Press Releases

May 09: Library web development problems and solutions

CHICAGO — Plenty of resources offer you snippets of code and a variety of tutorials can show you the solutions to web development problems. But it’s much more valuable (and a better investment of your time!) to learn some core problem-solving skills. “...

May 08: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s ‘Libraries = Strong Communities’ tour reaches next stop in LA

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo will visit Los Angeles on the next stop of her Libraries = Strong Communities tour.

At 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT,...

May 08: AASL Membership Meeting: Let’s Have a Conversation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 6:00 p.m. Central on Tues., June 4. To RSVP, visit www.ala.org/aasl/...

May 08: Editor sought for YALSA’s quarterly journal, YALS

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks an editor for its quarterly, online journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS). The editor will serve a one-year term...

May 07: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo hosts webinar 'Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season'

CHICAGO — The ALA Chapter Relations Office is pleased to announce that ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host the webinar “Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season,” on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The webinar...

May 07: Ray McPadden wins 2019 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for excellence in military fiction

CHICAGO — "And The Whole Mountain Burned" by Ray McPadden, published by Center Street, Hachette Book Group, is the winner of the 2019 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Award honors the best American Military fiction set in a period...

May 06: University of South Carolina Selected as 2019 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of South Carolina’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner of the 2019 ALA...

May 06: Mary L. Chute Receives the ASGCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

Mary L. Chute, State Librarian, New Jersey State Library, was selected to receive the Association of Specialized, Government & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) Leadership & Professional Achievement Award for her exemplary leadership and achievement in the areas of...

May 06: Small, rural and tribal library staff invited to attend media literacy workshop at 2019 ALA Annual Conference at a reduced rate with support from Knight Foundation

Employees of libraries that serve small, rural or tribal communities are invited to participate in a one-day media literacy training at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for a significantly reduced rate. Registration for the training is open now.

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May 06: LITA Learnings: Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship

Chicago -- Register now for the latest LITA webinar.

Guiding Students through Digital Citizenship
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: ...

May 06: 25 projects for global explorers

CHICAGO — With the increased emphasis on incorporating STEM activities in children’s curriculum at ever earlier ages, often neglected are opportunities to explore subjects outside the sciences, or simply to give children the time and space to use their imagination. Christine...

May 06: ALA reaches fundraising goal to support community engagement work in libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) has reached a significant fundraising goal for its Cultural Communities Fund that will support the work of community engagement in libraries.

Announced in fall 2016, the initiative was made possible by a matching grant from former ALA president and...

May 03: Share award-winning books with your patrons using the new grab-and-go readers’ advisory pamphlets

CHICAGO — Spotlighting recent award-winning titles that library users are sure to love, ALA Editions’ new Grab-and-Go Awards Pamphlets will help patrons find their next favorite book. Sold in packs of 100 for $14.99/pack, the...

May 03: Public libraries in Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia awarded funding for workforce development

CHICAGO -- Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of another 36 libraries across five states, which have been selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills...

May 02: Winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the three winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries at the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann...

May 02: Illinois High School District 214 named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – High School District 214, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2019 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLY Award annually honors a single school or district-wide...

May 02: Author Ann Patchett to speak at 2019 PLA Member Welcome Breakfast

CHICAGO -- The New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will be the special guest speaker, courtesy of HarperCollins, at the Public Library Association's (PLA) Member Welcome Breakfast at the...

May 01: Preconferences at AASL National Conference dive into new AASL Standards-related publications

CHICAGO – Even before the 2019 AASL National Conference officially kicks off, attendees can delve into AASL Standards-related topics at preconferences presented by the authors of forthcoming publications. Half-day workshops will be held Wed., Nov 13, and two-hour workshops will be offered Thurs...

May 01: Meet the 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders at the ALA Annual Conference

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. are invited to...

May 01: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the...

Apr 30: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO – The North Bergen Free Public Library is the 2019 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the...

Apr 30: Craig County Public Library, New Castle, Virginia, wins ALA’s first Penguin Random House Award for Innovation Through Adversity Award

CHICAGO — The Craig County Public Library, New Castle, Virginia, has been named the 2019 winner of the first ALA’s Penguin Random House Award for Innovation Through Adversity Award. The award, supported by the...

Apr 30: EBSCO Information Services and ALA award 10 librarians with scholarships to attend ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded 10 scholarships, including three new awards specifically for international recipients, to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. The scholarships are in partnership with the...

Apr 30: Sue Ann Pekel, senior librarian, Bentonville Public Library, wins 2019 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sue Ann Pekel, Children’s Librarian of Bentonville Public Library. The Sullivan Award is presented annually...

Apr 30: Pennsylvania School Librarians Association receives AASL Affiliate of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Affiliate of the Year Award. The $1,000 award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local...

Apr 30: Deadline extended to May 15 to apply for Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

CHICAGO – The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is recognizing libraries that go above and beyond in meeting the wellness needs of their staff.

ALA-APA is seeking nominations for the association’s Presidential Citation for Wellness in the...

Apr 30: Allison Porch receives 2019 – 2020 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that Allison Porch, marketing coordinator at the Carol Stream Public Library, is this year’s recipient of the Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant.  As part of her award, Porch will...

Apr 30: Sustainability Round Table announces Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List for 2019

CHICAGO — In celebration of Earth Day, the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to release its first annual Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List for 2019 (http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/...

Apr 30: United for Libraries to designate Literary Landmarks in celebration of Children’s Book Week

EXTON, Pennsylvania — In celebration of Children’s Book Week (April 29-May 5, 2019), which marks its 100th anniversary this year, United for Libraries will designate Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors.

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