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Feb 24: Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Offerman is also a humorist, woodworker and the...

Feb 24: ALA announces slate of petition Council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals will be running as petition candidates for positions on the ALA Council:

Karyn Jill Applegate, Rock Hill Public Library, Rock Hill, Missouri.

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, distance services librarian,...

Feb 24: United for Libraries to host webinar on responding to a budget crisis

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present a free webinar on “Responding to a Budget Crisis” from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 24.

Learn how to develop a campaign for your...

Feb 24: Tickets available for 2015 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Brian Selznick

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the DC Public Library announced that tickets for the 2015 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Brian Selznick are now available.

The lecture, titled "Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in...

Feb 24: AASL introduces the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO — In recognition of her service to and influence on the profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce its newest award, The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. The annual award, made possible by the generous support of Jay Toor,...

Feb 23: Hinchliffe wins 2015 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The...

Feb 23: ALA Council commends Ferguson Municipal Public Library

CHICAGO — To acknowledge the actions of the staff of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library of Ferguson, Missouri, the ALA Council has passed a resolution commending the Ferguson Municipal Public Library for serving the community in a time of crisis.

The resolution, which was passed at the...

Feb 23: Garcia-Febo, Jefferson and Marlin elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO — Loida Garcia-Febo, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Mike L. Marlin have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in...

Feb 23: Emery and Stone receive Ingram Coutts Innovation Award

CHICAGO —The Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Collection Management Section (CMS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in...

Feb 23: Piercy Award to Myung-Ja Han

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Myung-Ja (MJ) Han, metadata librarian and associate professor of library administration at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as the recipient of the 2015 Esther J. Piercy Award. The...

Feb 23: Improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in 5 Minutes  with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 4,...

Feb 21: LLAMA webinar explores implications of microaggressions

CHICAGO — Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead library staff to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their...

Feb 20: Sibley named 2015 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO — Christina Sibley, distance education librarian at Arizona Western College, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and administrated by...

Feb 20: eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for library staff

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

American Sign Language (...

Feb 20: ALA Council denounces Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO — In response to the recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the ALA (American Library Association) Council has passed a resolution denouncing “these bloody assaults on fundamental human rights.”

The resolution, which was passed at the ALA Midwinter...

Feb 20: PLA awards recognize 15 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 15 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 20: Hwa-Wei Lee receives the Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO — Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, former chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2015 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in...

Feb 20: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Initial accreditation status was granted to the following program, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled...

Feb 19: Engage teens with digital media

CHiCAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

Take your...

Feb 19: New ACRL Occasional Report examines Building with Purpose

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, "...

Feb 17: Nineteen public libraries selected to host ‘Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?’ traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — Nineteen U.S. public libraries have been selected to host the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have announced...

Feb 17: ASCLA invites you to travel to Scotland this Fall

CHICAGO — The itinerary is set for ASCLA’s biannual fundraising trip, which will head to the Scotland in October 2015 — the fourth tour abroad hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the...

Feb 17: ALCTS seeks Monographs editor

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is seeking an editor for its Monographs collection of publications. This three-year appointment comes with a stipend to support travel to ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences. The position is...

Feb 17: Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive...

Feb 17: How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

Feb 17: ALSC to host Online Day of Diversity Forum

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced an open forum on the topic of diversity. To continue the conversation started at the ...

Feb 17: Brian Schottlaender wins 2015 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel university librarian at the University of California-San Diego, has been named the 2015 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Schottalender will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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