Press Releases

Jan 07: Highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show in upcoming American Libraries Live

CHICAGO — The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most important technology events in the world. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, knowing what goes on at CES is essential. In a special 30-minute episode of...

Jan 07: PLA’s webinar series shows how to get started with strong fundraising and development skills

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is launching a three-part Development and Fundraising Webinar Series beginning Jan. 22. This special series features three weekly webinars designed to provide public...

Jan 07: ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Building Community through Making' free webinar series continues with 'Making Strategic Partnerships'

CHICAGO – ALA President Barbara Stripling’s second installment of the Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” will be “Making Strategic Partnerships,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013....

Jan 07: PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration extended to Jan. 17

CHICAGO – In recognition of the deep freeze and snow that overtook much of the U.S. this past week, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the Chilly Bird Extension — a week-long extension of PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration. The new deadline is noon CT on Friday, Jan. 17.

Early...

Jan 07: 'Divergent' poster and other hot new materials in new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – Many exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation are included in the ALA Graphics Spring 2014 catalog. Spotlighted on the cover is a new...

Jan 06: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Trustees” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Libby Post, president of...

Jan 03: 'Creating Successful Adult Programs'

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Creating Successful Adult Programs, with Brett W. Lear. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on ...

Dec 30: Education, library leaders to host interactive copyright tweetchat

Washington, D.C.—Principals, superintendents and school librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject. School leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie...

Dec 27: 'Ideas + Community = Energy' — Lisa Bunker in ALA Masters session at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —  “The Library as a Catalyst for Innovation: Case Studies of Library Entrepreneurship Centers and Programming” is the latest addition to the ALA Masters Series at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Pima County Public Library’s Social Media...

Dec 26: 'Getting Started with Open Access'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Getting Started with Open Access, with Emily Puckett Rodgers and Meredith Kahn. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST/12...

Dec 26: United for Libraries to host discussion groups for friends, trustees and foundations at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host discussion groups for Friends group members, trustees and library Foundation staff/volunteers at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. All discussion groups will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC).

These are open...

Dec 26: Early Bird promotion for PLA 2014 offers chance to win set of 16 signed books from Green, Pauley, Sedaris and others

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), with generous support from several publishers, has kicked off the Sweet 16 Early Bird Promotion for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Individuals who register by the Early...

Dec 26: 'Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, with Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions...

Dec 26: 'Introducing RDA'

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Introducing RDA, with Chris Oliver. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 29,...

Dec 26: '#TumblarianProblems: Creating and Curating Your Tumblr Blog'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, #TumblarianProblems: Creating and Curating Your Tumblr Blog, with Kate Tkacik. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m...

Dec 26: 'How to Teach Online: A Beginner's Guide'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, How to Teach Online: A Beginner’s Guide, with Paul Signorelli and Dan Freeman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday,...

Dec 26: 'What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, with Susanne Caro. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday...

Dec 26: ALSC awards mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 15 libraries mini-grants to start their own Día Family Book Club. These clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual or second language books to provide an opportunity for families in  their community to come...

Dec 20: ALSC selects more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for...

Dec 18: ALA supports NSA surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A drumbeat of organizations are calling for reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance program. Late this afternoon, President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies released a report calling for transparency, online security tools, and...

Dec 17: Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association announce I Love My Librarian Award recipients

NEW YORK — Ten librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the...

Dec 17: Visions of the future library discussed in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — What challenges and changes lie ahead for our libraries? In “The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision?” a panel will look into the crystal ball and discuss the possibilities, led by moderator David Lee King, digital branch and services manager at...

Dec 17: New AASL webinar builds powerful partnerships to implement the Common Core

CHICAGO – Participants in “Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core,” a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will learn how to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of the Common Core State...

Dec 17: ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Libraries Transforming Communities initiative

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to...

Dec 17: Undertaking research projects in the workplace

CHICAGO —  Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, “Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value,” published by...

Dec 17: New from ACRL – 'Studying Students: A Second Look'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Studying Students: A Second Look,” edited by Nancy Fried Foster. The book revisits the ground-breaking ethnographic work done by the...

Dec 17: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor headlines Freedom to Read Foundation fundraiser in Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of the Alice series of books, will headline the Freedom to Read Foundation's (FTRF) annual banned/challenged author event in conjunction with the ...

Dec 17: James McBride and band wrap up Midwinter with reading-inspired music

CHICAGO -- Wrapping up 2014 Midwinter in Philadelphia and revving up for Annual Conference in Las Vegas, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and bestselling author James McBride and his gospel quintet will have attendees on their feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and...

Dec 17: Cashin to keynote celebration marking Dr. King’s enduring legacy at Midwinter

CHICAGO — Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, will keynote the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The celebration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27...

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