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May 29: International case studies of public libraries' national policies

CHICAGO — One of the first books of its kind, “Public Libraries and their National Policies: International Case Studies,” by John Helling, offers an in-depth look at national public library policies at a time...

May 29: Three Friends of the Library groups win ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Three Friends of the Library groups will be recognized with Baker & Taylor Awards from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea, sponsored by...

May 29: ALTAFF to host ‘Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends Groups’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends Groups”  from 10:30 a.m. - noon PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 205B, on Saturday, June 23...

May 29: ALTAFF to host ‘Geek Alert!’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Geek Alert! Your Brain on Science and Technology”  from 10:30 a.m.-noon PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 202A...

May 29: Register your library to win a free one-year subscription to the Virtual Career Library!

CHICAGO —Do your library patrons need job search and career exploration support in today’s tough economy? Then head on over to the ALA Membership Pavilion at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim to register your library to win a free one-year subscription ($950 value) to the Virtual Career...

May 29: New from ACRL: The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition: Operations, Cultures, and Environments” by John M. Budd. “The Changing Academic Library,...

May 29: Chen, Treuer join Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO— Award-winning and best-selling authors Da Chen and David Treuer will join the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color for an adult author luncheon, Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.  Registration is open now, with early bird registration available through Wednesday June 13. 

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May 29: A straightforward guide for library trainers and presenters

CHICAGO — Increasingly, library personnel are called upon to teach classes, deliver presentations and represent their organizations in an official capacity. “Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals,” by Nicole A. Cooke...

May 29: ‘Surviving an Information Science Career Crisis’ session in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center during Annual Conference

CHICAGO —In his book, "Recovery, Reframing, and Renewal: Surviving an Information Science Career Crisis in a Time of Change," author Oliver Cutshaw examines the difficulties confronting information professionals who, due to financial downturns, technological change or personal crises, are forced...

May 29: Free webinar to feature ALA President and President-Elect discussing the focus of association, presidential initiatives

CHICAGO – “Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation among ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of...

May 29: Explore the future of the book with ACRL

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new report, “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Scenarios for the Future of the Book (PDF),” to help librarians...

May 29: Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship auction to be held in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship Fund of the Exhibitor’s Round Table of the American Library Association will hold its annual auction during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The silent auction will open up with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday,...

May 29: Applications being accepted for 2013 class of ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging...

May 29: Create your library brand - new workshop will show you how

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Creating Your Library Brand with Elisabeth Doucett.

To stand out in today’s information-saturated world, libraries need a clear and compelling story about why...

May 29: AASL extends deadline to submit data analysis proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for  researchers to submit a proposal to undertake a data analysis of its national longitudinal survey of school library programs, School Libraries Count!  Those interested in submitting a proposal are asked...

May 23: Learn to use Google Apps and Open Office and save money through new eCourse

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Google Apps and Open Office: Easy Alternatives to Expensive Software with Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings. This two-week eCourse will begin on...

May 23: Learn how linked data will transform libraries in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Libraries and Linked Data: Looking to the Future with Karen Coyle.

Want to know more about linked data and how it will transform libraries? In this new workshop,...

May 23: New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content

Washington, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today released a new report examining critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In the report, titled “E-content: The Digital...

May 22: This summer, Step Up to the Plate @ your library

CHICAGO — Step Up to the Plate @ your library, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual trivia contest about the “boys of summer” returns just in time for summer.

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are...

May 22: Don’t miss the Advocacy Corner at the ALA Membership Pavilion during 2012 Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Influencing library boards, using statistics to make the case and privatization are among the topics to be discussed at the Advocacy Corner at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  It takes place on the afternoons of Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 at the ALA...

May 22: AASL to announce 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will announce the recipients of the 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  The announcement will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, in room 213D of the Anaheim...

May 22: Library History Round Table supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program with a gift of $1,000 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. 

ALA President Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President Roberta Stevens, ALA...

May 22: 'Empowering Diverse Voices' webinar shares diverse perspectives on library leadership

CHICAGO — The intersection of diversity and leadership will be the focus of a free webinar, “Perspectives on Leadership,” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday June 12, 2012.

Part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s “Empowering Diverse...

May 22: New public library data from PLA available online

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced that data collected for the 2012 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Survey is now available exclusively online at PLAmetrics.

The 2012 PLDS Statistical Report...

May 22: AASL webinar on Common Core State Standards encourages school librarians to 'seize the day!'

CHICAGO — In a new webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), facilitator Paige Jaeger will discuss the vital role school librarians play in assisting teachers with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  “Common Core Carpe Diem: Seize the...

May 22: McRae wins LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the 2012 LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant to Mary Alicia McRae, secretary of the Friends of the Salinas (Calif.)...

May 22: Association Options Fair provides opportunities to engage

CHICAGO — The Association Options Fair, held from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday June 24 in the Anaheim (Calif.) Marriott Salons E and F, will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with leaders from throughout the association and profession.   All 2012 ALA Annual Conference attendees are...

May 22: ALCTS presents RDA at Annual

CHICAGO—RDA (Resource Description and Access), the new cataloging standard, will be implemented in the U.S. national libraries in March 2013. There has been much written and discussed about RDA and the implementation by libraries across the U.S. and internationally. As libraries prepare for RDA...

May 22: ASCLA elects Sara G. Laughlin, public library director, to division vice-president/president-elect role

CHICAGO — Sara Gaar Laughlin, director of the Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library and longtime member of ALA and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), will serve as the next vice-president/president-elect of ASCLA, the...

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