Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive

July 10, 2024

American Library Association New Public Library Technology Survey report details digital equity roles. The Public Library Association published the 2023 Public Library Technology Survey report. The national survey updates emerging trends around technology capacity, resources for patrons, infrastructure, digital literacy, and staffing in U.S. public libraries. This data is vital to understand how libraries serve as hubs of knowledge and innovation in our communities and continue to evolve to meet patron needs. [Full Announcement].

June 14, 2024

American Library Association Raymond Pun, elected to lead ALA in 2025-26, will step away from the position. Raymond Pun, in line for the American Library Association presidency, will not assume the role for health reasons. He was to take office as president elect after ALA Annual Conference adjourns in early July, and he would have been president in 2025-26. The 2024-25 Executive Board will fill the vacancy within 30 days of taking office, subject to a confirmation vote by ALA's Council. The process to fill the vacant position of president elect is spelled out in the ALA bylaws. [Full Announcement].

June 13, 2024

American Library Association Madison Leigh Comer awarded the 2024 Core Christian Larew Memorial scholarship. Madison Leigh Comer has been selected to receive the 2024 Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Baker & Taylor. This scholarship is for master's level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. [Full Announcement].

April 23, 2024

American Library Association Robert Maxwell Awarded 2024 Margaret Mann Citation. Robert L. Maxwell has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Margaret Mann Citation, sponsored by OCLC and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Maxwell is currently Special Collections and Ancient Studies Catalog Librarian at the Brigham Young University Library. The Margaret Mann Citation recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification for notable publications; outstanding contributions to professional cataloging associations; outstanding contribution to the technical improvement of cataloging and classification; and outstanding contributions in the area of teaching cataloging and classification. It includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient's honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner's choice. Maxwell has chosen the iSchool at the University of Arizona to be the recipient of this year's scholarship award. [Full Announcement].

April 9, 2024

American Library Association Loida Garcia-Febo to receive ALA Medal of Excellence Award. Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant, Brooklyn, New York has been awarded the ALA Medal of Excellence Award. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association and sponsored by OCLC recognizes creative leadership of high order, particularly in the fields of library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association Pun wins 2025-2026 ALA presidency. Raymond Pun, Academic and Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California has been elected 2024-2025 president-elect of the American Library Association. [Full Announcement].

March 22, 2024

American Library Association Cathi Fuhrman receives the AASL Intellectual Freedom Award. Cathi Fuhrman, a school librarian at State College Area High School, Pennsylvania, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians' Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA. [Full Announcement].

March 16, 2024

American Library Association Wei Ling Goh named 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar. The American Library Association has awarded the 2023 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to Wei Ling Goh. Goh is working as an information desk and outreach assistant at Strathcona County Library, a public library in Sherwood Park, Alberta in Canada. While based in Canada, she is pursuing her MLIS online at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is excited to graduate at the end of 2024. [Full Announcement].

March 11, 2024

American Library Association ALA Executive Board decision on LibLearnX. After careful evaluation and analysis of financial and other critical factors, the American Library Association Executive Board has decided that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience will not be held in 2026. The Executive Board affirmed that LibLearnX will be held Jan. 24-27, 2025, in Phoenix as planned. [Full Announcement].

March 4, 2024

American Library Association ALA awards $3.6 million in library accessibility funding to 310 small and rural libraries. The American Library Association announced the second round of recipients of its Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities grant, an initiative to help small and rural libraries increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2024

American Library Association American Library Association's Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative receives additional $10 million in funding. The American Library Association announced that it has received $10 million in support of its Libraries Transforming Communities initiative to continue providing libraries with tools and resources to serve people with disabilities. A substantial portion of the funding $7 million will be distributed in grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to small and rural libraries. In collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, LTC offers grants to qualifying libraries across the country with a population under 25,000 and located at least five miles from an urbanized area, aligning with the Institute of Museum and Library Services definitions of small and rural libraries. Libraries use the funding to increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2024

American Library Association ALA advances libraries' role in digital equity as FCC shapes Learn Without Limits programs. As policymakers turn their eyes toward new ways to provide high-speed internet connectivity across the nation, the American Library Association is at the forefront of advocacy to ensure public libraries and their communities benefit from new funding opportunities. Since mid-January 2024, ALA has filed formal comments calling for improvements to the federal E-rate program through the Learn Without Limits initiative, unveiled at 2023 Annual Conference by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The proposal calls for use of E-rate funding for off-premises internet access and a cybersecurity pilot program. [Full Announcement].

