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Apr 18: Learning Round Table offers Annual preconference on creating effective videos and screencasts

CHICAGO Do you want to harness the power of video for achieving learning objectives? The Learning Round Table is proud to present a practical learning experience that will enrich your trip to the 2014 Annual Conference.  During this boot camp, facilitator Royce Kitts of...

Apr 17: Application deadline for 2014 ALA Leadership Institute is April 25

CHICAGO — If you haven’t submitted your application for the 2014 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.), you have until Friday, April 25 to do so. Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural ALA Leadership Institute, and with support from...

Apr 17: Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night

CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.  Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year...

Apr 17: Bugs, bogs, bats and books

CHICAGO — Reading a book before or after a trip to the zoo, a nighttime look at the stars or a walk in the forest can connect children to nature while inspiring discussion and questions.  In “...

Apr 17: 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, officially announced the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees today, on Celebrate Teen Literature Day.

This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1...

Apr 17: ALA election closes April 25

CHICAGO — The 2014 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 25.  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...

Apr 17: Teen Read Week™ website live, join for resources and perks

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2014 Teen Read Week website, www.ala.org/teenread as part of Celebrate Teen Literature Day, April 17, 2014.

With...

Apr 15: Basic American Sign Language for library staff

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated...

Apr 15: LHRT awards Winsor Prize for essay exploring library services, military and intellectual freedom

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Kate Stewart the 2014 Justin Winsor Prize. Stewart, an archivist at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, received the award for her essay "The Man in the Rice Paddies Had Something to READ: Military Libraries and...

Apr 15: Crystle Martin appointed member manager of YALSAblog

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Crystle Martin as the member manager of its acclaimed YALSAblog. The blog publishes timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for and with teens,...

Apr 15: Theme and speakers announced for ALSC Charlemae Rollins’ President’s Program

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the theme and speakers for the...

Apr 15: New advanced eCourse: Web Design and Development

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing is pleased to announce the first event that marks a new collaboration with the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU SLIS) to provide in-depth, advanced eCourses that will take participants from introductory through to high level,...

Apr 15: How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST on Thursday,...

Apr 15: Registration open for YALSA’s 2014 YA Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) opened registration for its fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 14–16, at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members, Texas Library Association and Texas Association of...

Apr 15: The ALA guide to researching modern China

CHICAGO — As China has evolved into an economic superpower, interest in its culture and current place in the world has skyrocketed; China Studies are now taught in almost every college or university in the U.S., as well as in many junior high and high schools. Covering modern China, not just...

Apr 15: Using metaliteracy to empower learners

CHICAGO — Today’s learners communicate, create and share information using a range of information technologies such as social media, blogs, microblogs, wikis, mobile devices and apps, virtual worlds and MOOCs. In “Metaliteracy...

Apr 15: South Dakota purchases United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA — The state of South Dakota recently joined nine other states in making United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses for library trustees, available to its libraries

“The Trustee Academy series is one of the best things to come along!” said South Dakota...

Apr 15: FTRF, GSLIS at Illinois to collaborate on intellectual freedom course

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to...

Apr 15: Celebrate National Library Workers Day

CHICAGO —  National Library Workers Day (NLWD), is Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library...

Apr 14: ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s needs, but school libraries feel the pain of tight budgets

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national...

Apr 14: LLAMA webinar shows the hows and whys of website data collection

CHICAGO The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Methods for digging deeper: examining Web services through the lens of data-based decision making,” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, May 28.

This webinar will discuss...

Apr 14: LITA webinar: 'Games in Libraries for Outreach and Instruction'

CHICAGO A panel of library games experts will discuss the principles of gamification and how to use game elements for information literacy instruction. The process of creating a library game and using game design best practices will be considered.  Creating physical...

Apr 14: Riordan wins United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has awarded the 2014 United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant to Donna Gerardi Riordan, vice president of the board of trustees of the Orcas Island (Wash.) Public Library.

Riordan will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend...

Apr 14: New photography service offered during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO An exciting new service is coming to the ALA JobLIST Placement Center during the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The Placement Center will be offering all attendees the opportunity to have a “headshot” photo package created.  Any attendee can...

Apr 14: Statistics and Reports: Data-Driven Decision-Making, an ALCTS Annual Conference Preconference

CHICAGO "Statistics and Reports: Data-Driven Decision-Making," an Annual Conference Preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), explores the options for making more decisions based on discoverable statistics and reports. ...

Apr 14: Sign up for the ALCTS 'Library Preservation Today!' virtual preconference

CHICAGO The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to offer Library Preservation Today!, a virtual preconference presented by instructors from our popular...

Apr 14: Sheehan appointed RBM editor

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has named Jennifer K. Sheehan as the next editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM). Sheehan is currently a member of the RBM...

Apr 14: A guide to biographies to read aloud with kids

CHICAGO — The right biography can be as enthralling as any work of fiction, blending facts with gripping storytelling. “Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to...

Apr 14: PLA receives IMLS Grant to continue leadership program for public librarians

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has just been awarded a 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project, “...

Apr 11: A LITA guide to responsive Web design

CHICAGO — Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. By...

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