Press Releases

Nov 19: New guide for physics selectors from ALCTS Collection Management Section

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the arrival of “Sudden Selectors Guide to Physics Resources” by Michael Fosmire. This brand-new title from the ALCTS Collection...

Nov 18: Hartford (Conn.) Public Library hosts 'Right to Libraries' Declaration signing ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. — A ceremony declaring the right of all Hartford residents access to vibrant libraries in their communities was held at Friday at the Hartford Public Library.

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is the cornerstone document of the American Library Association’s...

Nov 18: Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and...

Nov 15: Pledge your support for libraries and teens with YALSA and #GivingTuesday

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities,...

Nov 15: YALSA announces 2014 Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO – The time has come to DIY @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, is now open at www.ala.org...

Nov 15: Natalie Ziarnik receives 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Natalie Ziarnik.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a...

Nov 14: Libraries applaud dismissal of Google Book search case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After eight years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database.
 
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Nov 14: Hartford (Conn.) Public Library hosts 'Right to Libraries' Declaration signing event

HARTFORD, Conn. — A ceremony declaring the right of all Hartford residents access to vibrant libraries in their communities will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, at Hartford Public Library.

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is the cornerstone document of the...

Nov 14: Linked Data webinar series available

CHICAGO — LITA is offering a series of webinars on Linked Data. The series begins with “Linked data primer” from 11 a.m. to noon Central time on Dec. 5, 2013, continues with “Coding experiments to transform MARC to linked data” from 11 a.m. to noon Central time on Jan....

Nov 13: Coretta Scott King Meets Common Core in EMIERT winter quarterly webinar

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) continues its quarterly webinar series with a discussion of using the Coretta Scott King Book Awards titles from 1-2 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Join Kimberly A. Patton, youth services...

Nov 13: ALA launches Policy Revolution! initiative for libraries

Three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will accelerate information policy initiatives

Washington, D.C.--The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public...

Nov 12: Registration opens for 2014 National Día Program Registry

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is inviting librarians to register their 2014 El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) programs in the Día...

Nov 12: 2013 Revision of RDA: Resource Description and Access now available in print edition

CHICAGO — The newest print accumulation of RDA: Resource Description and Access is now available. RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2013 Revision (Includes July 2013 Updates) contains:

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Nov 12: Thousands to play games on all seven continents on Nov. 16 for International Games Day @ your library

On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s sixth annual International Games Day @ your library. This year there will be participants from all over the world on all seven continents (Antarctica!) playing a wide...

Nov 12: Nation’s school library leaders meet in Hartford, Conn. to discuss the evolving role of U.S. school library programs

CHICAGO – As schools integrate technologies to meet college and career readiness standards, it becomes increasingly important for educational decision makers to recognize the value of school libraries and librarians in ensuring 21st century literacy skills. School librarians from across the...

Nov 12: Measuring, analyzing and improving library services

CHICAGO — A library’s infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important. Summarizing specific tools for measuring service quality alongside tips for using these...

Nov 12: Action brief helps school librarians support Common Core State Standards implementation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians, in partnership with Achieve, has released an action brief on the role of school librarians in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The brief was designed not only for school librarians who are supporting higher...

Nov 12: Applications open for 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book...

Nov 12: YALSA announces Dolly Goyal as its 2014 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dolly Goyal as its 2014 Emerging Leader. Goyal will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in 2014. YALSA’s participation in the Emerging Leaders program is...

Nov 12: Free toolkit on starting a school library friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit geared toward school librarians looking to create a friends of the library group.

“Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries,” available at www.ala.org/united/...

Nov 12: Applications for United for Libraries Trustee awards due Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation through Dec. 31, 2013.

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

Nov 12: Digital Inclusion Survey for public libraries extended to Nov. 22

CHICAGO - Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.

Funded by the Institute of Museum and...

Nov 12: Green, Pauley, Sedaris and Sinek among all-stars coming to PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO — The speaker slate is full to the brim for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. From motivators, to informers, to entertainers, to authors, there’s somebody to please everybody on the agenda.

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Nov 11: Southern Connecticut State University MLS program loses ALA accreditation

CHICAGO — At its meeting at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the ALA Committee on Accreditation voted to withdraw accreditation from the Master of Library Science program offered by Southern Connecticut State University. The MLS program had held conditional accreditation status since...

Nov 11: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

CHICAGO — Do you know of a library that has had a successful library financial development program?  Recognize this successful project with a nomination for the Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award funded by Gale Cengage, Inc. 

Since 1985, The Gale Cengage...

Nov 11: Call for nominations: Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Do you know of an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship?

The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting...

Nov 11: ALSC announces Graphic Novels Reading List

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created Graphic Novel Reading Lists intended for children from kindergarten through 8th grade.   

These Graphic Novel Reading Lists are available for...

Nov 08: Preservation activities survey released

CHICAGO — "A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012" is a pilot survey coordinated by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library...

Nov 08: Librarians react against Harvard Publishing’s latest restrictions

CHICAGO — Effective August 1, 2013, Harvard Business Review (HBR), exclusively available in full-text from EBSCO, restricted access to 500 of its most used articles. The ability to print, download, or link to these articles has been removed and will only be restored for those subscribers who pay...

Nov 08: PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on Nov. 20, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host the fourth annual...

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