Press Releases

Oct 15: Registration now open for ALA’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) opened registration today for its LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience conference taking place virtually Jan. 21 – 24, 2022. Built from the ground up...

Oct 20: Dr. Gregory Leazer Awarded ALSC Research Agenda Pilot Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the ALSC Research Agenda Pilot Grant to Dr. Gregory Leazer, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.

The ALSC Research Agenda Pilot Grant offers seed funds to...

Oct 19: United for Libraries’ Nov. 9 Learning Live session to explore virtual and hybrid fundraising

EXTON, Pa. – United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Virtual and Hybrid Fundraising” Tues., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Learning Live program is presented free to United for...

Oct 19: SRRT seeks nominations for Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice and Equality

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association seeks nominations for the Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice and Equality. Announced in September 2021, the award is named after Herb Biblo, a long-time member and supporter of...

Oct 19: Nominees sought for 2022 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996 Coretta...

Oct 19: Disaster planning and preparedness for libraries

CHICAGO — The library is a vital information hub and resource provider every single day, and that’s doubly true when calamity strikes. In fact, libraries’ designation as “essential community functions” during disasters is now encoded in U.S. law. Engaging as a partner in planning and...

Oct 18: Everything You Need to Know About Interlibrary Loan

CHICAGO- Register today for the four-week asynchronous course “Inside Interlibrary Loan: Basics for a New Millennium” sponsored by the...

Oct 18: Longlist for 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 45 books (23 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is ...

Oct 14: ALA announces Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program and informational session

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the return of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. Building off the success of the Spectrum Scholarship Program which provides one-year academic funding for LIS...

Oct 13: Game-based learning in school libraries

CHICAGO — “Playing Games in the School Library: Developing Game-Based Lessons and Using Gamification Concepts,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive resource for those looking to explore the...

Oct 13: ALSC National Institute coming in Fall 2022 - call for proposals open

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that the 2022 ALSC National Institute will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022. 

The...

Oct 11: New webinar series examines hiring and onboarding in youth services

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce a three-part webinar series from its Managing Children’s Services committee: “Building Great Teams: Hiring and Onboarding in Youth Services.” This...

Oct 11: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award applications for guides to library resources

CHICAGO — 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...

Oct 07: Libraries are invited to apply for the 2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries grant cycle. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of...

Oct 07: December Core Classroom: Designed with You in Mind: Welcoming Patrons and Staff with Disabilities in Your Library

CHICAGO—Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures for a four-week virtual workshop that focuses on navigating the many features libraries can employ to serve patrons of all ages with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Participants will discover the basic how-tos of beginning or...

Oct 07: UX principles for library signage and wayfinding design

CHICAGO — Well-designed signage is clear, direct, and reduces confusion and frustration among library users and library workers alike—and also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), bolstering accessibility. “Library Signage and...

Oct 05: Registration and housing now open for PLA 2022 Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced that registration and housing are officially open for the PLA 2022 Conference. The conference will take place March 23-25 in Portland, Ore.; most events will be held at the...

Oct 05: Nominations open for 2022 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2022 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living...

Oct 05: Ready-to-use lesson plans for scholarly research topics

CHICAGO — The world of scholarly research is uncharted territory for undergrads, but with the right approach you can quickly get them up to speed. With 33 time-saving lesson plans, Toni Carter’s “Introducing Scholarly Research: Ready-to-Use...

Oct 05: ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced that 68 candidates are running for 34 at-large seats on the ALA Council.

The following candidates were accepted by the Nominating Committee (listed alphabetically by last name):

Tarida Anantachai...

Oct 05: Hepburn, Lanza-Galindo running for 2022-25 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Peter Hepburn, head librarian at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, and Oscar Lanza-Galindo, associate dean, Library and Learning Commons, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, are the candidates for the treasurer of the American...

Oct 05: ALA to distribute $2 million in humanities funding to libraries as part of NEH American Rescue Plan

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply for funding through its American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, a grantmaking program to deliver relief to...

Oct 05: Drabinski, Watson seek 2023-24 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Emily Drabinski, interim chief librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and Kelvin Watson, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, are the candidates for the 2023-24 presidency of the American Library...

Oct 04: Libraries Worldwide Invited to Celebrate International Games Week 2021 This November

CHICAGO, IL – The American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT) is proud to announce that...

Oct 04: A deep dive into information literacy research

CHICAGO — The last several decades have witnessed a deep and continued interest in information literacy. This interest has resulted in an extensive range of research being undertaken and a burgeoning corpus of literature created by academic researchers, library practitioners, and other...

Oct 01: Core Webinar: Improving Web Site Accessibility

CHICAGO—Accessibility in library websites is intrinsic to the inclusivity and access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, and those who create or maintain web content for libraries must work to remove certain barriers to web site access. On...

Sep 29: Deb Robertson announces retirement as ALA Public Programs Office director

Deb Robertson, founding director of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will retire from the organization on October 8, 2021, after nearly 40 years of service....

Sep 29: October 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 29: New from ACRL - “Envisioning the Framework: A Graphic Guide to Information Literacy (Publications in Librarianship No. 77)”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Envisioning the Framework: A Graphic Guide to Information Literacy,” edited by Jannette L....