Press Releases

Apr 16: Launching large-scale library initiatives

CHICAGO — The necessity for library leaders to demonstrate that libraries are innovative, collaborative, and can provide eye-catching, transformational services and programs to their communities cannot be understated. But libraries do not suffer from a lack of big ideas. What library workers...

Apr 15: Padma Lakshmi, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Melissa de la Cruz announced as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that chef and TV host Padma Lakshmi, Caldecott-winner Juana Martinez-Neal, and best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz will be among the featured speakers at the virtual 2021 ALA Annual Conference...

Apr 15: Lester Elected 2022-2023 AASL President

CHICAGO – Kathy Lester, school librarian at East Middle School in Plymouth, Michigan, has been elected the 2022-2023 president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Lester will serve as president-elect during 2021-2022 under AASL President Jennisen...

Apr 15: Cynthia Johnson elected as the 2021-22 President-Elect of RUSA

CHICAGO ⎯  Cynthia Johnson has been elected the 2021-22 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).  Johnson will serve her Presidential term during 2022-23.

“My entire career as a librarian has focused on helping our users...

Apr 15: ALA announces recipients of $1 million in community engagement funding for small and rural libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the recipients of nearly $1 million in funding for small and rural libraries, the second grant distribution as part of the association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries initiative.

The...

Apr 14: Celebraciones del 25to aniversario del “Día” resaltarán diversidad, cultura y alfabetismo

CHICAGO – El próximo 30 de abril, cientos de bibliotecas de todo el país celebrarán el 25to aniversario del “Día”. Esta iniciativa, reconocida nacionalmente, enfatiza la importancia del alfabetismo para todos los niños de todas las procedencias, vinculando a niños y familias con libros...

Apr 14: Día 25th anniversary celebrations to highlight diversity, culture, and literacy

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries nationwide will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds by linking children and families to multicultural...

Apr 14: Core Webinar: Web Accessibility Beyond Best Intentions

CHICAGO—Implementing web accessibility in libraries requires more than an educated site administrator. Managers need to be backed up with institutional changes to accessibility language in procurement policies and a budget to purchase necessary software. Lay leaders are needed to model...

Apr 14: ALA releases American Rescue Plan state funding resource for libraries 

ALA has published a new resource that details how libraries of all types can best obtain a portion of the...

Apr 14: Erin L. Ellis elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Erin L. Ellis, Associate Dean of Research and Learning Services at Indiana University, has been elected ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect. Ellis will become president-elect in July 2021 and assume the presidency in July 2022 for a one-year term.

Mary Mallery, Chief Librarian...

Apr 14: Margaret Heller Elected 2021-22 Core President-elect

Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected as the 2021-22 President-elect of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Her term will begin July 1, and she’ll serve in that role until July 1,...

Apr 14: Pelayo-Lozada wins 2022-2023 ALA presidency

CHICAGO -  Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, adult services assistant manager, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, California has been elected 2021-2022 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). Pelayo-Lozada is the first Emerging Leader to be elected ALA...

Apr 14: Albany (N.Y.) Public Library awarded ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its second Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Albany (N.Y.) Public Library for their Branching Out program, a community initiative that aims...

Apr 14: 2021 Public Library Association election results

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2021 Election. Voting was available from March 8 through April 7, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

The members elected...

Apr 13: Jason Reynolds Named Inaugural Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Banned Books Week Coalition are excited to announce that banned...

Apr 13: ALA offers new benefits to help members gain new skills

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is offering its members new benefits that will aid in their professional development and help their libraries move forward.

They consist of two benefits each for organizational members and personal members....

Apr 13: Librarians working with the public to establish, safeguard community archives 

CHICAGO – History is the glue binding communities together. As culture is passed down from generation to generation reinforces our connection to the past, we lay a firm foundation for the future.

During Preservation Week 2021,...

Apr 13: 2021 Teens' Top Ten nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2021 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list,...

Apr 12: Celebrate Preservation Week 2021 with free webinars from Core

CHICAGO—On Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28, join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures for two free Preservation Week 2021 webinars. With the theme "Preserving Community Archives," Preservation Week...

Apr 12: New from ACRL – “Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy” by Irene M.H. Herold, a detailed...

Apr 09: Alignment of School Librarian Preparation Standards with AASL Standards Examined in New School Library Research

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores the alignment of the Standards Framework for School Librarians from AASL’s National School Library Standards with the...

Apr 09: Grow Your Public Services Skills with RUSA

CHICAGO- Register today for this five-week asynchronous course titled " Whole Person Librarianship: Relationships are the New Reference Collection" scheduled to begin on...

Apr 09: New Research Explores School Librarian and Teacher Collaboration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores successful strategies for school librarian and teacher collaboration. SLR promotes and publishes...

Apr 08: An updated handbook for rightsizing academic library collections

CHICAGO — Honored with many accolades, including a starred review in Library Journal, the first edition of “Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrated the power and flexibility of “...

Apr 08: ALA announces $1.25M emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it will make available $1.25M in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and...

Apr 07: Dr. Leana Wen, Savala Nolan Trepczynski, Judy Tyrus and Paul Novosel to appear as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announces that emergency physician and CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, attorney and author Savala Nolan Trepczynski, and classical ballet dancer and author Judy Tyrus and pianist, playwright, and author Paul Novosel will be among the featured...

Apr 06: Academic library initiatives for transfer student success

CHICAGO — Higher ed admission teams are aggressively recruiting transfers—and they’re finding success. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, about 38 percent of all students in higher ed in the United States have transferred at least once. If you don’t include transfer students in...

Apr 06: American Library Association establishes ReMember Fund to help members during times of financial insecurity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the launch of a new fund intended to help library workers facing financial challenges keep solid footing as they navigate their career paths.

The ReMember Fund, established with initial funding...

Apr 05: Ingram Library of the University of West Georgia chosen for the LIRT 2021 Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2021 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Ingram Library of the University of West Georgia. Created to recognize a...