Press Releases

Apr 22: An updated guide to street lit and urban fiction

CHICAGO — Addressing with unflinching grit the concerns and problems of city living and survival in the United States, street lit encompasses some of the most in-demand titles in American public libraries’ collections. The thoroughly revised second edition of “...

Apr 19: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community" on May 14, 2024, at...

Apr 18: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table to celebrate John Steptoe New Talent Award Winners with virtual program

CHICAGO - The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table (CSKBART) invites the community to celebrate and recognize the 2024 Coretta Scott King Book Awards John Steptoe New Talent author and illustrator winners. 

The John Steptoe New Talent Award is established to affirm...

Apr 18: ALA announces 2025 Carnegie Selection Committee

CHICAGO - The 2025 selection committee is already hard at work on choosing the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2025 committee includes the following experts who work...

Apr 17: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding

CHICAGOJoin Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding" on May 8, 2024, at 1...

Apr 17: The TRANSFORMERS Are Ready to Roll Out for Library Card Sign-Up Month

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is teaming up with multiplatform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment and leading toy and game company Hasbro to encourage people to roll out to their libraries with the TRANSFORMERS franchise,...

Apr 17: Claudette McLinn elected 2024-2025 ALSC vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Claudette McLinn, EdD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Simi Valley, California, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (...

Apr 17: PLA wraps 2024 conference with strong attendance and engagement

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) welcomed more than 7,500 public library workers, supporters, and vendors nationwide to celebrate all things public libraries at the PLA 2024 Conference, April 3–5, in Columbus, Ohio, and at the virtual conference. From groundbreaking initiatives to...

Apr 15: Kordeliski Elected 2025-2026 AASL President

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the results of its 2024 election. Members elected Amanda Kordeliski, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Norman Public...

Apr 15: Preservation Week® Webinar: Historical Newspapers in Public Libraries

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures hosts the free Preservation Week® webinar "Historical Newspapers in Public Libraries" on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Join in for discussion of digitization, preservation and access for local historical newspapers with the Columbus Metropolitan...

Apr 15: Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and Independence (KS) Public Library Awarded ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its fifth Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and the Independence (KS) Public Library. The winning libraries...

Apr 15: Three Libraries Awarded ALA’s 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant for Exceptional Civic Education Programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to the Library System of Bradford County (New...

Apr 15: Gabriela Gualano receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Gabriela Gualano, teacher librarian at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles, California, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian...

Apr 15: ALA launches FY 2025 #FundLibraries campaign, urges Congress to fully fund key federal programs

Dear Appropriator letters open through end of April in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the...

Apr 12: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks" on May 7, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Library...

Apr 12: ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers Committee to Host Two Webinars

The ALA Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) committee invites you to join them for the following two sessions.

Empowering Library Workers: Navigating Unionization in Challenging Environments will be held ...

Apr 11: James Patterson gives bonuses to library workers & booksellers in celebration of his latest book

CHICAGO — In celebration of the release of his latest nonfiction title, "The Secret Lives of Booksellers & Librarians," world’s bestselling author James Patterson is honoring select American Bookseller Association and...

Apr 11: Free Core Webinar: Perspectives on Working with International Vendors

CHICAGO—Join Core for the free webinar "Perspectives on Working with International Vendors" on April 25, 2024, at 2 p.m. CT. This webinar is sponsored by Core International Relations Committee and Core World Languages Acquisitions Committee.

This panel discussion will offer valuable...

Apr 10: American Library Association Launches Reader. Voter. Ready. Campaign to Equip Libraries for 2024 Elections

ALA asks readers, voters to pledge participation in 2024 elections on Take Action for Libraries Day  

Chicago – Today the American...

Apr 10: Newly updated handbook of library architecture

CHICAGO — The second edition of “The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture,” published by ALA Editions, covers everything from planning completely new library buildings to small remodeling projects. Library directors, board members, and planning...

Apr 09: Unite Against Book Bans expands book résumé collection for National Library Week

CHICAGO — To commemorate National Library Week, Unite Against Book Bans has expanded its free collection of book résumés to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts...

Apr 09: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Organizing for Open; Aligning Organizational Structures with Open Values

CHICAGOJoin Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Organizing for Open; Aligning Organizational Structures with Open...

Apr 09: Brad Warren elected vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Brad Warren, Dean of Libraries at Augusta University, has been elected ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect. Warren will become president-elect in July 2024 and assume the presidency in July 2025 for a one-year term.

Rachel M. Minkin, Interim Associate Dean, Teaching and...

Apr 08: Dr. Brandy McNeil named PLA 2025-2026 president

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the results of its 2024 election. Members elected Dr. Brandy McNeil, Deputy Director, Branch Programs...

Apr 08: ALA/Information Today, Inc. announce 2024 Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Las Vegas–Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) has been selected to receive the 2024 ALA/Information Today, Inc., Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc., annually recognizes innovative planning,...

Apr 08: Jennie Pu to receive Ernest A. DiMattia Award

CHICAGO — Jennie Pu has been named the 2024 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a librarian who demonstrates leadership in anticipating emerging trends...

Apr 08: Loida Garcia-Febo to receive ALA Medal of Excellence Award

CHICAGO — Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant, Brooklyn, New York has been awarded the ALA Medal of Excellence Award.  This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC recognizes creative leadership of high order, particularly in the...

Apr 08: Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: What is "Cataloging"? An Analysis of Job Postings

CHICAGOCore hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: What is 'Cataloging'? An Analysis of Job Postings" on April 23, 2024,...

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...