Press Releases

Sep 07: IMLS funds $500,000 research project to study the value of U.S. library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has received $498,805 in funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct a foundational three-year research project into library programming, the second phase in ALA’s ...

Sep 07: Booklist launches Booklist Reader for library patrons and the public

CHICAGO – Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, proudly announces the launch of Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron–facing magazine featuring diverse readers'...

Sep 07: Banned Books Week to unite communities

CHICAGO – At a time when LGBTQIA+ books and books that focus on racism and racial justice are challenged for removal from library and school bookshelves, this year's Banned Books Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the...

Sep 03: 2021 YALSA Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 2021 Symposium is Hybrid, both in-person in Reno, Nevada, and virtually.

The past year has presented teens and libraries that serve them with numerous challenges that will continue to affect them in 2021 and beyond. Join...

Sep 03: David Satten-López Named 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to David Satten-López, who will begin the MLIS program at Drexel University in...

Sep 03: Run for ALA office by filing an electronic petition

CHICAGO — Individuals who did not complete a nomination form during the nomination period  or were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. The ALA Nominating Committee will begin notifying nominated candidates by end of September.

Members who are...

Sep 03: Robert (Jay) Malone named executive director of ACRL

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Robert (Jay) Malone will become the new executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA. Malone’s first day in his new role will be...

Sep 01: IFRT accepting nominations for 2022 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce that beginning in 2022 that the Round Table will be awarding the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award annually. The Oboler Award will honor journal articles in even number years (2022, 2024, etc.) and then honor books in odd...

Sep 01: ALA Announces New Endowment Trustees

ALA Members Brett Bonfield and Shali Zhang have been selected to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board made these selections during their sessions at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. The three-year terms of the newly selected...

Sep 01: Scholarship Application Now Open

If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library...

Sep 01: Eleven libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2021 Library Design Showcase

CHICAGO — Eleven new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2021 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s...

Sep 01: ALA invites libraries to apply for Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new grant for libraries designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement.

Through...

Aug 31: National survey finds libraries play expanded role in digital equity, bridging gaps in access to technology

CHICAGO – As the nation celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month this September, a new report from the Public Library Association (PLA) details how libraries are further extending their technology services and resources in the face of pandemic limitations. The 2020 Public Library Technology Survey ...

Aug 31: Applications open for 2022 Virtual Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for its eighth biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held virtually in February 2022. This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting...

Aug 31: AASL Partners with Pokémon to Offer Pokémon Clubs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is partnering with The Pokémon Company International, to bring a new recreational activity called Pokémon Club to school libraries. During Pokémon Club, students can play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, do...

Aug 27: Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorses Build America’s Libraries Act

Libraries seek funding in Build Back Better budget

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Aug 20: Mernie Maestas wins free AASL National Conference registration, hotel, and travel

CHICAGO – Mernie Maestas, school librarian in Missouri, recommended American Association of School Librarians (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has been drawn as the grand prize winner of AASL's Share the Wealth campaign. The grand prize package includes...

Aug 19: Administrator support empowers school librarians as literacy leaders

CHICAGO – Just published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores how school district administrators can foster information literacy by supporting school...

Aug 18: ALA Executive Board releases statement that reinforces commitment to safeguarding intellectual freedom and social justice by opposing initiatives to censor resources addressing racial injustice, Black American history and diversity training

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board released the following statement opposing initiatives to censor information resources, curriculum, and programs addressing racial injustice, Black American history, and diversity education. 

The American Library...

Aug 18: Transforming print collections at academic libraries

CHICAGO — The trend in academic library collections is toward shared print collections and off-site storage. While that might seem to presage the death of print in academic collections, it also serves as a golden opportunity for innovation and experimentation—to develop a vision for a future in...

Aug 17: AASL to host screening of “Trust Me” during AASL National Conference

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Aug 16: AASL partners with the Getting Better Foundation to share award-winning documentary

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Aug 16: PLA launches Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development webinar series

CHICAGO — As the nation begins recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are seeking opportunities to build skills, find and improve job prospects, and prepare for in-demand careers. Public libraries are stepping up to meet these needs with expanded services and strengthened...

Aug 13: 2022 ALA Annual Conference program proposals submission opens

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on August 23, 2021, for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference to take place in Washington, DC. on June 23-28, 2022. Proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables,...

Aug 10: ALA offers free Library Card Sign-up Month tools to promote the power of a library card

CHICAGO – During Library Card Sign-up Month, the American Library Association (ALA) and librarians across the country will remind students, parents, and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Each September, ALA and libraries...

Aug 10: ALA praises passage of Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, inclusion of library broadband funding

 

Libraries gain access to gigabit internet service

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) today praised the passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (H.R....

Aug 10: United for Libraries to livestream Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle, free to all during United Virtual 2021

EXTON, Pennsylvania — David Wright Falade, Meg Waite Clayton, Daniel Black, and others will be featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions, at 1:...

Aug 09: Register for the inaugural ALA Virtual Volunteer Fair on September 14, 2021

The American Library Association is pleased to announce an inaugural Virtual Volunteer Fair to be held on September 14, 2021, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CT.  The fair...

Aug 06: Channing Tatum, New Kid, and more debut in fall ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO — The fall ALA Graphics catalog delivers a host of exciting posters and bookmarks encouraging and inspiring readers of all ages. Actor, producer, and director...