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Feb 11: HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Rick Anderson

CHICAGO —  The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Rick Anderson, interim dean and  university librarian at the University Utah’s...

Feb 11: Webinar helping school librarians prepare for performance evaluations added to AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO - Writer Patricia Owen discusses the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) recently published “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in the newest archived webinar available in AASL’s professional development repository,...

Feb 11: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in April

CHICAGO - The interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” April 8-May 3, is now open for registration. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA...

Feb 08: A guide to the best sources for finding out about diabetes

CHICAGO — For the more than 26 million Americans diagnosed with or affected by diabetes, having accurate information on the disease is crucial. But the sheer volume of information available can be daunting for patients and caregivers alike. “The...

Feb 08: PLA award winners represent excellence in public libraries

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 11 2013 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 07: ALSC releases Spring 2013 Online Course schedule

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released the schedule for spring 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 8, 2013.

The schedule...

Feb 06: Midwinter Meeting highlights now available in Cognotes

CHICAGO - More than 10,700 librarians, exhibitors, authors, staff, paraprofessionals, teachers and friends made the most of ALA Midwinter Meeting conversations, networking, programs, award ceremonies, exhibits, speakers, institutes, social events and the wonderful city of Seattle. You can read...

Feb 06: Langston Hughes Library to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center will be designated a Literary Landmark at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

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

Feb 05: Affairs of the heart @ your library

CHICAGO – Love is certainly in the air at the library this month, as February marks not only Valentine’s Day, but also Love Your Library Month and American Heart Month.

This February, libraries across the country are all about “heart.” Here are just a few examples of what libraries are...

Feb 05: Michelle Harrell Washington appointed director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Mary W. Ghikas, senior associate executive director, ALA, has announced that Michelle Harrell Washington has been appointed the new director, Office for Diversity (OFD) and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the American Library Association, effective Feb. 11, 2013. ...

Feb 05: Book as iPad app back by popular demand

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of its first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, Book as iPad App: Multimedia, Multi-Touch E-Books and their Future in Libraries with Nicole Hennig. This four-week eCourse...

Feb 05: Popular teen programming eCourse returns in April

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs with Jennifer Velásquez.

Only a foundation of teen participation...

Feb 05: ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2013-2014 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services...

Feb 05: Registration is now open for PLA’s Virtual Spring Symposium

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will host the 2013 Virtual Spring Symposium from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central time on March 20. Moderated by Stephanie Gerding, librarian, author and trainer, this full day of public library...

Feb 05: Learn how to shine online with PLA’s presentation skills webinar

CHICAGO — With both audience and presenter out of sight, online presentations pose a unique challenge. Learn how to engage an online audience and keep their attention during “How to Be a Webinar Superstar: Tips for Running...

Feb 05: ACRL program proposals for 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on April...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

SEATTLE —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks list suggests...

Feb 04: AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IDEAxCHANGE,...

Feb 04: Lizabeth A. Wilson wins 2013 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial award

CHICAGO — Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, dean of university libraries at the University of Washington (UW), has been named the 2013 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Wilson will receive a cash award and citation during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Named in honor of one...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 55 titles, drawn from 98 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books,...

Feb 04: Video contest challenges students to let loose their creativity

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2013 student video contest “Communities matter @ your library.” Contestants are urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/...

Feb 04: School librarians shine as part of Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO  — Digital Learning Day, taking place Feb. 6, is a nationwide celebration of teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, education experience.

Nine lesson plans featured as part of “...

Feb 04: ALA Council approves dues adjustment proposal

CHICAGO — On January 29th at its meeting in Seattle during the Midwinter Meeting, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved a dues adjustment proposal and directed that it be placed on the spring ALA ballot for membership approval.

If...

Feb 01: YALSA names 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages 12-...

Jan 31: 'Check In' to participate in a free webinar for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO–  Visit the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2013 Teen Tech Week™ website, www.ala.org/teentechweek, to take part in the annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library and receive free registration for...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

SEATTLE— The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. The list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented annually at...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

SEATTLE– The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults ages 12-18 and is presented...

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