Press Releases

Apr 02: Wendy Gassaway receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Wendy Gassaway, school librarian at Alder Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and...

Mar 29: PLA announces new opening speaker for 2024 conference: Shola Richards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Shola Richards, founder and CEO of “Go Together” and best-selling author, will open the...

Mar 29: Announcing the 2024 Core Fundamentals Web Course Schedule

CHICAGO–Core is pleased to announce the release of the 2024 Core Fundamentals Web Course schedule. This series of related online courses covers basic topics that enhance skills in various areas of library work....

Mar 29: Garza de Cortés named recipient of ALSC's 2024 Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO - Oralia Garza de Cortés is the 2024 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC...

Mar 29: ALA welcomes passage of FY 2024 federal budget, braces for FY 2025

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 federal budget signed into law by President Biden on Saturday, March 23, contained level funding for the two dedicated federal funding programs for America’s libraries. The...

Mar 29: Hutchinson Memorial Library awarded 2024 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2024 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph, Wisconsin.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing...

Mar 29: Rose Brock to receive Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Rose Brock, Ph.D. has been named the 2024 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. This award of $1,000 and certificate of achievement, sponsored by the Scholastic Library Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual...

Mar 29: Susan Spicer to receive Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

CHICAGO – Susan Spicer, Early Learning Program Manager for the Salt Lake County Library in Utah, has been selected to receive the 2024 Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. This award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), annually...

Mar 28: Liberatory librarianship

CHICAGO — How does librarianship help people to be free? How is library capacity and expertise used to increase freedom, justice, and community? “Liberatory Librarianship: Stories of Community, Connection, and Justice,” published by ALA...

Mar 28: ALA President Emily Drabinski to host ALA President’s Program at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that ALA President Emily Drabinski will host the ALA President’s Program, featuring an esteemed panel of library practitioners, at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference...

Mar 27: April 2024 Online Learning with RUSA

CHICAGO —The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), offers an outstanding combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:

Reference...

Mar 27: ALA Releases Free Library Programming Guide, Resources to Help Adult Patrons Understand the Unseen Aspects of the Internet

CHICAGO — What determines the information that shows up in online search results? How do cookies work? What exactly is an algorithm?

The new free guide from the...

Mar 26: Reference Interview Course from RUSA

CHICAGO-  Register today for the upcoming Six-week asynchronous course Reference Interview 101 starting on April 1, 2024 

Reference Interview is a comprehensive six-week course focusing on the methods of evaluating...

Mar 25: Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 9

Library workers have been under attack on many fronts. Yet library staff continue to play an invaluable role in supporting their communities. In both good times and times of challenge or crisis, library workers in all types of libraries serve millions of library users in need of free access to...

Mar 25: ALSC ALA Annual Preconference - Bilingual Storytime Academy

CHICAGO - On Friday, June 28, 2024, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will present a half-day preconference, "Bilingual Storytime Academy," during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. 

This interactive preconference will provide an easy-to-...

Mar 22: Core ALA Annual Preconference: AvramCamp; An Unconference for Women and Non-binary Technology Library Workers

CHICAGO—Join Core during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA for the full-day preconference event "AvramCamp: An Unconference for Women and Non-binary Technology Library Workers". Each year Core sponsors AvramCamp, a safe and welcoming space for women and non-binary...

Mar 22: Emma K. McNamara and Don Michael Jr. are the 2024 recipients of the SRRT’s Conference Travel Grants

The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association has named Emma K. McNamara and Don Michael Jr. as the 2024 winners of the SRRT Conference Travel Grants to attend the upcoming 2024 ALA Annual Conference...

Mar 21: Felton Thomas, Jr. Receives 2024 ALA Equality Award 

CHICAGO - Cleveland Public Library (CPL) Executive Director and CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. was selected to receive the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The award, honoring an individual’s outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession, consists of...

Mar 21: Core ALA Annual Preconference: Managing Change and Holding Effective Difficult Conversations; Tools for Every Leader

CHICAGO—On Friday, June 28, 2024, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present the half-day preconference "Managing Change and Holding Effective Difficult Conversations: Tools for Every Leader" during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA. Learn how to invoke...

Mar 21: Core ALA Annual Preconference: Assembling Your Consultant Tool Kit; What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Consultant

CHICAGO—On Friday, June 28, 2024, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present the full-day preconference "Assembling Your Consultant Tool Kit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Consultant" during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA. This...

Mar 21: Cathi Fuhrman receives the AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Cathi Fuhrman, a school librarian at State College Area High School, Pennsylvania, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given for upholding the principles...

Mar 21: New from ACRL - “Universal Design for Learning in Academic Libraries: Theory into Practice”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Universal Design for Learning in Academic Libraries: Theory into Practice,” edited by Danielle...

Mar 20: Recruiting to the Profession: The LIS Pipeline and How We Can Help Discussion to be Hosted by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory Committee, April 24

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) Advisory Committee invites you to join us for a discussion on recruitment to the library profession, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central)....

Mar 20: Washington Library Association- School Library Division Awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The Washington Library Association (WLA) - School Library Division is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to an AASL Chapter for planning and implementing leadership...

Mar 19: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table Invites Submissions for the 2025 Awards

CHICAGO - The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table Round Table (CSKBART) invites submissions for the 2025 Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

Please visit the CSKBART website to review the ...

Mar 18: American Library Association President Emily Drabinski to be honored with award from The Publishing Triangle

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to share that President Emily Drabinski will receive the Torchbearer Award from The Publishing Triangle, the association of LGBTQ+ people in publishing.

The award, now in its second year, is given to...

Mar 15: Wei Ling Goh Named 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to Wei Ling Goh. Goh is working as an information desk and...