012 Loleta D. Fyan Grant

CHICAGO - Carmen Patlan, of the Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library, has been awarded the 2012 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for the proposal entitled “Promotoras Ambassador Program.” The program will establish a team of ambassadors to reach out to the underserved Latino residents and through the use of...

Feb 07: New training resources address civility and bias in the workplace

CHICAGO - Two new training resources addressing civility and bias in the workplace are now available from the ALA Office for Diversity. 

Developed by the ALA Office for Diversity and the ALA Committee on Diversity, these training cards feature strategies for increasing civility and...

Feb 07: Flake, Myracle, Otsuka join Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO – Award-winning and best-selling authors Sharon Flake, Lauren Myracle and Julie Otsuka will join the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color for two special author luncheons, Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for...

Feb 07: School librarians eagerly await response from the White House

CHICAGO – A petition in support of school library programs created by Carl Harvey, Indiana school librarian and the president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has raised the 25,000 signatures needed to put the petition in the hands of President Obama and his...

Feb 07: American Indian Library Association names scholarship in honor of Virginia Mathews

CHICAGO - The American Indian Library Association (AILA) has named its library school scholarship the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of one of the original founders of AILA. Virginia Winslow Hopper Mathews, member of the American Library Association for 50 years and...

Feb 06: Tuñón named 2012 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Johanna Ruth Tuñón, director of distance and instructional library services at Nova Southeastern University, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor...

Feb 06: Pendse named 2012 ACRL WESS De Gruyter Grant recipient

CHICAGO – Liladhar R. Pendse, librarian for Slavic and Eastern European and Eurasian studies (Central Asian studies) at Princeton University, has been selected to receive the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) De Gruyter European...

Feb 03: Mann wins 2012 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Barbara J. Mann, assistant director for public services and instruction and information literacy librarian at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley...

Feb 03: Using free tools for technology-based public library programming for children and teens

CHICAGO— Innovative technology programming genuinely helps children become adept at navigating our increasingly wired world while also helping them develop deductive reasoning, math and other vital literacy skills. In “Technology and...

Feb 03: Eaton named 2012 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – John Eaton, law librarian and associate professor at the E. K. Williams Law Library of the University of Manitoba, has been awarded the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The...

Feb 03: ALCTS seeks journal editor

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks to appoint a dynamic and forward-thinking professional as editor for its journal, Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS).  The successful...

Feb 03: Walter named 2012 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO – Scott Walter, associate university librarian for services, associate dean of libraries and professor of library administration and library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2012 Association of College and Research...

Feb 02: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (...

Feb 01: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

    ...
Jan 31: ALA applauds announcement of FNPRM on digital literacy training in libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes today’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order (PDF) voted on by the Commission that will reform the Lifeline program.  ALA...

Jan 31: ALA Youth Media Awards winners post reaction videos to award’s YouTube channel

CHICAGO – On Jan. 23 the ALA announced winners of 18 awards that represent the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media. Several of this year’s winners and honorees have expressed their appreciation by posting videos to the ALA Youth Media awards YouTube channel at...

Jan 31: ALA resolution on publishers and practices that discriminate against library users

DALLAS - In a resolution adopted by the Council of the American Library Association (ALA), it has been resolved that the ALA:

1. Opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users. 

2. Directs that the...

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