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Celebrate reading with a free, downloadable READ® poster file

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:18

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics is offering a free READ® poster file available now for download. The fun, celebratory theme features READ balloon letters and confetti. Design and star in your own READ® poster or feature family, friends, or even pets.

COVID-19 federal relief package supports libraries’ role in digital inclusion

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:44

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the $2 trillion economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, is on its way to the president to be signed into law. The package includes $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital inclusion projects and more than $30 billion in relief for schools and colleges, plus billions more for state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

ALA welcomes LinkedIn Learning’s changes to terms of service

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:28

CHICAGO – After conversations with the American Library Association (ALA) and other industry leaders, LinkedIn Learning — formerly, a platform used by libraries to provide online learning opportunities to library users —announced today that it has made changes to its terms of service.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been chosen to receive LIRT 2020 Innovation in Instruction Award

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:11

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2020 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL).

GNCRT Spotlights Online Comics Resources and Brings Comic Creators to Your Home with #LibcomixOnline: Libraries & Creators Assemble!

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:23

In the midst of cancelled conventions, closures, and many other rapid changes to the way libraries and library staff work, the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is going virtual! The GNCRT will spotlight online comic reading and recommendations, resources and toolkits, and other #libcomix content virtually through #LibcomixOnline.

Rebecca Denham named 2020 YALSA Board Fellow

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:06

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Rebecca Denham, Teen Services Coordinator at the Houston (Texas) Public Library, its 2020 Board Fellow.

“I am honored and excited to be part of the YALSA Board Fellow Program and can't wait to get started,” said Denham. “I hope to learn more about the inner workings and motivation of YALSA as an organization and to see where I can contribute to YALSA's mission and leadership moving forward.”

Melissa Bowles-Terry chosen as the 2020 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:30

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Melissa Bowles-Terry, associate director of the Faculty Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as the 2020 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.

YALSA names 2020 Volunteers of the Year Award recipients

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:09

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has selected the following recipients for its 2020 Volunteers of the Year Award:

United for Libraries opens online discussion forums to non-members to help provide COVID-19 resources

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:39

EXTON, Pennsylvania — As part of the broad American Library Association effort to provide resources to library communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, United for Libraries is working to support library Boards of Trustees, Friends groups, and Foundations during this time. As part of this initiative, United for Libraries is currently making its online discussion forums accessible to non-members.

ALA announces 2020 Policy Corps members

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:16

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the names of eight library and information professionals selected to participate in the 2020 ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 17:49

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled. 

“ALA’s priority is the health and safety of the library community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers,” said Wanda K. Brown, ALA president. “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s become clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we need to make tough choices.” 

Henry Reichman Receives IFRT Oboler Memorial Award

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:31

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) announced Henry Reichman as the recipient of the 2020 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award ⁠— which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom ⁠— for his book "The Future of Academic Freedom," published in 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

ASGCLA COVID-19 Resources

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:29

As ASGCLA members participate in social distancing, our Consumer Health Information Interest Group has put together a list of go-to resources for COVID-19. The wide variety of resources provide information to help navigate through these uncertain times.

Check out the COVID-19 Resources page, now available, on ASGCLA Direct.

Delivering impact with digital resources

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:22

CHICAGO — Our digital presence has the power to change lives and life opportunities. We must understand digital values to consider how organizational presence within digital cultures can create change.

American Library Association recommends libraries leave WiFi open during closures

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:12

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board released the following recommendation to libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

AASL hosts town hall to build community during pandemic

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 16:38

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, March 24, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners. All are welcome to participate in the AASL Town Hall: The Show Must Go On(line) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central.

Booklist announces free online access for all

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:31

CHICAGO — As of today, all Booklist and Book Links content on is freely available until further notice.

ALSC announces 2020 Notable Children’s Digital Media list

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 10:53

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce its 2020 list of outstanding digital media for children. The list includes real-time, dynamic and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating and entertaining in exemplary ways.

The media selected include:

ALA welcomes Penguin Random House’s expanded library access to e-books and audiobooks

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 18:01

Publisher adjusts pricing model for digital content sales to libraries

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes the decision by Penguin Random House (PRH) to add new temporary pricing options for digital content purchased by school and public libraries. 

ALA welcomes cancellation of Macmillan embargo

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:14

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Macmillan Publishers announced that it would return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on Oct. 31, 2019, effectively canceling the embargo on sales of new titles to libraries, a policy which went into effect on Nov. 1, 2019. American Library Association Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Alan Inouye made the following statement: