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Apr 27: LLAMA Preconference prepares next generation of directors

CHICAGO — As director positions open up, is the next generation of leaders ready to assume those positions and transform the libraries in their community? Have you wondered how to reach that new level in your career or what it takes to become an effective new library director?  In this full-day...

Apr 27: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Barbara Stripling

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present “Leadership Lessons Learned,” a free webinar featuring Barbara Stripling, from noon - 1 p.m. Central Time on May 13. This is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a...

Apr 27: McQueen's essay on Ferdinand and gender nonconformity wins 2015 Winsor prize

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Sharon McQueen the 2015 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay...

Apr 27: Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Poundstone is a frequent panelist for NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t...

Apr 27: AASL seeks school librarians for standards and guidelines implementation task force
CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking school librarians to serve on an implementation task force for a new iteration of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines slated to launch in the fall of 2017. The task force will be responsible for...
Apr 27: Integrated library systems, live webcast

CHICAGO — Introducing a new episode of American...

Apr 27: ALA to testify in support of library funding at U.S. House LHHS hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, will advocate for federal library funding at an appropriations hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The...

Apr 24: Announcing the 2015 winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards

CHICAGO — This year the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards website received 77 entries, and as in years past, the judges had many inspiring, thoughtful and exceptionally well-executed  entries to choose from, making their job of selecting the eight winners very challenging.  It is...

Apr 24: A returning advanced eCourse: Cataloging for non-catalogers

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing, in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), is offering the returning popular...

Apr 24: Tech tools on display during AASL preconferences

CHICAGO — Preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference are designed to further empower school librarians as technology leaders in their schools. These half-day workshops will be offered Friday, June 26 in San Francisco. For more...

Apr 24: The ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — Since it was established in 1967, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has championed the rights of library users to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the...

Apr 24: Web Design and Development: Advanced eCourse

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), this returning popular...

Apr 24: AASL seeks manuscripts for Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. Potential topics, requirements for consideration and deadlines can be found at...

Apr 23: Nation’s libraries to provide guidance on how to preserve priceless heirlooms, collectibles

CHICAGO – With spring cleaning in full swing, thousands will ponder how to preserve new-found treasures.  From April 26 – May 2, many will turn to their local library to celebrate Preservation Week®, a time when libraries across the country will provide information and expertise on how to...

Apr 22: ALA election closes May 1

CHICAGO — The 2015 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 1.  If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so!  If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process.  In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting...

Apr 22: Banned Books Week celebrates Young Adult books in 2015

New York — Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event's national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools,...

Apr 22: American Library Association ‘inimically against’ bill to extend Section 215 of PATRIOT Act without ‘urgently needed change’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S. 1035, a bill to reauthorize the "library provision," Section 215, of the USA PATRIOT Act without reform of any kind and to extend it until 2020. In response, American Library Association President...

Apr 21: Las bibliotecas celebran la diversidad y promueven el alfabetismo multicultural

Participe en “¡Día! Diversidad en acción” el 30 de abril         En Inglés

CHICAGO – Las bibliotecas de nuestra nación tienen el compromiso de...

Apr 21: Libraries celebrate diversity, promote multicultural literacy

Join Día! Diversity in Action on April 30              En Español   

CHICAGO – Our nation’s libraries are committed to...

Apr 21: Roll out the rainbow carpet for LGBTQ patrons

CHICAGO - Join the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) as it hosts a preconference highlighting library services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and queer/questioning community.  “Rolling out the Rainbow Carpet: Serving LGBTQ Communities” will be held from 8:30...

Apr 21: New eCourse on assessing student learning with instructional technologies focus

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Assessing Student Learning with Instructional Technologies, facilitated by Melissa Mallon. This four-week asynchronous eCourse starts Monday, June 1, 2015.

Are you...

Apr 21: James G. (Jim) Neal honored for his service with the 2015 Joseph W. Lippincott award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Jim Neal has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Joseph W. Lippincott award.  The award, donated by Joseph W. Lippincott III was established to recognize “distinguished service to the profession of librarianship...

Apr 21: Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate...

Apr 21: Popular workshop returns: Using Twitter for marketing and outreach

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop Using Twitter for Marketing...

Apr 21: LLAMA webinar presents a new approach to strategic planning

CHICAGO — Strategic planning:  from groans to eye-rolls, the words alone are enough to elicit a range of responses from most librarians—not many of them positive.  All too often the experience is cumbersome and results in plans that are too long, too complex, and have little impact on work. ...

Apr 21: ALA Editions eCourse: School librarian’s guide to proving your value and keeping your job

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda K. Weisburg will serve as the instructor for this six-...

Apr 21: Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional...

Apr 21: YALSA seeks member manager for its newly re-envisioned blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its blog, The Hub. Established in 2009, the blog originally functioned as a resource to keep the library...

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