Press Releases

Sep 24: Using data to make your case and get results

CHICAGO — Administrators, policymakers, legislators and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of library use and why they are needed. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in...

Sep 24: Participate in the ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Join the ebook library lending discussion by registering for the American Library Association’s...

Sep 24: Voting period opens to name the AASL13 conference daily

CHICAGO – Four finalists have been chosen in the contest to name the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition on-site daily newspaper. AASL members and conference attendees can now vote at ...

Sep 24: Apply now for ACRL’s Immersion ’14 Program

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’14 Program. Complete program details and application materials are on the ACRL website. The application...

Sep 24: ACRL seeks nominations for 2014 awards

CHICAGO - For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $35,000 donated...

Sep 24: Bringing the arts into the library

CHICAGO — Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support. For “...

Sep 24: ACRL funds 2013 Spectrum Scholar Jessica Bastian

CHICAGO – As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Jessica Bastian as its 2013-14 Spectrum Scholar. Bastian attends the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of...

Sep 23: How to include families of children with special needs

CHICAGO — More than 6.5 million children in the US receive special education services; in any given community, approximately one child out of every six will get speech therapy, go to counseling, attend classes exclusively with other children with disabilities or receive some other service that...

Sep 23: AASL member Deven Black receives inaugural school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Deven Black was named the 2013 Bammy Award recipient in the inaugural school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the...

Sep 20: Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-Out

CHICAGO — Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the...

Sep 18: ALA calls for leap forward in E-rate goals; streamlined program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate deployment of the high-capacity broadband needed to serve students...

Sep 17: LLAMA webinar helps with library security and safety

CHICAGO — When a simple “Shhh” isn’t enough, a knowledgeable approach to library security and safety can be a lifesaver.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Library Security: The Basics and Beyond” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013...

Sep 17: Past President John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Past President John W. Berry has been appointed to a two-year term as the ALA's non-voting representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris (ALP).

The ALA established the...

Sep 17: Freedom to read under fire as attempts to ban books continue

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 disapproved of its content and had it removed from library shelves? Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, stresses the importance...

Sep 17: Up to 50 libraries to participate in year-long public innovation training

CHICAGO - Continuing the collaboration between The Harwood Institute and the American Library Association on The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, a three-day Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab designed especially for libraries kicks off a year of coaching and...

Sep 17: National Reading Group Month 2013 chooses Booklist again

CHICAGO - Booklist, the American Library Association's (ALA) review source, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National...

Sep 17: Disney Princess Belle celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month

Free Belle download available on Library Card Sign-up Month website

CHICAGO - This month, Disney Princess Belle joins the American Library Association to promote the most important school supply of all: a library card.

A free download featuring Belle is available...

Sep 17: 2014 Summer Reading Grant Applications now available

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering libraries the chance to apply for funds that will aid in the implementation of the library’s overall summer reading program. 

Courtesy of the Dollar General...

Sep 17: ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

BBC...

Sep 17: Farrell, Feldman seek 2015-16 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, are the candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

“Thank you for the...

Sep 16: Find your roots through easy-to-do genealogy

CHICAGO — A guide to the joys and rewards of preserving family history for posterity, “Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History,” by Janice Schultz, offers advice and...

Sep 16: Ganski named ACRL visiting program officer

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the 10-month appointment of Kate L. Ganski of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) as visiting program officer in support of the association’s...

Sep 16: Register now for 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with other higher education associations to offer the 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Dec. 3-6, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird registration deadline...

Sep 16: An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking...

Sep 16: Registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses open

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

This...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading...

Sep 12: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000...

Sep 10: LLAMA webinar will focus on library fundraising on the Web

CHICAGO — When fundraising for your Library, how do you effectively reach donors over the Web? The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “A Conversation about Websites for Library Fundraising: Perspectives from Duke University and the University of Texas”...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

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