Press Releases

May 16: Melanie Welch named director of ALA’s Public Programs Office

CHICAGO – Melanie Napoleon Welch has been named director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO).

Welch joined ALA as a Project Director in the Public Programs Office in 2015. She was promoted to Deputy Director, and later took over as interim Director of...

May 13: Author, storyteller, and screenwriter R.L. Stine will present at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced this week that author, short story writer, television producer, and screenwriter R.L. Stine will present at the 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition ...

May 13: Kimery elected 2023-2024 AASL Supervisors Section Chair

CHICAGO – Lindsey Kimery, Coordinator of Library Services for Metro Nashville (Tennessee) Public Schools, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Supervisors Section (ISS).

“AASL serves as a guiding light for...

May 13: Lucas elected 2022-2024 AASL Independent Schools Section Secretary

CHICAGO – Amanda Lucas, librarian at Riverside Presbyterian Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, has been elected 2022-2024 secretary of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Independent Schools Section (ISS).

“In library school, my mentor Dr....

May 13: Thakkar elected 2023-2024 AASL Independent Schools Section Chair

CHICAGO – Neha Thakkar, school librarian at the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Independent Schools Section (ISS).  

“To me, AASL is key to building relationships and connections,”...

May 13: Morris elected 2023-2024 AASL Educators of School Librarians Section Chair

CHICAGO – Rebecca J. Morris, teaching associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS). Morris’s term will begin during the 2022 ALA Annual Meeting in...

May 13: Fuhrman elected 2022-2024 AASL Director-At-Large, Chapters

CHICAGO – Dr. Cathi Fuhrman, school librarian at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, has been elected American Association of School Librarians (AASL) director-at-large, chapters for 2022-2024. Fuhrman will take her seat on the AASL Board of...

May 13: Kordeliski elected 2022-2024 AASL Director-At-Large

CHICAGO – Amanda Kordeliski, director of libraries and instructional technology for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, has been elected American Association of School Librarians (AASL) director-at-large for 2022-2024. Kordeliski will take her seat on the AASL Board of...

May 13: Rivera elected 2022-2024 AASL Secretary/Treasurer

CHICAGO – Juan Rivera, library media specialist at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in New York, has been elected the 2022-2024 secretary/treasurer of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Rivera will take his seat on the AASL Board of Directors at...

May 13: LRRT announces the winners of the 2022 Jesse H. Shera Awards

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2022 recipients of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library...

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...