Press Releases

Feb 15: Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table accepting applications for 2024 Comics Librarian Conference Travel Grant

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is accepting applications for the 2024 Comics Librarian Conference Travel Grant. These grants provide funds for newer library professionals with limited financial support to attend the upcoming 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, and...

Feb 14: LIS Students: Apply for the 2024 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...

Feb 14: Core Webinar Series: Creative Commons

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is excited to present the four-part webinar series “Creative Commons” March-April 2024. This webinar series is from Creative Commons, an international nonprofit organization that empowers people to grow and sustain the thriving commons of shared...

Feb 13: ALA advances libraries’ role in digital equity as FCC shapes Learn Without Limits programs

Proposed FCC programs would fund hotspots and cybersecurity measures for libraries, schools

As policymakers turn their eyes toward new ways to provide high-speed internet...

Feb 12: 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List announced by the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is thrilled to introduce the 2023 Best Graphic...

Feb 12: Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table announces 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List titles

ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is thrilled to announce the 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Adults (BGNA) Reading List. This reading list highlights the best graphic novels for...

Feb 09: ALA Announces New Members of the Unite Against Book Bans Cadre for Proactive Advocacy Opposing Book Banning

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to the...

Feb 08: Applications Open for Core LIFT Award for Professional Development

Core is pleased to announce applications are open for the Career LIFT Award to support skill development and networking...

Feb 08: Spectrum Scholarship Program Announces Sponsorships for the 25th Scholarship Cohort

CHICAGO - The Spectrum Scholarship Program, which advances racial equity, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, the American Library Association (ALA) new generations of racially and ethnically diverse...

Feb 08: An updated guide to web metrics

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, the new second edition of David Stuart’s “Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals” explores the many opportunities web metrics provide for measuring the...

Feb 07: Submit a Nomination for the Core/OCLC Margaret Mann Citation for Cataloging and Classification

Applications are open for the Core/OCLC Margaret Mann Citation, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or...

Feb 07: ALA's Rainbow Round Table releases Top 10 List

CHICAGO - The Over the Rainbow Committee of ALA’s Rainbow Round Table considered more than 400 books across all genres, including memoir, history, true crime, mystery, romance, fiction, poetryand more. The final 10...

Feb 07: American Library Association Council elects three members to Executive Board for 2024-2027 term

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has elected Nick Buron, Peter Coyl and Dr. Corinthia Price to serve on the ALA Executive Board. Elected board members will begin a three-year term in July 2024 and conclude in June 2027.

Nick Buron is the chief librarian at Queens...

Feb 06: ALA Announces Recipients of the 2024 Jason Reynolds/Simon & Schuster Travel Grant

The American Library Association is pleased to announce the selection of five recipients of the 2024 Jason Reynolds/Simon & Schuster Travel Grant. Established in 2022, the grants are intended to support ALA’s work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library field.

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Feb 05: American Library Association Updates Core Values 

CHICAGO – The American Library Association Council approved five new Core Values that focus on access, equity, intellectual freedom and privacy, the public good, and sustainability. ALA overwhelmingly approved the new Core...

Feb 05: American Library Association Opposes Proposed Georgia Legislation 

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) strongly opposes the proposed Georgia legislation that would prohibit the expenditure of public funds and private donations on services, materials, or operations provided by ALA.  

Contrary to the claims made by proponents of this...

Feb 05: PLA announces candidates for 2024 Board Election

CHICAGO —  The Public Library Association (PLA) 2024 Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s ...

Feb 05: PLA opens registration for 2024 Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced that registration is open for the PLA 2024 Virtual Conference. Offered as an alternative opportunity for public library workers unable to attend the...

Feb 05: “Hijab Butch Blues” wins 2024 Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

CHICAGO – “Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir,” by Lamya H and published by The Dial Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House is the 2024 recipient of the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. The awards were announced by the American Library Association...

Feb 05: “Freedom House” wins 2024 Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Award

CHICAGO – “Freedom House” by KB Brookins and published by Deep Vellum is the 2024 recipient of the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The awards were announced by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards during a virtual announcement.

The...

Feb 05: ALA Medal of Excellence Call for Nominations Extension

CHICAGO — Every year the American Library Association honors a creative leader in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship with the ALA Medal of Excellence.  The award consists of $2,000, bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed...

Feb 05: Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship Deadline Extension

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is extending nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and...

Feb 05: Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award Call for Nominations Extended

CHICAGO - The American Library Association  is currently extending nominations through...

Feb 05: ALA's Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Deadline Extended

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children is being extended to March 1, 2024.

This award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library...

Feb 05: Scholastic Library Award Nominations Deadline Extended

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award is open and extending nominations until March 1, 2024.

This award honors a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people" exemplifies...

Feb 05: Nominations EXTENDED for 2024 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

ALA is currently extending nomination  through March 1, 2024 for the ALA/ Information Today Library of the...

Feb 05: Beta Phi Mu Award Call for Nomination Extended

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is currently extending nominations through March 1, 2024 for the Beta Phi Mu Award.

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Feb 05: Lemony Snicket Award Nominations 2024 deadline extended

CHICAGO — Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a challenged book like Maus, responding to collection and building damage after hurricanes and fires, remaining open as a safe space during civil unrest, or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you...

Feb 05: EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award Nomination Deadline Extended

The American Library Association is currently extending accepting nominations through  March 1, 2024, for the EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award. This is awarded to a library organization for a program to further its staff development goals and objectives...

Feb 01: K-12 school librarians invited to apply for $5,000 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

CHICAGO — School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through twelfth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced. Previously for school libraries serving grades K-8, this year’s...