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Jul 18: The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities tools support library-led community engagement and innovation

ALA and the Harwood Institute roll out tools at 2013 ALA Annual Conference  

CHICAGO — Attendees at the recent 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago got a first look at an array of tools produced to assist libraries...

Jul 18: ALA, IMLS detail Affordable Care Act resources for library staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the enrollment for the Affordable Care Act beginning on Oct. 1, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Library Association (ALA) announce new resources available to libraries.

An IMLS cooperative agreement with OCLC’s WebJunction will...

Jul 18: Campaign for reader privacy renews call to amend PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Citing recent revelations about the scope of the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, organizations representing booksellers, librarians, publishers and authors today called on Congress to pass legislation to restore privacy protections for bookstore and library...

Jul 17: 2013 LITA Forum registration open

CHICAGO — Registration is available for the 2013 LITA National Forum, "Creation, Collaboration, Community," to be held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Ky. Visit the LITA Forum Web page to register....

Jul 16: YALSA appoints Denise Agosto editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University, as the editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries...

Jul 16: Maine State Librarian to testify on behalf of libraries at Senate Commerce hearing on E-rate

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maine State Librarian Linda Lord will serve as the voice of libraries to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on July 17, when it holds a hearing on strengthening the E-Rate program and expanding access to the latest digital technology and learning...

Jul 16: RDA implementation strategies

CHICAGO — In “RDA: Strategies for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions, noted cataloging authority Magda El-Sherbini tackles key questions about how the new cataloging standard will be...

Jul 15: NEA unanimously votes to support AASL and the Strengthening America’s School Act

CHICAGO – Delegates at the 2013 National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly adopted without debate a new business item which called on NEA to support the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in its lobbying efforts with regard to the Strengthening...

Jul 15: 'Every Child Ready for School' trains caregivers to inspire young children to learn

CHICAGO — The topic of early literacy hasn’t lost any of its momentum in educational circles. But early literacy storytimes are only one way libraries can contribute, and this innovative training handbook offers many more. Reflecting the combined expertise of a reading specialist, an outreach...

Jul 15: A more effective social media presence: Strategic planning and project management

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, A More Effective Social Media Presence: Strategic Planning and Project Management with Sarah Steiner and Cliff Landis. This workshop will take place...

Jul 15: Using Drupal to build library Websites

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Ken Varnum serves as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Oct. 7...

Jul 15: Patron-driven acquisition: Turning theory into practice

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Patron-Driven Acquisition: Turning Theory into Practice with Ben Hunter. This workshop will take place in two 60-minute sessions at 2 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 16 and 23, 2013...

Jul 12: ALA president releases statement on libraries and the Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling issued the following statement:

“The American Library Association anticipates that many Americans will turn to libraries for help in accessing enrollment information when open enrollment for the Health Insurance...

Jul 12: Web design basics for librarians

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of its popular facilitated eCourse on the basics of Web design for librarians. Diane Kovacs, a librarian and experienced online instructor, will serve as the instructor for a four-week...

Jul 12: Donham’s updated leadership guide for school librarians

CHICAGO — The new third edition of “Enhancing Teaching and Learning, Third Edition: A Leadership Guide for School Librarians,” by Jean Donham, shows how to take a proactive role in shaping instruction by learning how to develop and...

Jul 12: PLA now accepting proposals for 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas.

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Jul 11: ALA president on NSA leak: 'Our country needs to find the right balance'

ALA Launches Privacy Tools for Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Coming off the heels of Independence Day, the American Library Association (ALA) launched “ALA Liberty,” a new website that contains tools libraries can use to...

Jul 11: All-new teen craft projects for hipster librarians

CHICAGO — From Tina Coleman and Peggie Llanes, the authors of the enormously popular bestseller “The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects,” comes an all-new selection of innovative ideas, featuring numerous projects easy...

Jul 11: Upcoming PLA webinar offers an introduction and how-to for community assessments

CHICAGO — The one-hour webinar, “Is Community Assessment a High Hurdle? Get Over It!” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. Central on August 14, will give attendees a running start towards conducting a...

Jul 11: Creating subject guides for the 21st-century library

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource announces a new iteration of its exciting workshop, ...

Jul 11: Improving your library’s mobile services

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Bohyun Kim: Improving Your Library’s Mobile Services. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m....

Jul 10: 'Engaging, fresh, innovative'-2013 ALA Virtual Conference, July 24 and 25

CHICAGO — Topics at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference (July 24 and 25) include transformational community engagement; new directions for libraries and digital content; iCloud for patrons; iPods, Games and other innovative instruction ideas; making...

Jul 09: Maps the RDA way - the Sequel, featuring Paige Andrew and Susan Moore

CHICAGO - Did you attend the program "Maps the RDA way" at the annual conference in Chicago? Do you have questions now that you've come back? Or were you unable to get to the session and want some information? If so, you're in luck. There will be a follow-up webinar at 1 p.m. Central on July 22...

Jul 09: A modern vision for transforming preschool storytime

CHICAGO—According to recent research, the best way to make new connections in a child’s brain is by building on something already known. A child who loves a book will listen to it repeatedly, maintaining interest. Using a selected book in a number of consecutive preschool storytimes, but...

Jul 09: YALSA’s Reads 4 Teens digital download now available in the ALA Store

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Reads 4 Teens recommended reading list for teen patrons is now available for purchase as a digital download through the ALA Store.  Reads 4 Teens is a collection of the...

Jul 09: Demystifying copyright: How to educate your staff and community

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular facilitated eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff...

Jul 09: E-Books: What librarians need to know now and for the future

CHICAGO - ALA Editions will hold a session of its popular facilitated eCourse, E-Books: What...

Jul 09: Harnessing free content with Web service APIs

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Jason Paul Michel: Harnessing Free Content with Web Service APIs. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2...

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