Press Releases

Nov 28: Gebel receives 2024 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2024 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Doris Gebel.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend up...

Nov 28: Artist Shepard Fairey chooses American Library Association for fundraiser 

CHICAGO – Artist Shepard Fairey has chosen the American Library Association for a fundraiser released on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in connection with Echo, an accessories...

Nov 28: RUSQ Call for Submissions

CHICAGO- The Reference and User Services Association is delighted to announce that its peer-reviewed journal RUSQ, now titled RUSQ: A Journal of Reference and User Experience, will be accepting submissions as of 1/1/2024. 

The scope of the journal includes all aspects of library services...

Nov 28: Cantron M. Quarles Selected as 2024 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellow

The American Library Association has selected Cantron M. Quarles as the 2024 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellow. Quarles will receive a stipend totaling $2,500 to offset the cost of attending the 2024 LibLearnX experience in Baltimore and the ALA 2024 Annual Conference in San Diego.

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Nov 27: ALA Announces the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected fifty (50) people to participate in its 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The EL program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into...

Nov 21: PLA announces speakers for 2024 conference, April 3–5

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) 2024 Conference will move attendees towards laughter and thoughtful reflection with speakers Dulcé Sloan, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Mary Annaïse Heglar. The PLA 2024 Conference, taking place April 3–5, in...

Nov 21: Dr. Brandy McNeil Appointed to Fill Director-At-Large Vacancy on PLA Board

CHICAGO — Last week, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors appointed Dr. Brandy McNeil to the Director-at-Large position in her return to the PLA board. Dr. McNeil will complete the 2023-2024 term of Candice Mack, who vacated the position effective November 10, 2023,...

Nov 20: 2024 Call for SustainRT New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend Applications

CHICAGO - The Sustainability Round Table's New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend recognizes the importance of social equity to SustainRT and ALA, and works to support new and diverse members to overcome barriers to...

Nov 15: Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Thinking Big

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Thinking Big” on March 27, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Faced with deficiencies of collection and space, and a failed tax referendum to address these needs, the Louisville Free Public Library opted for a transformative investment that...

Nov 15: AASL opens call for School Library Research Editorial Board Ex-Officio Doctoral Student

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a doctoral student to serve on the School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Board in an ex-officio position. For more information and the application, visit www.ala.org/aasl/...

Nov 15: ALA appoints Leslie Burger as Interim Executive Director

CHICAGO – The American Library Association Executive Board has selected Leslie Burger as ALA’s interim executive director. Her first day is November 15, 2023. 

Burger brings years of experience as a leader in our field, from her service as president of the American...

Nov 14: SAG-AFTRA Actress, Model, Artist, and Down Syndrome Activist Mia Armstrong to Present at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that SAG-AFTRA actress, model, Down Syndrome activist, and new author Mia Armstrong will be an Author Speaker at the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library...

Nov 14: ALA unveils shortlist for 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO —Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the...

Nov 14: ALA Sustainability Round Table to celebrate its 10th anniversary

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) will honor its 10th anniversary with a virtual...

Nov 13: Call for Proposals-IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO - The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces the call for proposals for its Mission Enhancement Grant. In 2016, IRRT members and supporters...

Nov 10: ALA announces new YALSA Executive Director

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Candice Mack as the new Executive Director for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA.

She brings to ALA and YALSA years of...

Nov 10: Applications for the 2024 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now open

CHICAGO  —  Applications for the 2024 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now being accepted by ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature...

Nov 10: GameRT seeks nominations of amazing games for its new Platinum Play Awards list!

CHICAGO — The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the new Platinum Play Awards as part of its celebration of...

Nov 09: David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award nominations open

CHICAGO - The Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT) of the American Library Association is now accepting nominations for the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. This award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding...

Nov 09: Social Responsibilities Round Table seeks nominations for the 2024 Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association is happy to announce that nominations for the 2024 Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality are now open.

Herb Biblo was a longstanding...

Nov 09: ALA welcomes federal E-rate support for Wi-fi hotspots

Washington — The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to...

Nov 09: ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the names of the 18 candidates who are running for a total of 12 at-large seats on the ALA Council to serve the 2024-2027 term.

The following candidates were accepted by the Nominating Committee (...

Nov 09: Helmick, Pun Seek American Library Association Presidency for 2025-26 Term

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee has selected two nominees to run for ALA president in the upcoming election. The candidates running for the 2025-26 term are Sam Helmick, Community & Access Services Coordinator at Iowa City Public...

Nov 07: Bibliotherapy-informed practices, programs, and events

CHICAGO — Bibliotherapy can be defined as the use of guided reading for therapeutic ends. And though you might not be a licensed mental health professional, you can—and do, even without knowing it—support mental health and personal growth by connecting patrons to books that heal. Regardless of...

Nov 07: Applications Now Open for the Core Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

CHICAGO–Core is now accepting applications for the Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between January 8, 2024 and June 28, 2024. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information...

Nov 07: ​​​​​​​ALA Conferences Opens 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Submissions

CHICAGO — The American Library Association invites submissions for Poster Sessions at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held in San Diego, CA, June 27 – July 2, 2024. The ...

Nov 06: AASL launches new research into content supporting the national standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched new research into the content and materials of the “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries." A set of online surveys for school library professionals, collaborators, and...

Nov 06: JSTOR and Choice jointly publish research presenting new insights on teaching with digital primary sources

Middletown, CT - JSTOR, a nonprofit service of ITHAKA, and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), have partnered to publish a new research report, Teaching and Learning with Digital Primary Sources: Nine insights into awareness, literacy, and...

Nov 02: Comedian, Actor, and Author Jesús Trejo to Present at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that stand-up comedian, comedy writer, actor, and author Jesús Trejo will be an Author Speaker at the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience...

Nov 01: New ALA report: Gen Z & Millennials are visiting the library & prefer print books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American...