Press Releases

Jul 12: Cataloging with RDA eCourse

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on September 12, 2016.

Learning...

Jul 12: Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO – Peggy Nzomo is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund...

Jul 12: Learn productivity tips and tricks from Kari Chapin in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn new ways to help manage your day and find more time in your schedule. “Productivity Tips and...

Jul 12: PLA now accepting proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 22–27, 2017, in Chicago.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on September 14,...

Jul 11: NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the ...

Jul 11: ACRL issues policy statement on open access to scholarship by academic librarians

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which reads:

 

Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and...

Jul 08: Free webinar series on building effective library advocacy campaigns

CHICAGO –  The American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy is offering a free webinar series designed to teach attendees how to create, market and implement effective advocacy campaigns for libraries.

Beginning Thursday, July 14th, and occurring each Thursday through Aug. 4...

Jul 08: Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews commitment to the American Dream literacy initiative

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) will administer a fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult...

Jul 08: ASCLA webinar on Serving Library Patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

CHICAGO—On Tuesday, August 9, 11AM CT, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will be hosting a webinar on serving library patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a companion to...

Jul 08: ASCLA offering eCourse on Captioning Instructional Videos

CHICAGO--Beginning Monday, August 1, 2016, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will offer a four-week course on creating and synchronizing...

Jul 08: Still Time to Apply to the Emerging Leaders Program

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the ...

Jul 08: eCourse on Current Issues Starting Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week course on Current Issues. The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from July 11 – August...

Jul 07: Developing, managing, and sustaining unique digital collections

CHICAGO — Planning and managing a self-contained digitization project is one thing, but how do you transition to a digital library program? Or better yet, how do you start a program from scratch? In “Digital Library Programs for...

Jul 07: South Carolina State Library chosen as site for 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture

ORLANDO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the South Carolina State Library and the city of Columbia, South Carolina to serve as the host site for the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring...

Jul 07: 2016 Teen Read Week™ Grant 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 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General...

Jul 06: PLA now accepting applications for first-ever Dynamic Planning Institute in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association’s (PLA) new Dynamic Planning Institute, with content developed and delivered by trainer Stephanie Gerding, will blend an intensive in-person training with three months of personalized online...

Jul 06: ALSC announces winners of 2016 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Jul 05: Join the Lecture Series, "The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition"

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED invite libraries to participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, "The...

Jul 05: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA Elections announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-large have until 11:59 p.m. on...

Jul 05: Dr. Cheryl Knott receives 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award

CHICAGO —The Gleason Book Award Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to present the 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award to Cheryl Knott, associate professor at the School of Information at the University of Arizona, for "Not...

Jul 05: Witt receives 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award

CHICAGO — The winner of the 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award is Steven Witt for "Agents of Change: The Rise of International Librarianship and the Age of Globalization" in Library Trends vol. 62, no. 3 (2014) pp. 504-518.

This award is presented biennially by the American...

Jul 05: AASL announces recipients of Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the inaugural recipients of two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program...

Jul 05: United for Libraries dedicates Literary Landmarks for Erich Maria Remarque and E. L. Doctorow

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book, recently dedicated two Literary Landmarks on the same New York City block.  The dedications, for Erich Maria Remarque and E.L. Doctorow,  occurred on June 18 on the 300 block of East 57th Street, and...

Jul 05: The ultimate guide to mining, finding, evaluating, and using government resources

CHICAGO — Government data and resources are uniquely useful to researchers and other library users. But without a roadmap, sifting through the sheer quantity of information to find the right answers is foolhardy. Already well established as an essential navigational tool for both LIS students...

Jul 05: Hosting Your Own Comic-Con: Bring Patrons to Your Library with Comic Books Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic-Con: Bring Patrons to Your Library with Comic Books with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm...

Jul 01: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new online event, Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event with Maxine Bleiweis. 

This fall, Maxine Bleiweis—consultant, former library director, and...

Jul 01: FOIA Improvement Act widens public’s window on workings of government
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement applauding Congress’ passage and President Barack Obama’s signing of the FOIA Improvement Act into law. The bill will improve public access to government documents...
Jun 30: New research articles examine audiobooks, effective learners and digital learning

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning...

Jun 30: The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO —  Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and...

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