Press Releases

Apr 08: Pun wins 2025-2026 ALA presidency 

CHICAGO – Raymond Pun, Academic and Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California has been elected 2024-2025 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). 

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Apr 08: Announcing the 2024 Core Election Results

CHICAGO—Kevin A.R. King, Director of East Lansing Public Library, has been elected President-Elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a Division of the American Library Association. His three-year term begins at the conclusion of the 2024 ALA Annual Conference and ends at the...

Apr 08: ALA kicks off National Library Week revealing the annual list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books and the State of America’s Libraries Report

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) launched National Library Week with today’s release of its highly anticipated annual list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023 and the ...

Apr 05: Preservation Week® Webinar: Cultural Competencyʻs Role Toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Goals

CHICAGO—Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the free Preservation Week® webinar “Cultural Competency's Role Toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Goals." Cultural Competency is the ability to function with awareness, knowledge,...

Apr 05: Preservation Week® Webinar: Building Better Models for Preservation

CHICAGO—Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Thursday, May 2, 2024, for the free Preservation Week® webinar “Building Better Models for Preservation.” In this panel, three speakers will discuss their experiences preserving cultural heritage material in their communities when they...

Apr 05: Showcase Your Library’s Interior Design Work by Applying for the 2024 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are currently accepting applications for the 11th annual IIDA/ALA Library Interior Design Awards honoring excellence in library interior design and promoting extraordinary interior spaces...

Apr 05: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Onboarding with Cultural Humility and Appreciative Inquiry

CHICAGOJoin Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Onboarding with Cultural Humility and Appreciative Inquiry" on April...

Apr 04: New e-book spotlights free and low-cost library programming

CHICAGO — There’s no need to spend hours trying to come up with creative programming ideas—bestselling library activity guru Ellyssa Kroski has already done all the hard work for you! Largely drawn from contributions by library workers across the country, “...

Apr 04: World champion gymnast and author Maggie Nichols and award-winning journalist and author Ali Velshi to present at ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced two speakers that will present at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held at the ...

Apr 04: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Python for Data Visualization

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Python for Data Visualization" on April 10, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Python...

Apr 03: New ALA tools guide libraries in applying for more than $1 billion in federal Digital Equity Act funding

New ALA webinars to help libraries understand and analyze the Digital Equity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) released the second in a series of resources to guide libraries in all contexts to apply for more than a...

Apr 03: “The First Amendment and the Freedom to Read” receives AASL Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – “The First Amendment and the Freedom to Read” project from Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, New York, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, a division of...

Apr 03: Registration Open for 2024 ALSC National Institute in Denver

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2024 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "Standing Up for Stories” will be held Sept. 19-21, 2024, in Denver.

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Apr 03: Core Webinar: Logic Models; Your Strategic Magic Wand

CHICAGOJoin Core for the webinar "Logic Models: Your Strategic Magic Wand" on April 16, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Funders are...

Apr 02: American Library Association celebrates National Library Week 2024

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is thrilled to celebrate National Library Week from April 7 to11. This year’s theme is "Ready, Set, Library!" which illustrates the idea that in an always-online world, libraries give the community a green light to...

Apr 02: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Evaluating Your Library Assessment Program

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Evaluating Your Library Assessment Program" on April 9, 2024, at 1 p.m...

Apr 02: Core Classroom: Your Supported Job Search

CHICAGOJoin Core from May 20 to June 14, 2024, for the Core Classroom “Your Supported Job Search.” Looking for work is...

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:

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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...