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Mar 05: ACRL 2013 ProQuest Library Support Staff Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has awarded eight ProQuest Library Support Staff Scholarships for the ACRL 2013 conference to be held April 10 -13, 2013, in Indianapolis.  The purpose of the ProQuest Library Support Staff Scholarships is to provide...

Mar 05: 2013 ACRL presidential candidates online forum

CHICAGO — The 2013 candidates for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 1 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Maggie Farrell and Karen Williams will discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL...

Mar 05: Applications now accepted for new ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Applications are being accepted through May 10 for Leading to the Future, a unique four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders offered by ALA in Chicago, Aug. 12-15, 2013....

Mar 04: ALA council supports U.S. delegation to WIPO, diplomatic conference on access treaty

CHICAGO – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) recently passed a resolution commending the United States delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for its recognition of libraries as critical providers of accessible content.

The resolution,...

Mar 04: ALA council urges Congress to act toward becoming fully functioning member of UNESCO

CHICAGO – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) recently passed a resolution urging Congress to approve a national interest waiver, so the United States can again pay its dues to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and become a fully...

Mar 01: Tickets available for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association have announced that tickets for the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo are now available. 

The lecture,...

Feb 28: Chicago’s famed Second City, ALA/Proquest Scholarship Bash, June 29

CHICAGO — Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, Best of The Second City, will appear from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’...

Feb 28: ALSC announces 2013 Notable Children's Videos

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2013 list of Notable Children’s Videos. The list includes videos for children 14 years of age and younger that exhibit especially commendable quality, show...

Feb 28: ALSC announces 2013 Notable Children’s Books

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2013 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and...

Feb 28: Apply for the Friends of ALSC preconference scholarship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the 2013 ALSC Preconference,...

Feb 28: United for Libraries to host webinar on 'Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees'

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the webinar “Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 9.

Led by United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed, this webinar will provide strategies and tips for working...

Feb 28: LITA offering Web course in March

CHICAGO — Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, is now available, announced the Library Information Technology Association (...

Feb 27: Vote for the talks you want to hear at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2013 for nearly 40 talks in two formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the second time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced 45-minute...

Feb 26: ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit

CHICAGO — Recently Edwin Mellen Press filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against McMaster University Associate Librarian Dale Askey. The suit alleges that Askey committed libel while criticizing Edwin Mellen Press on a personal blog while a librarian at Kansas State University. Edwin Mellen...

Feb 26: YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Heather Gruenthal for best article in the previous...
Feb 26: Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

CHICAGO — Librarians, library workers, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s Best of the Best website.  In addition to...

Feb 26: Johns and Neal elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO — Sara Kelly Johns and James G. (Jim) Neal have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 to 29 in Seattle. Johns and Neal will...

Feb 26: Langston Hughes Library designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

Hughes wrote more than 860 poems in his...

Feb 26: Pelfrey wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, Calif., the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is...

Feb 26: YALSA’s 2013 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, La., the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The libraries will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other...

Feb 26: Pew’s Lee Rainie shares latest research on evolving library patrons at RUSA President’s Program, 2013 ALA Conference

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The...

Feb 26: Free webinars to Engage! young adult audiences through visual arts programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage!...

Feb 26: New AASL publication explores new concepts for school library spaces

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on...

Feb 26: Kolderup wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Gretchen Kolderup. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young...

Feb 26: New SLR articles examine LGBTQ literature and school library programs in special ed schools

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and school library services provided to students with special needs are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, ...

Feb 25: Rise to the Challenge with a half-day preconference at AASL13

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges in their careers with its offering of six half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The...

Feb 25: AASL forms special interest group for school librarian students

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the creation of a special interest group (SIG) for school librarian students based on a request made by AASL members. AASL members looking to join the new interest group should visit...

Feb 25: Hutton named 2013 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Jane M. Hutton, electronic resources/reference librarian and assistant professor at West Chester University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor &...

Feb 25: Walker named 2013 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO — Judith A. Walker, education/psychology librarian and professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is the recipient of the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral...

Feb 25: Schreur article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Philip Evan Schreur, head of the metadata department at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2013 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, "The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution," published in Library Resources & Technical Services...

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