Press Releases

Jul 06: ALA welcomes more than 9,000 to virtual gathering

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – Virtual, June 23-29, 2021, attracting 9,142 attendees and 306 exhibitors.

Designed to educate, entertain, and inspire librarians and library workers, the conference featured more than 200...

Jul 06: Discovering Family History in Library Collections: A RUSA Webcast Series

CHICAGO- Register today for the three-part webcast series "Discovering Family History in Library Collections" sponsored by the...

Jul 06: United for Libraries’ July 27 Learning Live session will continue education on Gift Acceptance Policies

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Gift Acceptance Policies Part 2: Advice from the Pros for Writing Your Policy” at 2 p.m. Eastern...

Jul 06: MAGIRT Honors Award for 2021 presented to Carol McAuliffe and David Bertuca

CHICAGO — The Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) Nominations and Awards Committee selected Carol McAuliffe and David Bertuca, as the recipients of the 2021 MAGIRT Honors Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement and major contributions to map and...

Jul 02: Janet Lee receives 2021 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Janet Lee, Retired, Dean/Professor Emerita, Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University Dean, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, presented to a librarian or person who...

Jun 30: Emergency Connectivity Fund $7 billion application window opens 

ALA encourages library participation, reiterates FCC policy concerns 

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Jun 30: Choice publishes white paper exploring the opportunities streaming services provide to academic libraries

MIDDLETOWN, CT  - Choice today announced the publication of the eighth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. The paper, “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries,”...

Jun 29: ALA’s International Relations Round Table Awards Registration Grants for the IFLA 2021 Conference

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association is proud and excited to conduct a pilot program this year to promote global librarianship and member engagement in international...

Jun 25: Emerging Leaders 2020-21 Cohort Celebrate - Projects Available for Review

The Emerging Leaders (EL) 2020-21 cohort celebrated the completion of their program with a graduation ceremony during the ALA Annual 2021 Virtual Conference and Exhibition.

 

The program opened with a welcome and an acknowledgement of the...

Jun 25: Programs and Activities for Job Seekers

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will offer several career-guidance programs,...

Jun 25: Accepting Applications for 2022 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

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

Jun 25: ALA distributes $1.25 million in COVID emergency relief to 34 U.S. libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the distribution of $1.25 million to 34 recipients of emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the...

Jun 23: Rachael Kowalski Awarded 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Rachael Kowalski has been selected to receive the 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

This scholarship is for master’s level study, with an...

Jun 23: Virginia Beach Library Foundation Awarded 2021 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2021 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Virginia Beach Library Foundation on behalf of the Virginia Beach Public Library in Virginia Beach, VA.

The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s...

Jun 23: Research finds mentoring to build resilience leads to collaboration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians’ perceptions of the Continuum of Care model for assessment of need, program theory...

Jun 23: United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on ‘Challenges & Crises: Preparing Your Board of Trustees’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “Challenges & Crises: Preparing Your Board of Trustees,” will be held Friday, June 25,...

Jun 23: Nominations are now open for the I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for their...

Jun 22: 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 recognition honors electronic resources that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians...

Jun 22: New research compares classroom versus school library teaching experience

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the relationship between years of traditional classroom teaching experience and teaching in school...

Jun 22: ALA announces Libraries Build Business coaches

Applications for public library participation to open July 19th

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association's...

Jun 22: AASL awards four Inspire COVID Relief Grants

CHICAGO – Four school libraries from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire COVID Recovery Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds to addresses collection loss and...

Jun 17: ALA Committee on Education seeks feedback on newly revised ALA Core Competences

Library professionals are working in environments fueled by rapid advances in technology, social change, funding challenges, and changing user needs. Therefore, the roles, capabilities, and expectations of library professionals are changing as well. The ALA Core Competences (ALACCs) for library...

Jun 16: Kevin D. Strowder to lead ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Kevin D. Strowder has been selected to lead the organization’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. His first day will be Monday, June 21.

An experienced nonprofit professional with more than a decade...

Jun 15: ALA Conference Services accepting LibLearnX program proposals

CHICAGO — ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 15, 2021, for 2022 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX), to take place in San Antonio, TX. on January 21-24, 2022. Please use this...

Jun 15: 2022-23 ALA President Lessa Pelayo-Lozada to moderate United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions, at ALA Annual

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Lauren Groff, Jeffrey Archer, Josh Ritter, Courttia Newland, and Ryka Aoki will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries...

Jun 15: United for Libraries’ June 29 Learning Live session to be presented during ALA Annual Virtual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Gift Acceptance Policies Part 1: When "Free...

Jun 15: ALA receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $249,999 by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom to implement the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project.

The project corresponds to NEH’s “A More...

Jun 15: AASL National Conference closing session will inspire school librarians to look to the future

CHICAGO – Led by Dr. Joe Sanchez and Dr. Jennifer Moore, the closing general session during the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference will provide attendees an opportunity to reflect on their conference learning and contemplate the...