Press Releases

Jun 08: YALSA releases statement on racial injustice

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its statement on racial injustice.

YALSA's mission focuses on ways to alleviate the challenges that teens face. The YALSA Board strongly condemns police brutality and racism in all its forms. It stands with the...

Jun 05: Dr. Em Claire Knowles Equality Award winner

CHICAGO — Dr. Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for academic affairs, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, Simmons University,  has been named the 2020 winner of the American Library Association Equality Award for her lifetime of work on issues surrounding Equity,...

Jun 05: Jennifer McQuown has been named the 2020 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Jennifer McQuown has been named the 2020 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award, supported by the Scholastic Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies...

Jun 05: Jonathan Hunt Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jonathan Hunt, coordinator of library media services for the San Diego County Office of Education, has won a free year of AASL membership. Hunt's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School...

Jun 05: Broward County Library wins 2020 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Broward County Library (BCL) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been selected to receive the 2020 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc., annually recognizes innovative...

Jun 05: Heather Ogilvie receives the 2020 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Heather Ogilvie, outreach librarian, Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will present the award at the American...

Jun 05: Ralph Peters wins W.Y. Boyd Award 'for Excellence in Military Fiction'

CHICAGO — The novel "Darkness at Chancellorsville" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books, is the winner of the 2020 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award honoring the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and citation, donated by author W.Y. Boyd II, recognizes...

Jun 05: Attend YALSA’s 2020 Alex Awards virtual celebration

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will celebrate its 2020 Alex Awards winners via a free virtual celebration on June 11 at 3:30 pm...

Jun 05: The 2020 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards guide

CHICAGO — Newly updated to include the 2020 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers...

Jun 04: AASL opens call for Knowledge Quest and School Library Research Editorial Board members

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school library professionals to serve on the Knowledge Quest and School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Boards. These publications move the profession forward by highlighting school library...

Jun 04: George Eberhart retires as American Libraries senior editor

CHICAGO—American Libraries Senior Editor George Eberhart will be retiring from the American Library Association on June 8 after more than 23 years with American Libraries and another 10 years (1980–1990) with the Association for College and Research Libraries. We wish him well in his retirement...

Jun 04: YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium to be held virtually

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s Board of Directors has announced that YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium will be held virtually November 6-8, 2020 in lieu of the originally planned in-person event in Reno, NV....

Jun 04: AASL opens call for 2021 AASL National Conference Committee members

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school library professionals to serve on the 2021 AASL National Conference Committee. The conference, taking place October 21-23, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the only national conference dedicated...

Jun 03: Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: A Year in the Field

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) launched Project Outcome for Academic Libraries in spring 2019. A year later, we are pleased to announce the publication of...

Jun 03: Survey: Libraries examine phased building re-opening, prepare summer programs

CHICAGO—Most years, June marks a shift for students from classroom learning and research to summer vacations, internships, and packed public libraries for reading and learning programs. This year is different, and libraries are rising to the challenge.

A new American Library Association...

Jun 01: Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine continue partnership with new digital literacy, citizen science tools

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) are working together to support health literacy by promoting the importance of digital literacy in...

Jun 01: PLA’s COVID-19 webinar series highlights need for sharing, new ideas

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) recently wrapped up its free webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, which included six webinars that took place between March 26 and April 23, 2020. The...

Jun 01: Three manuscripts awarded AASL Research Grants

CHICAGO – Three manuscripts authored by five researchers have been awarded 2020 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Research Grants by the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the grants recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a...

Jun 01: ALA Executive Board stands with BCALA in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color

CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

The ALA Executive Board endorses BCALA’s May 28 ...

May 28: AASL Partners with StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect and Bring Individuals Together

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is partnering with StoryCorps to launch StoryCorps Connect. The new free platform allows Americans to conduct and record StoryCorps interviews remotely. AASL encourages school librarians...

May 28: Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

CHICAGO – The Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group (WLA-SLIG) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL...

May 28: Understanding and supporting privacy in libraries

CHICAGO — Privacy is a core value of librarianship and yet as a concept, it is difficult to define and in practice, a challenge to uphold. “A Practical Guide to Privacy in Libraries,” published by...

May 27: 2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Recipients Announced

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are...

May 27: Missouri Association of School Librarians receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

CHICAGO – The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL past presidents,...

May 27: ALA Editions releases free PDF of coloring pages, writing prompts, and uplifting quotes

CHICAGO — Library workers everywhere continue to serve their communities in countless innovative ways. Take some time out for yourself with “Stay Well, Stay Inspired,” a free PDF of relaxing activities...

May 26: AASL holds virtual membership meeting June 2

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m. Central. To RSVP, visit www.ala.org/aasl/vmm20. The membership meeting requires no official...

May 26: Vermont School Library Association receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

CHICAGO – The Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL past presidents, are...

May 26: ALA partners with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to donate 6,000 book sets to libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to partner with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to distribute 6,000 women’s suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country. Public and school libraries are...

May 26: ALA Executive Board stands with APALA in condemning xenophobia, racism

CHICAGO — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning xenophobia and racism.

The ALA Executive Board endorses APALA’s March 13...

May 22: Association of Indiana School Library Educators receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

CHICAGO – The Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL past...