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Feb 12: Gadgets in the Library with Jason Griffey, popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Gadgets in the Library with...

Feb 12: Creating a Digital Media Space Today's Teens, popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular 2-part workshop Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens with Corey Wittig. This workshop includes two 60 minute workshops hosted live at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Apr...

Feb 12: New ACRL book examines The Craft of Librarian Instruction

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence” by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and...

Feb 12: PLA awards recognize 13 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 13 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 11: Bezhigoogahbow Library Receives 2016 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Bezhigoogahbow Library (Leech Lake Tribal College) is the recipient of the 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As...

Feb 11: Actress, activist Holly Robinson Peete and her twins are Auditorium Speakers at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has devoted her life and career to autism awareness. Most recently she has co-authored the timely young adult novel Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express with her 18-year-old twins...

Feb 11: PLA now accepting proposals for Spark Talks at PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting proposals for five-minute Spark Talks at PLA 2016. Spark Talks use a combination of innovative slides and lightning-fast talk to share work-inspired, personal passions that...

Feb 10: Smith and Wachsmann awarded 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Tara Smith, Chair of the Publications Advisory Board and Melanie Wachsmann, administrative assistant of the Amazing Audiobooks Committee with the...

Feb 10: Bortolussi and Kilcullen win Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO — Denise Bortolussi and Anna Kilcullen were chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American...

Feb 10: Rinio wins Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2016 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Deborah Rinio. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, “Teacher and Librarian...

Feb 09: ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries
 
Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities
 
Washington, D.C. – After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association...
Feb 09: 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award winners announced
CHICAGO — The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected “Little You” (2013), published by Orca Book Publishers, written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett as the 2016 Best Picture Book; “In the Footsteps of...
Feb 09: AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

CHICAGO – Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month (SLM). Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the...

Feb 09: Award-winning author Margaret Atwood is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 10:30-11:30am. Atwood is the award-winning author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, and critical...

Feb 09: ALSC names eight more Great Websites for Kids
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
The newly added sites...
Feb 08: Tig Notaro to bring PLA 2016 Conference to a laugh-filled close

CHICAGO — Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver will want to stay through the end to enjoy comedian Tig Notaro at the PLA 2016 Closing Session.

Most recently, Amazon ordered a...

Feb 08: ALA supports Nebraska library efforts to fight legislation impacting library boards

CHICAGO – ALA President Sari Feldman, working in conjunction with the Nebraska Library Association, has issued a letter opposing Legislative Bill 969, a bill that would compel cities and towns throughout Nebraska to change their library boards from independent governing bodies to advisory boards...

Feb 08: Author Nikki Giovanni added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, as an Adult Author Lunch Speaker at the...

Feb 08: Inspired collaboration

CHICAGO— Collaboration involves a fusion of individual talents and skills through outreach and cooperation. And it is one of the key ingredients of a vibrant, successful library that is also relevant to the community it serves.  But it doesn’t just happen magically, and it’s a challenge to...

Feb 05: Tickets available for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Pat Mora

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Santa Barbara Public Library System announced that tickets for the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora are now available.

The lecture, titled "Bookjoy! ¡Alegría en los libros!," will be held at 7...

Feb 05: Create online tutorials easily and effectively, new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces an exciting new eCourse, Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively. Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse...

Feb 05: Learn the library's legal answers when it comes to makerspaces

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers with Tomas A. Lipinski and Gretchen McCord; moderated by Dr. Sara Gonzalez. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live...

Feb 05: Rethinking social media to organize information and communities, popular eCourse returns!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse...

Feb 05: Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs, new workshop!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Feb 05: Canadian Copyright Law, new eTutorial

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new eTutorial, Canadian Copyright Law with Lesley Ellen Harris. This 3-week eTutorial is asynchronous and begins Feb. 28, 2016.

CCL is a 16-eTutorial primer and refresher on...

Feb 05: Public Libraries to strengthen family engagement through new PLA project

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to partner with the Harvard Family Research Project on a new initiative to help public libraries identify successful family engagement strategies and implement them to help children of all ages succeed...

Feb 05: Brumfield named 2016 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Elizabeth Brumfield, distance services librarian at Prairie View A&M University, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and...

Feb 05: Holliday wins 2016 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Wendy Holliday, head of teaching, learning and research services at Northern Arizona University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts...

Feb 04: Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals due March 15th for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

2016 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are accepted through the end of March 15th, 2016....

Feb 04: Anand Giridharadas added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of Anand Giridharadas to the PLA 2016 Conference BIG IDEAS Series on Saturday, April 9 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Giridharadas is a writer. He is a...

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