Press Releases

Sep 19: Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

National Coalition kicks off Banned Books Week with white paper on youth development and the freedom to read 

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Sep 16: American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2022 Book Bans

Total book challenges in 2022 set to exceed 2021 record

CHICAGO – Eight months into 2022, the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries, is on track to exceed record counts from 2021,...

Sep 30: Run for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large by petition

ALA members may run for ALA office by petition for the position of ALA President-elect or ALA Councilor at Large. Individuals who are interested in running by petition or were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by filing an electronic...

Sep 30: 2022 Young Adult Services Symposium Stipend Winners Announced

 

CHICAGO — Amy Dickinson and Jillian Rudes have been selected to receive the 2022 Young Adult Services Symposium library worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)....

Sep 30: ALA President Pelayo-Lozada announces travel grant for LibLearnX 2023

ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada announces a travel grant for underemployed library workers to attend the Library Learning Experience (LibLearnX) on January 27-30, 2023, in New Orleans, LA. The grant will cover the expenses of two underemployed library workers from underrepresented...

Sep 30: Announcing ALA Neal-Schuman's new Critical Cultural Information Studies series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is proud to announce Critical Cultural Information Studies, a new book series edited by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at The School of Information Science, University of South Carolina. The series will be...

Sep 29: New from ACRL - “Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice," edited by CJ Ivory and Angela...

Sep 28: The future of enriched, linked, open and filtered metadata

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, Getaneh Alemu’s “The Future of Enriched, Linked, Open and Filtered Metadata: Making Sense of IFLA LRM, RDA, Linked Data and BIBFRAME” is a comprehensive and...

Sep 27: Booklist Reader in print for library patrons

CHICAGO – Booklist Reader...

Sep 27: ALA releases free programming guide for libraries, “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage”

CHICAGO — With funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the American Library Association (ALA) has published “Programming with...

Sep 23: The future of digital literacy in Africa

CHICAGO — Sustainable development can only be achieved when no one is left behind. An enduring lesson from the COVID-19 crisis is how important the availability of digital infrastructure and skills for individuals and communities is for teaching, learning, employability or just being able to...

Sep 21: New from ACRL - “Designing Libraries for the 21st Century”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Designing Libraries for the 21st Century," edited by H. Thomas Hickerson, Joan K. Lippincott, and Leonora Crema....

Sep 19: New research examines school librarian out-of-pocket spending during COVID-19

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines how school librarians spent their own money to support their libraries during the 2020–2021...

Sep 19: An updated introduction to planning a new library building

CHICAGO — Drawing on the expertise of authors Ayub Khan and Stella Thebridge from time spent on library projects around the world, the new second edition of “Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building,”...

Sep 14: Libraries Build Business report highlights impact of small business programs on local communities and library field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association has released a new...

Sep 14: Sourcebooks and ALA present banned book journal and reading guide

CHICAGO — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher based in Chicago, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) book publishing imprint, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman, announce publication of “Read These Banned Books: A Journal and 52-Week...

Sep 13: LIS Students: Apply for the 2023 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Core and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology...

Sep 13: ALA’s Civic Imagination Stations Pilot Cohort Announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association announces twelve artists and library staff teams selected for the pilot cohort for ALA’s Civic Imagination Stations, supported by The Estée Lauder Companies WRITING CHANGE...

Sep 12: Public Library Association (PLA) releases refresh of strategic goals, positioning Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) at center

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) Strategic Plan 2022—2026 is now available on the ...

Sep 12: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have...

Sep 12: ALA, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Invite Public Libraries to Host Traveling Exhibition on Human Evolution

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, invites applications from public libraries interested in hosting the traveling exhibition...

Sep 08: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table to launch Ashley Bryan Video Tribute

CHICAGO - The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table will launch the Ashley Bryan Video Tribute on Sept. 15 from 5-7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Zoom. 

The virtual event will provide deep insight on the life of CSK award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan.

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Sep 07: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall Receives Literarian Award from National Book Foundation

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall will receive the 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American...

Sep 07: Fostering wellness in the library workplace

CHICAGO — As part of their dedication to improving the lives of their patrons, libraries have long offered services, programs, and outreach dedicated to the health and wellness of their communities. There is a growing recognition that library workers themselves are in urgent need of such...

Sep 06: Marjory Blumenthal and Dr. Christopher Harris Appointed ALA Senior Policy Fellows

The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Marjory Blumenthal and Dr. Christopher Harris as Senior Policy Fellows in ALA’s Office of Public Policy and Advocacy.  

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