ALA News

Subscribe to ALA News feed
Updated: 20 hours 21 min ago

ALA awards 2017 Diversity Research Grants

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:32

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grant for 2017-2018.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. Recipients will conduct their research over the course of the year, are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and/or publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association.

United for Libraries to present author of inaugural Book Club Central selection at “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community”

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:06

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community,” featuring the author of the inaugural Book Club Central selection chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker, on Sunday, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

ALA Annual Conference panel highlights partnerships to extend school library support

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:59

CHICAGO – Every school library advocate has a unique story to share about how they developed and grew partnerships. A special panel during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago will bring together three library professionals to discuss the partnerships they formed to extend the base of support for school library programs beyond school librarians. This panel builds on the goal of AASL/ALA’s recent Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) trainings: to create new or strengthen existing relationships in the community. “Partnerships to Strengthen School Libraries,” will take place at 3:00 p.m.

LLAMA Webinar: 'Leading with Emotional Intelligence'

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:47

CHICAGO — The term emotional intelligence has been written about so much over the years that you might start to wonder if it’s a passing fad.   However, when it comes to managing people, as individuals or as members of an entire organization, it remains one of the most potent skills a manager can have.

2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to celebrate inclusive outreach, diversity-in-action ideas

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:39

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 30 presentations for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 24 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

Step-by-step guidance on migrating library data

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:30

CHICAGO — Most librarians and staff participate in at least one data migration during their careers. And since the new systems inevitably work differently than the old ones and require different data to function, it’s always a challenge to plan smooth migrations that position libraries to immediately leverage new system capabilities.

ACRL-Choice webinar program features hot content for summer 2017

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:00

CHICAGO; MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts.  Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these hour-long interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

For summer 2017, the ACRL-Choice webinar program presents a diverse selection of subjects and experts; see below for the programs and links to regis

PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on public relations and marketing sessions at ALA Annual

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:39

CHICAGO – New to this year’s ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the PR Sunday Spotlight on June 25, which will showcase innovative library public relations programming and events. This new series will give library communications and marketing staff the opportunity to attend five public-relations focused sessions all on the same day. PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

Stephie Luyt wins a year of free AASL membership

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:52

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Stephie Luyt has won a free year of AASL membership. Luyt 's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Genevieve Minor to AASL, Luyt has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

A manual for creating and sharing online library instruction

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:51

CHICAGO — Designed to be reused and shared, learning objects are digital content and assessments centered on student learning outcomes. The promise of sharing online instruction across libraries, campuses, or a consortium holds time-saving appeal. An easy to follow tutorial for creating online library instruction with learning objects, “Creating and Sharing Online Library Instruction: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is written by Joelle Pitts, Sara K.

New School Library Research examines preparation for online learning

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:42

CHICAGO – A new article exploring how school library professionals are trained to deliver online learning is now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Nominate a librarian for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 13:28

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through Sept. 18 at

2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:39

CHICAGO – The W.R. Saffold Community Resource Center in Britton’s Neck, S.C., the Mayaguez Children’s Library in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and the Lawrence Memorial Library in Windsor, N.C. have been selected to receive books as part of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant program.

AASL National Conference tours showcase Phoenix’s architecture, geography and culture

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:38

CHICAGO – Four tours will showcase Phoenix’s unique architecture, geography and culture ahead of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition this Nov. 9-11. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference festivities will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the conference host city.

Kathi Kromer new head of ALA Washington Office

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:36

CHICAGO - After a nationwide search for the American Library Association’s (ALA) new Associate Executive Director (AED), Washington, D.C. Office, ALA has announced the appointment of Kathi Kromer to the role.   Kromer will join the ALA Washington Office team on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Prior to joining ALA, Kromer was with The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association for 11 years where she was their Vice President, Strategy and Outreach. 

Fandom programs, festivals, and events at your public library

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:51

CHICAGO — The new book “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Fandom programming can require planning across departments, tie-ins to collections and community partnerships, and targeted marketing.

LITA AvramCamp, an ALA Annual Precon

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:05
Chicago -- Going to ALA Annual in Chicago? Don’t miss a unique and exciting full day of engagement by attending the LITA AvramCamp, a AdaCamp-inspired event. Taking place Friday June 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Northwestern University, Weiboldt Hall, Chicago, IL.   Discover ALA Annual Ticketed Events

RUSA Summer Online Learning Opportunities

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:21

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is pleased to announce summer 2017 online learning opportunities:

Alistair Black and Henry Gabb Win the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:35
CHICAGO — Alistair Black and Henry Gabb have been named the 2017 winners of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for “The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present” (published 2016 in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, v. 51, n. 2, p. 192-225), nominated by Linda C. Smith. The annual award recognizes outstanding published research in the field of library and information studies.