Press Releases

Sep 19: Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

National Coalition kicks off Banned Books Week with white paper on youth development and the freedom to read 

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Sep 16: American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2022 Book Bans

Total book challenges in 2022 set to exceed 2021 record

CHICAGO – Eight months into 2022, the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries, is on track to exceed record counts from 2021,...

Sep 27: Booklist Reader in print for library patrons

CHICAGO – Booklist Reader...

Sep 23: The future of digital literacy in Africa

CHICAGO — Sustainable development can only be achieved when no one is left behind. An enduring lesson from the COVID-19 crisis is how important the availability of digital infrastructure and skills for individuals and communities is for teaching, learning, employability or just being able to...

Sep 21: New from ACRL - “Designing Libraries for the 21st Century”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Designing Libraries for the 21st Century," edited by H. Thomas Hickerson, Joan K. Lippincott, and Leonora Crema....

Sep 19: New research examines school librarian out-of-pocket spending during COVID-19

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines how school librarians spent their own money to support their libraries during the 2020–2021...

Sep 19: An updated introduction to planning a new library building

CHICAGO — Drawing on the expertise of authors Ayub Khan and Stella Thebridge from time spent on library projects around the world, the new second edition of “Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building,”...

Sep 14: Libraries Build Business report highlights impact of small business programs on local communities and library field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association has released a new...

Sep 14: Sourcebooks and ALA present banned book journal and reading guide

CHICAGO — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher based in Chicago, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) book publishing imprint, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman, announce publication of “Read These Banned Books: A Journal and 52-Week...

Sep 13: LIS Students: Apply for the 2023 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Core and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology...

Sep 13: ALA’s Civic Imagination Stations Pilot Cohort Announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association announces twelve artists and library staff teams selected for the pilot cohort for ALA’s Civic Imagination Stations, supported by The Estée Lauder Companies WRITING CHANGE...

Sep 12: Public Library Association (PLA) releases refresh of strategic goals, positioning Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) at center

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) Strategic Plan 2022—2026 is now available on the ...

Sep 12: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have...

Sep 12: ALA, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Invite Public Libraries to Host Traveling Exhibition on Human Evolution

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, invites applications from public libraries interested in hosting the traveling exhibition...

Sep 08: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table to launch Ashley Bryan Video Tribute

CHICAGO - The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table will launch the Ashley Bryan Video Tribute on Sept. 15 from 5-7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Zoom. 

The virtual event will provide deep insight on the life of CSK award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan.

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Sep 07: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall Receives Literarian Award from National Book Foundation

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall will receive the 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American...

Sep 07: Fostering wellness in the library workplace

CHICAGO — As part of their dedication to improving the lives of their patrons, libraries have long offered services, programs, and outreach dedicated to the health and wellness of their communities. There is a growing recognition that library workers themselves are in urgent need of such...

Sep 06: Marjory Blumenthal and Dr. Christopher Harris Appointed ALA Senior Policy Fellows

The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Marjory Blumenthal and Dr. Christopher Harris as Senior Policy Fellows in ALA’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy.  

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Sep 06: Scholarship Application Now Open

If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master's degree level....

Sep 06: Final Day to Submit Emerging Leaders Application Nears

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2023 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page...

Sep 02: The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table gifts Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO - Each year, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards community offers three underfunded libraries, schools and/or non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children CSK Book Donation Grants. The grant program provides books submitted for...

Sep 02: Fall 2022 Online Learning with RUSA

CHICAGO- The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), continues to offer an outstanding combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list...

Sep 01: ALA Celebrates National Library Card Sign-up Month September 2022

CHICAGO — Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries unite in a...

Aug 30: Connecting with teens in urban communities through media literacy

CHICAGO — Information and digital literacies are essential skills to survive and thrive in today’s media-saturated world. But minoritized and economically disadvantaged youth in urban communities often lack these critical media literacy competencies. Offering a multi-faceted perspective, Jimmeka...