Press Releases

Feb 15: Wang wins YALSA’s 2019 Frances Henne Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has awarded David Wang, General Librarian at the Elmhurst (New York) Branch of Queens Library, its 2019 Frances Henne...

Feb 14: Hateful Conduct in Libraries: A New ALA Resource

Chicago – During the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) launched a new  resource, ‘Hateful...

Feb 14: Strock receives YALSA’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has selected Adrienne Strock, Programs, Outreach, & Partnerships Manager at the New Orleans (Louisiana) Public Library, as the recipient of its...

Feb 13: New eCourse: Privacy, Libraries, Patrons, and the Law

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse in collaboration with the Office for Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, Libraries, Patrons, and the Law. Deborah Caldwell-Stone...

Feb 13: New from ACRL - “Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses,” edited by...

Feb 13: New workshop: Active Shooter Training for Library Employees

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new workshop, Active Shooter Training for Library Employees with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2...

Feb 13: Luiz wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Laura Luiz, reference librarian at Bakersfield College, has been chosen to receive the 2019 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program...

Feb 12: Applications due March 8 for 2019 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2019 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 5-8,...

Feb 12: Recipes for mindfulness in your library

CHICAGO — Mindfulness not only offers the possibility of a healthy life/career balance for librarians themselves, but in challenging times of rapid social change and uncertainty, it also represents a powerful way to build community resilience. In fact, mindfulness...

Feb 12: Revised Library Bill of Rights interpretations adopted at Seattle Midwinter Meeting

ALA Council adopted revisions to three Library Bill of Rights interpretations proposed by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) at the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. On January 29, Council approved the proposed changes to “Challenged Resources,” “Prisoners’ Right to Read”...

Feb 12: 2019 Teens’ Top Ten book groups announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 15 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for its Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely...

Feb 12: Professional genealogist and author Kenyatta D. Berry to serve as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO—Professional genealogist, entrepreneur and attorney Kenyatta D. Berry will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to share her more than 20 years of experience in genealogical research and...

Feb 12: Public Library Association announces next phase of health initiative focused on insurance literacy

Funding available for public libraries to educate consumers

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association (PLA) is taking steps...

Feb 11: July Siebecker receives 2019 Larry Romans Mentorship Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents Round Tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) are proud to announce July Siebecker as the 2019 recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award.

The Award's namesake, Larry Romans, mentored...

Feb 11: Lewis wins 2019 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 Cicely Lewis, School Librarian at Meadowcreek High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the 2019...

Feb 11: Travel with ASGCLA!

Make 2019 the year that you visit the lush beauty of the Emerald Isle! A trip to Northern and Western Ireland May 11-18...

Feb 11: ALCTS Statement Against Harassment, Racism and Discrimination

CHICAGO—In light of reports of incidents of harassing, discriminatory and racist behavior that occurred at the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Board offers its support to the individuals who were the...

Feb 08: ALA announces participants in Racial Healing Circle workshop with AAC&U

Forty-two library workers and educators have been selected to participate in a two-day workshop to learn how to lead Racial Healing Circles, a transformative facilitation process, championed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that strives to help communities engage with...

Feb 08: ALA President announces future EDI Efforts

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of tools for library workers to continue to embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles within the profession and communities at large.

“Libraries of all types are invaluable...

Feb 08: American Library Association launches EDI Speakers Bureau

Chicago – The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has launched the EDI Speakers Bureau. This online resource highlights experts from the library profession who are available...

Feb 08: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2019 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

What follows reflects the April 2018 policy revision to...

Feb 07: Actor and Community Activist George Takei is Auditorium Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - With an acting career spanning six decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series "Star Trek", in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From...

Feb 07: New Library Bill of Rights Provision Recognizes and Defends Library Users’ Privacy

The Library Bill of Rights — first adopted in 1939 and last amended in 1980 — has been updated to include an article focused on the concept of ensuring privacy and confidentiality for library users.

The new article of the ...

Feb 07: Gregory’s updated text on collection development and management

CHICAGO — Packed with discussion questions, activities, suggested additional references, selected readings, and many other features that speak directly to students and library professionals, Vicki L. Gregory’s “...

Feb 07: Council adopts revisions to ‘Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics’

At ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, ALA Council adopted revisions to “Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics” a document first adopted in 2014.

The changes, proposed by the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), strengthened “...

Feb 07: Garczynski named 2019 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO – Joyce Garczynski, assistant university librarian for development and communications at Towson University, is the recipient of the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences...

Feb 06: 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Closes, Community Bound

SEATTLE – The dialogue continues on the position of our nation’s libraries. As evidenced, the current role of the library, and its library workers, has become wide-ranging. In order to provide aid and transformation in our respective communities, the library field faces a sizeable challenge...

Feb 06: How to sustain an ongoing, self-directed career growth plan

CHICAGO — If the proverbial career ladder feels more like a treadmill, it’s time for a different approach. Besides, who wants to climb a ladder anyway? Wouldn’t you rather learn how to explore, grow, and gain new skills that will lead you to new opportunities? “...

Feb 06: New workshop: Transferring Your Skills as a Librarian to Any Profession

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Transferring Your Skills as a Librarian to Any Profession...