ALA News

Subscribe to ALA News feed
Updated: 10 hours 6 min ago

YALSA names 2019 Writing Award winners

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:57

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2019 YALSA Writing Award with members winning in four categories.

The winners are as follows:

Share Your Best Practice at AASL National Conference

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:59

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held Sat., Nov. 16, during the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition. More information on presentation requirements can be found at national.aasl.org/idealab.

Registration Opens for AASL National Conference

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:57

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, will bring together school librarians, administrators, authors, and exhibitors for in-depth learning and networking. Registration rates and date-sensitive, money-saving promo codes can be found at national.aasl.org.

Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Peña to Headline AASL President’s Program

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:53

CHICAGO – Award-winning author Matt de la Peña will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., June 22, as part of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 

2019 Amelia Bloomer List presents top ten feminist books for young readers

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:49

SEATTLE – The Amelia Bloomer Project, 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 2019 Amelia Bloomer List.

ALA Executive Board releases statement regarding incident at Council Forum

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:56

The ALA Executive Board has released the following statement regarding a recent incident during Council Forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.

"We should not – and do not – accept harassment, bullying or discrimination of any kind in our profession or the work of our Association. These behaviors go against our values. Violations to our code of conduct will not be tolerated.  

"We established a code of conduct because we take the responsibility of being respectful to each other very seriously.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick named 2019 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:43

CHICAGO — Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, associate librarian at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Medford Library, is the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

2019 Over the Rainbow List released, over 100 fiction and non-fiction titles

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:40

SEATTLE - The Over the Rainbow Booklist Committee of the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) considered 469 books this year, 284 fiction and 185 nonfiction titles.

2019 Rainbow Book List bibliography announced

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:38

SEATTLE - The 2019 Rainbow Book List, a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits held Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.

2019 Barbara Gittings Literature Award and Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award of the Stonewall Book Awards Announced

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:31

SEATTLE - Two of the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards were announced Sunday, Jan. 27th by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, held Jan. 25-29 in Seattle, Washington.

LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:13

Chicago -- The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2019 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published in 2018, organized in three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists are posted on the Science Fiction Notables website.

M.T. Anderson wins 2019 Edwards Award for “Feed,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves”

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:48

SEATTLE - M.T. Anderson is the recipient of the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Feed;” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party;” and “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves” all published by Candlewick Press. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the award today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan.

New session—Writing for Your Library Website: Tips for Improving Your Content Workshop

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:58

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Writing for Your Library Website: Tips for Improving Your Content with Rebecca Blakiston. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:42

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.

ALA, Grow with Google kick off economic opportunity initiative in public libraries nationwide

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:02

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Google launched a national tour of libraries as part of the Grow with Google initiative. The Grow with Google tour will consist of free, one-day events hosted at local libraries in cities and towns across the country, where Grow with Google experts will deliver in-person workshops for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff. 

Meg Medina, Sophie Blackall win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:53

SEATTLE  — Meg Medina, author of “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” and Sophie Blackall, illustrator of “Hello Lighthouse,” are the 2019 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Walter Dean Myers wins 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:38

SEATTLE – Walter Dean Myers is the winner of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff” (Viking, 1975) and “Monster” (HarperCollins, 1999).

Claire Hartfield, Ekua Holmes win 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:33

SEATTLE – Claire Hartfield, author of “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” and Ekua Holmes, illustrator of “The Stuff of Stars,” are the winners of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Tiffany D. Jackson, author of “Monday’s Not Coming,” and Oge Mora, illustrator of “Thank You, Omu!” are the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent winners. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, held Jan.

The Poet X Wins 2019 Printz Award

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:28

SEATTLE – “The Poet X,”, written by Elizabeth Acevedo published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has won the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

PBS Kids wins inaugural Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:22

SEATTLE– PBS Kids is the 2019 recipient of the first Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

Pages