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Dec 27: Last chance to apply for summer reading and teen internship grants from YALSA and Dollar General

CHICAGO — Librarians seeking funding for summer reading programs aimed at teens or to hire teen interns to support summer reading programs can apply for one of two grants distributed by YALSA and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due Jan. 1 for:

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Dec 27: Last chance to help YALSA give books to teens with a matching gift

CHICAGO — YALSA’s Books for Teens program raises funds to provide teens in low-income communities access to high-quality, recently published, age-appropriate books. If YALSA can raise $500 during the month of December, a generous benefactor has agreed to donate an additional $500. Just a few...

Dec 21: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults seeks papers on 21st-century literacies

CHICAGO —The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (yalsa.ala.org/jrlya), a peer-reviewed, open-access quarterly research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association, seeks papers for its Spring 2012 issue on...

Dec 20: LLAMA leadership development seminar will focus on new librarians

CHICAGO - The Leadership Development Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free panel discussion on “Recruitment, Retention and Mentoring of New Librarians” from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 in the Dallas Convention Center, Room...

Dec 20: Booklist announces prestigious 2011 Top of the List selections

CHICAGO - Booklist magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association, has announced its Top of the List winners for 2011. The eight winning titles were chosen from the annual Editors’ Choice selections as the best books and media of 2011.

“From a dog who became...

Dec 20: ALA, Fetzer Institute announce 30 public libraries to host Building Common Ground programs

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute selected 30 public libraries to host a series of programs as part of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative, which is supported by the...

Dec 20: New webinar: How to influence with story

CHICAGO - Facts and figures may be the staples of organizational life, yet it is storytelling that reaches people’s hearts.  ALA TechSource will cosponsor with WebJunction the January 10 webinar “Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy...

Dec 20: 2012 ASCLA conference programs focus on the future: technology, collaboration, innovative outreach programs and leadership
CHICAGO -- Any librarian concerned about what the future holds for libraries won’t want to miss the outstanding lineup of ALA Annual Conference programs hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

This year’s program topics highlight the...
Dec 20: Neal-Schuman Publishers to join ALA Publishing

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael and Neal-Schuman President Patricia Glass Schuman today announced that on Dec. 23, 2011, Neal-Schuman Publishers will become part of ALA Publishing.

Neal-Schuman Publishers, founded by John Vincent Neal and Patricia...

Dec 20: Innovative topics relevant to public, special librarians are focus of 2012 ASCLA preconferences

CHICAGO - Registration for three half-day preconferences covering mission-critical library topics--library services for the print-disabled, public library partnerships with correctional facilities and successful library marketing and development strategies, all hosted by the...

Dec 20: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer...

Dec 20: Get ready for summer reading with YALSA’s January webinar

CHICAGO — With three carefree months of no school, no homework, long days and warm nights,  the summer is the perfect time to get teens reading! Jumpstart your summer reading program planning process in an hour long webinar from YALSA on Jan. 19, 2012. Join Charli Osborne for a discussion of...

Dec 20: Author Steve Berry keynotes Preservation Week 2012 kickoff

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry keynotes the kickoff for Preservation Week 2012 (April 22-28) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  Mr. Berry will speak at the ALCTS Forum from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Convention Center, room A201/202.

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Dec 20: RUSA Annual Conference programs to cover cutting-edge topics relevant to all types of libraries

CHICAGO--The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host technology and future-focused programs at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, tackling topics such as mobile technology, e-books, readers' advisory in the digital age,...

Dec 20: View 2011 I Love My Librarian Award ceremony, interviews with award winners

CHICAGO - A video of the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony has been posted on Atyourlibrary.org. You can view remarks made by keynote speaker Caroline Kennedy and Vartan Gregorian,...

Dec 14: Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting: A Forum

CHICAGO - Library job hunters face distinctive challenges in today’s market, calling for new approaches. These are addressed in a free Jan. 4, 2012 webinar, “Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job...

Dec 13: Eat, drink, network with reference colleagues at RUSA Membership Social

CHICAGO- - Kick off the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes and learn more about RUSA.

The social is one of...

Dec 13: Applications for ALTAFF Trustee awards due Dec. 30

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation and the ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Grant.  Applications for both...

Dec 13: Caroline Kennedy tells librarians their work is “truly life-changing” at I Love My Librarian Award ceremony

CHICAGO - Last week, Caroline Kennedy, in the keynote speech at the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times  I Love My Librarian Award ceremony in New York City, saluted librarians for their courage, dedication and vision.

The event, which was part of the Carnegie Corporation’...

Dec 13: ALA conducting new survey about librarians and privacy

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is inviting librarians and library workers across the country to participate in a survey that will measure librarians' attitudes about privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 

The...

Dec 13: AASL announces upcoming online courses

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launches three winter courses for its AASL e-Academy starting in January 2012. Designed to isolate and strengthen problem areas, the four week courses will assist school librarians in developing the...

Dec 13: Go high tech on a tight budget - new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new two-part workshop, "How to Go High Tech on a Tight Budget" with Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings.

Library users expect to get information quickly and communicate with...

Dec 13: An upcoming, cutting-edge webinar from PLA looks at building digital media labs in public libraries

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 25, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Creating a Digital Media Lab at Your Library,” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly webinar series...

Dec 13: Free webinar provides info on successfully implementing a statewide Library Snapshot Day in 2012

CHICAGO – ALA will offer a free webinar on organizing Library Snapshot Day from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Webinar attendees will learn how to implement this event on a statewide level, as well as get ideas for using photos, statistics and stories to make the case to...

Dec 13: EBSCO awards five scholarships for librarians to attend ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO awarded five librarians $1,500 scholarships to attend the...

Dec 13: Outstanding adult reading, reference titles to be celebrated in Dallas

CHICAGO - All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees--and especially those who love to read--are invited to celebrate the winners of numerous awards, including the Notable Books List, The Reading List and the new Listen List for outstanding audiobook narration, at the Reference and User Services...

Dec 13: David Lee King and Michael Porter join American Libraries’ roster of columnists

CHICAGO — American Libraries welcomes David Lee King and Michael Porter to its stable of columnists. The two librarians will co-author a new column called Outside/In, which will debut in print beginning with the January/February 2012 issue but will be available online this month....

Dec 13: Register now and save on advocacy preconferences at Midwinter

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and save $25 off the combined registration (for the...

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