Press Releases

Nov 24: Thousands to join free ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will unveil the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during the ALA Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 11, 20l6, from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  Unlimited virtual seats for the ALA Youth Media...

Nov 24: Freedom to Read Foundation joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

CHICAGO - Freedom to Read Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage...

Nov 24: Join ALA for the Giving Tuesday Effort on Dec. 1

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program has again joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about...

Nov 23: PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega as its representatives for the 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is dedicated to empowering public librarians with the skills necessary to be innovative and successful leaders...

Nov 23: ALA to undertake IT External Review

CHICAGO — As part of its planning for the future, the American Library Association will be undertaking an external review of the Association’s information technology.

This review will be conducted by a team of external reviewers with broad technology and association perspectives, and is...

Nov 23: ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center hosts an Open House/Job Fair during Midwinter Meeting in Boston

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16). Employers are invited to come and engage in conversations...

Nov 23: Learn guidelines and best practices on fair use as popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Fair Use: Guidelines and Best Practices with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016....

Nov 20: Get started with your digitization project with January workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, with Susanne Caro. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Nov 20: Understand and use library of congress classification

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification. Robert Bothmann will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan...

Nov 20: New Members Round Table selects Mandi Goodsett as its 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Mandi Goodsett as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Goodsett is currently working as the performing arts and humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio....

Nov 20: eCourse focuses on WebDewey and Dewey Decimal Classification

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification. Violet Fox will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan....

Nov 20: ALSC selects Meredith Steiner as 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Meredith Steiner of the San Francisco Public Library as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leader program.

For the past year and a half, Steiner has...

Nov 20: Mark Kurlansky joins ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky joins documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams in conversation with Donna Seaman, Booklist Editor for Adult Books, at the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist...

Nov 19: Esposito, Sexton, Shea and Wilson receive 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Elizabeth Esposito, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, New York...

Nov 19: Second Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference attracts librarians from 20 countries

CHICAGO — Around 300 librarians gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 10-12 for the second SIBF/ALA Library Conference, ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event. Librarians from UAE, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar,...

Nov 19: Andre Dubus III with Nancy Pearl at 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker Session

CHICAGO – 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees in Boston will have the chance to join a lively conversation between bestselling author Andre Dubus III and Nancy Pearl at an Auditorium Speaker session held from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Dubus is the author of six books, including the...

Nov 17: YALSA announces Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader. Figard will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and 2016...

Nov 17: Stripling to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Barbara Kay Stripling, senior associate dean and assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise...

Nov 17: LLAMA webinar helps you craft your future through goal setting

CHICAGO — The famous success coach Zig...

Nov 17: Registration for Deep Dive Sessions at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting now open

CHICAGO— Three immediately applicable topics kick off the first-ever ALA Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive half-day professional development courses in Boston: “We are all user experience librarians: Creating change from the trenches";  “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Libraries, Transforming...

Nov 17: Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-...

Nov 16: ALA President commends Simon & Schuster on e-book licensing pilot program

Offers 50% discount on second year of 2-year lending term

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) welcomed the announcement of Simon & Schuster’s new pilot on library e-book...

Nov 16: Accepting appointments for photographer services at the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — An exciting service is now part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center.  During the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, ALA will be offering all attendees an opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created. Photos will be...

Nov 16: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award
CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over...
Nov 13: Accepting appointments for career counseling during the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 - 10, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement...

Nov 13: Learn how to advance accessibility with mobile and natural user interfaces in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Advancing Accessibility with Mobile: How Natural User Interfaces Make Life Easier for All Ages and Abilities, with Nicole Hennig. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is...

Nov 13: Free webcast on landing your ideal library job

CHICAGO — A new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour discussion on Landing Your Ideal Library Job — will air live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Dec. 10. This free streaming video broadcast is brought to you by...

Nov 13: Strategies for giving teens the lead in developing high-appeal services

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. Jennifer Velásquez will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan...

Nov 13: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Readers' Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael will serve as the instructors for this six-week facilitated eCourse...

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