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Aug 05: ALA President Barbara Stripling unveils 'Declaration for the Right to Libraries'

            Signing event first of a series that will take place throughout the nation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling unveiled the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” during a signing ceremony at Nashville...

Aug 05: ALA Graphics Fall 2013 Catalog now available

CHICAGO—ALA Graphics has released its Fall 2013 catalog featuring 48 pages of exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation.  Gracing the cover of the...

Aug 05: Johnson’s essentials of developing and managing electronic collections

CHICAGO—The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence. Providing comprehensive coverage of key issues and...

Aug 01: Mentoring and managing students in the academic library

CHICAGO— Most academic libraries could not operate without a host of part-time student workers.  But employing students is different from filling a professional position with an experienced worker; often their library employment will be their first job experience. Since many student positions...

Aug 01: ALSC offers William C. Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training at Midwinter 2014

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for its third biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2014, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  This invitational seminar supports and...

Aug 01: New from ACRL: “Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship," edited by Michael J. Krasulski, Jr. and Trevor A....

Jul 31: PLA’s 2013 Virtual Spring Symposium sessions are now available on-demand

CHICAGO – On March 20, the Public Library Association (PLA) offered a full-day Virtual Spring Symposium with educational programs across four subject tracks and a thought-provoking keynote with futurist Garry Golden. A...

Jul 30: Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, Chicago Bulls two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Luol Deng has donated his image to a print and digital public service...

Jul 30: Exemplary picture books about tender topics

CHICAGO — A reading specialist, an outreach librarian and a children’s librarian combine their considerable expertise in “Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges,” an essential...

Jul 30: A provocative call to transform YA services

CHICAGO — A vigorous call to action that encourages LIS students, researchers and practitioners to question some of the underlying assumptions of their discipline, “Transforming Young Adult Services” initiates an open discussion...

Jul 30: United for Libraries now offering professional consultation services via Skype

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries is offering libraries, Trustees and Friends a budget-friendly alternative to on-site consulting -- Skype sessions.

Groups of all sizes can receive professional consultation services via Skype at an affordable price. United for Libraries staff has more...

Jul 30: United for Libraries designates boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis a Literary Landmark

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries, in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) and the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, designated the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minn. a Literary Landmark on Tuesday, July 16.

The ceremony was one of the linchpin...

Jul 29: ALSC names more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more outstanding websites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites...

Jul 29: Steven J. Bell presents wide range of leadership styles in LLAMA webinar

CHICAGO — There are myriad leadership styles that a potential leader can choose as a model for him or herself. The best leaders know how to find the right balance among them, but finding that balance can be a daunting challenge.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will...

Jul 29: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Penguin Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group, provides a $600 stipend...

Jul 29: The growing Choice E-Collection now offers libraries value-added benefit with free de-duping

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. - The Choice E-Collection (CEC) is the first collection of e-books made up exclusively of titles reviewed by CHOICE. Currently consisting of several hundred titles spanning the entire liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the CEC presents ...

Jul 26: COA announces accreditation actions taken at 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Library and...
Jul 26: Nominating committee seeks candidates

CHICAGO — The ALA 2014 Nominating Committee reminds all interested ALA members that the deadline for completing the candidate biographical form is quickly approaching – the form will close on Aug. 16.  The committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2014 spring ballot for the offices of ALA...

Jul 26: Ragains’ updated guide to teaching information literacy

CHICAGO — Information literacy and library instruction are at the heart of the academic library’s mission. But how do you bring that instruction to an increasingly diverse student body and an increasingly varied spectrum of majors? In this updated, expanded new second edition of “...

Jul 26: An updated how-to-do-it manual for communicating professionally

CHICAGO — An updated and expanded version of the training guide Booklist called "one of the most valuable professional publications to come off the presses in a long time," the new third edition of “Communicating Professionally,...

Jul 26: New from ACRL: 'Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study,” edited by Danielle Theiss and Diane Kovacs.

This eclectic volume...

Jul 24: University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collection to host 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen the University of Minnesota's Children's Literature Research Collections as the site for the 2014 May Hill Honor Lecture featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney.

The...

Jul 24: YALSA and Blink partner to promote Teen Read Week

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announces that Blink, a new young adult imprint of Zondervan is now an official sponsor of Teen Read Week™. By sponsoring Teen Read Week, Blink is aiding in YALSA’s continued efforts to help libraries engage teens through reading and...

Jul 23: University of Alberta’s Kirk MacLeod selected as RUSA Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — Kirk MacLeod, MLIS candidate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta and serials technician for the Government of Alberta, will serve as the Spectrum Scholar for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

MacLeod...

Jul 23: LLAMA webinar explores how to manage the one-person library

CHICAGO — The one-person library presents many unique challenges for a librarian. Lacking big budgets, staff and often time, the solo librarian must be both the strongest advocate for the library and the face of the library, while running all the behind-the-scenes operations.  The Library...

Jul 23: VA highlights new resources at ALA Annual Conference to end homelessness among veterans

CHICAGO — During ALA’s Annual Conference, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services highlighted new resources that librarians can use to help veterans who are homeless get back on their feet.

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Jul 23: Library Management 101

CHICAGO — Knowing the principles of general management is both useful and necessary for LIS students, but learning management techniques specific to the world of libraries is no less important. Created to fill a surprising educational void, “...

Jul 23: Introduction to Web Service APIs using PHP and HTML

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of our first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML with Jason Paul Michel. This four-week...

Jul 23: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship.  The Bechtel...

Jul 23: ALA Council affirms the need for intelligence community reforms to support privacy, open government, transparency and accountability

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in the light of recent revelations related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, has passed a resolution reaffirming “its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic...

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