Press Releases

Aug 05: ALA partners with NonProfit Vote for National Voter Registration Day

ALA urges libraries to register as partners

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that it has again joined with NonProfit Vote as a premier partner for...

Aug 05: ALA partners with Communities for Immunity to boost vaccine confidence

Washington, D.C. -- The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented collaboration among libraries and museums to boost COVID-19 information and vaccine confidence in...

Aug 05: Still accepting applications for Emerging Leaders program

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the ...

Aug 03: Aimee Strittmatter departing as ALSC executive director; Alena Rivers steps in as interim

CHICAGO – Aimee Strittmatter, executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced she has decided to embark upon a new professional path and will be leaving ALA, effective Aug. 31, 2021.

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Aug 03: ‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’ to be held Aug. 17-19

EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations” will be held Aug. 17-19, 2021. Now in its second year, this interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert...

Aug 03: Preconference Registration Opens for Core Forum

Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and...

Aug 03: Understanding the basic principles of planning and assessment

CHICAGO — The concepts of planning and assessment are intrinsically linked—and understanding them is essential for raising the library’s profile and strengthening its position among stakeholders and the community. Even LIS students and those new to the profession, or library staff for whom...

Jul 29: ALA publishes new resource: how to conduct a library tour with your legislators

WASHINGTON, DC — ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office has published an updated tool, “How to Conduct an In-Person...

Jul 29: Five projects receive 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding five libraries with the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural...

Jul 29: Teaching data literacy in academic libraries

CHICAGO — We live in a data-driven world, much of it processed and served up by increasingly complex algorithms, and evaluating its quality requires its own skillset. As a component of information literacy, it's crucial that students learn how to think critically about statistics, data, and...

Jul 28: ALA adopts new Code of Ethics principle on racial and social justice

CHICAGO – During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual and Exhibition virtual conference, the ALA Council unanimously adopted a new ninth principle on racial and social justice to the association's Code of Ethics. This new professional...

Jul 27: Accepting Applications for the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program

The American Library Association announces a call for applications for the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellows Program.  Visit the LAGW Fellows page for more information about the application process.  ...

Jul 27: ALA Philanthropic Advisory Group Volunteer Opportunity: Call for Nominations/Applications through September 15, 2021

American Library Association (ALA) Philanthropic Advisory Group (PAG) Volunteer Opportunity
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Jul 26: ALA to host Emergency Connectivity Fund Q&A Instagram Live event for libraries, featuring acting FCC chairwoman

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) will host a live Q&A event on Instagram, this Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. EDT to share how libraries are planning to...

Jul 23: Music Library Association’s updated, authoritative classical music collection resource

CHICAGO — The new fourth edition of “A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings,” relying on the authority of the Music Library Association and published by ALA Editions, includes...

Jul 22: ALA welcomes introduction of SUCCESS Act

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) led 40 members of Congress to...

Jul 21: Profiles of innovative and successful grant proposals

CHICAGO — Grant money can make all the difference in developing new services, creating worldwide access to your unique collections, or enabling you to showcase awarded projects that advance your career. But competition for grants is as fierce as ever. To get a leg up, you need an insider who...

Jul 20: Marketing the 21st Century Library

CHICAGO- Register today for the upcoming Reference and User Services four-week course "Marketing the 21st Century Library" beginning on Monday, July 26, 2021. 

This course teaches...

Jul 20: Programming for adults with developmental disabilities

CHICAGO — Public libraries everywhere have embraced inclusion and expanded their programming for youth with disabilities, especially autism. It’s imperative that libraries also offer rich and age-appropriate initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities (DD); after all, as youth now...

Jul 15: ALA applauds FY 2022 federal funding for libraries in House Appropriations bill, looks to Senate for support

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed substantial increases in federal funding for libraries approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, saw an...

Jul 09: ALSC supports 2021 Bound to Stay Bound, Melcher, and Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded a total of 6 students the Bound to Stay Bound and Melcher Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Additionally, ALSC has sponsored 2 Spectrum Scholars and 1 additional Spectrum Scholar made possible through the...

Jul 09: Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2022-2024!

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, American Library Association (...

Jul 09: The 2021 John Cotton Dana Awards Selected

~ Eight Libraries Awarded $10,000 Grants from H.W. Wilson Foundation  ~

The 2021 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award winners, recognized for their strategic communications efforts, have been selected. The...

Jul 09: ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2021

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded the 2021 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,300...

Jul 08: Call for Volunteers for Newly Created ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee & Council Orientation Committee

ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of...

Jul 08: A Conversation with School Administrators at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference will give attendees an intimate look at what administrators need and expect from their school librarians and school libraries and how ...

Jul 08: New from ACRL - "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook"

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook," edited by Julie M. Porterfield. This ACRL Cookbook brings together...