Press Releases

May 12: Michael Cart’s updated YA lit survey

CHICAGO — Michael Cart’s fourth edition of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a must-have for everyone who wants to understand where YA lit...

May 12: 2022 AASL Research Grants Awarded

CHICAGO – Three research papers have been awarded the 2022 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Research Grants by the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the grants recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a...

May 11: AASL Selects Administrators for 2022-2024 School Leader Collaborative

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce the five school administrators who have been selected to serve on the 2022-2024 AASL School Leader Collaborative. The three principals and two superintendents are members of a second...

May 10: FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to open 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that FCC Chairwoman...

May 10: Together with AT&T, PLA launches new DigitalLearn courses; announces new incentive program for library digital literacy workshops

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) announced the availability of new and updated digital literacy courses and training materials developed as part of its...

May 09: More than 25 organizations join forces with the American Library Association to Unite Against Book Bans

Campaign urges decisionmakers to oppose book bans, protect the freedom to read 

The American Library Association (ALA) and a coalition of more than 25 groups are banding together to empower individuals and communities to fight censorship and protect the freedom to read....

May 09: Alex H. Poole receives the 2022 LHRT Donald G. Davis Article Award

The Donald G. Davis Article Award Committee of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to present the 2022 Davis Article Award to Alex H. Poole, Associate Professor of...

May 06: ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong to moderate Asian American Panel at ALA President’s Program in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will moderate an...

May 05: New from ACRL - “Interim Leadership in Libraries”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Interim Leadership in Libraries: Building Relationships, Making...

May 04: Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada receives 2022 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, adult services assistant manager, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, California as the recipient of the 2022 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. Pelayo-Lozada is...

May 04: ALA announces Ukraine Library Relief Fund

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA), has announced the ALA Ukraine Library Relief Fund to gather donations for the Ukrainian library...

May 03: New book spotlights ways to advance entrepreneurship in public libraries

CHICAGO — Libraries have a distinctive role to play in the small business ecosystem and can effectively partner to complement existing business services in the community. A nationwide initiative that launched in 2020, Libraries Build...

May 02: AASL Standards now crosswalked to ASCD Whole Child Tenets

CHICAGO – As part of its continued commitment to provide school library professionals the materials and resources needed to implement its “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a crosswalk aligning the...

May 02: Cullingford’s updated special collections handbook

CHICAGO — The new third edition of “The Special Collections Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, has been revised and updated to reflect the growth and complexity of the environment in which special...

Apr 29: Applications open for Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Programming Grants - Books Unite Us: Censorship Divides Us

CHICAGO — Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants for organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (Sept. 18 - 24, 2022). Staff at all types of libraries, schools...

Apr 29: Carnegie Whitney Grant 2022 Award winners

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Apr 29: Judith Cannan wins ALA Medal of Excellence Award

CHICAGO — Judith Cannan, Chief of Policy, Training and Cooperative Programs Division has been awarded the ALA Medal of Excellence Award.  This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC recognizes creative leadership of high order, particularly in the...

Apr 29: Hubbard Public Library 'Toy Lending Library' and the Children’s Room Team winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Hubbard (Ohio) Public Library's “Toy Lending Library” and the Children’s Room Team, Mary Anne Russo, Heather Phibbs, Dana Tirabassi and Amanda Balla, have earned ALA’s 2022 Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The...

Apr 28: Fulton County Library, Sarah Cutchall and Emily Best win 2022 ALA Equality Award

CHICAGO — The Fulton County Library in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, along with Sarah Cutchall and Emily Best, was the choice of the award jury to receive the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The award consists of $1,000 and a...

Apr 28: Martha Hickson receives the 2022 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Martha Hickson, media specialist at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will present Hickson with the award—a...

Apr 28: Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship, or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to...

Apr 28: Actor and children’s book author Channing Tatum to present at The Digital Experience at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that actor and children’s book author Channing Tatum will virtually present at the 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022.

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Apr 28: Core Webinar: Zotero: Teaching and Supporting in Libraries

CHICAGOZotero is a free, open source program for saving and sharing citations and creating bibliographies. It’s easy enough for undergrads to learn quickly...

Apr 28: Core Webinar: Communications Planning for Deselection Projects

CHICAGOJoin Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Wednesday, June 1 at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar "Communications Planning for Deselection Projects...

Apr 28: Core Webinar: Cataloging Virtual Reality Programming

CHICAGOOn Wednesday, May 18, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will host the webinar "Cataloging Virtual Reality Programming" at 1 p.m. CT....

Apr 28: Stratton named ALA parliamentarian

CHICAGO — Adrian Stratton, president of the New York Association of Parliamentarians, has accepted the role of American Library Association (ALA) parliamentarian.

Eli Mina, who has served as ALA’s parliamentarian for 20 years, will be retiring at the adjournment of the 2022 Annual...

Apr 28: AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its annual list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The Best Digital Tools provide opportunities for school librarians to enhance learning, engage learners, and collaborate with...

Apr 26: Dr. Alex Poole named 2022 LHRT Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award winner

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to announce that this year’s Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award winner is Dr. Alex H. Poole for his paper, “Will the day ever come when we will be judged on our merit and not on our blackness?” The Rise of the Black Caucus of the...

Apr 26: LHRT presents the 2022 Gleason Book Award to Rebecka Taves Sheffield

CHICAGO — The Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to present the 2022 Gleason Book Award to Rebecka Taves Sheffield, a senior policy advisor for the Archives of Ontario, for...

Apr 26: Core President's Program features Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty

CHICAGOJoin Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Saturday, June 25 at 4 pm ET during ALA Annual for the...