Press Releases

May 21: Young activists and the public library

CHICAGO — Assisted by social media and other digital tools, today’s children and teens are energetic and active participants in a host of social causes, from climate change and gun control to voting rights and racial equity. Public libraries can facilitate their activism by providing trustworthy...

May 20: Brittany Tignor receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO – Brittany Tignor, school librarian at Snow Hill High School in Show Hill, Maryland, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL...

May 19: Dr. Jian Qin Wins 2020 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Dr. Jian Qin has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Frederick G. Kilgour...

May 19: Ali Lauer receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO – Ali Lauer, school librarian at Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School in Los Angeles, California, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the...

May 18: ACRL, ARL, ODLOS, and PLA announce joint cultural competencies task force

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the formation of the Building...

May 18: Samantha Kennedy receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO – Samantha Kennedy, school librarian at Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL...

May 18: Milwaukee Public Library awarded ALA’s first Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO -- The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its first Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Library for Deaf Storyslam, a free community event in which Deaf individuals of varying backgrounds share personal stories and experiences with...

May 15: Pamela Hubert receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO – Pamela Hubert, school librarian at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Georgia, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL...

May 14: ETS Discovery Webinar Series

Join RUSA's Emerging Technologies Section as we present the Discovery Series webinar series

The ETS Discovery Series provides participants the ability to explore discovery in a variety of ways. These webinars will bring together professionals from various fields of librarianship to...

May 14: Academy Award-Winning Actress, Author, and Activist Natalie Portman, Closing Session Speaker at ALA Virtual

CHICAGO—Natalie Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include Leon: The ProfessionalCold MountainCloserV for Vendetta, the Star Wars franchise prequels, A Tale of Love and Darkness...

May 14: California, Michigan, and Illinois Libraries Receive ALSC Bookapalooza Collections

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2020 Bookapalooza Program Collections to three libraries: Civic Center Secondary School of San Francisco, California; Big Rapids Community Library of Big Rapids, Michigan; and the Wood Dale Public Library District of Wood...

May 14: AASL’s guide to 30-minute STEAM activities for elementary learners

CHICAGO — Published by AASL and ALA Editions, Deborah Rinio’s book “STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners” places school librarians at...

May 14: Denise Gadson receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO – Denise Gadson, school librarian at Woodland High School in Dorchester, South Carolina, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of...

May 14: House Speaker unveils plan for fifth COVID-19 relief bill

On May 12, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions...

May 13: Shawna Ward receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Shawna Ward, school librarian at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “...

May 12: Tuliao to run 125 miles in support of Spectrum and in honor of NYPL anniversary

CHICAGO — As The New York Public Library (NYPL) celebrates 125 years, Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will run 125 miles during the month of June to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her run will honor 125 current and former NYPLers who have dedicated their lives in service...

May 12: Wamecca Rodriguez receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Wamecca Rodriguez, school librarian at Yorkville Middle School in Yorkville, Illinois, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member...

May 11: Tatanisha Love receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Tatanisha Love, school librarian at Loch Raven Technical Academy in Towson, Maryland, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member...

May 11: ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection registration opens

CHICAGO— Registration is now open for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24 - 26,2020.  The three-day, online event will send a strong message that the library community can—and will—remain connected during this unprecedented time.

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May 11: Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON — A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today...

May 08: Kristina Graves receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Kristina Graves, school librarian at Schenectady High School in Schenectady, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member...

May 07: Maryland Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to an AASL Chapter for planning and implementing leadership programs at the...

May 06: New from ACRL - “Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries,” edited by Stephanie Crowe and Eva Sclippa. The title...

May 06: Amy Gammon receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Amy Gammon, reading teacher at Greenport Elementary School in Greenport, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member...

May 05: Cameron Carey receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Cameron Carey, school librarian at Baldwin – Woodville High School in Baldwin, Wisconsin, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL...

May 05: The Roxbury Public Library receives the Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development Award

CHICAGO — The Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2020 American Library Association Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development ...

May 05: Nora Wiltse receives the American Library Association 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Nora Wiltse, teacher-librarian at John C. Coonley Elementary School, as the recipient of the 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. Ms. Wiltse, a leading advocate for librarians and libraries in the Chicago Public...

May 05: Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library, wins 2020 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children was awarded to Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library (Stamford, Connecticut).  The Sullivan Award is presented annually...

May 04: Libraries and the substance abuse crisis

CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic, and other behavioral health issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, directly impact every community across the nation; and, by extension, public libraries’ daily work. Because libraries are not only trusted guardians of information but also vital community centers,...

May 04: Privacy During a Pandemic: Town Hall for Library, Information Workers for Choose Privacy Week

CHICAGO – When states and local governments closed libraries and schools to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, library workers and educators responded to the emergency by quickly adopting commercial online tools and platforms to ensure continued access to resources. But with the emergency becoming a...