Press Releases

Jun 21: New library study: demand up for technology, budget cuts limit access

CHICAGO - A new national report shows that U.S. public libraries continue to expand as technology centers for communities, providing essential resources for job-seekers and support for critical e-government services. In addition, as the demand for e-books increases, libraries are the starting...

Jun 21: Libraries vital in FCC’s efforts to build out broadband to native nations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) submitted a filing (PDF) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday in response to...

Jun 20: PR Xchange offers inspiring public relations ideas

CHICAGO - Would you like to start or add to your idea file of interesting, eye-catching, beautiful bookmarks, brochures, fliers, posters, magnets and other materials to promote library services and resources?  This is your chance to collect samples of promotional materials, to network with...

Jun 20: More Great Web Sites for Kids from ALSC

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of...

Jun 20: Upcoming ACRL e-Learning on winning library grants, classroom assessment and digital learning materials

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in summer 2011 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at...

Jun 20: ALA Conference Store at Annual Conference, New Orleans

CHICAGO - Find the ALA Conference Store at Booth # 2531 on the main aisle near the center of the exhibition hall, across from the Membership Pavilion - an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to...

Jun 20: ALA outlines library priorities for reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments (PDF) to the leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...

Jun 20: Future of libraries ‘confronted’ in new ALA Office for Information Technology Policy report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) latest policy brief breaks down the formidable challenges in store for libraries during the next few decades. The brief,...

Jun 17: Descriptions of 2011 "Cutting-edge Services" released by OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and its Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century (AL21C) Subcommittee have released detailed...

Jun 17: YALSA launches Network for Research on Libraries and Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, launched its online Network for Research on Libraries and Teens at http://yaresearch.ning.com . The resource is freely accessible to any...

Jun 17: Michael Gorman recounts his library life in new memoir

CHICAGO — From his earliest reading memories in wartime Britain through five decades of librarianship, eminent librarian and former ALA President Michael Gorman offers insights from his extraordinary career in “Broken Pieces: A Library...

Jun 17: Stephanie Laurens among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "Isn’t it Romantic?" event at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Isn’t it Romantic?” from 8 to 10 a.m. CDT on Monday, June 27 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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Jun 17: 2011 Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

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

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

Jun 14: Another year of programs for teens

CHICAGO — In this sequel to the book that "takes teen services to a new level" (Adolescence), YA experts Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton present entirely new content while building on the successful formula they...

Jun 14: ALA announces “Discover Earth,” an interactive traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity...

Jun 14: Streaming live @ your library®

CHICAGO – When residents of Groton, Conn., want to know what’s happening at their library, all they have to do is tune in to find out.

Since 2002, the Groton Public Library has used the @ your library® brand as the title for its monthly library talk show. 

“The show was born...

Jun 14: Ellsberg film screening and speaker series focuses attention on war, secrecy and information

CHICAGO — Two programs at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference will focus attendees’ attention on current events by highlighting an important moment in the nation’s history—Daniel Ellsberg and the release of the Pentagon Papers.  In the current context of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, Ellsberg and the...

Jun 14: Attend the PLA Mega Issue Discussion at Annual and enter to win a free PLA 2012 Conference registration

CHICAGO - From 9:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday, June 25 at the Westin Canal Place, Magnolia Ballroom, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a dynamic Mega Issue Discussion on membership...

Jun 14: “Obligation to Endure” screening highlights librarians’ role in saving EPA libraries

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association will present a screening of the documentary short “Obligation to Endure” from 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Morial Convention Center, Auditorium C during the 2011 ALA Annual...

Jun 14: Poundstone, Borowitz among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s “The Laugh’s On Us!”, sponsored by Playaway, at ALA 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!” featuring comedian, writer and ALTAFF national spokesperson Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 CDT on Sunday,...

Jun 14: America Reads Spanish FREE PASSPORT TO LIBER 2011 Program

CHICAGO - America Reads Spanish, American Library Association and LIBER International Book Fair are partnering this year to provide support for American librarians to attend the 29th edition of the Spanish International Book Fair (LIBER) in Madrid from Oct. 5 - Oct. 7, 2011.

The...

Jun 14: Three Friends groups win ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards

PHILADELPHIA - Three Friends of the Library groups will be recognized with Baker & Taylor Awards from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea, held from 2 to 4 p....

Jun 14: By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Young Adult Readers' Advisory eCourse

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions is offering a new session of its facilitated eCourse on Young Adult Readers’ Advisory Services. Jessica Moyer, an...

Jun 14: Registration still open for preconferences dedicated to public library professionals at ALA Annual

CHICAGO - On Friday, June 24, at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present three unique preconferences dedicated...

Jun 14: Roberta Stevens’ Frontline Fundraising Town Hall program highlights donor relationships, new toolkit

NEW ORLEANS – Learn to raise private funds using the power of the Internet, as well how to build lasting relationships with donors, at the Frontline Fundraising Town hall program which takes place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 in the River Room at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New...

Jun 14: Meredith Farkas shows how to implement innovative mobile services in new workshop

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CHICAGO - The use of smartphones has exploded in the past year--nearly half of the U.S. Population currently accesses the Internet through a...

Jun 14: Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and ALTAFF to dedicate a Literary Landmark honoring Frances Parkinson Keyes during ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), along with the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, will dedicate the Beauregard-Keyes House, 111 Chartres St., New Orleans, as a...

Jun 14: S.J. Watson among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "Mystery and Horror @ your library" event at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Mystery and Horror @ your library” from 10:30 a.m. to noon CDT on Sunday, June 26 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans...

Jun 14: Nation’s top school libraries shatter traditional stereotypes

AASL to Showcase Tech-Friendly Libraries at New Orleans Conference, June 27

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA),  will present three of the nation’s leading school library programs...

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