Press Releases

Jul 18: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association announces Dr. Andrew Wertheimer as the inaugural winner of the Distinguished Service in Library History Award

CHICAGO - Established in 2022, the Distinguished Service in Library History Award honors the career of a person with a lifetime of scholarship and service in the field of library history. The award recipient will have a record of contributions that demonstrate length, breadth, and depth of...

Jul 18: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association announces Amanda Belantara and A.M. Alpin as the inaugural winners of the Innovation and Advocacy in Library History Award

CHICAGO - Established in 2022, the Innovation and Advocacy in Library History Award recognizes recent, substantive contributions either to Library History Round Table (LHRT) or to the wider library history community. This award honors those who have promoted library history in exceptional or new...

Jul 17: President Obama Extends Support to American Librarians in an Open Letter

CHICAGO (July 17, 2023) — Former President of the United States Barack Obama published an open letter on Monday, extending his support to America’s...

Jul 14: GameRT’s 2023 Game On! Grant awarded to Butler Area Public Library (Butler, PA)

CHICAGO — The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Butler Area Public Library (Butler, PA) as the recipient of their 2023 Game On! Grant ($500). GameRT introduced the Game On! grant program in 2020 with the intention of providing...

Jul 13: American Library Association Responds to Montana State Library Commission’s Decision to Withdraw Montana State Library’s Membership

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization that develops,...

Jul 12: Applications Now Open for the Core Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

CHICAGO–Core is now accepting applications for the Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 11, 2023 and December 22, 2023. One free seat per session is available to librarians and...

Jul 11: New from ACRL - “Instructional Identities and Information Literacy”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Instructional Identities and Information Literacy,” edited by Amanda Nichols Hess, a...

Jul 11: Nominate a stellar librarian for the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library users nationwide to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college,...

Jul 11: Goal-oriented education, intellectual freedom, literacy, and community care at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO ― The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the 142nd Annual Conference & Exhibition in its hometown of Chicago, Illinois, June 22-27, 2023. The onsite conference gathered an audience of more than 9,107 librarians, library workers, and...

Jul 10: Colleen Seisser begins term as YALSA president for 2023-2024

CHICAGO — Colleen Seisser began her term as president of the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) in July 2023 and will remain active on the board for one year as past- president in 2024.

“I am both honored and humbled to step into...

Jul 10: ALA provides $10,000 grants to 17 academic libraries at minority serving institutions to build capacity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced $10,000 Building Library Capacity Grants to seventeen libraries at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the United States that have experienced economic hardship due the consequences of the pandemic...

Jul 10: ALA seeks proposals for 2024 LibLearnX education program

CHICAGO — Share your work and creative problem solving with your peers by submitting an education program proposal for the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX), taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 19–22, 2024. The...

Jul 07: ALA Nominating Committee seeks ALA President-elect & ALA Councilor at Large candidates for 2024 election

The American Library Association (ALA) thrives thanks to the energy, diversity, and commitment of its members and leaders. The Nominating Committee encourages members to consider serving the association in various leadership positions. The association should reflect the diversity of our...

Jun 28: Leo S. Lo has been elected vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Due to an unforeseen circumstance the recently elected ACRL 2023 Vice-President/President-Elect, Elisandro (Alex) Cabada, will be unable to serve in this position. Therefore, a special election was held in June 2023 to fill this vacancy. The runner-up, Leo S. Lo, Dean and Professor of...

Jun 26: ALA Welcomes FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits Initiative

WASHINGTON – In a speech at the American Library Association’s annual conference, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...

Jun 26: Accepting Applications for 2024 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details regarding the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page....

Jun 25: Diane Dias De Fazio appointed RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage editor

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has named Diane Dias De Fazio as the next editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. As editor, she will also serve as chair of the RBM Editorial Board. Dias De...

Jun 25: American Library Association, Association of American Publishers Reaffirm 1953 Freedom to Read Statement, Joined by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association

As censorship threats continue to target libraries, schools, publishers, authors, and booksellers, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are calling on all...

Jun 22: American Library Association to Distribute $1 Million to Support Fight Against Censorship

Funding will expand ALA’s intellectual freedom initiatives
amid record number of book challenges

CHICAGO (June 22, 2023) — The...

Jun 22: Together We’re Stronger National Conference Registration Grants

CHICAGO — Thirty conference registration grants are available to school library professionals wishing to attend the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the “Together We’re Stronger National Conference Registration Grants,” will...

Jun 21: American Library Association Awards 27 Libraries with Teen Sci-Fi Great Stories Club Grant

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 27 U.S. libraries to receive implementation grants for “Imagining Tomorrow: Building Inclusive Futures.” This brand-new series in ALA’s...

Jun 21: American Library Association Promotes Digital Equity During ACP Week of Action and Beyond

ALA national conference kicks off with FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel on June 23

WASHINGTON, DC - With an historic and unwavering commitment to ensuring access to information for all, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide...

Jun 21: PLA releases first Public Library Services for Strong Communities Report

2022 national survey documents public library programs, services, partnerships, and facilities

(CHICAGO) The Public Library Association (PLA) today...

Jun 20: An updated guide to LGBTQIA+ books for children and teens

CHICAGO — Books for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual, and intersex readers and their allies continue to thrive and evolve in reflection of the variety of families and individual identities today. Deemed "an essential purchase" in a starred review by School...

Jun 20: PLA awards $1.27 million to more than 200 Public Libraries for digital literacy and ACP workshops

National initiative part of expanded support from AT&T to help families build online skills and learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

CHICAGO —Powered by a contribution from AT&...

Jun 20: ALA to host FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, highlight digital equity at Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will be a featured speaker during the ALA Annual Conference Opening General Session in Chicago on Friday,...

Jun 20: Public and academic libraries invited to apply for extended ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition tour

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, invites libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust...

Jun 15: ALA, FINRA Foundation to distribute 200 all-in-one financial education program kits valued at $2,000 to public libraries

Chicago – The American Library Association (ALA) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation invite public libraries to apply for a Thinking Money for Kids Program Kit, a collection of expertly...