Press Releases

Jun 02: Share a cuento through storytimes in English and Spanish

CHICAGO— It is imperative that library programs reflect the rich diversity of the entire community. That includes Spanish-speaking children, who need opportunities to hear their home and school languages spoken, and to see their lives validated through engaging cuentos (stories) that reflect...

Jun 01: YALSA opens program proposals for 2017 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22 - 27, 2017. Proposals may be submitted through August 1, 2016 via this...

May 31: Explore over two centuries of Jewish heritage in Florida at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the Jewish Information Committee of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT-JIC) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) for an exploration of over two centuries of Jewish life in the Sunshine State during “Chronicle of a People: Over 250...

May 31: United for Libraries to host horror author panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Horror! The Horror! Authors Who Write to Scare” from 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

The horror genre is becoming increasingly popular, so be sure to join fellow horror enthusiasts for...

May 31: Learn how to bring Libraries Transform into your library during training session at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — With its strong, clear and consistent messaging and versatile tools, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age....

May 31: Librarians, student press advocate share 2016 FTRF Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO — Librarians Helen Adams and Nancy Kranich and attorney and First Amendment advocate Frank LoMonte have been named the recipients of the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.   

“I am very pleased and honored to announce Helen Adams, Nancy Kranich and Frank...

May 31: Limited quantities of 'March' graphic novel samplers — and historic Martin Luther King comic book — to be distributed at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Top Shelf Productions, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), will give away free copies of March Trilogy Sampler, a special comic book excerpting highlights from all three volumes of the award-winning March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin...

May 31: The purposeful change at the heart of librarianship

CHICAGO— Adaptation to change that’s based on thoughtful planning and grounded in the mission of libraries: it’s a model that respected LIS thinker and educator Michael Stephens terms “hyperlinked librarianship.” And the...

May 27: 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway Recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 40 recipients were selected to receive a set of the...

May 26: LLAMA webinar helps you cultivate better supervisor relationships by 'managing up'

CHICAGO — How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?  Is it collaborative?  Or, is it the dreaded top-down?  If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective.  Although you may not be able to change your boss...

May 25: Join YALSA at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has big plans ahead for Annual 2016 – join us June 24 – 28 in Orlando for five action-packed days with endless opportunities to learn and network with your fellow colleagues, favorite...

May 25: ACRL collaborates with Springshare to provide LibGuides access to member units

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Springshare is providing complimentary access to LibGuides and LibAnswers to ACRL membership units. Both tools will be used to create unit-related resources to advance the work of ACRL, and will be...

May 25: Forging the future of special collections

CHICAGO— Once treated as exclusive spaces for valuable but hidden and under-utilized material, over the past few decades special collections departments have been transformed by increased digitization and educational outreach efforts into unique and highly visible major institutional assets....

May 24: Registration for three LLAMA preconferences available through June 1

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) is offering three preconferences at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, in Orlando, Florida.

Building Blocks for Library Space Planning – From Vision to Paper
This...

May 24: Conversation Starters, Ignite Sessions, and Poster Sessions announced for 2016 Annual Conference

Offering special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what’s working in their libraries and beyond, Poster Sessions,...

May 24: YALSA announces its 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its list of 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

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May 24: Belpré Award celebrates 20 years of outstanding Latino children’s literature at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) will hold a special celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award at the ALA Annual...

May 24: YALSA announces its Teens Succeed with Libraries Video Contest winners

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the winners of its Teens Succeed with Libraries video contest.

The contest was open to library staff and the teens they serve. Requirements of the contest called for creative video entries that compellingly...

May 23: LITA announces the Top Tech Trends panel at ALA Annual 2016
 
Kicking off LITA’s celebration year of it’s 50th year the Top Technology Trends Committee announces the panel for the highly popular session at  2016 ALA Annual in...
May 23: United for Libraries to host President’s Program with John Hart at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries President Ed McBride will host the President’s Program featuring bestselling author John Hart from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Hart will be...

May 23: Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

CHICAGO — In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  

The American...

May 23: Learn how public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how your library can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work by leveraging existing strengths, supporting transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support social change. “...

May 23: Early literacy techniques for supercharged storytimes

CHICAGO— Based on the groundbreaking research of VIEWS2—the first systematic study of storytimes done to date— the new book “Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning...

May 20: Deadline to apply for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair extended to June 3

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has extended its deadline for library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to apply to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the...

May 20: Free webinar on May 25: How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library-Card Sign-Up Campaign for Your Library

CHICAGO – Looking for a new way to promote Library Card Sign-up Month to your community? Join Jeff Julian, director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Awareness Office, and Megan McFarlane, Libraries Transform coordinator, for a free webinar to learn about this year’s Library...

May 20: Retired ALA Finance Director to go the extra mile for Spectrum

CHICAGO - Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will be raising funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 19. 

“Today more...

May 19: Dynamic research support for academic libraries

CHICAGO— Higher education and academic libraries are in a period of rapid evolution. Technology, pedagogical shifts, and programmatic changes in education mean that libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. “...

May 18: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage becomes open access

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces that its special collections and cultural heritage-focused journal, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, became an open access publication beginning with...

May 17: ALA applauds veto of controversial Tennessee law

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the rejection of a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book of Tennessee.

“We commend Governor Haslam for vetoing this legislation that would have codified preference for one religious tradition over others,...

May 17: The 2016 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO—Updated to include the 2016 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2016 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together...

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