Press Releases

Apr 27: Dr. Marcia Rapchak receives Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Marcia Rapchak, teaching assistant professor of the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library...

Apr 27: Janet Eldred receives the 2021 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Janet Eldred, director of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. The annual award, consisting of $10,...

Apr 27: Maria Frederick receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Maria Frederick, library media specialist at John Read Middle School in Redding, Connecticut, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited, the $1,250 award recognizes a...

Apr 26: PLA, public libraries and Microsoft Corp. extend upskilling efforts for in-demand jobs

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), supported by Microsoft Corp., is promoting tools to help job seekers in high-growth careers. PLA’s Skilling for Employment Post COVID-19 initiative connects public libraries and their...

Apr 26: ALA announces the 2022 Carnegie Selection Committee

CHICAGO — The 2022 selection committee is starting work on picking the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2022 committee includes the following experts who...

Apr 26: “Empowering A Diverse Community of Learners Through Biographies” receives AASL Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – The “Empowering A Diverse Community of Learners Through Biographies” project from Gwin Elementary School in Hoover, Alabama, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored...

Apr 23: 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Recipients Announced

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the...

Apr 23: Accepting Employers for Job Fair at ALA 2021 Annual Conference Virtual Event

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service will host a 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 participate....

Apr 23: Dr. April Grace receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

 

CHICAGO – Dr. April Grace, Superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has...

Apr 23: Missouri Library Association receives the 2021 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the Missouri Library Association (MLA) is the 2021 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

Proposed Missouri House Bill No. 2044, known as the "...

Apr 22: Learn Business Reference Skill Through RUSA

CHICAGO- Register today for this three-week asynchronous course titled " Business Reference 101 " scheduled to begin on Monday, May 10, 2021. 

BizRef 101 is for any librarian or librarian-in-training who wants to...

Apr 22: ALA seeks candidates to fill Endowment Fund Trustee openings

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board is currently accepting applications to fill two ALA Endowment Trustees committee vacancies. ALA members interested in submitting their candidacy for a three-year term are welcome to complete an ...

Apr 22: Billie Jean King, Charles Person, and Eve L. Ewing announced as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO — The American Library Association today announced that athlete, activist, and author Billie Jean King; civil rights activist Charles Person; and sociologist and author Eve L. Ewing have been added to the Featured Speakers roster at the virtual 2021...

Apr 22: The Academic Teaching Librarian's Handbook

CHICAGO — “The Academic Teaching Librarian's Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive resource for academic library professionals and LIS students looking to pursue a teaching role...

Apr 21: Bridging the Gap: In Support of Female Librarianship webinar to be held May 4

The ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section, and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Feminist Task Force will host a complimentary webinar titled ‘Bridging the Gap: In...

Apr 21: ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for 2022 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select candidates to run for president-elect and treasurer and no...

Apr 20: Gordon Baker elected 2022-2023 United for Libraries president

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Dr. Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries, Emeritus at Clayton State University and chair of both Georgia Library Association and Southeastern Library Association’s Trustees, Friends and Advocates Division and Section, has been elected 2022-2023 United for Libraries president....

Apr 20: United for Libraries Virtual Conference program proposals open

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting proposals for its upcoming online conference “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations,” scheduled to be held Aug. 3-5, 2021.

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Apr 20: Dr. Steven Yates receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. Steven Yates, assistant director and assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alabama, is the American Library Association (ALA) 2021 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient.

The award, which seeks to...

Apr 20: ALA calls on U.S. Dept. of Education to review PSLF program

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association (ALA) joined nearly 100 national and state organizations in signing a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, requesting the agency undertake a review of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

Created in...

Apr 20: Amy Dodson receives the 2021 Paul Howard Award for Courage

CHICAGO – The Paul Howard Award for Courage Jury is pleased to announce that Amy Dodson, director of the Douglas County Public Library (DCPL) in Nevada, is the recipient of the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The award, consisting of $1,000 and a gold-...

Apr 20: K.C Boyd receives 2021 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — K.C Boyd, school librarian and member of the District of Columbia Public Schools Library Corps (DCPS), is the recipient of the 2021 American Library Association’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award...

Apr 20: Robert Randolph Newlen wins Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Robert Randolph Newlen is the recipient of the 2021 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association (ALA) for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship.

The Jury for the 2021 Joseph...

Apr 20: Burlington County Library System wins 2021 ALA/EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award

CHICAGO — The Burlington County Library System is the 2021 winner of the prestigious EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of...

Apr 20: Celebrate Preservation Week ® 2021 with free webinars, event tools and resources

CHICAGO — April 25–May 1, libraries, institutions, archives and museums across the country will celebrate preservation and conservation in their communities, libraries, institutions, archives and museums. Following the Preservation Week 2021 theme “Preserving Community Archives,” ...

Apr 20: 2021 Rise Book Project presents Top Ten feminist books for young readers

CHICAGO – RISE, a subgroup of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force, announced its Top Ten feminist books for young readers, selected from the 2021 RISE Book Project.

Formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Booklist, The RISE Book Project recommends well-written...

Apr 19: New Research Explores School Librarian’s Teacher Self-Efficacy

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the difference in school librarians’ teacher self-efficacy among those who worked in elementary,...

Apr 19: Three libraries awarded ALA’s inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to Harrison (N.Y.) Public Library, Montana...

Apr 19: Amy Koester elected ALSC vice-president/president-elect

Amy Koester, learning experiences manager, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library (SPL), has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She begins her term as president-elect on July 1, 2021...

Apr 16: AASL Releases Guide to Inspire Future Generations of Explorers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians inspiring future generations of explorers. “Developing Reflective Explorers and Innovators” contains activities, resources, and professional...