Press Releases

Apr 02: Access to ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman e-books during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO — In response to the need to support remote access to information during the COVID-19 outbreak, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman is making materials easier to access through the following promotions. Institutions interested in offers outside the ALA Store should contact their vendor...

Apr 01: LITA to host a free webinar on "A Crash Course in Protecting Library Data While Working From Home"

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) will present a free webinar "A Crash Course in Protecting Library Data While Working From Home," on Thursday, April 9, at 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT. Libraries across the U.S. rapidly closed their doors to both...

Apr 01: Care model for school librarians to support new teachers explored in School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores ways school librarians can support new teachers to prevent burnout. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research...

Mar 31: United for Libraries to present free April 1 webinar on ‘Engaging Library Supporters During the COVID-19 Pandemic’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the webinar “Engaging Library Supporters During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Featured presenters will be Sarah Charleton, Membership Director of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles; Charity Tyler, Executive...

Mar 31: Karin Ledford Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Karin Ledford has won a free year of AASL membership. Ledford's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Stacey Mitzel to AASL, Ledford...

Mar 27: Celebrate reading with a free, downloadable READ® poster file

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics is offering a free READ® poster file available now for download. The fun, celebratory theme features READ balloon letters and confetti....

Mar 27: COVID-19 federal relief package supports libraries’ role in digital inclusion

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the $2 trillion economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, is on its way to the president to be signed into law. The package includes $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital inclusion...

Mar 26: ALA welcomes LinkedIn Learning’s changes to terms of service

CHICAGO – After conversations with the American Library Association (ALA) and other industry leaders, LinkedIn Learning — formerly Lynda.com, a platform used by libraries to provide online learning opportunities to library users —announced today that it has made changes to its terms of service...

Mar 25: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been chosen to receive LIRT 2020 Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2020 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). Created to recognize a library that...

Mar 25: GNCRT Spotlights Online Comics Resources and Brings Comic Creators to Your Home with #LibcomixOnline: Libraries & Creators Assemble!

In the midst of cancelled conventions, closures, and many other rapid changes to the way libraries and library staff work, the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is going virtual! The GNCRT will spotlight online comic reading and recommendations, resources and toolkits, and other #...

Mar 25: Rebecca Denham named 2020 YALSA Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Rebecca Denham, Teen Services Coordinator at the Houston (Texas) Public Library, its 2020 Board Fellow.

“I am honored and excited to be...

Mar 25: Melissa Bowles-Terry chosen as the 2020 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Melissa Bowles-Terry, associate director of the Faculty Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as the 2020 recipient of the LIRT Librarian...

Mar 25: YALSA names 2020 Volunteers of the Year Award recipients

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has selected the following recipients for its 2020 Volunteers of the Year Award:

  • Tegan Beese, individual YALSA member
  • Tina Lerno, Chair of YALSA’s...
Mar 25: United for Libraries opens online discussion forums to non-members to help provide COVID-19 resources

EXTON, Pennsylvania — As part of the broad American Library Association effort to provide resources to library communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, United for Libraries is working to support library Boards of Trustees, Friends groups, and Foundations during this time. As part of this...

Mar 25: ALA announces 2020 Policy Corps members

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the names of eight library and information professionals selected to participate in the 2020 ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s...

Mar 24: American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled. 

“ALA’s priority is the health and safety of the library community, including our members, staff,...

Mar 24: Henry Reichman Receives IFRT Oboler Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) announced Henry Reichman as the recipient of the 2020 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award ⁠— which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom ⁠— ...

Mar 24: ASGCLA COVID-19 Resources

As ASGCLA members participate in social distancing, our Consumer Health Information Interest Group has put together a list of go-to resources for COVID-19. The wide variety of resources provide information to help navigate through these uncertain times.

Check out the ...

Mar 23: Delivering impact with digital resources

CHICAGO — Our digital presence has the power to change lives and life opportunities. We must understand digital values to consider how organizational presence within digital cultures can create change. “...

Mar 23: American Library Association recommends libraries leave WiFi open during closures while continuing to follow any applicable local, state and federal health and safety guidelines

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board released the following recommendation to libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

“Our current crisis demands extraordinary measures. As most states and the federal government declare states of emergency, we appreciate that...

Mar 20: AASL hosts town hall to build community during pandemic

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, March 24, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19...

Mar 19: Booklist announces free online access for all

CHICAGO — As of today, all Booklist and Book Links content on www.booklistonline.com is freely available until further notice.

“The COVID-19 threat is unprecedented and will continue to cause extreme disruption, both...

Mar 19: ALSC announces 2020 Notable Children’s Digital Media list

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce its 2020 list of outstanding digital media for children. The list includes real-time, dynamic and interactive media content for children 14 years of age...

Mar 18: ALA welcomes Penguin Random House’s expanded library access to e-books and audiobooks

Publisher adjusts pricing model for digital content sales to libraries

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes the decision by Penguin Random House (PRH) to add new temporary pricing options for digital content purchased by school and public libraries. 

“...

Mar 17: ALA welcomes cancellation of Macmillan embargo

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Macmillan Publishers announced that it would return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on Oct. 31, 2019, effectively canceling the embargo on sales of new titles to libraries, a policy which went into effect on Nov. 1, 2019. American Library Association...

Mar 17: Rebecca Ginsburg Receives Immroth Award

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee is pleased to announce Rebecca Ginsburg as the recipient of the 2020 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom.

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Mar 17: ALA Executive Board recommends closing libraries to public

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

"The ALA Executive Board unequivocally stands in support of the safety and well-being of library workers and the...

Mar 16: 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Neil Gaiman postponed

CHICAGO — Due to continuing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture in Sacramento, California, featuring Neil Gaiman and...

Mar 13: ALA Executive Director Tracie Hall releases statement on COVID-19

CHICAGO –American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie Hall released the following statement regarding COVID-19:

The American Library Association is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these...