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Keiko Newsom Selected as the 2018 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship Recipient

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:56

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Keiko Newsom of King City, Oregon as the 2018 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.


The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in library and information studies. The scholarship was named in memory of Miriam L. Hornback, a longtime ALA staff member, who was secretariat to the ALA Council and Executive Board.


Esther C. Jones Selected as the 2018 David H. Clift Scholarship Recipient

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:50

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Esther C. Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota as the 2018 David H. Clift Scholarship recipient.


The David H. Clift Scholarship was named for a former director of the American Library Association. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a person pursuing a master's degree in library and information studies.


Brian J. DeFelice Selected as the 2018 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship Recipient

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:43

The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Brian J. DeFelice of Braintree, Massachusetts as the 2018 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.


The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science.


ODLOS offers travel grant for two JCLC attendees

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 17:03

CHICAGO – The Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) announces a travel grant for the third national Joint Conference of Librarian of Color. This year’s conference centers around the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” and will take place from Sept. 26-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

PLA to hold short-fiction writing contest this fall

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 14:44
National competition begins Sept. 25

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is inviting writers to submit original works of short fiction for a National Writing Contest taking place this fall.

Shortley wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:15

CHICAGO – Ness Shortley, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Shortley with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to attend the 2018 YA Services Symposium, which will be held Nov. 2-4 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates Educational Collaboration with San Jose State University School of Information

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:47

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is excited to announce an educational collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Freedom to Read Foundation in our courses on intellectual freedom in our Master of Library and Information Science degree program. This topic is especially timely given our current climate,” said Sandra Hirsh, SJSU School of Information director and professor.

100 libraries selected to lead Great Stories Club reading programs with underserved youth

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:35

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced 100 libraries nationwide selected to take part in the Great Stories Club, a national grant program that supports reading and discussion programs for underserved teens.

The grantees represent 77 public libraries, 14 school/K-12 libraries, three college/university libraries, two community college libraries, three prison libraries, and one tribal library. They come from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:38

CHICAGO – As part of a key strategic initiative, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This new resource can be used to supplement libraries’ marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work.

New eCourse bundle: Working with Children of All Ages

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:24

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new eCourse bundle, Working with Children of All Ages. R. Lynn Baker and Brooke Newberry will serve as the instructors for three, 4-week eCourses starting on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Save 20% when you purchase the bundle!

Anita Mechler named YALSA executive director

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:29

CHICAGO — ALA is pleased to welcome Anita Mechler, the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. 

Harry Potter Poster and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:01

CHICAGO –ALA Graphics’ fall catalog has mailed, and will unveil new products that are sure to educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new Harry Potter Poster from Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Selznick, who reimagined all seven Harry Potter series’ covers in honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 14:42

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion and education for people of all backgrounds. The PSAs are free and are available for download.

ALA: New Tor delay on library ebooks hurts readers, authors and libraries

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:56

CHICAGO - At the beginning of July, Tor, a division of Macmillan, announced without warning that it was immediately beginning to embargo ebook sales of new titles to libraries for four months. Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement:

International librarianship as professional development

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:07

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk.

AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:50

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries” contains resources, links, and activities scaffolded by the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards.” The guide, along with supporting materials, can be downloaded at