Press Releases

Oct 27: Official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug.15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015). Altogether, over 27,000 votes were cast for the...

Oct 26: Enhance your services and engage users

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop Facebook in the Library: Enhancing Services and Engaging Users with David Lee King. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

Oct 23: Mary Frances Berry to keynote 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Acclaimed civil rights activist and academic Dr. Mary Frances Berry will keynote the 2016 Dr. Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:...

Oct 23: ALA to launch Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital...

Oct 23: Abbas, Koh selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2016 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen June Abbas, professor, and Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2016...

Oct 23: FRBR, before and after

CHICAGO — Karen Coyle’s expert ability to draw from the deep historical background of cataloging theory to illuminate the potentials of library data on the Web helped win her the...

Oct 22: Respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library, with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Oct 21: Apply for the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Tech Education

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by...

Oct 21: LIS Students: Apply for the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by...

Oct 21: Apply for LIS Scholarships from LITA

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for three scholarships:

Oct 21: Nominations sought for prestigious Kilgour Research Award

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2015...

Oct 20: ALSC applauds American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, applauds the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on its recent revisions to guidelines addressing “screen time” for young children.  ALSC President Andrew Medlar released the...

Oct 20: GLBTRT seeks nominees for first-ever Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the inaugural Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community. 

The award, to be given for the first time this year, will honor recent library initiatives that demonstrate excellence in library...

Oct 20: Apply now for $5,000 ALA award for library programming excellence

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for its 2016 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

The $5,000 award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund,...

Oct 20: Isaac Mizrahi, 'irrepressible' designer and star, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO -- Designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert and soon-to-be published literary memoirist...

Oct 20: Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to help struggling readers

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association encourages schools and libraries everywhere to reach out to struggling teen readers who would benefit from access to libraries and reading materials, including during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, 2015, which is being celebrated with the theme...

Oct 20: ALA applauds Robert Bocher appointment to E-rate program oversight body

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) applauded Robert (Bob) Bocher’s appointment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fill the...

Oct 19: ALA, COSLA help libraries LEAP ahead and increase broadband capacity

Washington, D.C. – The launch of a new phase of the federally-funded E-rate reform program aimed at improving broadband capacity to serve community education and learning needs was announced today by the American Library Association (ALA)and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA...

Oct 19: Choice debuts content, tools tailored for community college market

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUTChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, premieres content specifically crafted for community college libraries in the November 2015 issue of Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online....

Oct 19: LLAMA Webinar provides tools, tips and tricks for management success

CHICAGO — Many librarians are hired or promoted into management positions without the benefit of specific management training.  The knowledge they need to become good managers must often be learned on the fly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “...

Oct 19: RUSA will host two Institutes, 'Reference Interview' and 'History Genealogy Workshop,' during Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host two Institutes, Reference Interview” and “History Genealogy Workshop on Friday, January 8, 2016 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

“...

Oct 19: ASCLA to host two noteworthy institutes, 'Assembling a Consulting Toolkit' and 'Sustainable Staff Development,' at Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host two noteworthy institutes, "Assembling a Consulting Toolkit" and “Sustainable Staff Development,” at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

ASCLA’s full-day Institute, "...

Oct 19: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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Oct 19: Library management in disruptive times

CHICAGO — Helping readers to envision the purpose and value of future libraries and see change as a rare opportunity to create truly new roles for librarians, “Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and Knowledge for an Uncertain...

Oct 19: Celebrities, Star Wars and more in the new ALA Graphics Winter Catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ 2015 Winter catalog features new materials to entice and encourage those to explore all you have to offer!

You are sure to find something for everyone with our new winter product lineup! Awaken minds with this new...

Oct 18: ALA unveils shortlist for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO-The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United...

Oct 16: Laughlin withdraws candidacy for 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has withdrawn her candidacy for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA), citing a family health matter requiring her full attention.

“I will forever count...

Oct 16: Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is 'fair use'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement...

Oct 16: Nominations open for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO Many of us know librarians who have helped bring about significant, constructive change in our profession. Now is the time to nominate those individuals for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.

This biennial award recognizes a librarian who invests time and...

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