Press Releases

May 03: West Maple Elementary School named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – West Maple Elementary School, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2023 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLY Award annually honors a school...

May 02: Susan Kusel is named Winner of 2023 ALA Equality Award.

Susan Kusel was selected to receive the 2023 American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The award consists of $1000, and a framed citation will be presented on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Susan...

May 02: ALA Announces Theme for Banned Books Week, October 1-7, 2023

Grant application window open through May 19, 2023

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has announced the theme for Banned Books Week 2023: “Let Freedom Read!” Banned Books Week will take place October 1 – 7, 2023.

"As we’ve seen...

May 01: Dr. Emily J. M. Knox receives Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Emily J. M. Knox, Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This annual award is given in...

May 01: Julius C. Jefferson Jr. wins the Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Julius C. Jefferson Jr. is the recipient of the 2023 Joseph W. Lippincott Award.  This award is...

May 01: Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship, or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to...

May 01: ARTivist Nikkolas Smith to open AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Nikkolas Smith, ARTivist, Concept artist, Children's Books Author, and Film Illustrator, will keynote the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference. The conference will be held Oct. 19-21, in Tampa,...

Apr 28: Five projects receive 2023 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) are awarding five libraries with the 2023 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for excellence in architectural design. Complete details for each project are available on...

Apr 28: The Las Vegas–Clark County Library District wins the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Las Vegas–Clark County Library District has been selected to receive the 2023 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American...

Apr 27: IRRT Preconference: Global Libraries as Advocates for Information Policy Change

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to attend a half-day preconference, “...

Apr 27: Jim Neal receives 2023 John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — James (Jim) Neal is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution...

Apr 27: Cultural humility in library work

CHICAGO — Cultural humility offers a renewing and transformative framework for navigating interpersonal interactions in libraries, whether between patrons and staff or staff members with one another. It foregrounds a practice of critical self-reflection and commitment to recognizing and...

Apr 27: PBS Books and Booklist Announce Booklist Reader Partnership

CHICAGO – Booklist, the official book review...

Apr 27: #1 Bestselling author, poet, and advocate Amanda Gorman and award-winning artist Christian Robinson to close ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that presidential inaugural poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christian Robinson will close the ...

Apr 27: Amanda Jones is the 2023 Paul Howard Award for Courage Recipient

CHICAGO – The Paul Howard Award for Courage Jury is pleased to announce that Amanda Jones is the 2023 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The biennial award,...

Apr 26: Core Webinar: Technical Services Tools at Work

CHICAGOJoin Core for the...

Apr 26: Drake Community Library Awarded 2023 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2023 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to Drake Community Library in Grinnell, Iowa.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial...

Apr 26: Bestselling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and acclaimed Maysoon Zayid presenting at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association announced that best-selling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and actress, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will present at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference &...

Apr 26: ALA, AASL praise library legislation to expand access for students nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the American Library Association (ALA) and its division, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), welcomed the...

Apr 26: New from ACRL - “Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All Learners”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All...

Apr 25: ALA welcomes Prison Libraries Act of 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association praised the Prison Libraries Act, introduced today by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO-5th), along with co-leads Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18th) and Rep. Shontel Brown (...

Apr 25: Metadata creation as a part of cataloging

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, Mauro Guerrini’s new book “From Cataloguing to Metadata Creation: A Cultural and Methodological Introduction” maps the evolution of cataloging towards the metadata...

Apr 24: AASL President’s Program Brings Together “Freedom to Read Ambassadors”

CHICAGO – Kathy Lester, AASL President, will convene a panel of Freedom to Read Ambassadors for a conversation on why it is important for all learners to have access to a wide variety of books and information.

“As school librarians, we know how critical it is...

Apr 24: ALA Announces 2024 Carnegie Committee

The 2024 selection committee is starting work on choosing the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2024 committee includes the following experts who work...

Apr 24: Kelvin Watson Wins ALA Medal of Excellence Award

CHICAGO — Kelvin Watson, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District 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 24: Lance Werner wins ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Lance Werner, Executive Director of Kent District Library (KDL) MI, has been named the 2023 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...

Apr 24: National Library Week kicks off with the highly anticipated annual list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books and State of America's Libraries Report

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off National Library Week with the release of its highly anticipated list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2022 and the...