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Apr 06: Kate Lechtenberg receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Kate Lechtenberg, school librarian in Ankeny Community Schools located in Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2016 American...

Apr 06: PLA premieres library advocacy video series at national conference

DENVER — At the intersection of practice and advocacy is the story of libraries’ and library staff’s positive impacts on individuals and communities. Better understanding and capturing these impacts drives the work of Project Outcome...

Apr 05: ALA, AASL provide support for high school librarians in Cleveland

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are providing support to local efforts to avert cuts to high school librarians in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The proposed cuts directly follow district reform...

Apr 05: GLBTRT to release new toolkit at PLA Conference

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will release a new toolkit at the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference to help Librarians better serve the GLBT population. Titled “Open to All,” this new resource is designed for...

Apr 05: Choose Privacy Week demands respect for minors' privacy

CHICAGO — Choose Privacy Week, the American  Library Association's annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians' special role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole, will take place May 1 – 7, 2016.

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Apr 05: ALA and AASL introduce School Library Snapshot tool

CHICAGO — In time for School Library Month, the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), in collaboration with American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has introduced a new School Library Snapshot tool. This tailored infographic allows school librarians to create a visual representation of...

Apr 05: Tewell and Angell win 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Eamon Tewell and Katelyn Angell as the winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the...

Apr 05: Lindsey Tomsu wins the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Lindsey Tomsu’s project “Tween & Teen BUILD Collective” at La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Nebraska. The goal of the project, Tomsu writes, is to “provide tweens and teens (fourth through 12th grade...

Apr 05: Vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone!

(Chicago) Did you know that you can vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone and other mobile devices? You need not be tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere –at the airport, on the bus, at the dog groomer! (But we do ask that you refrain from voting...

Apr 05: Park wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the...

Apr 05: Kelvin Watson receives the Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Kelvin Watson, chief innovation and technology officer, Queens Library (Queens, New York), has been named the 2016 inaugural 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...

Apr 05: Kathleen Procopio receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Kathleen Procopio, principal of Millville (N.J.) High School, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made...

Apr 01: Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Public voting is now open through April 20, 2016 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 167 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart...

Apr 01: Enter YALSA’s Teens Succeed with Libraries Video Contest

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites library staff and teens to submit creative and compelling videos for its ...

Apr 01: YALSA honors four members with 2016 YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2016 YALSA Writing Award, with members winning in four categories.

The...

Apr 01: Apply now for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the...

Mar 31: Newbery Award Winner Avi to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award winning author Avi will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as part of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his...

Mar 31: Library community mourns loss of CALA Past President Lisa Zhao

CHICAGO -- In recognizing the passing of Lisa Zhao, the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) wants to celebrate the character of this distinguished and dedicated CALA member. Lisa was the Catalog Librarian (1990 - 2015) in University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and CALA President (...

Mar 31: ALSC, PLA Provide Access to Articles on ECRR Survey Results

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce preliminary findings from their three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Project...

Mar 31: ALA applauds Lifeline program modernization to include broadband

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service...

Mar 30: Participate in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

In celebration of summer, YALSA will be...

Mar 29: ALA President, ALSC President, and GLBTRT Chair Urge North Carolina Governor to Repeal HB2

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar and ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to North Carolina Governor Pat...

Mar 29: “Don’t Get Sued”: ASCLA’s President’s Program addresses accessibility barriers

Don’t Get Sued: What Librarians are Doing to Address the Physical, Programmatic and Web-based Accessibility Barriers for People with Disabilities,” is the title of this year’s President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and...

Mar 29: ALA, AASL collaborate with NJLA and NJASL to support South Orange school libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) collaborated with the New Jersey Library Association and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians to oppose proposed cuts to school librarians in the South Orange Maplewood School...

Mar 29: Innovation and Brand Strategy Preconferences at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Innovation and brand strategy will be the focus of two preconferences hosted by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries and DEMCO, held at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

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Mar 29: 2016 LITA Forum - Call for Proposals

The 2016 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Fort Worth Texas, November 17-20, 2016 at the...

Mar 28: James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate,...

Mar 28: Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of...

Mar 28: Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during ...

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