Special Reports

State of America’s Libraries 2019 report affirms Libraries = Strong Communities

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries 2019 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning.

PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete an important survey, which collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology from Fiscal Year 2018. A summary of the survey data is published annually in PLA's Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report. The FY 2018 survey is opening later in the year due to administrative delays.

Public Library Association partners with OCLC to help public libraries, partners respond to opioid epidemic

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will collaborate with OCLC on new project to collect and share knowledge and resources to support public libraries and their community partners in addressing the opioid crisis. OCLC was awarded a $249,714 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to perform this work. 

Choice publishes white paper examining marketing outreach activities by academic libraries

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. –  Choice today announced the publication of the second in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This second paper, “Marketing Academic Library Resources and Services” offers a look into how the evolving academic library positions itself and its services to the library community

YALSA releases new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education (CE). The report was authored by Linda W. Braun, YALSA CE Consultant; Nicole A.

A new ALA Editions Special Report on fake news and alternative facts

CHICAGO — Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn’t, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information professionals, particularly for those who teach information literacy.

PLA releases 2017 Year in Review

CHICAGO – Last week the Public Library Association (PLA) released its 2017 Year in Review, an annual report highlighting the association’s work in 2017. Featuring numerous images from PLA's 2017 events, the report covers such areas as honors and achievements, advocacy, continuing education, initiatives, leadership, membership and publications.

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

ACRL releases 'Academic Library Impact,' an Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research.” Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders.