Press Releases

Apr 20: Make two clicks for advocacy with YALSA’s Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map on NLLD

CHICAGO — Can’t make it to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, can offer you a way to advocate for teen library services with just two clicks of a mouse: the Tweet...

Apr 20: Protecting intellectual freedom in public libraries

CHICAGO — There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. Published by ALA Editions, “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your...

Apr 20: ALA election closes April 27

CHICAGO — The 2012 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m.  CDT on Friday, April 27. If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so! If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process. In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting...

Apr 20: ACRL establishes four new discussion groups

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the establishment of four new discussion groups, which were approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  The new discussion groups and their charges are as follows:

The...

Apr 19: The power of storytelling in your job search - a free online chat

CHICAGO — How many times have you heard the words, "Tell me about yourself"?   Did you know that this interview question is a fantastic opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from other candidates?  Did you know that powerfully written accomplishment statements on your resume can help you...

Apr 19: YALSA opens program proposals for 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will accept proposals for programs for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Proposals may be submitted through May 31 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/...

Apr 18: ALA, ALTAFF announce new Joint Trustee Membership program with chapters

Following up on the success of joint membership programs for library students and support staff, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of...

Apr 18: The latest on e-books, digital content, digital literacy in libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Sparking innovation around e-books and digital content in libraries, a wide range of transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups, high-profile speakers and updates from ALA leadership about their ongoing e-book dialog with publishers will mark the 2012 ALA...

Apr 18: Be part of book award history at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will take place at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Attendees at the event will be the first to hear which two authors win the...

Apr 17: Librarians promote reading by participating in World Book Night

CHICAGO — Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading,  printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone...

Apr 17: Libraries empower Americans to Choose Privacy from surveillance

CHICAGO – In today’s digital world, nothing is private. Every keystroke, every Web search and every email is recorded. Whether through social media, credit cards, GPS, biometrics or even coupons, emerging technologies have made it possible for organizations and government agencies to monitor the...

Apr 17: Registration for ASCLA’s online course “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities” closes Thursday, April 19

CHICAGO — Registration is open through close-of-business on Thursday, April 19 for “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities,” an online course offered by the ...

Apr 17: AASL announces winners of School Library Month video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce the winners of the "You Belong @ Your School Library" Student Video Contest.  The contest solicited videos illustrating why the school library is (either physically or virtually) the place to be. Forty-two...

Apr 17: AASL seeks proposals for preconference workshops at the AASL 16th national conference in Hartford, Conn.

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for preconference workshops to be presented during the AASL 16th National Conference and Exhibition. Preconference workshops will be held on Wed., Nov. 13 and Thurs., Nov 14. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. ...

Apr 17: Carnegie-Whitney Grant 2012 award winners

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Apr 17: 2012 ASCLA President’s Program features “Duct Tape Marketing” author John Jantsch

CHICAGO — John Jantsch, best-selling author of "Duct Tape Marketing" and "The Referral Engine", will speak at the President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in...

Apr 17: Cheryl Gould of Fully Engaged Libraries to speak at ALTAFF’s Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at the ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 23 at the Anaheim Marriott, Newport Beach and...

Apr 17: 'Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots' webinar to showcase examples of community advocacy efforts

CHICAGO – “Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots” will be the topic of a free webinar sponsored by ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 2.

In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two...

Apr 17: Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes join Henry Jenkins as AASL 2012 Fall Forum facilitators

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has added Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes to the roster of facilitators for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum, "Transliteracy and the School Library Program.”  Fontichiaro and Lankes will join media studies scholar, Henry Jenkins, in...

Apr 17: ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant awarded to the Iowa Association of School Librarians

CHICAGO – The Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL) and its program “Growing the Next Generation of Leaders: A Leadership Academy,” were named the winner of the 2012 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Established in 1986 and sponsored by ABC-CLIO...

Apr 17: ASCLA award for innovative universal access project shared by 'Books for Dessert' program and 'Digital Access Project'

CHICAGO — This year’s ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award, an annual honor presented by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), will be presented to two organizations that produced noteworthy services and programming for library users...

Apr 17: South Carolina Library Association wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces, in cooperation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-Elect Maureen Sullivan, that the South Carolina Library Association...

Apr 17: YALSA opens registration, grant applications for Teen Read Week™

2012 theme is It Came from the Library

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched its Teen Read Week 2012 website at www.ala....

Apr 17: AASL Research Grants awarded to Ann Dutton Ewbank and Daniella Smith

CHICAGO — Researchers Ann Dutton Ewbank from Arizona and Daniella Smith from Texas are the 2012 recipients of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Research Grant sponsored by Capstone. Established in 1993, AASL Research Grants are given to up to two school librarians, library...

Apr 17: Hostile Questions engage writers in new Booklist Online interview series

CHICAGO — An aggressive interviewer might put off potential interviewees, but in the case of the new weekly Hostile Questions interview that Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Dan Kraus recently...

Apr 17: Jay L. Verkler wins RUSA award for contributions to genealogical reference

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section has selected Jay L. Verkler, past president and CEO of FamilySearch.org, as the winner of the 2012...

Apr 17: Hundreds of libraries will participate in 'Money Smart Week @ your library,' April 21-28

CHICAGO — Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will be helping members of their communities become money smart next week, April 21-28. “Money Smart Week @ your library” is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to expand...

Apr 16: New Brad Meltzer promotion on atyourlibrary.org

CHICAGO — National Library Week may have ended last week, but atyoulibrary.org carries on the spirit of celebration with a new contest focusing on National Library Week Honorary Chair Brad Meltzer.

Each day a new question will be posted to ...

Apr 16: AASL president comments on White House response to school library petition

CHICAGO — President Obama’s administration has responded to a petition created in support of school library programs by Carl Harvey, Indiana school librarian and the president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  Harvey discusses the response from Roberto Rodriguez,...

Apr 13: Register now for prison library tour hosted by ASCLA at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Learn about the value of libraries behind bars by participating in “Locked Up!: Go Inside a Juvenile Detention Center,” a prison library tour at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference offered by the ...

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