Press Releases

Dec 04: Nominations Open for 2024 IFRT Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Coalition Building Committee is accepting nominations for the 2024 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

The Gerald Hodges Award recognizes an intellectual freedom-focused organization that has developed a strong...

Dec 01: ALSC selects Kristin Tarnas as 2024 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Kristin Tarnas of the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, in Waimea, Hawai’i, as its representative in the 2024 Emerging Leaders program. 

Kristin Tarnas is a...

Dec 01: COA announces 2023 ALA Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies

The American Library Association Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 ALA Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies have been passed by the Council of the American Library...

Dec 01: ALA invites applications for fifth annual Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant (LTCEG), an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement...

Dec 01: Libraries Invited to Apply for Civic Education Programming Support With the Fourth Annual Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the fourth annual Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative...

Dec 01: Choice announces the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2023

MIDDLETOWN, CT — The Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list for 2023 has been announced. This prestigious list, released today, reflects the best scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year, as chosen by the editors. This year’s list features 499 books from 109...

Nov 30: PLA now accepting proposals for How-To Stage at PLA 2024 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) opened a call for proposals for the How-To Stage at the PLA 2024 Conference, to be held April 3–5, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. The How-To Stage, located in the Exhibits...

Nov 30: Author and National Ambassador Meg Medina Selected Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2024

CHICAGO — Award-winning author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina has been selected Honorary Chair of National Library Week, April 7-13, 2024, which celebrates the indispensable role of libraries and library workers in schools and communities.

“I’m thrilled...

Nov 29: Libraries without borders chronicled in Library History Round Table volume

CHICAGO — “Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History,” published by ALA Editions, is a remarkable collection of essays drawn from the Library History Seminar sponsored by the Library...

Nov 28: Gebel receives 2024 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2024 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Doris Gebel.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend up...

Nov 28: Artist Shepard Fairey chooses American Library Association for fundraiser 

CHICAGO – Artist Shepard Fairey has chosen the American Library Association for a fundraiser released on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in connection with Echo, an accessories...

Nov 28: RUSQ Call for Submissions

CHICAGO- The Reference and User Services Association is delighted to announce that its peer-reviewed journal RUSQ, now titled RUSQ: A Journal of Reference and User Experience, will be accepting submissions as of 1/1/2024. 

The scope of the journal includes all aspects of library services...

Nov 28: Cantron M. Quarles Selected as 2024 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellow

The American Library Association has selected Cantron M. Quarles as the 2024 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellow. Quarles will receive a stipend totaling $2,500 to offset the cost of attending the 2024 LibLearnX experience in Baltimore and the ALA 2024 Annual Conference in San Diego.

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Nov 27: ALA Announces the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected fifty (50) people to participate in its 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The EL program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into...

Nov 21: PLA announces speakers for 2024 conference, April 3–5

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) 2024 Conference will move attendees towards laughter and thoughtful reflection with speakers Dulcé Sloan, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Mary Annaïse Heglar. The PLA 2024 Conference, taking place April 3–5, in...

Nov 21: Dr. Brandy McNeil Appointed to Fill Director-At-Large Vacancy on PLA Board

CHICAGO — Last week, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors appointed Dr. Brandy McNeil to the Director-at-Large position in her return to the PLA board. Dr. McNeil will complete the 2023-2024 term of Candice Mack, who vacated the position effective November 10, 2023,...

Nov 20: 2024 Call for SustainRT New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend Applications

CHICAGO - The Sustainability Round Table's New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend recognizes the importance of social equity to SustainRT and ALA, and works to support new and diverse members to overcome barriers to...

Nov 15: Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Thinking Big

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Thinking Big” on March 27, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Faced with deficiencies of collection and space, and a failed tax referendum to address these needs, the Louisville Free Public Library opted for a transformative investment that...

Nov 15: AASL opens call for School Library Research Editorial Board Ex-Officio Doctoral Student

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a doctoral student to serve on the School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Board in an ex-officio position. For more information and the application, visit www.ala.org/aasl/...

Nov 15: ALA appoints Leslie Burger as Interim Executive Director

CHICAGO – The American Library Association Executive Board has selected Leslie Burger as ALA’s interim executive director. Her first day is November 15, 2023. 

Burger brings years of experience as a leader in our field, from her service as president of the American...

Nov 14: SAG-AFTRA Actress, Model, Artist, and Down Syndrome Activist Mia Armstrong to Present at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that SAG-AFTRA actress, model, Down Syndrome activist, and new author Mia Armstrong will be an Author Speaker at the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library...

Nov 14: ALA unveils shortlist for 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO —Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the...

Nov 14: ALA Sustainability Round Table to celebrate its 10th anniversary

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) will honor its 10th anniversary with a virtual...

Nov 13: Call for Proposals-IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO - The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces the call for proposals for its Mission Enhancement Grant. In 2016, IRRT members and supporters...

Nov 10: ALA announces new YALSA Executive Director

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Candice Mack as the new Executive Director for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA.

She brings to ALA and YALSA years of...

Nov 10: Applications for the 2024 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now open

CHICAGO  —  Applications for the 2024 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now being accepted by ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature...

Nov 10: GameRT seeks nominations of amazing games for its new Platinum Play Awards list!

CHICAGO — The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the new Platinum Play Awards as part of its celebration of...

Nov 09: David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award nominations open

CHICAGO - The Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable (EMIERT) of the American Library Association is now accepting nominations for the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. This award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding...

Nov 09: Social Responsibilities Round Table seeks nominations for the 2024 Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association is happy to announce that nominations for the 2024 Herb Biblo Outstanding Leadership Award for Social Justice & Equality are now open.

Herb Biblo was a longstanding...