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Apr 06: New eCourse: Creating Early Literacy Programs: Connecting with Early Childhood Development

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Creating Early Literacy Programs: Connecting with Early Childhood Development. R. Lynn Baker will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse...

Apr 06: New eCourse: Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on...

Apr 06: New eCourse: Cataloging Music Resources in RDA

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging Music Resources in RDA. Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 5, 2017.

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Apr 06: New eCourse: Apps for Librarians

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Apps for Librarians: Empower Your Users with Mobile App Literacy. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday,...

Apr 05: New publication offers practical ideas to help libraries engage families in learning and development

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) are proud to announce the release of their collaborative publication, Ideabook: Libraries for Families...

Apr 05: ALA, ProLiteracy introduce free online course to promote adult literacy services

CHICAGO - In the United States today, there are 36 million adults who lack adequate literacy skills. To address this urgent need, the American Library Association (ALA) and ProLiteracy have joined forces to launch a free online course to help libraries across the country address the need for...

Apr 05: SRRT, SustainRT, AILA, APALA welcome Bill McKibben to ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Acclaimed environmentalist, activist and author Bill McKibben will be speaking at the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 in an event co-sponsored by ALA’s Social Responsibilities (SRRT) and...

Apr 05: Global education evangelist Jaime Casap to present AASL national conference opening keynote

CHICAGO – Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., will keynote the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full...

Apr 05: New AASL standards take the stage at national conference

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will herald the launch of AASL’s new “National School Library Standards.” The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona...

Apr 05: Barbara A. B. Gubbin winner of the Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Barbara A. B. Gubbin, director, Jacksonville Public Library (Jacksonville, Florida), has been named the 2017 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public librarian who...

Apr 05: Register now for YALSA’s 2017 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 3-5 in Louisville, KY, is now open. Any individual...

Apr 05: PLA to offer free webinar on measuring outcomes for better summer library programs

This April, the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a free webinar to help libraries measure the success of their summer reading and learning programs. The webinar, Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build...

Apr 05: Public libraries play vital role in advancing health literacy

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the...

Apr 04: ACRL 2017 continues record breaking paid attendance trend

CHICAGO – ACRL 2017 lived up to its tagline as a premier professional development event for academic libraries. More than 5,200 library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and guests from around the world met from March 22 – 25, in Baltimore, Maryland, and online for the conference. Paid...

Apr 04: Applications close next week for 2017 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2017 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 7-10, Q Center, St. Charles, Illinois) will be accepted through April 13, 2017. The...

Apr 04: 2017 Carnegie-Whitney Grant winners announced

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. ...

Apr 04: Kippur wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Lisa Kippur, executive assistant to the deans at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.             

Kippur will receive $850 plus full conference...

Apr 04: Winners of the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family...

Apr 04: DC’s Teen Titans to champion Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and...

Apr 03: RUSA Spring Online Learning

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, offers multiple online professional...

Apr 03: Timothy Cole Wins 2017 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and...

Mar 31: Take Action for Libraries Day to launch during National Library Week

ALA, library community, advocates, call on nation’s leaders to safeguard IMLS funding

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are part of a delicate ecosystem that supports the transformation of communities and lives through education and lifelong learning. From...

Mar 31: School Library Research volume 20 opens with two new studies

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of research methodology and school library supervisors are now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR...

Mar 30: ALA and ACRL join higher education, library groups to urge FCC and Congress to uphold net neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) continue the fight for an open Internet for all. ALA and ACRL joined 8 other higher education and library organizations representing over a hundred thousand colleges, universities,...

Mar 29: ALA elections close April 5

CHICAGO — The 2017 ALA elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, April 5. 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...

Mar 29: 2017 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Scholze and Witt

CHICAGO – Frank Scholze, library director at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Michael Witt, associate professor of library science at Purdue University, have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section...

Mar 29: Apply now for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the ...

Mar 29: Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial...

Mar 28: Dr. Em Claire Knowles receives 2017 Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the...

Mar 28: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The 13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application...

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