Press Releases

Dec 04: YALSA names 2014 William C. Morris Award finalists

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2014 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will...

Dec 03: The John Cotton Dana Award accepting online entries

CHICAGOThe American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management...

Dec 03: Gaming circles the world during ALA's International Games Day

CHICAGO — On Saturday, Nov. 16, libraries around the world on all seven continents celebrated games and gaming for the American Library Association’s International Games Day @ your library. This event occurs on the third Saturday of each November as a way to reconnect communities through their...

Dec 03: 'News You Can Use' — policy, research, statistics, technology at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Experts from across library-related fields will again offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more in the cluster of “...

Dec 03: Community Engagement, from aspirations to TEDx, at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In keeping with ALA’s ongoing commitment to increased engagement between libraries and the communities they serve, the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting offers several related sessions. From innovative uses of TEDx events to spark community conversations to a...

Dec 03: LITA Web course available: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is announcing the availability of Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 6, 8, 10, and 13...

Dec 03: LITA offering two full-day workshops in Philadelphia

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two Midwinter Workshops from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in Philadelphia.

"Strategic Social Media: Creating Library Community Online" will be presented by Doralyn Rossmann, Scott Young, Angela Tate and...

Dec 03: 2014 Midwinter Meeting attendees invited to 'kitchen-table' type conversations

CHICAGO — In an invitation to 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling encouraged everyone to participate in the kitchen-table type conversations designed to be a step toward making ALA an innovation space where...

Dec 03: ALSC releases Tween Recommended Reads list

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year.

The Tween Recommended Reads list includes 25 titles...

Dec 02: ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90...

Dec 02: Greenway and Zevin added to Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Alice Greenway and Gabrielle Zevin have been added to the line-up for  United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Greenway and Zevin will join Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd...

Dec 02: LLAMA Midwinter Career Institute will focus on writing and editing skills

CHICAGO — Writing or editing a professional publication is a great way to build skills and advance your career.   Are you are interested in expressing your opinion, telling a story or sharing an experience?   Are you conducting research that you want to publish? Are you looking for new...

Dec 02: AASL sponsors Emerging Leaders Beth Ebenstein Mulch and Jillian Rudes

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2014 ALA Midwinter...

Dec 02: ReadersFirst on library e-book vendors and more at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In an ALA Masters Series Session at ALA Midwinter Meeting, members of ReadersFirst — a movement to improve e-book access and services for public library users — will...

Nov 26: Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA file brief in lawsuit challenging Arizona ethnic studies ban

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) yesterday joined with the American Library Association and several other library, education and free speech organizations in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...

Nov 26: Last week to apply for ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — This is the last week to nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Monday, Dec. 2. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards,...

Nov 25: Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling....

Nov 25: Nominations open for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are open  for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

The initiative began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president in 2007-2008 and...

Nov 25: Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time. A...

Nov 25: Join ALA and United for Libraries as a personal member by Feb. 28 and receive a free book

PHILADELPHIA — New United for Libraries personal members who join by Feb. 28 will receive their choice of “The Complete Library Trustee Handbook” or “Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.” Add United for Libraries to a current ALA personal membership, or join both ALA and United for...

Nov 25: Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA – The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013)....

Nov 25: Web scale discovery services examined in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive...

Nov 25: Call for International Poster Sessions

CHICAGO - The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions Committee invites you to submit poster session proposals on international themes -- share your best ideas and work with...

Nov 25: Nominations open for John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014...

Nov 25: Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their...

Nov 25: Call for International Papers and Projects Session

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled...

Nov 22: LLAMA Webinar addresses managing intergeneration teams

CHICAGO — Is managing your baby-boomer staff the same as managing millennials?  Not always!  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Talking about the Generations: communicating with and managing intergenerational teams,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on...

Nov 22: John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO - The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an...

Nov 20: RUSA institute arms generalists, researchers, librarians with tools for genealogical quests

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming professional development institute, “Genealogy Resources for Librarians,” sponsored by ProQuest, will address issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or...

Nov 19: Nation’s largest school librarian conference educates and inspires

Hartford, Conn. — Three-thousand inspired school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests left the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition ready to "rise to the challenge" of the profession. The largest conference dedicated solely to the...

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