Press Releases

Jun 24: ALA Condemns Threats of Violence in Libraries

In response to the alarming increase in acts of aggression toward library workers and patrons as reported by press across the country, the American Library Association Executive Board released the following statement:

The American Library Association condemns, in the strongest terms...

Jul 01: ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for 2023 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2023 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2023 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select candidates to run for...

Jun 27: New research examines school librarian assistance with one-to-one laptop programs and participants’ perceptions

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines variables related to teachers’ perceptions of one-to-one laptop programs and how school...

Jun 27: New from ACRL - “3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation,”...

Jun 26: Roselle Public Library District and Seward County Community College Library announced as recipients of GameRT’s 2022 Game On! Grant

CHICAGO — The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce two recipients of their Game On! Grant for 2022 – Roselle Public Library District (Roselle, IL) and Seward County Community College Library (Liberal, KS). GameRT introduced the new...

Jun 25: Core Members Now Have Free Access to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services Sandbox

OCLC and Core are partnering to provide free access to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services sandbox, the test environment for the platform, that will allow Core members seeking professional development opportunities a chance to work hands-on with a...

Jun 24: ALA Annual Conference Advisory

WASHINGTON, DC -- American Library Association (ALA) members and staff are continuing to monitor the situation related to today’s Supreme Court decision. While we grapple with the implications of this decision, our immediate priority is the safety of those attending the 2022 Annual Conference...

Jun 24: IMLS and FCC Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Help Close Digital Divide

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Library Association (ALA) has issued the below statement on the memorandum of understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced on June 24, 2022:

ALA President Patricia “...

Jun 22: A Call to Action on Climate Change for Libraries

CHICAGO – Climate change is the single greatest threat to global health and this generation’s grandest challenge, but many library leaders feel overwhelmed, even paralyzed about where to start. “...

Jun 21: The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to take place in Washington, D.C., June 23–28.

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will convene in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. Attendees will be informed and updated on trends, policies, best practices; motivated by celebrity speakers and...

Jun 21: Authors Jason Reynolds, Nancy Pearl join high schoolers to Unite Against Book Bans at world’s biggest library event in Washington, D.C., June 25

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Award-winning young adult author Jason Reynolds, Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and American Library Association (ALA) intellectual freedom advocate Deborah Caldwell-Stone will join Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, D.C.) students to make the case for defending the...

Jun 17: Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Virtual Symposium “Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action”

CHICAGO-The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) invites all library workers, educators, authors, journalists, publishers, social justice workers and First Amendment advocates to attend and participate in its free virtual symposium, Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to...

Jun 17: YALSA to launch eCourse on neurodiversity, mental health in the library

Chicago—The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announces a new eCourse, A Place to Belong: Supporting Neurodiversity and Mental Health in Your Library.  Ashleigh Torres...

Jun 17: 2022 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recipient named

Dr. LaTesha Velez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science (LIS) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the recipient of the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round...

Jun 17: Tuliao Swims Again to Support Spectrum

Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will swim Grimaldo's Mile, a one mile open water event in New York City, on July 9th to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program. This is Tuliao's 15th consecutive year organizing an...

Jun 16: ALA Announces 2022 Spectrum Doctoral Fellows - Catalysts for Change

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce recipients for the newest round of Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships - Catalysts for Change. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-248876-OLS). 

The seven 2022...

Jun 16: ALA Store at 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Located in the Library Marketplace at Booth #1833, the ALA Store will offer a wide range of promotional, continuing education, professional development, and gift items during the 2022 ALA Annual Conference...

Jun 15: Freedom to Read Celebration, Supporting the Merritt Fund, and Featuring Banned Author David Levithan

Join the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) along with banned author David Levithan, library professionals, authors, and friends for this 2022 Freedom to Read Celebration,...

Jun 13: 2022 John Cotton Dana Awards Announced

The 2022 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award winners, recognized for their strategic communications efforts, have been selected. The John Cotton Dana Awards provide up to eight grants for libraries that demonstrate...

Jun 09: Three-year research study suggests co-teaching significantly facilitates learner-centered instruction

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines how school librarians and classroom teachers co-...

Jun 09: A comprehensive HR toolkit for public library managers

CHICAGO — Human resources is an area of leadership that requires its own specialized knowledge, but many library managers and directors assume their roles without any background knowledge of HR or adequate training. “The Public Library Director's HR...

Jun 08: The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide

CHICAGO — Just in time to celebrate a century of the Newbery Medal, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and ALA Editions present “The Newbery...

Jun 07: Core to Honor Award Winners at 2022 ALA Annual Conference

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is immensely pleased to be honoring its award winners at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. There is incredible talent in the library world and it is a privilege to help highlight it. The complete list of Core award ceremonies and...

Jun 07: Saint Marys (Penn.) Area Middle School Wins ALA’s 2022 Jaffarian Award for Empathizing with Teens in Trauma: Terezín/Theresienstadt Museum Project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2022 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Saint Marys (Penn.) Area Middle School for their program, Empathizing with Teens in Trauma:...

Jun 06: Christoforos Sassaris Awarded 2022 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Christoforos Sassaris has been selected to receive the 2022 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

This scholarship is for master’s level study,...

Jun 06: Vnuk’s updated weeding handbook

CHICAGO — Filled with field-tested strategies and adaptable collection development policies, the new second edition of Rebecca Vnuk’s “The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide,” published by ALA Editions, will enable libraries to bloom by...

Jun 03: Managing data for patron privacy

CHICAGO — Libraries are not exempt from the financial costs of data breaches or leaks, no matter the size. Whether from a library worker unwittingly sharing a patron’s address with a perpetrator of domestic violence to leaving sensitive patron data unprotected, patrons can also pay a hefty price...

Jun 01: ALA distributes $1.55 million in COVID emergency relief to 77 U.S. libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today grants of $20,000 to 77 libraries that continue to experience substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund grantees are academic, correctional, public, school, and tribal...