Press Releases

May 11: Nicaragua 3D printing project wins 2021 International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Awards Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO — The “3D Printing Technology Training in the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Public Library” project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant. 

This project provides training—for library staff...

May 11: Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award winner is Dr. Cindy Anh Nguyen

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to announce that this year’s Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award winner is Dr. Cindy Anh Nguyen for her dissertation, “Reading and Misreading: The Social Life of Libraries and Colonial Control in...

May 11: ALA prepares for new Emergency Connectivity Fund implementation

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released the Order establishing the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which was adopted unanimously on May 10*. The $7.17 billion program, funded by the American Rescue...

May 10: Telling the technical services story

CHICAGO — Technical Services isn’t the hidden discipline it once was. Even so, despite all the cross-departmental interaction, misconceptions about the work are all too common. It’s incumbent on technical services staff to take a proactive approach by communicating to others their value to the...

May 10: Public Libraries Magazine announces 2021 Feature Article Contest winners

CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2021 Feature Article Contest.

Feature length articles published in 2020...

May 07: Learn Design and Marketing Skills with RUSA

CHICAGO- Register today for the May 19, 2021 webinar titled "Design and Marketing for Libraries" presented by the Reference and User Services Association.

Design and marketing are now a required skill in...

May 07: Calvert County Public Schools named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – Calvert County Public Schools, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2021 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLY Award annually honors a...

May 06: Trisha Yearwood announced as featured speaker at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that Grammy award-winning country singer, TV host, chef, and entrepreneur Trisha Yearwood has been added to the featured speakers roster at the virtual 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition,...

May 06: Karen Snay receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Karen Snay, district media specialist at South Elementary School in St. Peter, Minnesota, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning...

May 05: Amanda Hurley receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Amanda Hurley, library media specialist for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs, the $2,500...

May 05: Library programming for autistic children and teens

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique characteristics of autistic young people know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. The new second edition of “Library Programming...

May 04: Accepting Appointments for Career Coaching Sessions

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career coaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 & 17, 2021 in preparation for the ALA 2021 Annual Conference. ...

May 04: Accepting Employers for Virtual Job Fair

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service will host a virtual Job Fair on Sunday, June 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Central) during the ALA 2021 Annual Conference Virtual event. There is no cost to...

May 04: Core Webinar: Leveraging the FOLIO Transition: Best Practices

CHICAGO—On Wednesday, May 26 Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will host the webinar "Leveraging the FOLIO Transition: Best Practices". This webinar will examine...

May 04: Salary Negotiation: The Ins, Outs, and In Between Webinar to be held May 13, 2021

The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) Committee invites you to a webinar about salary negotiation on May 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (Central)....

May 04: Carnegie Whitney Grant 2021 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. ...

May 04: ALA announces new distribution arrangement with the Chicago Distribution Center, University of Chicago Press

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2021, the Chicago Distribution Center will provide customer service and fulfillment for the ALA Store. This includes books published by ALA Editions/...

May 03: 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...

May 03: Will Shorter named 2021 ALA Trustee Citation recipient

ALA and United for Libraries have named William A. Shorter, Jr., Anne Arundel County Public Library (Md.) Board of Trustees Chair, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to...

May 03: PLA, AT&T team up to bring digital literacy training to families

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, and AT&T have announced a collaboration to improve digital literacy and promote broadband adoption among families and communities, particularly those who are newly connected to the internet and...

Apr 29: The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) Program Scheduler is now open

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has announced that the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual), June 23-29, Program Scheduler is now open. With more than 200 educational sessions, 250+...

Apr 29: Oklahoma School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The Oklahoma School Librarians, a division of the Oklahoma Library Association (OKSL), is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to an AASL...

Apr 28: OIF’s updated hit list of banned and challenged children's books

CHICAGO — In our polarized environment, the censorship and outright banning of children’s books which some deem to be controversial or objectionable remains a major concern for libraries. Intellectual freedom champion Pat R. Scales returns to the fray with “...

Apr 28: Core Webinar: Leading From Afar: Creating a Cohesive Remote Team

CHICAGO—Remote work and leadership are vastly different from the traditional office experience. It takes a balance of technology, management and empathy. On Wednesday, June 2, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present "Leading From Afar: Creating a Cohesive Remote Team", a webinar...

Apr 27: Academic librarians open up about openness and other challenging issues at ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2021 Virtual Conference was held April 13-16, 2021. The virtual conference attracted 3,660 registrants and exhibitors who explored the complex issues impacting the future of library service.

Themed "Ascending into an...

Apr 27: Elizabeth Molina named 2021 YALSA Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Elizabeth Molina, Middle School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart, its 2021 Board Fellow.

“After being a member...

Apr 27: Megan Camero named YALSA Member Manager for Teen Programming HQ database

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Megan Camero as the new Member Manager for its teen programming website, Teen Programming HQ.

“I am extremely stoked to bring a new viewpoint and new...

Apr 27: Barbara Stripling Wins Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO – Barbara Stripling has been named the 2021 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award, supported by the Scholastic Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children...

Apr 27: Plano Public Library wins 2021 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — Plano Public Library (Plano, Texas) has been selected to receive the 2021 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc., annually recognizes innovative planning, application, or...