February 7, 2024

American Library Association American Library Association Updates Core Values. The American Library Association Council approved five new Core Values that focus on access, equity, intellectual freedom and privacy, the public good, and sustainability. ALA overwhelmingly approved the new Core Values and they went into effect immediately. The American Library Association's Core Values articulate the profession's principles and highest aspirations. They guide and unite library workers, including staff, volunteers, trustees, advocates, and others who contribute their talents, expertise, and dedication to furthering the mission of the library. [Full Announcement].

February 1, 2024

American Library Association American Library Association launches national search for executive director. The American Library Association announced that it has opened its search for an executive director in partnership with Isaacson, Miller, corporate executive search firm. The search will be led by a steering committee comprising ALA member leaders and association staff. The selected candidate will succeed Interim Executive Director Leslie Burger, who was appointed in November 2023. [Full Announcement].

January 30, 2024

American Library Association Thousands of library professionals gather for education and inspiration at American Library Association's LibLearnX conference in Baltimore. Thousands of library professionals gathered in Baltimore for the American Library Association's second annual LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX). As libraries and librarians continue to face waves of censorship and an intense political climate, the conference provided an opportunity for library professionals to come together for collaborative and engaging education, networking, support and celebrations. The 2,006 LLX participants, including 112 digital experience attendees, were inspired and motivated by the hands-on educational opportunities, gaining knowledge and skills that will empower them in their work to ensure libraries remain strong and vital parts of their communities. Education sessions and featured speakers addressed the future of libraries, the role of library workers and essential timely topics such as Artificial Intelligence, intellectual freedom and sustainability. [Full Announcement].

December 18, 2023

American Library Association Ten Honorees receive prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for Outstanding Public Service. The American Library Association announced 10 recipients of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public, and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities. [Full Announcement].

November 15, 2023

American Library Association ALA appoints Leslie Burger as Interim Executive Director. The American Library Association Executive Board has selected Leslie Burger as ALA's interim executive director. Her first day is November 15, 2023. Burger brings years of experience as a leader in our field, from her service as president of the American Library Association from July 2006 to July 2007, where she had a depth of involvement in ALA operations, to her position as executive director of the Princeton Public Library, where she helped plan, design and secure funding for a new 55,000 square foot library that opened in 2004. During 2015-16 she led efforts to redesign and fund the library's adult services department resulting in more space for meetings, co-working technology and collaboration. A proven fundraiser, she raised more than $27 million during her 16 years at the Princeton Public Library. She is also the founding partner of Library Development Solutions, which has a long list of clients including urban, suburban and rural public libraries, academic and special libraries, and library cooperatives. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2023

American Library Association American Library Association and Sustainable Libraries Initiative to join forces on climate action strategy for libraries. American Library Association announced a partnership with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative to create a strategic plan for library professionals to address climate change. The SLI's mission is to empower library leaders to advance environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically feasible practices to intentionally address climate change and co-create thriving communities. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2023

American Library Association American Library Association announces leadership changes in Core. The American Library Association announced that Julie Reese, with full support of the board of directors of Core, has been named executive director of Core, a division of ALA. Reese began serving as interim executive director of Core in September 2022. Since that time, she has worked closely with Core's board of directors and members to ensure Core's mission, programs, and services align with strategic goals. She has worked to develop new relationships across ALA units and external stakeholders and peer organizations holding mutual interests. This October, Reese will oversee the highly successful second annual Core Forum in New Orleans, LA. Thomas Ferren, previously Core interim deputy executive director leadership & learning, will become Core deputy executive director of learning and events. [Full Announcement].

October 17, 2023

American Library Association Rachel Hendrick named Choice editor and publisher. Rachel Hendrick has been named editor and publisher of Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Hendrick joined ALA in 2014 as operations manager at Choice and was promoted to director of operations at Choice in April 2016. She was named interim editor and publisher of Choice in April 2022. [Full Announcement].