Press Releases

May 01: Preconferences at AASL National Conference dive into new AASL Standards-related publications

CHICAGO – Even before the 2019 AASL National Conference officially kicks off, attendees can delve into AASL Standards-related topics at preconferences presented by the authors of forthcoming publications. Half-day workshops will be held Wed., Nov 13, and two-hour workshops will be offered Thurs...

May 01: Meet the 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders at the ALA Annual Conference

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. are invited to...

May 01: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the...

May 01: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting...

Apr 30: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO – The North Bergen Free Public Library is the 2019 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the...

Apr 30: Craig County Public Library, New Castle, Virginia, wins ALA’s first Penguin Random House Award for Innovation Through Adversity Award

CHICAGO — The Craig County Public Library, New Castle, Virginia, has been named the 2019 winner of the first ALA’s Penguin Random House Award for Innovation Through Adversity Award. The award, supported by the...

Apr 30: EBSCO Information Services and ALA award 10 librarians with scholarships to attend ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded 10 scholarships, including three new awards specifically for international recipients, to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. The scholarships are in partnership with the...

Apr 30: Sue Ann Pekel, senior librarian, Bentonville Public Library, wins 2019 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sue Ann Pekel, Children’s Librarian of Bentonville Public Library. The Sullivan Award is presented annually...

Apr 30: Pennsylvania School Librarians Association receives AASL Affiliate of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Affiliate of the Year Award. The $1,000 award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local...

Apr 30: Deadline extended to May 15 to apply for Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

CHICAGO – The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is recognizing libraries that go above and beyond in meeting the wellness needs of their staff.

ALA-APA is seeking nominations for the association’s Presidential Citation for Wellness in the...

Apr 30: Allison Porch receives 2019 – 2020 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that Allison Porch, marketing coordinator at the Carol Stream Public Library, is this year’s recipient of the Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant.  As part of her award, Porch will...

Apr 30: Sustainability Round Table announces Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List for 2019

CHICAGO — In celebration of Earth Day, the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to release its first annual Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List for 2019 (http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/...

Apr 30: United for Libraries to designate Literary Landmarks in celebration of Children’s Book Week

EXTON, Pennsylvania — In celebration of Children’s Book Week (April 29-May 5, 2019), which marks its 100th anniversary this year, United for Libraries will designate Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors.

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Apr 29: LITA @ ALA Annual 2019 – Science Fiction Authors

Chicago -- Join the LITA Imagineering Interest Group at the LITA @ ALA Annual 2019 – Science Fiction Authors program.

Agency, Consent, and Power in Science Fiction...

Apr 29: Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Support the Book “Reading Dangerously” a Commemoration in Honor of the Freedom to Read Foundations 50th Anniversary

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is producing a commemorative book “Reading Dangerously” to celebrate its anniversary and highlight 50 years of advocacy, education, and litigation through essays, oral histories, images, and book excerpts. The book will feature a forward by...

Apr 29: Freedom to Read Foundation Names 2019 Gordon M. Conable Scholarship Winner

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Amanda Vazquez as the recipient of the 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Vazquez’s expenses to attend the 2019...

Apr 29: 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

CHICAGO – The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (Illinois), Main Street Academy (North Carolina) and the NIA Community Services Network (New York) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2019 ...

Apr 29: Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2019 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Pamela (Pam) R. Klipsch, Director of Jefferson County Library in High Ridge, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2019 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. The award will be presented at...

Apr 29: An introduction to information policy issues

CHICAGO — The first book of its kind, “Foundations of Information Policy,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides a much-needed introduction to the myriad information policy issues that impact...

Apr 26: Ayaba Logan wins Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund award

CHICAGO – Ayaba Logan is the 2019 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund" award.

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial...

Apr 26: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2019 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries training in Atlanta

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a 2.5-day training opportunity to help...

Apr 25: Kellam receives 2019 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Lynda Kellam, data services and government information librarian at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, has been chosen to receive the 2019 University Libraries Section (ULS) Outstanding...

Apr 25: 2019 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected six winners, three honorable mentions, and a notable citation for the 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

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Apr 25: New workshop: Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Graphic Design Skills for All Library Employees with Aaron Schmidt. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute...

Apr 25: New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus...

Apr 24: New from ACRL - “Scholarship in the Sandbox”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories,...

Apr 23: 2019 Paul Howard Award for Courage to Magill

CHICAGO – Tyler Magill of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The $1,000 award and citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual who...

Apr 23: PLA to host three webinars in May

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced its webinar offerings for the month of May. All three webinars are offered free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Please click the webinar titles below for more information or to register.

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Apr 23: Patricia Helm Smith receives Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Patricia Helm Smith, retired executive director of the Texas Library Association (TLA), is the American Library Association (ALA) 2019 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.

The award, which seeks to acknowledge exceptional contributions to promoting the field...

Apr 23: Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College chosen for LIRT 2019 Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2019 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College at the ALA 2019 Annual...