Press Releases

Oct 04: Call for proposals for the ALA Research Series

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Research & Statistics invites book proposals for the peer reviewed ALA Research Series.

The ALA Research Series expands the knowledge base of library research by publishing accessible and practical analysis that addresses topics of...

Oct 04: AASL heads to Washington for congressional briefing

CHICAGO – On Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, representatives of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present a congressional briefing to advocate for the inclusion of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act in the upcoming Elementary and Secondary...

Oct 04: ACRL e-Learning call for proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting proposal submissions for the ACRL e-Learning program. Submissions are being accepted for live webcasts and asynchronous online courses. Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by Nov. 1, 2011...

Oct 04: The conversation starts here . . . Midwinter registration and housing now open

CHICAGO - Registration and housing for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20-24, 2012 in Dallas, are open as of Monday, Oct. 3.

The 2012 Midwinter Meeting...

Oct 03: American Libraries launches E-Content blog

CHICAGO — Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog...

Oct 03: Get the scoop on STEM in YALSA’s YA Forum discussion this week

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will feature Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in its monthly YA Forum discussion, held for members this month at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa. Throughout the week...

Sep 30: ALA Editions offers free webinar: Tactics for Library Job Hunting in a Tough Market

CHICAGO - Hone your job-hunting skills in a free interactive webinar with Jeannette Woodward, author of "A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market" (ALA Editions). As a seasoned administrator with experience in both academic and public libraries, Woodward will focus on the application...

Sep 27: New ASCLA online course educates all library staff about services to library users with disabilities

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities,” a new online course offered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library...

Sep 27: ASCLA encourages member participation in newly-formed interest groups

CHICAGO — Members of both ALA and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) are invited to become members of newly established interest groups within the association and make a difference in the library profession.

ASCLA’s membership represents four core...

Sep 27: Explore the world @ your library

CHICAGO - Libraries allow users to experience new cultures and explore distant countries every day. Whether it is through a book on the art of China or learning to sing a song in French during a multicultural sing-a-long, libraries really bring their users the world.

Here are just a...

Sep 27: ALTAFF publications available to members at a major discount

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is making two publications, "The Complete Library Trustee Handbook" and "Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends," available to its members...

Sep 27: AASL releases position statement on diversity in the organization

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a position statement on diversity in the organization. “This position statement is a welcomed testament to AASL's commitment to diversity,” said Pauletta Bracy, chair of the task force that drafted the statement. “It...

Sep 27: ACRL awarded IMLS grant to build profession’s capacity to demonstrate value

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been awarded a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant Level II by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the project Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries. The grant funding...

Sep 27: AASL releases position statement on labeling books with reading levels

CHICAGO – In response to pressure to label and arrange library collections according to reading levels, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a position statement on how this labeling can restrict student access to materials.   The...

Sep 27: ALA, Fetzer Institute announce Building Common Ground initiative

Public libraries invited to apply by Nov. 18 to receive $2,500 grant and programming resources

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community,...

Sep 27: ALA President warns of dangers of censorship in Huffington Post article

CHICAGO - American Library Association President Molly Raphael reminded readers of The Huffington Post of the importance of Banned Books Week, warning about attempts...

Sep 27: YALSA wins BoardSource Innovation Prize

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, won the Innovation Prize at the BoardSource Leadership Forum, which is funded through support from Prudential and the Prudential Foundation.  YALSA was one of 40 organizations that competed...

Sep 27: Write your public library’s e-book program with the help of PLA’s new webinar series

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association is pleased to introduce “Public Librarian's...

Sep 27: New Web course from ALCTS on collection assessment

Chicago - Beginning Oct. 31, 2011, a new "Fundamentals" Web course will debut from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  "Fundamentals of Collection Assessment" is a six-week online course which introduces the fundamental aspects of...

Sep 27: Rebecca Vnuk joins Booklist as new editor, reference and collection management

 CHICAGO — Readers’-advisory expert Rebecca Vnuk joins Booklist Publications in October as editor for reference and collection management. Vnuk will have responsibility for all print and electronic reference reviews in Booklist, as well as...

Sep 27: EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. The meeting takes place Jan. 20 - 24, 2012, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with...

Sep 27: PLA 2012 Conference bookended by exciting keynote speakers

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is counting down to its biennial conference, PLA 2012, March 13-17, in Philadelphia.

The conference will get off to an inspiring start as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. takes the stage at the Opening...

Sep 26: Whoopi, penguins join Banned Books Read-Out

CHICAGO – Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States–the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin–have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the...

Sep 26: Eye-opening insights into college libraries and student culture

CHICAGO — How do college students really conduct research for classroom assignments? In 2008, five large Illinois universities were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Grant to try to...

Sep 23: LITA/Library Hi Tech Award nominations sought

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of...

Sep 22: Senate committee clears appropriations bill with funds for school libraries, level support for Library Services and Technology Act

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill yesterday with at least $15 million designated for school libraries. The bill also level-funds the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $189 million.

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Sep 21: Free webinar: An Introduction to 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 be certified by the American Library Association (ALA...

Sep 21: Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant increases funding through individual donations

Cape Coral, Fla. – The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has received a number of donations from individuals currently active in the information community.  These donors all were influenced at some point in their careers through interaction with Bob Asleson, late founder...

Sep 21: Write now, right now for Library Worklife

CHICAGO - Interesting people, programs and ideas are needed as contributors to Library Worklife. Distributed monthly by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today's Leaders covers issues that are important...

Sep 20: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ your library

CHICAGO – Libraries have long reflected the communities they serve. Responding to the fastest growing population in the United States, libraries across the country work to meet the need of their Latino populations.

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, which...

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