Press Releases

May 04: LITA Webinars: IT Buying Strategies 101 and Top Tech Trends offerings

Reserve your spot and learn new skills to enhance your career with virtual continuing education offerings from LITA.

Buying Strategies 101 for Information Technology
Wednesday, May ...

May 01: ALA announces STEAM funding and exhibitions for rural libraries serving Latino populations

Public library workers in rural communities are invited to participate in a project that will bring culturally inclusive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming and exhibitions to their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

The initiative...

May 01: Intellectual freedom stories from a shifting landscape

CHICAGO — Intellectual freedom is a complex concept that democracies and free societies around the world define in different ways but always strive to uphold. And ALA has long recognized the crucial role that libraries play in protecting this right. But what does it mean in practice? How do...

May 01: Public Libraries Magazine announces 2020 Feature Article Contest winners

CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2020 Feature Article Contest

Feature length articles submitted...

Apr 29: Prairie State College Library selected as recipient of the first $500 Game On! Grant from GameRT

CHICAGO, IL – The Games & Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Prairie State College Library as the recipient of their Game On! Grant for 2020. GameRT introduced the new grant program in January with the intention of providing libraries with the...

Apr 28: United for Libraries to present free May 7 webinar on ‘How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the webinar “How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19” on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Featured presenters will be Jonna Ward, CEO, Seattle Public Library Foundation; Michelle Jeske, city librarian, Denver...

Apr 28: Freedom to Read Foundation Offers 2020 Banned Books Week Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Banned Books Weeks Grants offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and...

Apr 28: Library Research Round Table announces the 2020 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2020 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library...

Apr 28: Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts

CHICAGO — The library organizations listed below released the following statement today in response to the new collaboration announced by the Institute of Museum and...

Apr 28: The Public Library Association and Microsoft announce initiative to help expand internet access in rural communities during COVID-19 crisis

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new initiative today to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide funding to help public libraries in rural communities extend WiFi access by installing...

Apr 27: GLBT Book Month™ given new name

CHICAGO –  Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual,...

Apr 27: 2020 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published...

Apr 24: ACRL 2021 keynote speakers announced

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2021 Conference, "Ascending Into an Open Future," to be held April 14- 17, 2021, in Seattle. Be challenged and inspired...

Apr 24: Celebrate 10 years of preservation this Preservation Week, April 26-May 2

CHICAGO — This month marks the 10th anniversary of Preservation Week®, a public awareness initiative that aims to promote preservation and conservation in communities with the help of libraries, institutions and museums. Although we are in...

Apr 23: Hunter's updated text on developing and maintaining archives

CHICAGO — Since its original publication Gregory S. Hunter's “Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives,” has been "not only a rich and ready reference...

Apr 21: LLAMA webinars while you work from home

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association is offering webinars you can enjoy while working from home.

Free Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 1:30-3 p.m. Central: "Managing Remote Library Teams: a webinar to help you work from home"...

Apr 21: On National Library Workers Day, ALA Executive Board reaffirms need to protect safety and well-being of library workers during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO – Today, in honor of National Library Workers Day, a celebration during National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board issued the following statement:

"The American Library Association stands in solidarity and support of library workers. As we said...

Apr 20: Mark your calendar, ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24-26, 2020

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) will host ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, an online event that will offer educational programming, special author events, and social networking on June 24-26, 2020. ALA looks forward to this unique opportunity for members and library...

Apr 20: Samantha Grabus Wins 2020 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Samantha Grabus has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled “Evaluating the Impact of the Long S upon 18th...

Apr 20: ALA releases 2020 State of America’s Libraries report

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19 – 25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous...

Apr 17: 'The Power Project' receives AASL Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – The Power Project from the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, California, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes...

Apr 16: Unlocking the Library of Congress

As Higher Ed moves into developing and encouraging more Open Educational initiatives, how can libraries leverage collections available to them, become part of the conversation, and help build our growing OER communities?

Register today for the upcoming webinar "...

Apr 16: Stefanie Throndson receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Stefanie Throndson, district librarian at New Hampton Elementary in New Hampton, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique...

Apr 15: National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020, celebrates libraries’ resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO – The novel Coronavirus crisis has dramatically and quickly changed American life.   Most libraries have closed their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the...

Apr 15: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Announced as 2020 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The American Library Association’s New Members Round Table (NRMT) Student Chapter of the Year Award (SCOTYA) Committee is pleased to announce the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the winner of the 2020 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award....

Apr 15: Martha Hickson receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Martha Hickson, school librarian at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey, is one of two recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given to a school...

Apr 14: Donna Morris receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Donna Morris, school librarian at Daniel Boone Elementary in Richmond, Kentucky, is one of two recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given to a school librarian...

Apr 13: ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for 2021 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2021 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2021 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no fewer than 51...

Apr 13: ALA awards additional 13 Library Census Equity Fund grantees

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced the names of 13 additional libraries receiving Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster their service to hard-to-count...