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Apr 16: 2013 Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO - Araba Dawson-Andoh is the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

The Bogle Memorial Fund and the...

Apr 16: IRRT Announces recipients of the 2013 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO - The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces three recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2013. These awards recognize the following exemplary services.

  • The ...
Apr 16: The Whole School Library Handbook 2

CHICAGO — A new edition of an ALA bestseller, “The Whole School Library Handbook 2,” published by ALA Editions, remains an indispensable all-in-one resource for everything related to the...

Apr 15: United for Libraries to present ‘Journey of a Young Adult Book – From Writer to Reader’ at Book Expo America

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries and Algonquin Books will present “Journey of a Young Adult Book: From Writer to Reader” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 in Room 1E16 at Book Expo America.  

Jennifer Brown, interim director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street...

Apr 15: United for Libraries to host webinar on ‘Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.

This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the...

Apr 15: State of America’s Libraries Report 2013

Libraries play a responsive role as budgets are cut, book challenges increase, ebooks present new challenges

CHICAGO — Libraries and library staff continue to respond to the needs of their communities, providing key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking...

Apr 15: Amnesty International USA receives the 2013 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

CHICAGO - The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Amnesty International USA is the recipient of the 2013 John Philip Immroth...

Apr 15: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks for school libraries during School Library Month

CHICAGO –  The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been named the official spokesperson for the 2013 celebration of School Library Month.

“At the 2011 AASL National Conference, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar impressed school librarians from...

Apr 15: 'Animation for the Next Generation' wins 2013 Loleta D. Fyan Grant

CHICAGO - The North Shelby (Ala.) Library’s animation and drawing program, “Animation for the Next Generation” has been awarded the 2013 Loleta D. Fyan. The library plans a six-week program with the goal of training community teens in 21st century technologies that will...

Apr 15: American Library, Library Copyright Alliance statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Supreme Court has announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the first sale doctrine. The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It...

Apr 15: Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the...

Apr 15: Registration available: Free e-government webinar for public librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to move services online, public libraries are a bridge between the government agencies and the communities they serve. To assist libraries in providing job-related e-government services to patrons, the...

Apr 15: Simon & Schuster launches ebook pilot program

In a statement released today, Simon & Schuster announced the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news,...

Apr 14: National Library Week, April 14-20, celebrates the role of libraries

CHICAGO — Communities nationwide are celebrating the contributions of libraries – including school, academic, public and special libraries - and library workers during National Library Week, April 14 – 20, 2013, sponsored by the American Library Association (...

Apr 12: Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boost

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Barack Obama released the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, allocating $177 million for assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Library funding will be administered by the...

Apr 12: Honorary Chair of National Library Week Caroline Kennedy makes appearance at Seattle school library

CHICAGO — In her role as honorary chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), author, editor, library and literacy advocate Caroline Kennedy visited with students at Sanislo Elementary School library in Seattle to discuss the...

Apr 12: Complete College & Research Libraries archives freely available online

CHICAGO – As part of the association’s commitment to scholarly publishing and open access, the full archive of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) official scholarly research journal College &...

Apr 12: Ideas on removing barriers to all, diversity in action initiatives sought for 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is seeking proposals for the 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the...

Apr 12: ALA-APA Recognizes City College of San Francisco college graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced that it has completed an agreement with the ...

Apr 12: United for Libraries designates Emily J. Pointer Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Stark Young

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries, in partnership with Emily J. Pointer Public Library in Como., Miss., designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Stark Young on Thursday, March 28.

A plaque was placed on the south lawn of the library during the Stark Young tribute, which...

Apr 12: Russell’s 'Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators' wins 2013 ABC-CLIO Greenwood Publishing Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) proudly acknowledges Carrie Russell as winner of the 2013 ABC-CLIO Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for "Complete...

Apr 11: Program proposals now being accepted for 2014 ALA Annual Conference and ALSC National Institute

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting proposals for innovative programs for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and the...

Apr 09: AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2014 Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas. The deadline for preconference submissions is 11:59 p.m....

Apr 09: Share coffee and conversation with graphic novel authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Five author/illustrators will share the creative process behind the exciting genre of graphic novels during the Author Breakfast at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition.  Attendees of the event, taking place Nov. 17, will enjoy breakfast with Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer...

Apr 09: Resources for military families from Preservation Week 2013

CHICAGO - For Preservation Week 2013, ALA has created a new section on the Preservation @your Library website focusing on issues...

Apr 09: NCLE report reveals school librarians as highly involved leaders inside and outside of their schools

CHICAGO – A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals that school librarians are highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other...

Apr 09: Princeton Public Library wins the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has named the Community Collaboration for Enhanced Technology Services at the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library the 2013 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award...

Apr 09: Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

PHILADELPHIA - Applications for the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15, 2013.

The 20 grants will support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled...

Apr 09: AASL webinar series makes the case for school library programs during School Library Month

CHICAGO – A new series of webinars, presented by members of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Advocacy Committee, will explore critical questions currently facing the school library profession. Presented in a new 20 minute...

Apr 09: Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference...

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