Press Releases

Sep 26: LaRue, Todaro seek 2016-17 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — James LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colo., and Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services at Austin (Texas) Community College, are the candidates for the 2016-17 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

LaRue has been an ALA member since 1994 and...

Sep 26: ALA announces slate of council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2015 ALA Election:

Joann Absi, Media...

Sep 24: It's here! Celebrate Banned Books Week!

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals...

Sep 23: Quiz promotes Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

Which banned book are you?

CHICAGO — Take the new online “Which Banned Book Are You” quiz and find out which banned or challenged book best fits your personality...

Sep 23: PLA Leadership Academy application deadline of Sept. 30 is almost here

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will accept applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community through Sept. 30. This special event, held March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., will...

Sep 23: Six programs commended for support of school libraries

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs based on the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and...

Sep 23: Using extensible processing to reduce backlogs

CHICAGO — A 2010 OCLC report found that an Internet-accessible finding aid existed for only 44 percent of archival collections. Undescribed collections are essentially hidden from users, and much of the blame can be assigned to the strain of processing backlogs. Extensible processing offers an...

Sep 23: AASL Fall Forum panel epitomizes district collaboration for blended learning

CHICAGO – An expert panel showcasing an exemplary school district collaboration to create a truly blended learning experience has been added to the AASL 2014 Fall Forum. Moderated by Fall Forum committee chair, Steven Yates, and featuring the AASL 2014 Distinguished School Administrator Award...

Sep 23: YALSA opens up 2015 summer reading and teen intern grant applications

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened up the applications for its 2015 summer reading and teen intern grants.

Through generous...

Sep 22: LLAMA webinar provides tips for managing library instruction/outreach

CHICAGO — If you’re looking for fresh ideas about managing your library outreach and instruction program, then LLAMA has a webinar that can help.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Tips for Managing a Library Instruction/Outreach Program,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m...

Sep 22: PLA Midwinter Institute features Valerie J. Gross and strategies to redefine the public library

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a thought-provoking Institute at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. "Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Our Distinctive Purpose" will be presented by Valerie J. Gross, president...

Sep 22: Booklist chosen again for 2014 National Reading Group Month and Great Group Reads

CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been...

Sep 22: Applications for ALA Trustee Citation due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2015.

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

Sep 22: Banks and Ford named 2014-2015 co-chairs of planned giving campaign

CHICAGO — Coming on board to lead the next phase of the 15 x 15 planned giving campaign are new co-chairs Robert Banks and Barbara Ford. In June 2012, ALA launched an ambitious campaign to raise $15 million in future support to the Association by Dec. 31, 2015.

As of Sept. 1, 2014, 51...

Sep 19: The University of Illinois and LRRT host the Sixth Library Research Seminar in October

CHICAGO With support from the Library Research Round Table (LRRT), the Sixth Library Research Seminar (LRS VI) will take place in Urbana, Ill., on Oct. 7-9. Focused on the theme of “The Engaged Librarian,” LRS VI will bring together LIS/iSchool faculty, graduate...

Sep 19: Carterette Professional Development Grant available — apply now

CHICAGO —There’s nothing like attending a library conference or workshop to spark new interest, excitement and motivation in a library employee. That’s why Pat Carterette, a former Staff Development specialist, was always in the forefront of encouraging people to sign up, go…learn something new...

Sep 19: ALCTS offers new cataloging Web course

CHICAGO - A new "Fundamentals" Web course is coming from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  "...

Sep 19: ALA Awards 2014 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2014.

The grants consist of a one-time $2...

Sep 18: ALA 2015 Scholarship application now available

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master'...

Sep 17: LITA Scholarships in Library and Information Science

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

Sep 16: United for Libraries supports award-winning filmmakers raising funds for library documentary

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is asking library friends, foundations, trustees and all library advocates to support filmmak­ers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor (Serendipity Films) as they ask library lovers across Amer­ica to help them make the first-ever national broadcast documentary...

Sep 16: Using Twitter for marketing and outreach

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a new session of the popular workshop, Using Twitter for Marketing and Outreach with Andy Burkhardt. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday,...

Sep 16: School librarians shine as Connected Educators in October

CHICAGO — This October 2014, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) joins more than 300 major education organizations in celebrating Connected Educator Month (CEM). Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, CEM...

Sep 16: EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago...

Sep 16: Readers' advisory for genre blends

CHICAGO — Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. “...

Sep 16: Explore accreditation, managing change, precision Googling and more with fall 2014 ACRL e-learning

CHICAGO  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2014 to meet the demands of your...

Sep 16: Free webinar explores the makings of an award-winning school library program

CHICAGO — Creating a library program can be daunting regardless of an audience’s age. Developing a program for K-8 students— one that aligns with curriculum, stays on budget and keeps kids engaged — comes with a unique set of challenges.

A free webinar, “The R.O.A.D. I Travel: A Program...

Sep 16: Choice to launch Guest of Choice editorial feature

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, is initiating a new feature in its editorial lineup, a series of guest editorials informally called “Guest of Choice.” Contributed by creative and...

Sep 16: LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 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 through communication in continuing education within the field of...

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