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Mar 31: ALSC, PLA Provide Access to Articles on ECRR Survey Results

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce preliminary findings from their three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Project...

Mar 31: ALA applauds Lifeline program modernization to include broadband

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service...

Mar 30: Participate in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

In celebration of summer, YALSA will be...

Mar 29: ALA President, ALSC President, and GLBTRT Chair Urge North Carolina Governor to Repeal HB2

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar and ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to North Carolina Governor Pat...

Mar 29: “Don’t Get Sued”: ASCLA’s President’s Program addresses accessibility barriers

Don’t Get Sued: What Librarians are Doing to Address the Physical, Programmatic and Web-based Accessibility Barriers for People with Disabilities,” is the title of this year’s President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and...

Mar 29: ALA, AASL collaborate with NJLA and NJASL to support South Orange school libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) collaborated with the New Jersey Library Association and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians to oppose proposed cuts to school librarians in the South Orange Maplewood School...

Mar 29: Innovation and Brand Strategy Preconferences at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Innovation and brand strategy will be the focus of two preconferences hosted by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries and DEMCO, held at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

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Mar 29: 2016 LITA Forum - Call for Proposals

The 2016 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Fort Worth Texas, November 17-20, 2016 at the...

Mar 28: James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate,...

Mar 28: Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of...

Mar 28: Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during ...

Mar 28: ALA Store at PLA Conference, Denver

Take time at PLA 2016 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located near Registration on the main meeting level of the Colorado Convention Center. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some...

Mar 28: ACRL releases Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library.” Written by Ron Jantz, “Managing Creativity” is number 70 in the ACRL Publications...

Mar 25: ALA President, GLBTRT Chair Urge Georgia Governor to Veto HB 757

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Sari Feldman and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal urging him to veto House Bill 757. The bill is yet another example of a disturbing trend...

Mar 25: Carnegie Whitney Grant 2016 winners

CHICAGO —The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. 

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Mar 25: New SLR articles explore school library advocacy and research methods

CHICAGO - Two new articles covering the topics of school library advocacy and comparable research measurements are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (...

Mar 24: A practical guide to ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards

CHICAGO— The importance of images and visual media in today’s culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily...

Mar 23: Locations Announced for American Library Association, National Foundation for Credit Counseling® Financial Education Workshops

Community-level access to customized financial education and counseling ready for Military and their Families

Washington, DC –  The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) are pleased to...

Mar 23: Civil rights leader, 'March' co-author, Congressman John Lewis to speak at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Congressman John Lewis — renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series March — will make a special appearance with his award-winning March co-creators at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando,...

Mar 22: Maureen Sullivan receives the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan is the winner of the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

“The jury for the 2016 Joseph W....

Mar 22: Skokie Public Library winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Skokie Public Library (Skokie, Illinois) has been named the 2016 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its 2015 program series “Voices of Race.” The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by...

Mar 22: Michigan Technological University Library 'Empowering Library Staff to Lead Confidently and Plan Effectively' program awarded H.W. Wilson Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Michigan Technological University Van Pelt and Opie Library has been named the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant recipient for 2016, for its "Empowering Library Staff to Lead Confidently and Plan Effectively” program. The focus of this program is to promote professional...

Mar 22: The American Library Association honors Nicole A. Cooke with Equality Award

CHICAGO — Nicole A. Cooke is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward...

Mar 21: Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity"

Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity" at ALA's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Sunday, June 26th, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries...

Mar 21: Results of community engagement initiative shared in Libraries Transforming Communities case studies

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released five case studies detailing the experiences of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, a group of public libraries that spent 18 months engaging their communities and taking a leadership role in driving...

Mar 21: Nation’s library workers transforming lives, communities - Celebrate National Library Workers Day April 12

CHICAGO – Our nation’s library workers provide an invaluable public service to our communities by connecting library users with the books, information and critical technology resources they need to thrive in the digital age. April 12 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to show...

Mar 18: Megan McDonald speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 celebration of School Library Month, is now available. In the PSA, McDonald speaks to how school librarians transform...

Mar 18: 2016 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2016 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 15 and March 17, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique ballot URL and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 17: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2016 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced their fourth annual training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will...

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