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2019 Public Library Association Election results

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:08

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2019 Election. Voting was available from Mar. 11 through Apr. 3, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

Farrell elected ALA treasurer

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:23

CHICAGO - Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019–2022.

Farrell received 5,221 votes, while her opponent, Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, received 2,735 votes.

Jefferson wins 2020–2021 ALA Presidency

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:07

CHICAGO - Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Jefferson received 5,108 votes, while his opponent, Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Michigan, received 3,011 votes.

ALA and SAGE Publishing release Libraries Transform tools for promoting critical thinking

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:11

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new Libraries Transform toolkit with free public awareness resources relating to critical thinking. The toolkit was created through a collaboration with SAGE Publishing, a Library Champion whose generous financial support helps fund Libraries Transform.

A radical approach to children's and youth programming

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:43

CHICAGO — Library services are transforming to emphasize interactive, innovative, participatory, and often production-centered programming. It’s a truly radical approach, and tomorrow’s LIS graduates in children’s and youth services need a resource that helps them understand this programming as it pertains to these age ranges.

Joyce Valenza receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:32

CHICAGO – Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science at Rutgers University, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Rosen Publishing Group, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:26

EXTON, Penn. - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2019.

AASL and Scholastic announce ‘Pilkey Party @ Your School Library’ as part of School Library Month celebration

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:23

Grand Prize to receive a visit and free books for the entire school
with School Library Month National Spokesperson and bestselling author Dav Pilkey

CHICAGO – To celebrate School Library Month (SLM), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Scholastic are excited to announce the “Pilkey Party @ Your School Library” sweepstakes. AASL members are invited to enter a random drawing to win a Dav Pilkey themed party to take place in Fall 2019. To enter, visit

PLA, NNLM expand strategic partnership through consumer health programming survey

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:31

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has added another collaborative project to its ongoing partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

New session: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers Workshop

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:12

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Sociologist Eric Klinenberg are Auditorium Speakers at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 12:06

Dr. Carla Hayden invites Professor of Sociology and author of Palaces of the People to discuss the important and unique role that libraries provide to the community.

Academic librarians gathering in Cleveland, April 10-13, to discuss their role in rapidly changing higher education landscape

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:55

CHICAGO — Academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. As students, faculty, and staff change the way they consume information, academic libraries are also transforming to ensure success across the higher education community.

More than 3,000 academic and research librarians and library workers will gather April 10-13 in Cleveland to discuss the many ways that library professionals are re-inventing themselves to stay on the cutting edge.

ALCTS honors Janet Morrow and Mary Page

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:18

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that ALCTS members Janet Morrow, head of Resource and Discovery Services at Northeastern University and Mary Page, dean of University Libraries at West Chester University, have been awarded ALCTS Honors for 2019. 

“Janet and Mary have given their time, expertise, and dedication to ALCTS for many years,” said ALCTS President Kristin E. Martin. “The ALCTS Board is delighted to have this opportunity to recognize them for their service and commitment to ALCTS.” 

A handbook for Freedom of Information officers and their colleagues

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:38

CHICAGO — Freedom of information (FOI) is now an international phenomenon with over 100 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe enacting the right to know for their citizens. Since 2005, the UK’s Freedom of Information Act has opened up thousands of public bodies to unparalleled scrutiny and prompted further moves to transparency.

Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler are Auditorium Speakers at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:39

Graphic novelist Frank Miller is one of the most influential and awarded creators in comics and graphic novels. He is known for his intense, hard-boiled storytelling, and gritty noir aesthetic. Miller co-directed the movie Sin City, based on his graphic novel by the same name, and executive produced the action film 300, based on his comic book series.

Out of Print celebrates National Library Week with disaster relief fundraiser and Star Wars™ READ® materials

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:33

CHICAGO – Apparel and accessories company Out of Print is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) for a National Library Week fundraiser and officially debuting its new Star Wars™ READ® collection.

AASL Standards–based learning for primary grades using picture books

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:31

CHICAGO — Drawing on compelling picture books that can be used to directly support the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini’s new book “Lessons Inspir

State of America’s Libraries 2019 report affirms Libraries = Strong Communities

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 00:02

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries 2019 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning.

St. Petersburg College Awarded for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 15:12

Heather Holtzman, Paula Knipp, and Kassie Sherman from St. Petersburg College were selected as the 2019 winner of the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, for the Speed Dating project.

ALA releases new resources on digital storytelling for National Library Week

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:40

As a part of National Library Week and ALA's year-round advocacy work, ALA released two new tools to help library advocates and libraries across the country share their story on digital platforms: a Live Stream and Video Storytelling Checklist and a Social Media Advocacy Toolkit. The resources are being rolled out in conjunction with the #MyLibraryMyStory initiative, a video and social media effort that aims to encourage library advocates and users to creat