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Apr 30: ALA welcomes White House’s ConnectED: Library Challenge

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library...

Apr 29: Libraries support unweakened USA FREEDOM Act

Washington, D.C.—American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement responding to the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday evening:

“The latest USA FREEDOM Act is a long way from perfect, but...

Apr 29: ALA advocates for library funding at congressional hearing

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

Apr 28: Get your career questions answered

CHICAGO — Need a little bit of help with your career?  Wondering if you should stay in your current position or look for something new?  Not sure what your next move should be?  If you plan to attend the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, then you should stop by the ALA JobLIST...

Apr 28: ALA President Courtney Young presents highlights of the ALA Chapters’ Career Development Facilitator Training

CHICAGO — Attendees of the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco are invited to attend a special presentation highlighting the ALA Chapters’ Career Development Facilitator Training from 1 - 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  The program will be held in the Moscone Convention Center – 2001W...

Apr 28: Meet the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders at a poster session during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco are invited to meet the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015.

The ALA 2015 class of ELs will showcase their...

Apr 28: Have a professional photo taken at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — An exciting service is now part of the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. The JobLIST Placement Center offers all conference attendees the opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created.  Any attendee can sign up for an appointment with ALA's conference photography team to have a...

Apr 28: Networking event hosted by ALA JobLIST Placement Center at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — As part of its continuing efforts to help job seekers and employers make connections, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Sunday, June 28 from in the JobLIST Placement Center during the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco...

Apr 28: RUSA calls for 2016 institute, preconference and program proposals

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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Apr 28: Finalists of YALSA’s digital literacy program contest, Shark Bowl announced

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has picked six finalists for its digital literacy program contest, “Shark Bowl,” taking place at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco at YALSA’s President’s Program.

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Apr 28: Advocate for libraries by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day May 5

PHILADELPHIA — On May 4-5, 2015, hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to discuss them.

If you can’t make it to D.C., you...

Apr 28: The American Library Association honors Camila Alire with Equality Award

CHICAGO — ALA past-President Camila Alire is the 2015 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...

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...

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