Press Releases

Sep 15: American Library Association announces LibLearnX will be virtual

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience scheduled for January 21-24, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, will take place virtually.

“Given the...

Sep 16: Tiffany H. Ly Selected as 2021 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Tiffany H. Ly of Minneapolis, Minnesota as the 2021 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in library and...

Sep 16: Mia I. Glionna Selected as the 2021 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association and SAGE announced Mia I. Glionna of Altadena, California as the recipient of the 2021 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media. 

Glionna says that she “hopes to explore the future of archival studies and digital archives.” She is interested in...

Sep 16: ALA Calls for 2022 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award Nominations

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the nomination period opened for the 2022 L. Ray Patterson Award. Established in 2002, the honor recognizes individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: ‘to advance the...

Sep 16: Melissa Grasso Selected as the 2021 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Melissa Grasso of Brookline, Massachusetts as the 2021 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science...

Sep 14: SRRT establishes the Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association has established the Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality. Herb Biblo was a long-time member and supporter of SRRT from the early days of...

Sep 14: An updated history of ALA policy on intellectual freedom

CHICAGO — Collecting several key documents, “A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom” is a supplement to the tenth edition of “Intellectual Freedom Manual,“ published by ALA Editions in collaboration with...

Sep 14: Applications Open for 2022 AASL Awards

CHICAGO – Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2022 awards are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this...

Sep 10: ALA President Patty Wong to host Connectivity Corner Instagram Live series on libraries, broadband access and digital equity

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) will host a bimonthly series of live conversations between ALA President Patty Wong and library practitioners who are keeping their communities connected with high-...

Sep 09: Reminder to register for ALA’s Inaugural Virtual Volunteer Fair on September 14, 2021 and to submit Volunteer Applications for Committees by September 30, 2021!

The American Library Association’s inaugural Virtual Volunteer Fair will be held on September 14, 2021, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CT.  Members should...

Sep 08: LIS Students: Apply for the 2022 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Core and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will...

Sep 08: 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 07: Core Webinar: Motivate, Empower, and Engage Staff Through Coaching

CHICAGO—The future of work will require employees and organizations to be flexible, agile, adaptable, creative and innovative in order to keep up with the fast pace of change. More diversity in the workforce will mean more attention to culture, values and strengths, and organizations will need...

Sep 07: United for Libraries’ September 14 Learning Live session will highlight National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 17-23

EXTON, PA – United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week” on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Learning Live...

Sep 07: September Online Learning with RUSA

CHICAGO- The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), kicks off a new year of learning. We will be offering a combination of repeat and new courses/...

Sep 07: IMLS funds $500,000 research project to study the value of U.S. library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has received $498,805 in funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct a foundational three-year research project into library programming, the second phase in ALA’s ...

Sep 07: Booklist launches Booklist Reader for library patrons and the public

CHICAGO – Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, proudly announces the launch of Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron–facing magazine featuring diverse readers'...

Sep 07: Banned Books Week to unite communities

CHICAGO – At a time when LGBTQIA+ books and books that focus on racism and racial justice are challenged for removal from library and school bookshelves, this year's Banned Books Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the...

Sep 03: 2021 YALSA Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 2021 Symposium is Hybrid, both in-person in Reno, Nevada, and virtually.

The past year has presented teens and libraries that serve them with numerous challenges that will continue to affect them in 2021 and beyond. Join...

Sep 03: David Satten-López Named 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to David Satten-López, who will begin the MLIS program at Drexel University in...

Sep 03: Run for ALA office by filing an electronic petition

CHICAGO — Individuals who did not complete a nomination form during the nomination period  or were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. The ALA Nominating Committee will begin notifying nominated candidates by end of September.

Members who are...

Sep 03: Robert (Jay) Malone named executive director of ACRL

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Robert (Jay) Malone will become the new executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA. Malone’s first day in his new role will be...

Sep 01: IFRT accepting nominations for 2022 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce that beginning in 2022 that the Round Table will be awarding the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award annually. The Oboler Award will honor journal articles in even number years (2022, 2024, etc.) and then honor books in odd...

Sep 01: ALA Announces New Endowment Trustees

ALA Members Brett Bonfield and Shali Zhang have been selected to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board made these selections during their sessions at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. The three-year terms of the newly selected...

Sep 01: 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...

Sep 01: Eleven libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2021 Library Design Showcase

CHICAGO — Eleven new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2021 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s...

Sep 01: ALA invites libraries to apply for Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new grant for libraries designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement.

Through...

Aug 31: National survey finds libraries play expanded role in digital equity, bridging gaps in access to technology

CHICAGO – As the nation celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month this September, a new report from the Public Library Association (PLA) details how libraries are further extending their technology services and resources in the face of pandemic limitations. The 2020 Public Library Technology Survey ...