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Oct 21: ALA responds to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible "fair use" of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although...

Oct 21: United for Libraries celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 19-25

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries is coordinating the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.

Friends of the library groups all over the country are celebrating by promoting the group in the community, hosting special events,...

Oct 21: Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah...

Oct 21: New edition of Weisburg and Toor’s best-selling guide for school librarians now available

CHICAGO — As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and...

Oct 21: New guide celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience, the fifth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards,”...

Oct 21: Free webinar series teaches libraries to 'turn outward' and lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free webinar series designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring positive change to their communities.

Led by educators from...

Oct 20: Ignite Session proposals accepted through Nov. 5 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, coming to ALA Midwinter Meeting for the first time. Session proposals are accepted at...

Oct 20: Official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug. 15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 12-18, 2014). Altogether, over 12,000 votes were cast for the 25...

Oct 20: ALA President-elect Sari Feldman will kick off series of webinars featuring library thought leaders

CHICAGO — In today’s rapidly changing library environment, innovative ideas and practices are more important than ever before.  The Library Leadership and Management...

Oct 20: Dollar General renews support of school libraries impacted by natural disaster

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and school libraries across the country by dedicating an additional $258,000 in grants to AASL’s Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  This...

Oct 20: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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Oct 20: ALA, Depts. of Ed. and Labor to Host Webinar on Workforce Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On October 27, 2014, the American Library Association (ALA) will host "$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA," an interactive webinar that will explore ways that public and...

Oct 17: Alice Hoffman, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- A glance at the scope of award-winning author Alice Hoffman’s work shows why attendees won’t want to miss this Auditorium Speaker at 10-11 a.m.on Saturday, Jan. 31 during the  2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Hoffman’s books have been published in more than 20 translations and...

Oct 14: Teaching with tablets

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop Teaching with Tablets with Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller and Heather Moorefield-Lang. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT on...

Oct 14: How to run great technology training workshops for patrons

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, How to Run Great Technology Training Workshops for Patrons with Phil Spirito. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m...

Oct 14: ALCTS presents its Midwinter Symposium on evolving strategies for collections

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents “Collection Development Strategies in...

Oct 14: Tip toe through the tulips in the Netherlands and Belgium with ASCLA, April 2015

CHICAGO — Ship ahoy! Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), in conjunction with AMAwaterways, April 2015, for the trip of a...

Oct 14: Learn how to expand student learning with screencasts in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will help school librarians expand their 24/7 learning capabilities by providing a tutorial of free screencast software.   Presented by Brenda Stephens, “Screencast Innovations for the 21st Century Learner and...

Oct 14: ASCLA hosts consultants and networking luncheon at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Tickets are now on sale for a networking luncheon hosted by the Library Consultant’s Interest Group, one of the member interest groups of the Association of...

Oct 14: ASCLA Announces 'Using Comics to Promote Literacy' institute at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host a noteworthy institute, "Using Comics to Promote Literacy," at the 2015 ALA...

Oct 14: Subramaniam selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Event at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dr. Mega Subramaniam, assistant professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting....

Oct 14: Two new SLR articles explore school librarian instructional partner role and school library impact on students

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of how preparation programs prepare pre-service school librarians to fill the role of...

Oct 14: AASL thanks 2014 Fall Forum sponsors Capstone and Follett

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) would like to thank Capstone and Follett for their generous support of its 2014 Fall Forum. Representatives of both companies will join school librarians during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape,...

Oct 13: Adobe responds to ALA on egregious data breach; some action expected by week of Oct. 20

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) decries confirmed reader data breaches by Adobe and calls for immediate corrective action to encrypt and protect reader...

Oct 10: RDA and cartographic resources

CHICAGO — As the cataloging universe moves ever deeper into the era of RDA: Resource Description and Access, specialist catalogers need information on managing the materials in their areas of responsibility. Designed for both practicing map catalogers and catalogers new to cartographic resources...

Oct 10: Mick Ebeling Featured Speaker at ALA President’s Program, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Say yes first, ask questions later. Commit, then figure it out,” says Mick Ebeling, who promises ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees an inspiring message about finding creative solutions to real-world problems by looking at them differently. Ebeling will be welcomed by Courtney Young as...

Oct 10: Mark Shelton named C&RL Book Review Editor
CHICAGO – Mark Shelton of Harvard University has been appointed to the post of Book Review Editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)....
Oct 10: YALSA partners with 3D Systems for MakerLab Club to provide libraries with 3D Printers

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in collaboration with 3D Systems, will support 3D Systems’ mission to build digital literacy and expand access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D Printing and 3D scanning for young adults across the nation, through the new...

Oct 10: Dr. Cornel West to keynote 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Internationally renowned intellectual Dr. Cornel West will keynote the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago. The 2015 Celebration will be held from 6:30 to...

Oct 10: LLAMA webinar explores marketing with Facebook

CHICAGO — Are you making the most of Facebook for marketing your library?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present "If they like you,...

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