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Nov 08: Small but powerful forum to discuss rural library advocacy

CHICAGO – Join rural library leaders in a conversation about advocacy, leadership and the newly revised   “Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library,” at a special forum during the...

Nov 08: Fagin, Henk, and Loeb at ALA Midwinter on building the OWS 'People's Library'

CHICAGO - The new ALA Masters Series kicks off at ALA Midwinter with an exciting special session led by three of the People’s Library builders. “A Library occupies Occupy Wall Street” is a Special Masters session on Saturday,...

Nov 08: Refresh your customer service skills with PLA's upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Fully Engaged Customer Service at Your Library” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly ...

Nov 08: Submit proposals for ACRL 2013

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2013 Conference to be held April 10 -13, 2013, in Indianapolis.  Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 11, 2012. Cyber Zed Shed presentation,...

Nov 08: Rockstars wanted! Nominations accepted thru Dec. 15 for ASCLA’s 2012 awards

CHICAGO — The 2012 awards offered by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) are an excellent chance to recognize colleagues, institutions or particular programs for their contributions to ASCLA and the areas of librarianship in which they serve.

The...

Nov 08: AASL pre-midwinter institute helps school librarians create a powerful program

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages school librarians to attend the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute, Tools for Transforming Your School Library Program, taking place prior to the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting.  AASL’s full day institute will be held Friday, Jan...

Nov 08: Making public life more hopeful - Rich Harwood at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Rich Harwood, described as “one of the great thinkers in American public life,” is the featured speaker in ALA President Molly Raphael’s President's Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. Over the past 20 years, Harwood has become a leading...

Nov 08: Nomination period open until Dec. 15 for RUSA achievement awards and travel grants

CHICAGO — There’s a little more than a month left to nominate yourself - -or someone else -- for one of the many achievement awards and conference travel grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the division of ALA representing...

Nov 07: 2012 class of Emerging Leader participants announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders participants for the 2012 class have been selected.  Seventy-seven individuals were chosen to participate in this year’s program.  The 2012 class marks the sixth year of existence for the program.

Instituted under ALA...

Nov 04: Libraries promote National Gaming Day with fun and games @ your library


CHICAGO - On Saturday, Nov. 12, more than 1,200 libraries across the country will showcase gaming programs and services as part of the American Library Association's (ALA) National Gaming Day @ your library. Here are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing....

Oct 31: LLAMA webinar helps you keep your library safe and secure

CHICAGO - Just when everything in your library is running smoothly, along comes an unruly patron who seems strangely threatening. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “A Person of Interest: Safety and Security in the Library” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. CST on...

Oct 31: Nation’s largest school librarian conference comes to a close

Minneapolis– International mobile technology expert Dr. Mimi Ito brought the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis to an end. More than 3,000 school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests discussed key issues that...

Oct 30: 100 Days for Haiti – Matching gift challenge for Haiti disaster relief

CHICAGO - When disaster strikes, it is part of human nature to extend a helping hand. What if you could extend two helping hands?

A massive earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010,  affecting some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere. What little infrastructure was in place...

Oct 21: ALA announces 10 public libraries to host “Discover Earth” interactive traveling exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announced that 10 public libraries will host an...

Oct 21: Nominations sought for 2012 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2012 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of...

Oct 19: American Library Association joins national Go4Life® campaign - new public-private initiative encourages exercise, physical activity for older adults

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it is joining the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Go4Life,...

Oct 19: AASL congressional briefing supports the SKILLS Act

CHICAGO – On Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, representatives of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presented a congressional briefing to advocate for the inclusion of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act in the upcoming Elementary and Secondary...

Oct 18: ASCLA issues RFP for online education consultant

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks a consultant for a soup-to-nuts development and launch of a comprehensive package of online learning opportunities...

Oct 18: Stay healthy @ your library

CHICAGO – Now, with the onset of cold and flu season, as well as the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, is the time to remind your library users of all the healthy living resources available at your library, this fall, winter and throughout their lives.

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Oct 18: Freedom to Read Foundation announces nominating committee for 2012 election

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced the nominating committee for its April 2012 election.  Committee members are: James G. Neal, New York (chair); Chris Finan, New York; and Judy Platt, Washington, D.C.

Five positions on the FTRF board...

Oct 18: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney awards

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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Oct 18: New audiobooks, series nonfiction and engaging reluctant readers —free Booklist webinars

CHICAGO - Booklist editors host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives at least once a month in webinars on a variety of topics offering immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for collection development and readers’-advisory work. The webinars are...

Oct 17: Volunteer to serve on an ALA or Council committee for 2012 - 2013

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, is encouraging members to volunteer for ALA and Council committees during the 2012-2013 appointment process. Sullivan is chairing both the Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees.

To...

Oct 17: Picture It @ your library®: Teen Read Week™ 2012

Teens can vote for next year’s Teen Read Week theme & see who won the Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO – This week, nearly 5,000 libraries across the United States will celebrate Teen Read Week with special events and activities encouraging teens to read...

Oct 17: ACRL accepting proposals for 2012 Spring Virtual Institute

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting proposals for the association’s 2012 Spring Virtual Institute, “Extending Reach, Proving Value: Collaborations Strengthen Communities.” Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2011. ...

Oct 17: ALA Fun Run is back

Health minded attendees have weighed in; a Think Fit @ ALA focus unveils at Midwinter Conference 2012

 

Following an eight-year hiatus, health-conscious attendees have encouraged the ALA to reinstate the Fun Run.  Open...

Oct 17: Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO - Applications are being accepted for the new Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award, administered by the newly-formed ALA Retired Members Round Table (RMRT), with funds provided by Scarecrow Press. The $1,000 award is named in honor of the late ALA Honorary Member Dr...

Oct 13: 750 videos posted during banned books read-out

CHICAGO – More than 750 people read from their favorite banned books during the virtual read-out that took place on YouTube as part of the recently concluded Banned Books Week.  People of all ages were filmed in bookstores, libraries and their own homes throughout the United States.  They were...

Oct 13: A variety of ways to access ALA Editions e-books

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, offers dozens of recent and popular titles in e-book formats through multiple vendors and content providers. ALA Editions eEditions contain the complete text of the print...

Oct 13: ALA, StoryCorps receive IMLS planning grant to develop library outreach program

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, announced that it received a National Leadership Grant of $33,968 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support development of a national initiative to...

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