Press Releases

Jun 10: Building a core print collection for preschoolers

CHICAGO — Since children develop the critical language and early reading skills necessary to enter kindergarten between birth and age 5, reading aloud is one of the most influential steps librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can take to foster preschoolers’ literacy skills. Early...

Jun 10: United for Libraries to host ‘Hot Picks for Book Clubs’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Hot Picks for Book Clubs,” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, N236, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Join Ana Castillo, Ann Hood, Rebecca Rasmussen and Julie Lawson Timmer as they...

Jun 09: Philippe Petit to speak at United for Libraries’ President’s Program at Annual

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will welcome Philippe Petit, subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” at United for Libraries President’s Program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Join United for Libraries...

Jun 09: ALA announces unique opportunity to host Shakespeare’s 1623 ‘First Folio’ in traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), invites applications for the traveling exhibition Shakespeare and His First...

Jun 09: Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store

CHICAGO Longer hours and easy access in the Grand Concourse of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing...

Jun 09: Two School Library Research articles recognized by LIRT

CHICAGO – Two articles from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) online research journal, School Library Research, have been named 2013 Top Twenty articles by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The full list of articles...

Jun 09: ALA announces winner of the first-ever Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
 
CHICAGO – Laurence Copel, youth outreach librarian and founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library, New Orleans, is the first recipient of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will present Copel with...
Jun 09: ALA-APA recognizes University of Maine at Augusta graduates

CHICAGO The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the University of...

Jun 08: AASL shares the 'state of the association' during new virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) held its first virtual membership meeting on Sunday, June 8. This annual meeting, formerly a face-to-face event presented during the ALA Annual Conference, provided AASL members with a “state of the association” update via reports...

Jun 06: Taylor Swift makes her READ poster debut

CHICAGO — Joining the nearly 200 actors, musicians, and cultural icons who have participated in the ALA Celebrity READ poster campaign since 1985, seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster. A passionate...

Jun 04: Banned Books Week 2014 celebrates graphic novels

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year's celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels.   This year's Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a...

Jun 03: United for Libraries names Dr. Argiro Morgan ALA Trustee Citation recipient

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has named Dr. Argiro Morgan of St. Tammany Parish (La.) Library as the recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the...

Jun 03: STEP into storytime for newborns to 5-year-olds

CHICAGO — Story Time Effective Practice (STEP), developed by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt, is an approach that articulates the link between child development theory and storytimes. “STEP into Storytime: Using StoryTime...

Jun 03: ALA conference sessions to teach library professionals to 'turn outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Library professionals are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to offer a series of sessions at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference that will help librarians leverage their...

Jun 03: Tablet computers in school libraries and classrooms discussed in new e-book

CHICAGO — According to Pew Research, nearly a quarter of teens already own a tablet computer, with younger children not far behind. With the use of these handheld devices continuing to grow by leaps and bounds each year, tablets are coming to your school district soon, if they haven't already...

Jun 03: United for Libraries to host ‘Quirky Books’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians,” 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, N252,  at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Join United for Libraries as Liz Climo, Ian Doescher, Caitlin Doughty, Jennifer...

Jun 03: 2014 ALSC National Institute Early Bird Registration deadline is June 30

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages members planning to register for the 2014 ALSC National Institute to do so before the June 30 early bird registration deadline. Members will save $35 on the cost of registration if they sign up...

Jun 03: Debra Gold Hansen's article 'Depoliticizing the California State Library' receives Davis Award from LHRT

CHICAGO The winner of the 2014 Donald G. Davis Article Award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT), is Debra Gold Hansen for the article, "Depoliticizing the California State Library: The Political and...

Jun 03: Tweet to win tickets to United for Libraries’ ‘The Laugh’s On Us,' sponsored by SAGE

PHILADELPHIA — In their daily interactions with students, researchers and library patrons of all stripes, librarians are bound to hear (and overhear) humorous remarks that provide comic relief all the time.

Librarians are invited to share the words that that have caused them to smile,...

Jun 03: Using WebDewey® and understanding Dewey Decimal Classification®

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using WebDewey® and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification®. Cheryl Tarsala will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse, starting on...

Jun 03: The Whole Library Handbook for teen services

CHICAGO — ALA's popular and respected Whole Library Handbook series continues with “The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services,” published by ALA Editions. Specifically geared towards those...

Jun 03: Expert panel connects educators to the digital education transformation

CHICAGO – Prestigious members of the Project Connect team will discuss how information professionals can reimagine the ways they support student learning during a panel presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL),...

Jun 03: 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair to celebrate successful family literacy initiatives, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected 36 presentations for the 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p .m. on Saturday, June 28 in the Special Events area in Exhibits Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center during ALA’s Annual...

Jun 03: College & Research Libraries 75th anniversary issue article selections announced

CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming celebration of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) asked the journal’s readers to help identify...

Jun 03: Participate in the ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt at Annual in Las Vegas

CHICAGO Attending the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas?  Join in the fun and participate in the ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt! Read on for details.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Running from Friday night through Monday of Annual (Friday, June...

Jun 02: 2014 'Building a Home Library' bibliographies now available

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) – Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from the Association for Library Service to Children’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, has created four Building a Home Library bibliographies. These...

Jun 02: Take advantage of programming dedicated to public library staff at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – With three preconferences and nearly 20 programs, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an array of programming dedicated to public library staff attending the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Things get...

Jun 02: PLA Boot Camp application deadline is June 13

CHICAGO — The application deadline, June 13, for the Public Library Association (PLA) Results Boot Camp is fast approaching. The program, “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs,”...

Jun 02: Panelists share insights, tools for boosting library and community broadband access at ALA conference

LAS VEGAS—From E-rate to network neutrality, national attention is focused on the “need for (broadband) speed” to support innovation, learning and digital inclusion in the modern world. And yet, too many libraries and communities are in danger of falling behind with internet speeds that crawl...

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