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Mar 22: LITA offering Web course on mashups and APIs

CHICAGO - A Web course, Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, will be held April 18-22, 2011 and presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries. Live, synchronous lectures will be presented each day from 10 a.m. - noon...

Mar 22: Evaluate your public library’s teen services with new, free tool from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, released a new evaluation tool for libraries to determine the health of teen services at their institutions. The downloadable tool, approved by YALSA’s Board of Directors in February 2011,...

Mar 21: Free webinars during Preservation Week, April 24-30

CHICAGO - Take a few moments during Preservation Week, April 24-30, to attend two free webinars.  Sponsored by the HFGroup, these webinars will enlighten you on two very important and timely topics:  accidents and digital memories.  The webinars are produced as part of Preservation Week by the...

Mar 21: Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with Honorary Chair Audrey Niffenegger

CHICAGO – Audrey Niffenegger wants you to celebrate National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

The acclaimed author of "The Night Bookmobile" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife" has lent her support to America’s bookmobiles as the 2011 Honorary Chair of National Bookmobile Day...

Mar 18: ALA sends Resolution on Access to and Classification of Government Information to Congress, White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) distributed its Resolution on Access to and Classification of Government Information to all members of the U.S. Congress and to the White House this week in recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about...

Mar 18: AASL president releases statement on school library position cuts

CHICAGO – Coinciding with her visit to a state-recognized school library program, American Association of School Librarians President, Dr. Nancy Everhart released the following statement in response to the elimination of school librarian positions in schools facing budget shortfalls.

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Mar 18: AASL “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey deadline extended to March 25

CHICAGO – The deadline to participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey has been extended to March 25.  The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this information to...

Mar 18: Baker and Dube awarded ALCTS Best of LRTS

CHICAGO - Whitney Baker, conservator and associate librarian at Kansas University Libraries, and Liz Dube, conservator and associate librarian at University of Notre Dame, have been awarded the 2011 Best of LRTS Award for the article, "Identifying Standard Practices in Research...

Mar 17: College & Research Libraries to go open access

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces that its scholarly research journal, College & Research Libraries (C&RL), will become an open access publication beginning with the May 2011 issue. This change in access policy lifts the...

Mar 16: American Library Association presents 2011 James Madison Award to Patrice McDermott

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens today awarded the 2011 James Madison Award to Patrice McDermott, director of OpenTheGovernment.org, during the 13th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference celebration at the Knight Conference Center...

Mar 15: Advocacy Institute at Annual to focus on boomers, staff and students as vocal library supporters

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the "Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop" during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011. Advanced registration is...

Mar 15: Libraries across Ireland celebrate Library Ireland Week

CHICAGO – “Smart people” and “smart libraries” across Ireland last week celebrated the sixth annual Library Ireland Week (March 7-13, 2011) using the Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand.

The @ your library brand, as well as the theme, “Smart people use smart...

Mar 15: Polls open this week for ALA 2011 election

CHICAGO – Polls open March 16 for the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) election, in which members will choose their new president- elect and council members.

Ballots are staged to be e-mailed on March 16, 17and 18. Please look for your ballot "from"...

Mar 15: ALSC presents first-ever Día 101 webinar

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is offering the first-ever Día-related webinar, Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The course will take place at 1 p.m. CST on Friday, April 1, 2011.

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Mar 15: El día de los niños/El día de los libros publicity tools now available

CHICAGO – As libraries throughout the country continue to expand their collections for diverse communities, thousands will celebrate the 15th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, on April 30, 2011. Libraries from coast-to-coast...

Mar 15: Break down barriers at the Human Library @ ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association is seeking volunteers to participate in a Human Library, to be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Volunteers will serve as “human books”...

Mar 15: Conference sessions introduce exciting new ideas for library programming

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present a diverse offering of programs at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, open to all attendees who are interested in learning how to make their library a community center for lifelong learning and...

Mar 15: Help determine YALSA’s future by taking its strategic planning survey

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks input from YALSA members and anyone interested or involved in teen library services for the next iteration of its strategic plan. Respondents can offer their insights by taking a...

Mar 15: Diane Walden recognized with ASCLA leadership award

CHICAGO — The 2011 ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award winner is Diane Walden, correctional libraries senior consultant for the Colorado State Library and a longtime member of the Association of...

Mar 15: YALSA seeks program proposals for 2012 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will accept proposals for programs for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26. Proposals must be submitted through May 31 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/...

Mar 15: National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay Day coincide on April 12

CHICAGO - Continuing the theme “Libraries Work Because We Do!” thousands will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12 2011. On this day, while library workers and libraries are being commended...

Mar 14: John Wilkin named 2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

CHICAGO – John Wilkin has been named the winner of the 2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing  Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award...

Mar 14: Atkins named 2011 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Stephen E. Atkins, former curator of the Dawson Collection and French Studies at the Cushing Library of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, has been posthumously awarded the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (...

Mar 14: Bussert wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Leslie Bussert, head of instruction services at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College Library, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Community and Junior College...

Mar 14: Mirza receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Melora Mirza, associate library director at the Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), Dunwoody Campus, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO...

Mar 14: 2011 ACRL STS Innovation Award to AgEcon Search

CHICAGO – AgEcon Search, the agricultural repository of the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics and the University of Minnesota Libraries, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS...

Mar 14: Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program needs evaluators

CHICAGO - The ALA-APA's Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program currently needs the help of librarians with an MLIS and at least five years’ experience in one of the areas of the LSSC competency sets, which are listed below.

LSSC began accepting candidates in January, 2010...

Mar 14: How will your library celebrate National Bookmobile Day 2011?

CHICAGO – A bookmobile birthday party.  An open house on wheels.  Free book giveaways.  These are the ways that libraries across America will celebrate the second National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday April 13, 2011.

National Bookmobile Day honors the nation’s bookmobiles and the...

Mar 14: Restrictions on library e-book lending threaten access to information

Tight library budgets restrict e-book buying power

Chicago – As libraries cope with stagnant or decreased budgets, the recent decision by publisher HarperCollins to restrict the lending of e-books to a limited number of circulations per copy...

Mar 11: Greenwood Publishing Group Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has named “The Tech Set" the winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. "The Tech Set" was envisioned, created, and edited by Ellyssa Kroski and published by Neal-Schuman.

"The Tech Set...

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