Press Releases

Jun 18: Information literacy and democracy

CHICAGO — We are all deluged with information. Much of it is useful, valuable, or enriching. But a lot of it is of dubious quality and provenance, if not downright dangerous. Misinformation forms part of the mix. The ability to get the most out of the information flow, finding, interpreting and...

Jun 18: Volunteer for ACRL Diversity Alliance Task Force by June 30

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research LIbraries (ACRL) Board of Directors approved the establishment of the Diversity Alliance (DA) Task Force. The Diversity Alliance Task Force will oversee the ACRL Diversity Alliance program and will be tasked to carry out the recommendations from...

Jun 16: Free LLAMA webinar explores sustainability in the era of Covid-19

A note on COVID-19: We know many of our members are working virtually, and LLAMA will continue to support you with a combination of free and paid continuing education opportunities. If you have questions please contact Fred Reuland at freuland@ala.org...

Jun 16: Ready-to-use gaming programs for libraries

CHICAGO — Gaming programs offer many benefits: they encourage patron participation, strengthen community bonds with the library, and when done right they can be incredibly popular. Elyssa Kroski, a bestselling author as well as an avid gamer herself, gathers programming ideas from public, school...

Jun 16: IFC, United for Libraries Host Free Webinar on Vendor Negotiation that Supports Privacy, Intellectual Freedom

Libraries are well versed in protecting intellectual freedom as it pertains to books, but many do not have similar policies for online resources and services. Digital library collections are often provided by third-party vendors, who may have different goals than libraries. “...

Jun 15: Open access digital scholarship in action

CHICAGO — Many in the world of scholarship share the conviction that open access will be the engine of transformation leading to more culture, more research, more discovery, and more solutions to small and big problems. “...

Jun 12: Author and activist Stacey Abrams, ALA President’s Program speaker at ALA Virtual

CHICAGO— Author and activist Stacey Abrams will join ALA Virtual as the ALA President’s Program speaker. Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of “Lead from the Outside,” a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader...

Jun 12: Donna Braquet Awarded the 2020 Rainbow Round Table Award for Political Activism

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RRT) announced Donna Braquet as the 2020 recipient of the Rainbow Round Table Award for Political Activism.

This award was established to honor an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated positive and...

Jun 12: Gerber/Hart Library Awarded the 2020 Rainbow RT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RRT) announced the Gerber/Hart Library as the fifth recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence. The award was established to honor a library, librarian, library staff member, library board and/or library friends groups...

Jun 12: ALA book award winners featured in exciting virtual celebration

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is offering an exciting new 11 hour virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and...

Jun 12: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Recipients of Fall 2020 Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarships

Amanda Barnhart, chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Education Committee, announced four scholarship recipients who will receive funding toward an intellectual freedom course at FTRF partner institution San Jose State University (SJSU) this Fall.

The Fall 2020 Judith F. Krug...

Jun 11: ABC News places spotlight on libraries’ response to COVID-19

CHICAGO- Today Public Library Association (PLA) President Ramiro Salazar appeared as a guest on "Pandemic: What You Need to Know," a new ABC Network program temporarily replacing the third hour of Good Morning...

Jun 11: Michael Carroll Awarded 2020 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Michael Carroll has been selected to receive the 2020 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor.

This Scholarship is for master’s...

Jun 11: ALA statement condemning police violence against BIPOC, protesters and journalists

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as the killings by police or vigilantes of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We are in solidarity with the...

Jun 10: No-nonsense guidance on research support and scholarly communication

CHICAGO — As academic libraries move away from simply providing access to existing information and towards helping users create new knowledge, there is an opportunity for them to develop new services for the research community. To do this successfully, libraries need to have a knowledgeable...

Jun 09: Lillian Marrero Library, Free Library of Philadelphia wins ALA's Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation

CHICAGO - The Lillian Marrero Library, Free Library of Philadelphia has been named the 2020 winner of ALA's Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation. The award, supported by the Penguin Random House Foundation, recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative...

Jun 09: Mary W. Ghikas wins prestigious Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Mary W. Ghikas is the winner of the 2020 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

 The jury for the 2020 Joseph W. Lippincott...

Jun 09: Dr. John M. Budd, wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. John M. Budd, professor emeritus of the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri (SISLT), has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of...

Jun 09: The American Library Association honors the Cumberland County Library System Foundation with H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award

CHICAGO — The Cumberland County Library System Foundation is the 2020 recipient of the American Library Association H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The annual award, $3,500 and a gold-framed citation sponsored by H.W. Wilson Company, is given to a library organization that...

Jun 09: Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read...

Jun 09: ‘Moving Forward: Key Findings from New Libraries’ COVID-19 Response Survey’ webinar on June 12 to explore results, trends, and reopening practices

CHICAGO — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the ALA Chapter Relations and Public Policy & Advocacy offices, with support from United for Libraries, will present the free webinar “Moving Forward: Key Findings from New...

Jun 09: ALA President-Elect Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. invites members to attend free Virtual Inauguration

CHICAGO – You’re invited to the virtual event of the season! On Friday, June 26, 2020, at 4 p.m. CT, incoming American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will host a...

Jun 09: Fostering equity, inclusion, and learning through collection management for youth

CHICAGO — The thoroughly updated and revised second edition of “Collection Management for Youth,” published by ALA Editions, provides...

Jun 09: BCALA and the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table collaborate on new Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

Comic books have always been political. They are both a reflection and a barometer of our times. From the first appearance of Captain America in March 1941 punching the face of Hitler, to recent titles like I am Alfonso Jones and MARCH - titles tackling police brutality and the life story of...

Jun 08: Jerilynne Stewart named recipient of the 2020 – 2021 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that Jerilynne Stewart (the corrections librarian at SCI Mahanoy, which is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Pat Carterette...

Jun 08: Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Virginia) wins ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Virginia) has been named the 2020 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In.

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates...

Jun 08: ALA releases Libraries Respond - Black Lives Matter resource

CHICAGO - Since 2016, The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has maintained the Libraries Respond page – a resource for addressing current social justice issues....

Jun 08: The history and future of the community archives movement

CHICAGO — The community archives movement has become an increasingly important area of research, recognition, and appreciation by archivists, archival scholars, and others worldwide. Community archives are now seen as being in the vanguard of social concerns and markers of community-based...