Press Releases

Oct 17: ALA Fun Run is back

Health minded attendees have weighed in; a Think Fit @ ALA focus unveils at Midwinter Conference 2012

 

Following an eight-year hiatus, health-conscious attendees have encouraged the ALA to reinstate the Fun Run.  Open...

Oct 17: Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO - Applications are being accepted for the new Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award, administered by the newly-formed ALA Retired Members Round Table (RMRT), with funds provided by Scarecrow Press. The $1,000 award is named in honor of the late ALA Honorary Member Dr...

Oct 13: 750 videos posted during banned books read-out

CHICAGO – More than 750 people read from their favorite banned books during the virtual read-out that took place on YouTube as part of the recently concluded Banned Books Week.  People of all ages were filmed in bookstores, libraries and their own homes throughout the United States.  They were...

Oct 13: A variety of ways to access ALA Editions e-books

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, offers dozens of recent and popular titles in e-book formats through multiple vendors and content providers. ALA Editions eEditions contain the complete text of the print...

Oct 13: ALA, StoryCorps receive IMLS planning grant to develop library outreach program

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, announced that it received a National Leadership Grant of $33,968 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support development of a national initiative to...

Oct 11: PLA now filling columnist vacancies and accepting articles for its journal, "Public Libraries"

CHICAGO — Public librarians have a unique opportunity to shine professionally when they contribute to Public Libraries, the peer-written, peer-reviewed bimonthly journal of the Public Library Association (PLA). PLA is currently looking to fill vacancies for two columns and find...

Oct 11: Celebrate autumn @ your library

CHICAGO — Between fall breaks, Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is a busy time of year for everyone @ your library.

Here are just a few examples of how libraries are celebrating autumn.

The Burbank (Calf.) Public Library will host Fall Cool Crafts @ your library. Children in grades...

Oct 11: AASL launches mobile conference planner for AASL11

CHICAGO – By downloading the new AASL11 mobile app, attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 15th National Conference can plan their conference schedule at home or on the go.  The app and companion mobile website syncs registered user data so updates to a schedule can...

Oct 11: ACRL signs Berlin Declaration on Open Access

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) recently joined the growing ranks of signatories to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and the Humanities. ACRL encourages college and research libraries, as well as other campus groups, to...

Oct 11: Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today's Libraries: An ALCTS Virtual Symposium

CHICAGO - “Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today's Libraries”: An ALCTS Virtual Symposium launches Jan. 9, 2012 and continues throughout that week with thought-provoking presentations from outstanding content leaders.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical...

Oct 11: ASCLA seeks proposals for 2012 webinars

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) seeks proposals for webinar presentations to be held from January 2012 through August 2012.

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Oct 11: ALA, NEH announce 200 site tour for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is pleased to announce a large-scale tour for the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the...

Oct 11: ASCLA members establish “new” Library Consultant Interest Group

CHICAGO -- The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) welcomes the Library Consultant Interest Group to its list of active...

Oct 11: Free webinar on engaging a new base of volunteers for public libraries

CHICAGO - Many of the Net Generation can contribute technology and Internet skills but may view local public libraries as community amenities with little relevance. They will volunteer if they can use their expertise to make a difference. Many Baby Boomers are semi-retired, computer literate...

Oct 11: Free webinar presents findings of Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource and the ALA Office for Research & Statistics will co-sponsor with WebJunction the Nov. 1 webinar 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Results, Trends, and Resources.”

The Public Library Funding and...

Oct 10: Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is pleased to present this Midwinter Symposium: “Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: Positioning Our Catalogs to Participate in the 21st Century Global Information Marketplace” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday...

Oct 10: Loleta D. Fyan Grant call for proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant.  Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Oct 10: LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

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 LITA and...

Oct 10: Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to...

Oct 10: ALSC releases Children’s Graphic Novel Core Collection

CHICAGO - Graphic novels are exploding in popularity. This sometimes misunderstood type of book is a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format and it is different from book-length collections of comic strips or wordless picture books. 

In recognition of the...

Oct 06: "It’s everybody’s job" to report challenges

CHICAGO – On the heels of Banned Books Week this year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom is kicking off a new awareness campaign to increase the reporting of challenges to library materials.

“We estimate that only 20 to 25 percent of challenges...

Oct 06: OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving...

Oct 05: 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 accepted for three Scholarships:

LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by Baker & Taylor)

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Oct 04: ALA supports Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Contest

CHICAGO – The American Library Association, through a new relationship with Sterling Epicure, publishers of “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook,” is supporting “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Contest” that is being...

Oct 04: Recognize your library’s donors with ALTAFF's Major Benefactor Citation

PHILADELPHIA  –  To recognize individuals, families or corporations that have made major gifts to libraries, the  Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awards the Major Benefactor Citation.

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Oct 04: AASL kicks off new Knowledge Quest webinar series with complimentary webinar

CHICAGO – To mark the launch of the expanded Knowledge Quest website, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the first of its Knowledge Quest webinar series complimentary to all attendees.  This new series of webinars will explore topics related to...

Oct 04: ALA 2012 scholarship online application now available

CHICAGO - Scholarship money is available for future librarians.

ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and...

Oct 04: Wisconsin teen wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand prize

CHICAGO – Twelve-year-old Kelsey Willems will soon be on her way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., thanks to the resources at her school library and some quality family time with her father.

In the grand prize drawing for the Step Up to the...

Oct 04: RDA Toolkit virtual events offer new ways to engage

CHICAGO - ALA Publishing's Digital Reference is introducing two new ways to learn about RDA Toolkit and prepare for implementation of RDA: Resource Description and Access. These free and open virtual events are designed to help introduce users to RDA Toolkit, keep up to date with changes and...

Oct 04: Deadline extended for National Library Week Grant

U.S.libraries of all types encouraged to apply for $3,000 to support National Library Week activities

CHICAGO – Your library has something for everyone.This National Library Week, celebrate the ways your library provides a place where...

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