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Mar 27: Innovations in library services to poor and homeless people, diversity in action ideas sought for 2015 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the American Library Association's Annual...

Mar 26: Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Boot Camp with Garcia and Nelson

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the always popular PLA Results Boot Camp “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs” with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson, Aug...

Mar 26: Sarah Lewis to be ALA President’s Program Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Art historian, critic, writer and “cultural powerhouse” Sarah Lewis is the featured speaker for ALA President Courtney Young’s President’s Program 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Lewis celebrates creativity, focusing on how it can...

Mar 26: California Library Association will host five preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The California Library Association (CLA) will host two preconferences on Thursday, June 25, and three preconferences on Friday, June 26, during the 2015 Annual Conference held by the American Library Association (ALA) in San Francisco, June 25-June 30. Registrants may view descriptions...

Mar 26: 2015 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO — Voting in the 2015 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 24 and March 26, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, May 1.  Note that the mailing...

Mar 25: 2015 ACRL tech wrap-up webinar

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an upcoming conference Webinar: ALA TechSource 2015 ACRL Technology Wrap-Up at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 3, 2015. An expert panel will provide an overview of the ACRL 2015 Conference from a technology perspective....

Mar 25: Present and future of e-Books, live webcast

CHICAGO — Join American Libraries for a new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour discussion on The Present and Future of e-Books, which airs live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 9. This free, streaming video...

Mar 25: ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation....

Mar 24: ALA, PLA release joint statement regarding ruling in support of Kentucky public libraries

CHICAGO — In April of 2013, Kentucky Circuit Courts ruled against the Campbell County Public Library and the Kenton County Public Library, a decision that would have resulted in the libraries losing property tax revenues dating as far back as 1979. Local library advocates appealed the ruling,...

Mar 24: NEH grants ALA $350,000 for book clubs for at-risk youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $350,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth.

The Great Stories Club funding will introduce more than 8,000 young adults to...

Mar 24: ACRL 2015: Portland, Oregon, center stage for discussion on the value of academic and research libraries

CHICAGO – Campus libraries today are vibrant and exciting places, in large part due to the contributions of tech-savvy academic and research librarians. With the volume of information available on the Web expanding exponentially, university and college students, faculty and staff are relying...

Mar 24: Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: an ALCTS preconference in San Francisco

CHICAGO — On Thursday, June 25, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data.” ...

Mar 24: YALSA releases Teen Programming Guidelines

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new resource to help library staff called the Teen Programming Guidelines.

The Teen...

Mar 24: ALCTS announces preconference on Real World Linked Data

CHICAGO — "Beyond the Looking Glass: Real World Linked Data. What Does It Take to Make It Work?," an Annual Conference preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), explores ontology design and data modeling in the real world.  Join your colleagues...

Mar 24: Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries, receives 2015 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries, which is headquartered in Raleigh, North...

Mar 24: Michael Gorman reaffirms the enduring values of librarianship in new book

CHICAGO — In the almost 15 years since public intellectual, librarian and philosopher Michael Gorman published “Our Enduring Values,” there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young...

Mar 24: Free six-part online learning series teaches libraries to lead positive change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free, six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring about positive change.

Led by educators from The Harwood...

Mar 24: Slate announced for 2015 FTRF trustee election

Twelve candidates for the Freedom to Read Foundation board of trustees have been slated for the 2015 election by the Nominating Committee. Six trustees will be elected to two-year terms in this spring's election. Ballots will...

Mar 24: Build a sustainable embedded librarianship program

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource introduces a new workshop, How to Build a Sustainable Embedded...

Mar 23: ASCLA offers exclusive preconferences at 2015 Annual

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering three preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. With three exclusive programs, ASCLA strives to offer something of...

Mar 23: Free webinar to explore innovations in ELL community engagement

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will host a free webinar highlighting successful and replicable programs and services geared towards English language learners. The webinar, “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community Engagement” will be held from 12...

Mar 23: Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstores, joins 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — Cathy Langer, lead buyer for the independent Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver, Colorado, joins the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction selection committee. She was chosen by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to represent independent...

Mar 23: Scott Bonner awarded the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri, has been selected as the recipient of the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will co-present Bonner with the prize with ...

Mar 23: 2015 Paul Howard Award for Courage recipient named

CHICAGO — Nathan Scott of the Strozier Library at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage.  The $1,000 award and citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual who has...

Mar 23: RUSA offers two outstanding preconferences; Intellectual Property and ILL Data Storm

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is offering two preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Don’t miss these exclusive RUSA programs, Intellectual Property for Entrepenuers and ILL Data Storm – Practical Assessment, which promise to...

Mar 20: Goebel wins 2015 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Nancy Goebel, head librarian at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, is the winner of the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The WGSS award...

Mar 20: ALCTS Preconference focuses on cataloging special formats for the child in all of us using RDA and MARC21

CHICAGO — “Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21,” a preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will  provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of a variety of children's materials.  Join your...

Mar 20: Phelps wins 2015 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Connie Phelps, librarian, services department, chair at the University of New Orleans, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-...

Mar 20: #TumblrTalk: Workshop starting soon

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop #TumblrTalk: Creating and Curating Your Tumblr with Kate Tkacik. This 90-minute workshop is hosted live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

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