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Nov 25: LLAMA webinar explores appreciative strategic planning

CHICAGO If your library is considering reinventing itself and is searching for an effective process of self-discovery, then “Appreciative Inquiry” may be just what you need. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Designing Our Future:...

Nov 25: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark™ for Stetson Kennedy

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries, in partnership with St. Johns County (Florida) and the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, designated the Stetson Kennedy home and museum in  Beluthahatchee Park a Literary Landmark™ during a celebration on Nov. 16.

The dedication was...

Nov 25: GLBTRT selects John “Mack” Freeman as 2015 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) has selected John “Mack” Freeman, marketing and programming coordinator at West Georgia Regional Library, as its representative in the 2015 Emerging Leader program.  In his position at WGRL, he is considered “a 'Mack...

Nov 25: Applications open for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program...

Nov 25: Thirty-two public librarians chosen to attend PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO – Following the review of more than 115 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee chose 32 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy:...

Nov 24: PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Anna Coats and Carmen Sanchez

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Anna Coats and Carmen Sanchez as its representatives for the 2015 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is focused on helping develop the next generation of public library leaders and is very pleased to support the Emerging...

Nov 24: YALSA announces Johana Orellana as its 2015 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is pleased to announce that Johana Orellana is YALSA’s 2015 Emerging Leader. Orellana will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in 2015.

YALSA’s participation in...

Nov 24: Call for AASL standards and guidelines editorial board members

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school librarians to serve on an editorial board responsible for the evaluation and revision of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines. Members of all facets and levels of the profession...

Nov 21: ALSC announces new Graphic Novels Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released three new Graphic Novel Reading Lists intended for children from kindergarten through 8th grade.   

Three Graphic Novel Reading Lists are available for...

Nov 21: Seventeen AASL members counted among Lilead Fellows

CHICAGO – The Lilead Project recently announced the participating fellows in its 2015-2016 Lilead Fellows Program. Seventeen members of the American Association of School Librarian (AASL) were included in the list of 25 participants.

The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced and intensive...

Nov 21: First Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference draws more than 600 participants from 20 countries

CHICAGO -- The ALA’s largest ever international professional development event wrapped up November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where more than 600 librarians gathered on-site at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first two-day SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians...

Nov 21: Hackforge’s Mita Williams on new spaces at Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes, and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. A lengthy continuum of organizations now seems to share many similarities with today’s libraries. In her ALA Masters Session, “Mechanic Institutes,...

Nov 21: A guide to using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

CHICAGO — Both the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) provide important data services. For library managers and administrators, the key to the data’s usefulness is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information to...

Nov 20: ALA welcomes Simon & Schuster change to Buy It Now program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) today welcomes Simon & Schuster’s announcement that it will allow libraries to opt into the “Buy It Now” program. The publisher began offering all of its ebook titles for library lending...

Nov 19: Libraries to fight for surveillance law reform in next Congress; warn 'PATRIOT Act protectionists' of 'political peril'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s failure last night to bring the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would have improved the balance between terrorism prevention and...

Nov 18: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000...

Nov 18: Accepting employer participants for ALA Placement Center Open House

CHICAGO As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an...

Nov 18: ALSC selects Stephanie Long as 2015 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced Stephanie Long of the Frederick County (Maryland) Public Libraries as its representative in the 2015 Emerging Leader program. Long is currently the acting children's services supervisor at the C....

Nov 18: 2015 Teen Tech Week™ site goes live, register for free digital promotional materials

CHICAGO – The official Teen Tech Week website of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now live, with updated materials for the 2015 celebration. YALSA calls on school and public library staff across the country to use Teen Tech Week...

Nov 18: Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders announced

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 50 people to participate in its 2015 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups, network with peers,...

Nov 18: New AASL webinar helps school librarians build an engaging website

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will help school librarians create a website that is interactive and engaging to students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders in the learning community.  Presented by Brenda Stephens, “Tips and Tricks to...

Nov 18: PLA receives grant to further develop performance measures for libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association,  has been awarded a grant of $2.9 million from the Global Libraries Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of performance outcome measures.

This grant will...

Nov 18: AASL calls for webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts and school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented between February and...

Nov 17: FTRF kicks off 45th Anniversary Celebration with 11/20 Google Hangout

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will kick off a year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 with a live Google Hangout...

Nov 17: ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO  — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Chicago at 8 a.m. CT on Feb. 2, 2015, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

Thousands of webcast ...

Nov 17: Accepting appointments for free career counseling sessions at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement Center is now accepting appointments for complimentary career counseling sessions during the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Counseling sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement Center, from...

Nov 17: ALA applauds strong finish to the E-rate proceeding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler held a press call to preview the draft E-rate order that will be circulated at the Commission later this week. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following...

Nov 14: Connecting patrons to quality information: next free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — There’s a huge demand for full-text, credible research that’s easy to find, unbiased and not hiding behind a paywall.  In-depth information on issues like product research, health issues, hobbies, career advice and personal finance are within the reach of your library’s users. But do...

Nov 13: America’s libraries to push for passage of USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Sari Feldman released the following statement responding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) action to...

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