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Jul 24: YALSA and Blink partner to promote Teen Read Week

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announces that Blink, a new young adult imprint of Zondervan is now an official sponsor of Teen Read Week™. By sponsoring Teen Read Week, Blink is aiding in YALSA’s continued efforts to help libraries engage teens through reading and...

Jul 23: University of Alberta’s Kirk MacLeod selected as RUSA Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — Kirk MacLeod, MLIS candidate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta and serials technician for the Government of Alberta, will serve as the Spectrum Scholar for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

MacLeod...

Jul 23: LLAMA webinar explores how to manage the one-person library

CHICAGO — The one-person library presents many unique challenges for a librarian. Lacking big budgets, staff and often time, the solo librarian must be both the strongest advocate for the library and the face of the library, while running all the behind-the-scenes operations.  The Library...

Jul 23: VA highlights new resources at ALA Annual Conference to end homelessness among veterans

CHICAGO — During ALA’s Annual Conference, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services highlighted new resources that librarians can use to help veterans who are homeless get back on their feet.

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Jul 23: Library Management 101

CHICAGO — Knowing the principles of general management is both useful and necessary for LIS students, but learning management techniques specific to the world of libraries is no less important. Created to fill a surprising educational void, “...

Jul 23: Introduction to Web Service APIs using PHP and HTML

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of our first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML with Jason Paul Michel. This four-week...

Jul 23: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship.  The Bechtel...

Jul 23: ALA Council affirms the need for intelligence community reforms to support privacy, open government, transparency and accountability

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in the light of recent revelations related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, has passed a resolution reaffirming “its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic...

Jul 23: ALA Council resolution urges Congress to designate GPO lead agency in managing government’s digital information

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging Congress to designate the Government Printing Office (GPO) as the lead agency in managing the lifecycle of digital U.S. government informationThat information would include government...

Jul 23: ALA Council supports librarians sued for performing their professional duty

CHICAGO — In a response to recent lawsuits that “represent an attempt to repress the academic freedom of librarians expressing professional opinions,” the American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging publishers to refrain from such actions as filing libel suits...

Jul 23: ALA Council recognizes the contributions of libraries during emergencies

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution recognizing the role of libraries and librarians in providing relief during recent disasters.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 27 – July 2 in Chicago, acknowledges that many...

Jul 23: NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Elizabeth A. Blatz and Carol Small

CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao, assistant director for selection at BookOps of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and The New York Public Library (NYPL), announced that she will participate in the IGLA Championship Open Water Swim to help raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program and promote...

Jul 23: Join free Google Hangout July 30: Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., will host national library, education, technology, legal and policy experts for a national symposium considering the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information July 29 and...

Jul 22: ALA Council endorses Declaration for the Right to Libraries

CHICAGO — The  American Library Association (ALA) Council endorses the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and urges that ALA work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in signing the declaration.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held...

Jul 22: ALA reaffirms commitment to basic literacy

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution reaffirming and supporting the principle that lifelong literacy is a basic right for all individuals in our society and is essential to the welfare of the nation.

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

Jul 22: Marshall Breeding examines discovery services in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Discovery services have the power to revolutionize library systems, offering ways to find and retrieve information that were never before possible. But what does this really mean for the average librarian? How do discovery services work? What changes are in store as a result of these...

Jul 22: ALSC announces new mentoring program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the beginning of a new mentoring program this fall. The program, which is open to members and non-members, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the field of library service to children. Applications...

Jul 22: PDF offers Caldecott fun through poems, songs and games

CHICAGO — The most prestigious award for children's book illustration in the U.S., the Caldecott Medal has been presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, since...

Jul 22: United for Libraries designates windmill at Stony Brook Southampton a Literary Landmark in honor of Tennessee Williams

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, designated the windmill at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University of New York a Literary Landmark in honor of Tennessee Williams on Saturday, July 13.

The site was selected because...

Jul 19: DigitalLearn.org offers resources and collaboration for digital literacy trainers

CHICAGO — After months of thoughtful planning, development and beta testing, DigitalLearn.org has officially launched. This online hub for digital literacy offers an active community of practice and an evolving collection of...

Jul 19: AASL president releases statement on 'Declaration for the Right to Libraries'

CHICAGO – Gail Dickinson, AASL President, released the following statement regarding the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries:”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly supports the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries,” a component of...

Jul 19: American Library Association welcomes new FCC E-rate proceeding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a Senate hearing with expert testimony (PDF) from Maine State Librarian Linda Lord on the impact and...

Jul 18: American Library Association joins Apple, Microsoft in demanding transparency around government surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies and advocates to deliver a letter (PDF) to the U.S. government demanding greater...

Jul 18: LITA accepting applications for three scholarships

 

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications for the for the following scholarships:

LITA/Christian Larew...

Jul 18: The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities tools support library-led community engagement and innovation

ALA and the Harwood Institute roll out tools at 2013 ALA Annual Conference  

CHICAGO — Attendees at the recent 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago got a first look at an array of tools produced to assist libraries...

Jul 18: ALA, IMLS detail Affordable Care Act resources for library staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the enrollment for the Affordable Care Act beginning on Oct. 1, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Library Association (ALA) announce new resources available to libraries.

An IMLS cooperative agreement with OCLC’s WebJunction will...

Jul 18: Campaign for reader privacy renews call to amend PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Citing recent revelations about the scope of the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, organizations representing booksellers, librarians, publishers and authors today called on Congress to pass legislation to restore privacy protections for bookstore and library...

Jul 17: 2013 LITA Forum registration open

CHICAGO — Registration is available for the 2013 LITA National Forum, "Creation, Collaboration, Community," to be held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Ky. Visit the LITA Forum Web page to register....

Jul 16: YALSA appoints Denise Agosto editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University, as the editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries...

Jul 16: Maine State Librarian to testify on behalf of libraries at Senate Commerce hearing on E-rate

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maine State Librarian Linda Lord will serve as the voice of libraries to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on July 17, when it holds a hearing on strengthening the E-Rate program and expanding access to the latest digital technology and learning...

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