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May 12: The 2014 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2014 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2014 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers...

May 12: Celebrate 45 years of excellence in children’s literature at the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate 45 years of the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book...

May 12: Celebrate mobile library services during Bookmobile Saturday 2014

CHICAGO – Every day, bookmobiles bring the world to the communities they serve, extending library programs, services and much more beyond the library’s physical walls. Bookmobile Saturday, a series of programs and events highlighting the critical services bookmobiles provide, will be held on...

May 12: Participate in the 2014 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM14)

CHICAGO — ALA members have an online forum that gives them a chance to be heard - Virtual Membership Meetings. 

Virtual Membership Meetings (VMM) provide an important way for personal members to affect what ALA does. All ALA personal...

May 12: Medeiros elected ALCTS President for 2015-2016

CHICAGO — Norm Medeiros, associate librarian for collection management and metadata services, Haverford College  (Pa.), has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

He previously...

May 09: AASL webinar provides the recipe for connecting research and the CCSS

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will demonstrate how research - done correctly - will touch almost every one of AASL's “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and the "anchor standards" in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Presented...

May 09: Public librarians and the CCSS webinar now archived in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO The archive of the webinar “The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students” is now available to view as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar explores the...

May 09: Candice Mack elected for 2015-2016 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Candice A. (Wingyee) Mack as the division’s next president-elect. Mack will begin her term as president-elect in June 2014, becoming president for one year in...

May 09: Cyberbullying and graphic novels covered in new issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO – Summer reading, library services to teens, cyberbullying, comics and graphic novels are topics explored in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 4: May 2014) of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (...

May 09: New AASL publication develops school library collections for the 22nd century

CHICAGO – The newest publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Developing Collections to Empower Learners,” examines collection development in the context of today’s shift toward digital resources, while emphasizing the foundational beliefs of the school library...

May 09: AASL invites program proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for preconference workshops and concurrent sessions to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The preconference...

May 08: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and...

May 06: Five win election to Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

CHICAGO Five members of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) were elected to two-year terms on the board of trustees in the annual FTRF election.  Current FTRF President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. was re-elected to the...

May 06: United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

PHILADELPHIA —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) accepted the 2014 Public Service Award, given by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on May 5 during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C. He was introduced by Vermont State Librarian...

May 06: ALA Office for Diversity extends deadline for research grant proposals

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity has extended its deadline for proposals for its 2014 Diversity Research Grants from April 30 to May 16, 2014.  Applicants must be current ALA members, and 2014 proposals may concentrate on any diversity...

May 06: RMRT announces winner of Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO The Retired Members Round Table of the American Library Association announces that the winner of the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award for 2014 is Jennifer S. Kutzik. She retired on June 30,...

May 06: New activities coming to the Placement Center during the ALA 2014 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — During the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will introduce several new activities to help library workers get their careers on...

May 06: Accepting employer participants for the ALA Placement Center Open House

CHICAGO As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 29, 2014 during the American Library Association’s Annual...

May 06: Dowling is LITA vice-president/president-elect; four new board members elected

CHICAGO — Thomas P. Dowling is the newly elected vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Dowling is director of technologies at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in...

May 06: Advocate for libraries by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day May 6

PHILADELPHIA – This week marks the 40th annual National Library Legislative Day. Hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to...

May 06: ALA applauds imminent House Judiciary Committee markup of USA FREEDOM Act; urges improvement and passage in both chambers
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee’s May 7th markup of the USA FREEDOM Act, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:
 
“Librarians have fought for decades for the personal privacy...
May 05: Ed McBride elected United for Libraries president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Ed McBride, executive director of library sales for SAGE, has been elected 2014-2015 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

McBride was formerly chief member engagement officer at LYRASIS, senior vice president of Cengage Gale’s Customer Resource Center and...

May 05: Jeff Steely elected LLAMA president-elect

CHICAGO – The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Jeff A. Steely has been elected as president-elect. He is associate dean of libraries, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

After hearing of his election, Steely said, “I am delighted to have this...

May 05: Learn how to keep your library (and everyone in it) safe with PLA’s violence prevention webinar

CHICAGO – Public library staff, by their sheer nature of being “public,” are particularly vulnerable to encountering dangerous or difficult individuals. Learn how to identify potentially violent behavior as well as strategies to diffuse or, in the worst case, survive the situation in the hour-...

May 05: Library advocates to converge in Washington to protect libraries

Hundreds to gather in D.C. for 40th annual National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, hundreds of library supporters from across the country will meet with their members of Congress from May 5–6, 2014, to advocate for library funding during the American Library...

May 05: Ann Campion Riley elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO   Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and...

May 05: Preddy elected 2015-2016 AASL president

CHICAGO – Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, Ind., has been elected as the 2015-2016 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Preddy will serve as president-elect during 2014-2015 under AASL President Terri Grief.

Upon...

May 05: Medlar elected ALSC 2015-2016 president
CHICAGO Andrew Medlar, assistant commissioner for collections, Chicago Public Library, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 
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May 05: ACRL releases 'Snapshots of Reality'

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library...

May 05: PLA members elect Oehlke as president-elect; Huggins, Sass and Shorr to board

CHICAGO — Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Public Library Association (PLA). Oehlke acknowledged, “I am truly honored to have been elected. I am passionate...

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