Press Releases

Jul 26: Using the AASL Standards to assess learners

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, “Assessing Learners: Using the AASL Standards to Measure Competency and Growth” unpacks a complex and critical area of school library instruction...

Jul 25: Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Programming for Accessibility

CHICAGO–Core hosts the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Programming for Accessibility” on August 8, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT. Explore accessibility through the creation of a new, hybrid early literacy program for expectant parents and parents of newborns, Mother Goose on the Loose:...

Jul 20: ALA, ATALM applaud FCC Report and Order to support Tribal, small and rural library E-rate applicants

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) applaud the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) advancement of the “Improving the E-rate Rules and...

Jul 19: Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; Championing Net-Zero Energy for Your Library

CHICAGO—Join Core on August 2, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Championing Net-Zero Energy for Your Library.” Libraries, as civic institutions, have a responsibility to embody the values they promote in their communities. A Net-Zero Energy library...

Jul 18: Core Webinar: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference; The Top 5 Mistakes Renovating Your Library

CHICAGO—Join Core on August 1, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT for the webinar “Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: The Top 5 Mistakes Renovating Your Library.” A renovation is a golden opportunity to renew your space for a new generation of patrons. Not every library has staff with current experience...

Jul 18: Core Webinar: Build Better; Effective Library Project Management

CHICAGO—Core hosts the webinar “Build Better: Effective Library Project Management” on August 16, 2023, at 1 p.m. CT. This webinar provides a project management overview that can be applied to all types of library improvements that will help you achieve your system’s objectives. Participants...

Jul 18: Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2024-2026!

ALA President-elect Cindy Hohl invites members to volunteer for ALA standing committees for the 2024-2026 term. Serving on an ALA standing committee provides members with opportunities to:

  • Gain valuable professional development and leadership experience
  • Make an impact on...
Jul 18: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association announces Dr. Andrew Wertheimer as the inaugural winner of the Distinguished Service in Library History Award

CHICAGO - Established in 2022, the Distinguished Service in Library History Award honors the career of a person with a lifetime of scholarship and service in the field of library history. The award recipient will have a record of contributions that demonstrate length, breadth, and depth of...

Jul 18: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association announces Amanda Belantara and A.M. Alpin as the inaugural winners of the Innovation and Advocacy in Library History Award

CHICAGO - Established in 2022, the Innovation and Advocacy in Library History Award recognizes recent, substantive contributions either to Library History Round Table (LHRT) or to the wider library history community. This award honors those who have promoted library history in exceptional or new...

Jul 17: President Obama Extends Support to American Librarians in an Open Letter

CHICAGO (July 17, 2023) — Former President of the United States Barack Obama published an open letter on Monday, extending his support to America’s...

Jul 14: GameRT’s 2023 Game On! Grant awarded to Butler Area Public Library (Butler, PA)

CHICAGO — The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Butler Area Public Library (Butler, PA) as the recipient of their 2023 Game On! Grant ($500). GameRT introduced the Game On! grant program in 2020 with the intention of providing...

Jul 13: American Library Association Responds to Montana State Library Commission’s Decision to Withdraw Montana State Library’s Membership

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization that develops,...

Jul 12: Applications Now Open for the Core Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

CHICAGO–Core is now accepting applications for the Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 11, 2023 and December 22, 2023. One free seat per session is available to librarians and...

Jul 11: New from ACRL - “Instructional Identities and Information Literacy”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Instructional Identities and Information Literacy,” edited by Amanda Nichols Hess, a...

Jul 11: Nominate a stellar librarian for the 2024 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library users nationwide to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college,...

Jul 11: Goal-oriented education, intellectual freedom, literacy, and community care at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO ― The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the 142nd Annual Conference & Exhibition in its hometown of Chicago, Illinois, June 22-27, 2023. The onsite conference gathered an audience of more than 9,107 librarians, library workers, and...

Jul 10: Colleen Seisser begins term as YALSA president for 2023-2024

CHICAGO — Colleen Seisser began her term as president of the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) in July 2023 and will remain active on the board for one year as past- president in 2024.

“I am both honored and humbled to step into...

Jul 10: ALA provides $10,000 grants to 17 academic libraries at minority serving institutions to build capacity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced $10,000 Building Library Capacity Grants to seventeen libraries at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the United States that have experienced economic hardship due the consequences of the pandemic...

Jul 10: ALA seeks proposals for 2024 LibLearnX education program

CHICAGO — Share your work and creative problem solving with your peers by submitting an education program proposal for the 2024 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX), taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 19–22, 2024. The...

Jul 07: ALA Nominating Committee seeks ALA President-elect & ALA Councilor at Large candidates for 2024 election

The American Library Association (ALA) thrives thanks to the energy, diversity, and commitment of its members and leaders. The Nominating Committee encourages members to consider serving the association in various leadership positions. The association should reflect the diversity of our...

Jun 28: Leo S. Lo has been elected vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Due to an unforeseen circumstance the recently elected ACRL 2023 Vice-President/President-Elect, Elisandro (Alex) Cabada, will be unable to serve in this position. Therefore, a special election was held in June 2023 to fill this vacancy. The runner-up, Leo S. Lo, Dean and Professor of...

Jun 26: ALA Welcomes FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits Initiative

WASHINGTON – In a speech at the American Library Association’s annual conference, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...

Jun 26: Accepting Applications for 2024 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details regarding the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page....

Jun 25: Diane Dias De Fazio appointed RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage editor

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has named Diane Dias De Fazio as the next editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. As editor, she will also serve as chair of the RBM Editorial Board. Dias De...

Jun 25: American Library Association, Association of American Publishers Reaffirm 1953 Freedom to Read Statement, Joined by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association

As censorship threats continue to target libraries, schools, publishers, authors, and booksellers, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are calling on all...

Jun 22: American Library Association to Distribute $1 Million to Support Fight Against Censorship

Funding will expand ALA’s intellectual freedom initiatives
amid record number of book challenges

CHICAGO (June 22, 2023) — The...