Press Releases

Aug 07: Freedom to Read Foundation unveils new website, blog

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) — the First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association — has unveiled its new website. The site — which retains the URL www.ftrf.org — is...

Aug 07: LLAMA webinar shows how to get results with stories about your library

CHICAGO  — Everybody knows that some stories are more compelling than others. Now you can discover how to select and communicate the stories of your library’s successes in ways that will have the greatest impact and will produce the results you need. The Library Leadership and Management...

Aug 07: AASL releases an evaluation workbook for school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new publication that provides school librarians an opportunity to engage in rigorous self-evaluation and shape school administrator evaluations. “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation,” written by...

Aug 07: Win $3,000 for your library with the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the...

Aug 07: AASL releases book to help school librarians analyze and articulate data sets

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new publication focused on increasing a school librarian’s ability to analyze and articulate data sets. “The Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs,”...

Aug 07: Free webinars from the Library Support Staff Certification Program

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), will be hosting two free webinars, one on Aug. 7...

Aug 07: YALSA seeks member manager for YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its acclaimed YALSAblog. This blog delivers news, information and resources of interest to public and school librarians and library workers who serve...

Aug 07: Anastasi wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2012 symposium

CHICAGO — Meg Anastasi, a reference and teen librarian with the Springfield (Mass.) City Library and a teen services coordinator with Meekins Public Library, Williamsburg, Mass., won the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services...

Aug 07: John Green named spokesperson for YALSA’s Teen Read Week™

CHICAGO — John Green, best-selling author of “The Fault in Our Stars, has been named the 2012 Teen Read Week™ spokesperson. Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), aimed at encouraging teens to read for the fun...

Aug 07: IMLS hosts 'All Things Digital' panel at Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will convene an “All Things Digital” panel at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Sept. 19-23, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. 

“All Things Digital,” from 8:30 - 10 am. on Saturday, Sept. 22, will provide an opportunity to...

Aug 02: ALSC offers student session on mentoring Aug. 14

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, at 5 p.m. CDT on Aug. 14, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will offer a free online workshop for all students and early career professionals interested in children’s services. Emerging as a Leader...

Aug 01: ALA joins national campaign to protect American privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, as the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) moves to the Senate floor, the American Library Association is joining a wide-ranging coalition of digital rights groups and advocates by launching the Stop Cyber Spying campaign to ensure...

Aug 01: Getting the most out of information from social media tools

CHICAGO — A must-have for competitive and business researchers, librarians, information professionals, intelligence analysts, students and marketers, “Social Information: Gaining Competitive and Business Information Using Social Media Tools...

Jul 31: AASL joins the U.S. Department of Education in celebrating Connected Educator Month

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month (CEM) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has signed on as a participating organization. CEM will be be celebrated with four-plus weeks of online events and activities, including forums,...

Jul 31: Digital supplement highlights libraries’ successes in serving adult English language learners

CHICAGO — A new digital supplement to American Libraries magazine out today tells the story of how libraries make a difference in the lives of adult English language...

Jul 31: Volunteer to serve on ALA or Council committees for 2013 - 2014

CHICAGO — Barbara Stripling, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for the 2013-2014 term (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with...

Jul 31: ALSC National Institute scholarship awarded to Peterson and Struckmeyer

The Friends of ALSC have awarded scholarships to the ALSC National Institute to Joella Peterson and Amanda Struckmeyer in efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians. The...

Jul 31: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology-trainer course in September

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and...

Jul 30: ALCTS offers exciting new guides and webinars for “Sudden Selectors”

CHICAGO — Library professionals suddenly tasked with selecting resources in new and unfamiliar subject areas have two new books and webinars to help them from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

ALCTS Publishing has released two new guides:...

Jul 27: 'Socialize' AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum and win!

CHICAGO —  Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum are invited to pin, tweet and post their way into a drawing for an autographed copy of keynote speaker Henry Jenkins’ book “Convergence Culture.” To enter, attendees are asked to share their excitement...

Jul 27: $20 or less: Craft on the cheap with YALSA’s August webinar

CHICAGO — Crafting programs are a mainstay of teen services at the library but the supply costs can add up! But there are some creative ways to extend the teen services budget — a little glue and a lot of innovation—and ensure that teens can have fun making a variety of projects at your library...

Jul 27: Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association chosen as site for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association in Rochester, N.Y. as the site of the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture...

Jul 27: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library

CHICAGO — Many libraries and museums have already adapted to the current information climate and work with Google, Facebook, Twitter and iTunes to deliver information to their users—but not all.  In “Google This! Putting Google and Other Social...

Jul 25: AASL Fall Forum Ning opens the transliteracy conversation

CHICAGO — All are invited to become a part of the conversation on the range of skills comprising the concept of transliteracy, the focus of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum, by joining the new AASL 2012 Fall Forum Ning...

Jul 25: AASL joins nearly 3,000 organizations to make voice of nondefense discretionary programs heard

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and others from the nondefense discretionary (NDD) community have delivered a letter to Congress urging leaders to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD...

Jul 24: There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes Sept. 8

CHICAGO — With the Major League Baseball season more than halfway over, now is a great time to remind library users that there’s still time to win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

As part of the...

Jul 24: Save $5 on professional development and collection development books from YALSA this summer

CHICAGO — Stock up on professional development this summer with a sale on three of the best-reviewed titles from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and ALA Editions! These three titles, written by teen services experts, offer practical guidance on all things teen at the library...

Jul 24: Find outstanding program evaluation tools and more in 'The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual' from YALSA

CHICAGO — Summer reading programs are in full swing across the country—just in time for library staff to appreciate the helpful evaluation materials in "The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual: From Planning to Evaluation," ...

Jul 24: An all-in-one 'Reference reference'

CHICAGO — As Carolyn M. Mulac writes in the introduction to her new book “Fundamentals of Reference,” the purpose of the work “is to present an outline of the big picture that is reference.” Published by...

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