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Feb 10: YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

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

  • Shari Lee for best article in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young...
Feb 10: Provide the basics your Trustees need with United for Libraries’ new ‘Short Takes for Trustees’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has debuted “Short Takes for Trustees,” a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries.

Topics in the...

Feb 10: Author Brad Meltzer to serve as 2015 Preservation Week Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Our nation’s history is at risk, as more than 1.3 billion priceless treasures held by public institutions are endangered due to ignorance about preservation.  Individuals also are not aware of the valuable role they play in preserving history through family heirlooms, records and...

Feb 09: 2015 Teen Tech Week™ grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Tech Week grant have been selected. A total of 20 recipients from a pool of 127 applicants were selected to receive Teen Tech Week grants of $1,000 each, funded by Best Buy, to support activities aimed at helping...

Feb 09: Longlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO — Forty-three books comprising the longlist for consideration for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie...

Feb 09: YALSA names 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The...

Feb 09: Putnam County Library receives 2015 Light the Way grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Putnam County Library in Cookeville,...

Feb 06: American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows...

Feb 06: 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively...

Feb 06: Tate, Castellano and Lancaster receive YALSA’s Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2015 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Alicia Tate and Lisa Castellano. The Dorothy Broderick Student Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Lancaster. Each...

Feb 06: AASL joins the coalition for Future Ready Schools

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined the national movement for Future Ready Schools as a coalition partner. The Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready Schools effort with the support of the Leading...

Feb 06: New ACRL publication focuses on The Living Library

CHICAGO  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Living...

Feb 06: RUSA announces 2015 book and media awards for adults

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the top books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and genre; audio books; and reference books for adults – including the Notable Books List, Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, Listen...

Feb 06: Library learning goes online, live webcast

CHICAGO — Online learning is changing the way schools work. From elementary to graduate school to continuing education—online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library...

Feb 05: Conversation Starters, Ignite and Poster Session proposals due dates for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour Conversation Starters, five-minute Ignite sessions and 90-minute poster sessions. The poster session proposal deadline has been extended to February 28...

Feb 05: YALSA names 2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

The list is aimed for young adults ages 12-18 and is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases...

Feb 05: New YALSA publication, Teen Services 101 on sale now

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new publication titled, Teen Services 101: A Practical Guide for Busy Library Staff,...

Feb 05: ALA welcomes strong network neutrality protections proposed by FCC Chairman

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined the network neutrality proposal he plans to circulate to fellow Commissioners today and bring to a vote on February 26, 2015. In a ...

Feb 04: Top 250 LGBTQ books for teens

CHICAGO — Written by experts on the subject and addressed to teen book buyers, “Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens,” identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics...

Feb 04: Application process open for 2015 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO —The application process for the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 9-13, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 8, 2015. Building...

Feb 04: 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is...

Feb 04: Registration Open: 41st Annual National Library Legislative Day

Want to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries? Stand up for libraries this year by registering for the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event where hundreds...

Feb 03: 2015 Stonewall Book Awards announced

CHICAGO – The 2015 Stonewall Book Awards were announced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of...

Feb 03: LITA guide explores usability and the mobile web

CHICAGO — Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets. But not all...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks for Reluctant...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 58 books was selected from a group of 113 official nominations.

The books,...

Feb 02: President Obama’s budget increases library funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his...

Feb 02: Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three...

Feb 02: FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association announce $1.8 Million in grants to public libraries to support financial literacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.8 million in grants to 21 recipients as part of the Smart investing@your library® ...

Feb 02: 'Gabi, a Girl in Pieces' wins 2015 William C. Morris Award

CHICAGO – “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces” written by Isabel Quintero, has been named the 2015 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the...

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