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Get ready for fall with the new ALA Graphics catalog

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:08

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics fall 2019 catalog is packed with new products that will educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover spotlights a new Latino Heritage poster, with original art from award-winning illustrator Rafael López.

The culture of digital scholarship

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:20

CHICAGO — At the heart of digital scholarship are universal questions, lessons, and principles relating both to the mission of higher education and the shared values that make an academic library culture. But while global in aspirations, digital scholarship starts with local culture drawn from the community.

ACRL releases "2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics"

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:22

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

New research examines classroom teacher and school librarian collaboration

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:42

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines classroom teachers' perceptions of their own openness to change and collaborating with school librarians. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries.

Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2020-2022

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:09
Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2020-2022

IFRT Emerging Leader Videos Engage Non-Librarians

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:07

ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is pleased to announce the publication of four videos to engage non-librarians in the fight to protect intellectual freedom. The brief explainer videos cover the basics of intellectual freedom, censorship, and privacy for a non-library audience with key definitions and everyday language.

The Sacramento Public Library chosen as site for 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:23

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot committee has chosen Sacramento Public Library as the site of the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Neil Gaiman, a Newbery Medal author and library advocate.

ALA releases findings from NILPPA, a national study of library public programming

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 15:30

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has released a report outlining the findings of an intensive research study that explored the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library programming, as well as the competencies required to succeed in the field.

New from ACRL - “The Grounded Instruction Librarian”

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 12:06

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” edited by Melissa Mallon, Lauren Hays, Cara Bradley, Rhonda Huisman, and Jackie Belanger.

COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2019 Annual Conference

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:35

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.

Applications open for 2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:21

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for its seventh biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.  This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians and children with excellent children’s books. 

Upcoming webinar offers guidance on starting a WiFi hotspot lending program at the library

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:48

CHICAGO -- Last month, PLA announced a new project, supported by Microsoft Corp., called DigitalLead: Rural Libraries Creating New Possibilities, which seeks to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities.

LITA Learnings: Universal Parity to Resources

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:42

Chicago -- Sign up now for the latest LITA Learnings.

Universal Parity to Resources: Rethinking Library Access
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Presenters: Christine Elliott, Learning Services & Assessment Librarian, Juniata College; and Courtney McAllister, Electronic Resources Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University

ALA Announces Call for Applications for Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:44

The American Library Association announces a call for applications for its inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program.  Click here for more information about the application process.

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Sending a message of advocacy for libraries

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:56

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 138th Annual Conference & Exhibition (, June 20-25, in Washington, DC. The conference was attended by more than 21,400 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,800 exhibitors) from across the world.

June 2019 ITAL Issue Now Available

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 13:11

Chicago -- The June 2019 issue (volume 38, number 1) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

Reviewed Articles and Communications

Bozeman Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Keene Memorial Library win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 15:56

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The Bozeman (Montana) Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Keene (Nebraska) Memorial Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Aw

Nominating committee extends deadline

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:25

Chicago - The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for these positions have until July 31st, to complete the form. All potential nominees must complete the Candidate Biographical Form available at You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.


Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:12

CHICAGO – Thirty American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $750 travel grants to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

Grant recipients include:

ALCTS Publishing releases first guide in new monographs series

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:51

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the first title in its new Sudden Position Guide series. Edited by Jeremy Myntti, the Sudden Position Guide to Cataloging and Metadata is geared toward librarians who have been given cataloging and metadata responsibilities without formal training, those who have experience in cataloging one specific type of resource but now have to catalog unfamiliar items, and those new to library cataloging.