Newsmaker: Jason Reynolds

April 12, 2018

This year’s theme for School Library Month is “Making Connections at Your School Library.” You’ve said reading the lyrics to Queen Latifah’s 1993 album Black Reign changed your life and inspired you to start writing poetry. When students connect with and see themselves in the music, multimedia, and books they read, it changes their relationship with reading completely. … Continue reading Newsmaker: Jason Reynolds



2018 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Illustration: Kimberly Sly/Albie Designs

2018 Midwinter Preview

January 2, 2018

Featured Speakers Opening Session Friday, February 9, 4–5:15 p.m. Marley Dias, who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign as a 6th grader, will have a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, artist and cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to reveal the determining factors and mindsets that motivated each of them to take action and how different generations … Continue reading 2018 Midwinter Preview


Covers of the 2018 Carnegie Medals Shortlist books

ALA Unveils 2018 Carnegie Medals Shortlist

October 25, 2017

The 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction shortlist titles include: Nonfiction The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, by Daniel Ellsberg (Bloomsbury). In a mix of memoir and exposé, Ellsberg recounts long-hidden facts about the US government’s inadequate control of nuclear weapons—an arsenal that endangers all life on Earth—and … Continue reading ALA Unveils 2018 Carnegie Medals Shortlist




ALA Presidential Citations

September 22, 2017

The winners are: University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus Library and the city of Camrose, Alberta, Canada Bibliotheekservice Fryslân in the Netherlands Wellington County Library in Ontario, Canada The recipients were selected by a team of IRRT members in consultation with then–ALA President Julie B. Todaro, who recognized them at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and … Continue reading ALA Presidential Citations


2017 ALA Award Winners

2017 ALA Award Winners

September 1, 2017

SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARDS Jen Bryant and Boris Kulikov Six Dots, written by Bryant and illustrated by Kulikov, won the award for young readers. Louis Braille, who became blind by age 5, didn’t allow his disability to prevent him from learning about the world around him. Unsatisfied with the options available, Braille tinkered with French … Continue reading 2017 ALA Award Winners



The Malaysia delegation, who will host the World Library and Information Congress next year in Kuala Lumpur, takes the stage at the Closing Session.

Countdown to Kuala Lumpur

August 25, 2017

Scheeder, addressing the crowd for the last time as president before Glòria Pérez-Salmerón’s term begins, emphasized the organization’s commitment to supporting the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and strengthening regional strategy during her term. “I never imagined we would travel so far together, so fast,” she said. “You create the kind of change … Continue reading Countdown to Kuala Lumpur


2017 Carnegie Medals shortlist titles

ALA Unveils 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist

October 25, 2016

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction shortlist titles include: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 2017 Shortlist The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, by Patricia Bell-Scott, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House LLC. Bell-Scott … Continue reading ALA Unveils 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist