Press Releases

Jun 11: YALSA releases new Teen Space Guidelines

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, published a new set of national guidelines on teen spaces. The Teen Space Guidelines offer library staff a blueprint for creating effective, welcoming spaces for teens in libraries and...

Jun 11: Attorney Michael Bamberger wins FTRF Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO — First Amendment attorney Michael A. Bamberger has been named the recipient of the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.

“For over 30 years, Michael  Bamberger has been one of the unsung heroes of the fight to protect free...

Jun 11: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund introduces catastrophic disaster relief grants

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has introduced two new catastrophic disaster relief grants as part of Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  The Beyond Words program, a collaboration between AASL and the National Education Association (NEA),...

Jun 11: Multicultural storytime magic all year long

CHICAGO — Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it’s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism should not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In “...

Jun 11: Get an in-depth look at PLDS data and PLAmetrics at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Data driven public librarians should be sure to attend the PLAmetrics Demonstration and User Group meeting at 10:30 a.m. - noon, Sunday, June 24, in Salon 1 of the Hyatt Regency Orange County. This event at the ALA 2012...

Jun 11: Registration remains open for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Registration for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference will remain open until their starting time at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22. These three programs in team building, innovative management and public library advocacy do require registration; however, attendees are not required...

Jun 08: Less than one week left to register for Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy training

CHICAGO — Registration closes on June 13 for the summer session of Turning the Page 2.0. This free, online course provides public library advocacy training in a uniquely interactive and personal format. The six-week program...

Jun 08: Best-selling posters and gifts, free shipping on book purchases at ALA Store at Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim at Booth # 1728 on the main aisle in the Exhibit Hall, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to...

Jun 07: Many Voices, One Nation welcomes Chertavian, Fekadu, Huerta

CHICAGO — Gerald Chertavian, Tewodros Fekadu and Javier O. Huerta will join Many Voices, One Nation: Anaheim, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday June 22 in the Anaheim Convention Center Room Room 304 AB, during the 2012 ALA Annual...

Jun 07: EBSCO awards seven scholarships for ALA Annual

~Librarians earn funding to help them grow professionally, better serve their users, and advance the field of librarianship~   

Birmingham, Ala. —In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA),...

Jun 07: Tulare County librarian to discuss matching people with jobs at national conference

Washington, D.C. — Since the economic downturn began a few years ago, more and more people have turned to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Consequently, workforce development has become an expanded, new service role for libraries.

To help community leaders learn...

Jun 05: 2012 Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is awarding a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic...

Jun 05: Patty McManus featured at ASCLA’s 'Essential Facilitation' program in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, is offering the upcoming conference program “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding...

Jun 05: Rita Moss recognized by RUSA BRASS for outstanding contributions to business librarianship

CHICAGO — Rita W. Moss, business and economics librarian and head of the social sciences team, Davis Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the 2012 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship - an annual honor presented by the Business...

Jun 05: Reserve free 30-minute sessions with library consultants at 'Consultants Give Back' event

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. — an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions...

Jun 05: Caregiver's Toolkit ready for use

CHICAGO —The American Library Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) has created an online Caregiver's Toolkit that provides resources and links for both caregivers and those who supervise or work with...

Jun 05: ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Hall—'a wonder to engage in'

CHICAGO —Awesome, innovative, amazing, beyond imagination—these are some of the words ALA Annual Conference attendees used about the 2011 “panorama of what’s new and exciting in the information industry,” and this year...

Jun 05: Season seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

CHICAGO — In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This...

Jun 05: Notable Book author, New York Times best-seller and Carnegie Medal finalist Banks at RUSA Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO —Russell Banks, acclaimed author of “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Rule of the Bone” and 2012 Notable Book “Lost Memory of Skin” (Ecco) joins the author lineup alongside Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams for the 2012 Literary Tastes program, an author event hosted by the...

Jun 05: Registration now open for 2012 LITA National Forum

CHICAGO —Registration is available for the 2012 LITA National Forum, "New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix.," to be held Oct. 4-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Columbus, Ohio.  Register for "New World of...

Jun 05: YALSA seeks editor for award-winning quarterly journal

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services, and its online companion. The...

Jun 05: Ashley Maynor receives the 2012 Justin Winsor Essay Award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO —The Library History Round Table has awarded Ashley Maynor the 2012 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $100 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay...

Jun 05: Crosswalk connects Common Core State Standards

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) provides another tool to demonstrate the school library program’s connection to student learning, with the publication of a new Common...

Jun 05: Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,...

Jun 05: ALA president and president-elect in free webinar focusing on association, presidential initiatives

CHICAGO —“Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation within ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of...

Jun 05: 2010-11 American Library Association Annual Report underscores successes, concerns for libraries

CHICAGO —The recently released 2010-11 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Roberta Stevens, including “Frontline Fundraising,” “Our Authors, Our...

Jun 05: Library History Round Table announces Bernadette Lear as the Donald G. Davis Article Award recipient

CHICAGO —Bernadette Lear, Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian at Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, is the 2012 winner of the Donald G. Davis Article Award presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT).  This award is given every second...

Jun 05: 'Empowering Diverse Voices' leadership video series shares spectrum of leadership

CHICAGO —The diverse paths to leadership in the profession are highlighted in a new “Empowering Diverse Voices” leadership video series, available on the American Library Association’s YouTube Channel.  The...

Jun 05: Jones, Carrillo, Hsue winners of 2012 LITA scholarships

CHICAGO —The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the winners of annual scholarships it sponsors jointly with three organizations:  Baker & Taylor,  LSSI and OCLC, Inc.   These scholarships are for master’s level...

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