For immediate release | June 4, 2020

George Eberhart retires as American Libraries senior editor

CHICAGO—American Libraries Senior Editor George Eberhart will be retiring from the American Library Association on June 8 after more than 23 years with American Libraries and another 10 years (1980–1990) with the Association for College and Research Libraries. We wish him well in his retirement and are grateful for his accomplishments at American Libraries, especially in creating, curating, and editing the AL Direct e-newsletter since January 2006 and the Latest Library Links news blog since 2015.

Senior Editor Amy Carlton will take over both Latest Library Links and AL Direct starting June 5, keeping our industry news coverage and our biweekly member e-newsletter robust and relevant. Look for news and updates on AL Direct in the coming weeks.

Over the years, Eberhart has interviewed such luminaries as activist Cornel West, civil rights leader John Lewis, poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Margarita Engle, historians Ron Chernow and Eric Foner, novelist Alexander McCall Smith, filmmaker Rob Reiner, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, and Jeopardy! winner Emma Boettcher. Eberhart has also been instrumental in partnering with ALA’s Communications and Marketing Office on the annual State of America’s Libraries Report, released during National Library Week.

He wrote and edited The Librarian’ s Book of Lists (2010) and five editions of The Whole Library Handbook (1991–2013) for ALA Editions, in addition to designing and producing all the volumes in the Whole Library Handbook series. George’s institutional knowledge, dry wit, and topical neckties will be greatly missed.


American Libraries, the voice of the profession and the flagship magazine of the American Library Association, is published six times yearly in print, plus a digital-only July/August issue and occasional digital supplements, by the American Library Association. The magazine is sent to some 65,000 individuals and organizations worldwide. ALA members receive American Libraries as a perquisite of membership. Find American Libraries online, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


Sanhita SinhaRoy

Editor and Publisher

American Library Association

American Libraries