Press Releases

Feb 01: Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA's business reference experts

CHICAGO — The annual list of the most Outstanding Business Reference Sources was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of...

Feb 01: Kathleen T. Horning is 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient

CHICAGO – Kathleen T. Horning is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

Horning is the...

Jan 29: PLEASE NOTE NEW SPEAKER: Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
CHICAGO—Assistant Senate Minority Leader Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The...
Jan 28: AASL launches where learning never ends digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites students to participate in a digital storytelling contest held as part of the 2015 celebration of School Library Month.  The contest asks students to reflect on the 2015 theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends...

Jan 28: Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle to judge AASL digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – Celebrated authors Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle will serve as the guest judges in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Library Month digital storytelling contest. The authors will make the final determination of winners per grade...

Jan 28: PLEASE NOTE SPEAKER CHANGE: Politicos and professors to populate panel discussion of what new Congress means for libraries at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, government and academia will explore the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The...

Jan 28: Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of "Got E-rate?," a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the...

Jan 27: Online entries now being accepted for the John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding library public relations

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John...

Jan 27: Gear up for National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles bring the world to the communities they serve – from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 15, join the nationwide celebrations as libraries across the country will celebrate the vital services bookmobiles provide on the...

Jan 27: Recipients of Volunteer of the Year Award announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded two recipients with the Volunteer of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission,...

Jan 27: YALSA names 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The list, drawn from 167 official nominations, is presented annually around the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The...

Jan 27: 2015 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Santa Fe College Lawrence W. Tyree Library, Gainesville, Florida;...

Jan 27: How to improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of a popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm Eastern on...

Jan 27: Engaging teens with digital media: Creating stories and games

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week...

Jan 27: PLA to offer two preconferences and a BIG IDEAS event for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconferences and a new BIG IDEAS...

Jan 26: AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired...

Jan 26: PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals for the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

PLA welcomes all proposals designed to be educational, thought-provoking and engaging for...

Jan 26: Hendershot wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Peggy Hendershot, youth information specialist at the Johnson County Library, Blue Valley Branch, the 2015 MAE...

Jan 26: Learn how a very small library created programs with huge success in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to hear how the director of a small library in Texas was able to lead positive change for her library and its growing community. “Passion and Partnership: How a Very Small Library...

Jan 26: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA  – United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at McCormick Place West, W185bc during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers...

Jan 26: AASL webinar examines the effects of school libraries on students' test performance

CHICAGO – Participants will explore national education data sets and learn about major predictors of student performance during a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Denice Adkins, “Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library: What the...

Jan 26: ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information...

Jan 23: ALSC’s Día Family Book Club program named 2014 USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award winner

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award for their Día Family Book Club Program. ALSC President Ellen Riordan will accept this award from...

Jan 23: LLAMA webinar helps you use staff competencies effectively

CHICAGO As popular as they are, staff competencies can still seem too confusing or cumbersome for many...

Jan 22: New calendar and committee for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO -- A new committee is getting a head start on selecting the prestigious 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awards that reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. The new committee has been...

Jan 22: Chrissie Devinney wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Chrissie Devinney, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Devinney’s name was drawn as the December winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ...

Jan 21: Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix,...

Jan 20: Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of...

Jan 20: American Library Association hosts two-day blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Librarians Build Communities (LBC), a Membership Initiative Group of the American Library Association (ALA), has...

Jan 20: IRS officials to discuss library tax form program at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Want to comment on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax form delivery service? Discuss your experiences obtaining tax forms for your library at “Tell the IRS: Tax Forms in the Library,” a session that takes place during the 2015 American Library...

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