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Mar 15: Steven A. Knowlton receives the 2016 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Steven A. Knowlton the 2016 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning...

Mar 15: Applications due April 15 for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute is designed to help future...

Mar 15: AASL bridges dues for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due May 2...

Mar 15: 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Selection Committee announced

The 2017 committee is starting work on selecting titles for the longlist for these prestigious awards, now in their sixth year. Since 2015, the shortlist announcements are being made in October (for books published during that calendar year) and winner announcements in January at the ALA...

Mar 15: Transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, will be a 2016 ALA Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker on Monday, June 27, 8:30-9:30 am. At the age of five and with the support of her parents, Jennings transitioned to life as a girl...

Mar 11: First Step Award to Melanie Church

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant...

Mar 10: 2016 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected four winners and one honorable mention for the 2016 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an...

Mar 10: OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of ALA’s 2016 James Madison Award

“An effective and inspired champion for public access to government information”

Washington, D.C. -- American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-...

Mar 10: ALA JobLIST receives WEDDLE’s 2016 User’s Choice Award

CHICAGO – ALA JobLIST, the online career center for job seekers and employers in library and information science and technology, has been voted a 2016 User’s Choice Award winner in WEDDLE’s Media Group’s annual survey of job seekers, recruiters, and employers.

WEDDLE’s Media Group, whose...

Mar 09: Mark your calendar: Preservation Week begins April 24

CHICAGO —Sunday, April 24 kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week®, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)....

Mar 09: An update of ALA Neal-Schuman’s definitive text on metadata

CHICAGO — Metadata remains the solution for describing the explosively growing, complex world of digital information, and continues to be of paramount importance for information professionals. Marcia Lei Zeng and Jian Qin’s thorough revision of their benchmark text “...

Mar 09: ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent...

Mar 08: "The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom" named 2016 Eli M. Oboler Award winner

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has announced the winner of the 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  The 2016 award goes to The Library Juice Press...

Mar 08: ALCTS Virtual Preconference Coming in June

CHICAGO – June 7 and 8, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) will host a virtual preconference that will bring the conference experience to you.  We Can Do It, You...

Mar 07: Choose Privacy Week 2016 webinar focuses on raising privacy awareness in your library

CHICAGO — Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016?   Join the ALA's IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will...

Mar 07: Your guide to the 2016 ALA elections

CHICAGO - As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2016 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. “Your Guide to the 2016 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA...

Mar 07: AASL seeks webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers and subject matter experts to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented/released between Sept. 1...

Mar 04: YALSA and Best Buy to co-host workshops for Teen Tech Week™ 2016

CHICAGO — In celebration of Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association and Best Buy will be co-hosting 25+ web-making workshops at libraries across the nation.

The goal of the workshops is to provide underserved teens with access to technology to build 21st century...

Mar 03: Fifty receive fellowships from IMLS Grant to attend IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13–19

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has awarded 50 $1,000 scholarships to help a diverse group of librarians, library staff and library students from the United States attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World...

Mar 03: Baich and Steiner selected as 2016 interlibrary loan achievement award recipients

CHICAGO—The Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA has selected the winners of its two achievement awards honoring librarians providing exceptional service in the fields of interlibrary loan, resource sharing and...

Mar 03: Hammill named winner of Reference Services Section's Service Achievement Award

CHICAGO— Sarah J. Hammill, business and online learning librarian at Florida International University, was selected as the 2016 winner of the RSS Service Achievement Award. The award recognizes a member that has made exceptional contributions to RUSA’s Reference Services Section.

Hammill...

Mar 03: LaGuardia named winner of RUSA’s highest honor for achievements in reference services

CHICAGO-- Cheryl LaGuardia, research librarian at the Widener Library of Harvard University, has been awarded the 2016 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor for her distinguished and multifaceted contributions to...

Mar 03: Padilla, McNabb named award winners for historical and genealogical research and achievements

CHICAGO—The History section of RUSA has selected the winners of its two achievement awards honoring librarians and their contributions to the fields of genealogical and historical research and services.

The Gale ...

Mar 03: Boatright recognized for outstanding achievements in RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section

CHICAGO—Beth Boatright, information services and instruction librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) Achievement Recognition Award.

Boatright will be presented with a citation...

Mar 03: Dr. Bell Griffin, 'Multimedia & Technology Reviews' named winners for promotion of African American literature, reviewing

CHICAGO— The Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA has selected the winners of two achievement awards which recognize the profession’s most exceptional contributors to readers’ advisory and collection development.

Dr. Florita Bell Griffin, creative...

Mar 03: Business Reference and Services Section names 2016 achievement award and grant winners

CHICAGO—The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA has selected the winners of the 2016 achievement awards, research and travel grants which recognize the profession’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving business reference services today.

The...

Mar 03: ALA seeks candidates for upcoming Endowment Fund Trustee opening

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Endowment Trustee for the ALA Endowment Fund. The candidate will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23 – 28 in Orlando, Florida.

The elected Trustee will serve a three-...

Mar 03: A new edition of ALA Neal-Schuman’s comprehensive technology companion

CHICAGO— For its fifth edition, John J. Burke has completely updated and reorganized “The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff,” making it more compelling than ever. The perfect primer for LIS...

Mar 03: Denice Adkins, C. Sean Burns named winners of 2016 RUSA Reference Service Press Award

CHICAGO—Denice Adkins, associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies and C. Sean Burns, assistant professor, University of Kentucky School of Information Science, authored the winning article selected for RUSA’s 2016...

Mar 03: Dr. Chelton named 2016 winner of NoveList's Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award

CHICAGO-- Dr. Mary K. Chelton, retired professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queen’s College, CUNY, was selected as this year’s winner of NoveList's Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award...

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