Press Releases

Mar 07: Disaster response and planning for libraries

CHICAGO—Fire, water, mold, construction problems, power-outages—mishaps like these can not only bring library services to a grinding halt, but can also destroy collections and even endanger employees. Preparing for the unexpected is the foundation of a library’s best response. “...

Mar 07: Assessing rebuilding efforts in Haiti: New libraries slowly rising, opening

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - “Two years after the earthquake, vast numbers of Haitian people are still struggling just to return to something resembling normal life,” said Leonard Kniffel, who returned March 5 from Port-au-Prince after a week of talks with librarians and government officials about...

Mar 07: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO – The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long ...

Mar 07: Vote for the talks you want to hear at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Public voting is now open through March 25, 2012 for more than 50 talks in two new formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the first time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced...

Mar 07: Mapping Transformation—Program proposals accepted through March 25 for Virtual Conference

Do you have a creative approach to share? Did you enhance an existing service?  Have you launched a new project that has transformed service at your library?

We’re looking for dynamic presenters to move the needle forward for the profession. If that’s you, this is your chance to...

Mar 07: Angell receives 2012 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2012 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Allison Angell.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to...
Mar 06: LITA Web Course: Getting Started with GIS

CHICAGO - LITA is pleased to announce the availability of a new Web Course: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library. The three-week course will be held April 9-30, 2012 and will consist of a combination...

Mar 06: AASL expands reach of Fall Forum with satellite site attendance options

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is expanding the educational reach of its biennial Fall Forum by offering registrants the opportunity to attend via one of four satellite sites. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take...

Mar 06: Registration open for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum.  “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” will be held Oct. 12 - 13, 2012, in Greenville,  S.C.  New this year, those unable to join AASL in South Carolina can attend the Fall Forum...

Mar 06: Your guide to the 2012 ALA elections

CHICAGO – As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2012 elections, an electronic election guide has been created to help inform members about the candidates and the election process.  “Your Guide to the 2012 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency...

Mar 06: Turock and Reed named ALA honorary members

CHICAGO – Dr. Betty J. Turock and Senator Jack Reed were elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20 to 24 in Dallas. Honorary membership, ALA's highest honor, is conferred in...

Mar 06: An in-depth guide for using social media in the K-12 classroom

CHICAGO -- Modern K-12 lessons should never be dull or rote. In today’s classrooms, educators can engage their students using a wide range of digital and social networking tools, from wikis and blogs to podcasts and videoconferences. In her timely new book, "...

Mar 06: The Hunger Games @ your library

CHICAGO –  With the success of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, teens and adults are equally excited about the movie’s upcoming release. Here are just a few ideas of how librarians across the country are tapping into readers' enthusiasm.

A "survival training class" and Capitol fashion...

Mar 06: Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

As library use increases, so does need for new technologies

CHICAGO - In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access....

Mar 06: PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

CHICAGO - Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in Room 122-A/B of the Pennsylvania...

Mar 06: Everything you need to know about Hiring, Training and Supervising Shelvers--new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new three-part workshop, Hiring, Training, and Supervising Shelvers with Patricia Tunstall.

Shelvers are crucial to library operations. They play a...

Mar 06: Learn all about the latest gadgets and gizmos in workshop with Jason Griffey

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of Jason Griffey's popular workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians. This two-part workshop will take place on Thursdays,...

Mar 06: Karen Danczak Lyons on value of PLA's 2012 Conference

CHICAGO – Next week, thousands of librarians and library professionals from across the country will gather in Philadelphia for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13 – 17.  In a video podcast, PLA Conference Chair and First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public...

Mar 06: Office for Diversity accepting nominations for Achievement in Library Diversity Research

CHICAGO - As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Office for Diversity is seeking nominations for the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honor. 

The Achievement in Library Diversity Research recognizes ALA members for...

Mar 06: More resources available to libraries serving diverse populations, time to prepare for celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) April 30

CHICAGO - As the nation’s population continues to become more diverse, more resources to serve those populations are now available to libraries through the new website devoted to El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día. Día encourages libraries to...

Mar 06: ALTAFF to present ‘With Friends Like These…’ at PLA Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present “With Friends Like These...” as part of the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference from 2-3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in...

Mar 06: Library interior design award submissions now being accepted

CHICAGO - The submission deadline for the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards is March 30.  These biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design and promote examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.  They are co-sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 06: RUSA preconference empowers generalists, new business librarians faced with business reference questions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming preconference, “Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference,” will provide librarians who may be intimidated by business reference questions with...

Mar 06: What is Drupal and what can it do for Your Library? Learn all about it in new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Drupal Basics: What Drupal Can Do for Your Library. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific ...

Mar 06: Preservation Week @ your library publicity tools available

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types can promote Preservation Week @ your library (April 22 - 28) with publicity tools offered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office (PIO).

During Preservation...

Mar 06: 'Transforming Libraries' webinar with R. David Lankes to kick off ALA President’s Empowering Voices initiative

CHICAGO –  Join a conversation on “Transforming Libraries” at a free webinar from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Visionary professor R. David Lankes, author of  the award-winning “Atlas of New Librarianship,” and Barbara Stripling, co-chair of ALA President Molly...

Mar 06: Scott Walter appointed College & Research Libraries editor

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Scott Walter to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Walter will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.

“Scott brings excellent...

Mar 06: ACRL selects Scholarly Communication Road Show hosts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Committee has selected five sites from 12 applications to host the “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop...

Mar 06: New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

CHICAGO – The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather...

Mar 06: Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference
CHICAGO – Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.  Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.  Preservation Week is pleased to have Steve Berry, New...

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