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Jun 26: E-books, school library resolution, privacy, book awards among highlights of ALA Annual Conference

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif, saw a unanimous resolution in support of  the value of school libraries passed by ALA Council, as well as discussions about e-books, privacy, library advocacy and other important issues...

Jun 26: Beyond the birds and the bees: what to do when teens talk sex in the library

CHICAGO — Teens often bring their questions about sex — or questions  “from a friend” — to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for "...

Jun 26: PLA and partner ICMA receive IMLS grant to design leadership training model for librarians

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library...

Jun 26: LLAMA webinar helps you recruit the very best employees

CHICAGO — Library managers, directors and deans may feel overwhelmed by choices in today’s economy as a single job posting attracts hundreds of applicants.  But how can you assure that you actually find the best person for the job?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will...

Jun 23: AASL announces 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the 2012 Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning. In its fourth year, the list of websites honors the top 25 Internet sites for...

Jun 22: ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® to partner

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO® DUPLO® are teaming up to celebrate the “builders of tomorrow.” Together, these two organizations are providing even more inspiration for storytime at home and at libraries.

At the...

Jun 22: ALA president responds to new Pew report on ‘Libraries, Patrons and E-books’

Washington, D.C. — Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding today’s release of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books.” The report examines the roles that...

Jun 21: ALA welcomes new Penguin pilot library lending program

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — On the first day of the largest library conference in the world, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Penguin Group USA that it will re-enter the library e-book lending market with a pilot in New York City.  ALA President Molly Raphael today...

Jun 21: Welcome ALA International Direct!

CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Office (IRO) announces the launch of the international version of AL Direct, ALA’s popular and informative electronic newsletter sent weekly to ALA members and other subscribers.   IRO’s ALA International Direct will be sent electronically...

Jun 21: U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores...

Jun 21: Latino children’s authors and illustrators to receive prestigious 2012 Pura Belpré Award at ALA Annual Celebración

Pasadena, Calif. — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate), will host the annual Celebración! to...

Jun 20: Rebecca Kate Miller wins 2012 Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund

CHICAGO — Rebecca Kate Miller is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,...

Jun 19: ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids grows

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more recommended websites to Great Websites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of links...

Jun 19: Hot off the presses from ACRL and Choice: Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles 2007-2011

Middletown, Conn. Honoring the best in scholarly publishing, Choice’s annual “Outstanding Academic Titles” list is widely recognized in the academic community for its sweeping coverage of the most significant scholarly titles published each year.  Now available is a...

Jun 19: Applications due July 1 for YALSA’s Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week™ Grants

CHICAGO — Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer 10 $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members!

Applicants must plan and present an outline for a Teen Read...

Jun 19: NEH, ALA accepting applications for 'Muslim Journeys,' a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf

Libraries will receive books, films to support programs exploring Islamic culture

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is accepting applications through September 25...

Jun 19: ALA announces eight public libraries to host 'Discover Tech' interactive traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announced that that eight public libraries...

Jun 18: The fundamentals of library instruction

CHICAGO—Being a great teacher is part and parcel of being a great librarian. In his new guide “Fundamentals of Library Instruction,” published by ALA Editions, veteran instruction services...

Jun 18: Thought leaders examine school libraries and the whole child in new AASL podcasts

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents the newest set of podcasts in its 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The just released 30 Second series focuses on the May/June ...

Jun 18: Did you participate in Preservation Week? Take our survey

CHICAGO — The third Preservation Week took place April 22-28, 2012.  Preservation Week, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and its Preservation & Reformatting Section (PARS), is an opportunity to connect the care of collections and family...

Jun 18: Chabrán named 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO — Richard Chabrán, adjunct professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, has been named the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA...

Jun 18: ALA awards 2012 Diversity Research Grants to Naidoo, Simpson, Wallace, Wiegand

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2012.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2013...

Jun 18: Funding for school libraries included in LHHS subcommittee’s appropriations bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the efforts of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education Appropriations subcommittees on including funding for libraries at this week’s markup.

The bill includes $30 million for the Innovative...

Jun 15: Mobile app for ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO — Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The new mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information people need right at their fingertips, including their existing...

Jun 15: New promotional tools help send message of belonging to GLBT community

CHICAGO — Libraries looking to market their services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community can now access new promotional tools, thanks to the Sacramento Public Library.

New posters, transit signs and window clings are now available on the...

Jun 15: Cynthia Cohen named LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award winner for LOCKSS paper

CHICAGO — Cynthia Cohen, May 2012 graduate of the San José State University School of Library and Information Science, has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a...

Jun 15: Debunking popular perceptions of librarians

CHICAGO — Librarians have long struggled to combat some of the negative stereotypes about their image and profession, but to do so effectively it’s necessary to look at these perceptions in a historical context. 

Not Your Ordinary Librarian:...

Jun 15: YALSA’s new Teens @ the Library books address answering teens’ tough questions, advocacy, evaluation

CHICAGO — Three new titles in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens @ the Library Series, from Neal-Schuman Publishers, help YA...

Jun 14: 2012 ALA scholarship recipients announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program has chosen the scholarship recipients for 2012-2013.  Recipients were selected for the following categories: General, Support Staff, and Specialty or Practice area, in children’s services, new media and federal librarianship....

Jun 14: Plan to spend Sunday afternoon with LITA in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Join LITA on June 24 in Anaheim, Calif. for a Sunday afternoon of great programming, networking and camaraderie, starting at 1:30 p. m. with Top Technology Trends & LITA Award Presentation (Anaheim...

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