Press Releases

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/...

Dec 18: Carrie McClain Named a 2024 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Carrie McClain has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). McClain serves as the Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Tulsa City-County Library, where she works cross-departmentally to envision and...

Dec 18: Ten Honorees receive prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for Outstanding Public Service

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 recipients of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians...

Dec 15: ALA to Launch New Digital Inclusion Working Group for Library Workers

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) today...

Dec 15: ALA President to moderate panel championing library contributions to communities at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that ALA President Emily Drabinski will host and moderate a distinguished group of library leaders as they explore the contribution of libraries to their communities at the ...

Dec 14: YALSA Announces 2024 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists

Chicago - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the...

Dec 14: YALSA Announces 2024 William C. Morris finalists

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2024 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will...

Dec 13: Nominate yourself, colleagues, or your library for the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — Nominate yourself, colleagues, or your library for the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadlines are February 1, 2024. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit...

Dec 13: Joseph W. Lippincott Award Accepting Nominations

The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the Joseph W. Lippincott Award.  This award recognizes a librarian for he/she/they distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.  The service may include outstanding participation in the...

Dec 13: Unlock a Year of Adventures with PLA’s 2024 Early Literacy Calendar

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released the 2024 Early Literacy Calendar, an innovative resource designed to ignite the joy of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting in young minds. This vibrant and interactive calendar is now available for download in both...

Dec 13: A complete guide to scholarly communication and publishing academic research

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “The Scholarly Communication Handbook: From Research Dissemination to Societal Impact” is guided by the question "Where to publish?" Author Lai Ma explores...

Dec 12: RUSA Virtual Forum- Reference Revolution: AI + More

CHICAGO—The Annual Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Virtual Forum is scheduled for March 5 & 7, 2024. We're excited to be in our 3rd successful year of offering an economical, virtual venue to learn about reference and user services.

The Forum Theme is: ...

Dec 07: Emmy-nominated and bestselling author and activist George M. Johnson to Present at 2024 LibLearnX

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that Emmy-nominated and bestselling author and activist George M. Johnson will be an Author Speaker at the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX) in...

Dec 06: New ALA Report Maps Increasingly Complex Digital Public Library Ecosystem

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a 34 percent increase in digital book borrowing since 2019, the size and scope of the digital content ecosystem for public libraries and patrons have made transparency more important than ever,...

Dec 04: Intellectual Freedom Round Table Seeks Nominations for the Eli M. Oboler Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking journal article nominations for the 2024 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award.

The award winner will be announced in the spring of 2024. A certificate of recognition and $500 cash award will be presented at the 2024 American...

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...