Press Releases

Jan 10: PLA announces Dr. Joy Buolamwini as opening session speaker for 2024 conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announces that the 2024 Conference will open with the “Poet of Code” Dr. Joy Buolamwini as the opening session speaker. The PLA 2024 Conference, taking place April 3—5, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio, will feature Dr. Joy...

Jan 09: Dawn Shirk selected as 2024 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Dawn Shirk has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2024 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables library workers from across the country to...

Jan 09: Mia Gittlen selected as 2024 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Mia Gittlen has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2024 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables library workers from...

Jan 08: Building representative community archives

CHICAGO — Libraries and archives are grappling with the problems created by collection practices of the past, many of which document those in power while bypassing alternate perspectives and stories. “Building Representative Community Archives:...

Jan 08: AASL Collaborate Project selected for ALA Emerging Leader Work

CHICAGO – Developing Creative Collaborators, Flexible Partners, and Resilient Citizens, a project proposed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has been selected as a part of the 2024 American...

Jan 08: Library of Congress and ALA announce new educational series

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce a new educational series, “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress,” to be published in association with the Library of Congress.

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Jan 08: Virtual panel discussion on January 16 in recognition of National Day of Racial Healing 2024

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, join the American Library Association (ALA) in recognizing and celebrating the eighth annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDRH). Originally launched in 2017 by the W.K. Kellog Foundation, NDRH is an opportunity to bring all people together to inspire...

Jan 04: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA) will host Rita Williams-Garcia on April 17 for the 2024 Children’s Literature Lecture

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that the 2024 Children’s Literature Lecture, featuring Rita Williams-Garcia, will be hosted by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.

“The Carnegie Library of...

Jan 03: Level Up Your Career with RUSA eLearning

CHICAGO-  Managers and leaders often emerge serendipitously, from their prior experiences and the needs and expectations of administration. Yes, some managers and leaders are born, but others develop through training, mentoring, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Often, new managers have...

Jan 03: ALA announces slate of petition council candidates for 2024 election

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announces that the following individuals have filed petitions for the Councilor-at-Large position on the ALA Council for the 2024 ALA Election: 

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Jan 02: Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award Call for Nominations

CHICAGO - The American Library Association  is currently accepting nominations through February...

Jan 02: Call for applications for Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children is open.

This award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general...

Jan 02: Call for Nominations for Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — The 2024 application process for the ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award is open and accepting nominations until February 1, 2024.

This award honors a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people"...

Jan 02: Nominations open for 2024 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

ALA is currently accepting nomination  through February 1, 2024 for the ALA/ Information Today Library of the Future Award...

Jan 02: Seeking Nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and...

Jan 02: Equality Award Call for Nominations

The American Library Association  is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Equality Award.

The Equality Award...

Jan 02: ALA Medal of Excellence Call for Nominations

CHICAGO — Every year the American Library Association honors a creative leader in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship with the ALA Medal of Excellence.  The award consists of $2,000, bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed...

Jan 02: EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award Nominations

The American Library Association is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024, for the EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award. This is awarded to a...

Jan 02: Beta Phi Mu Award Call for Nomination

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Beta Phi Mu Award.

Beta Phi Mu...

Jan 02: Joseph W. Lippincott Award Call for Nomination

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the Joseph W. Lippincott Award, one of ALA’s oldest awards. 

Joseph W. Lippincott Award is an annual award consisting of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation presented annually to...

Jan 02: Nominations open for 2024 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO — Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a challenged book like Maus, responding to collection and building damage after hurricanes and fires, remaining open as a safe space during civil unrest, or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you...

Dec 22: Ashley Mitchell Named a 2024 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Ashley Mitchell has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Mitchell serves as Adult Services Librarian at Camden County Library System in Voorhees, NJ. She has over 20 years of library experience in various...

Dec 20: Alison Van Norman Named a 2024 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Alison Van Norman has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Van Norman serves as the Outreach and Marketing Librarian for Elon University, where she plans and markets library events and programs and acts as...

Dec 19: Adult fiction and children’s book author Kate DiCamillo to present at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that adult fiction and children’s book author Kate DiCamillo will present at the 2024 LibLearnX:...

Dec 19: The 12 steps to a community-led library

CHICAGO — Libraries want to be more responsive to their diverse communities. Yet many libraries lack the structures, cultures, and mindsets to sustain community-led methods. “The 12 Steps to a Community-Led Library,” published by ALA Editions...

Dec 18: Donovan and Kordeliski Seek 2025-2026 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – Lori Donovan and Amanda Kordeliski will seek the 2025-2026 AASL presidential term during the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/...