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Mar 22: Russell Library selected for 2011 RUSA award for service to labor community

CHICAGO — The Russell Library, Middletown, Conn., is the recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2011 John Sessions Memorial Award for their successful Business & Career Programs.

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Mar 22: Mary Mannix honored with 2011 History Section Award

CHICAGO — Mary K. Mannix, Maryland Room manager at Frederick (Md.) County Public Libraries, is the 2011 recipient of the Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award for outstanding contributions to the History Section (HS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

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Mar 22: Lesley S.J. Farmer receives the 2011 Beta Phi Mu Award

Dr. Lesley Farmer, professor of librarianship at the California State University Long Beach, has been selected the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2011 Beta Phi Mu Award.  This annual award, donated by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honorary Society, is presented...

Mar 22: Online encyclopedia NCPedia wins 2011 RUSA reference award

CHICAGO — The NCPedia, an online encyclopedia of North Carolina history and culture, is the winner of the 2011 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and...

Mar 22: Diane Zabel named Mudge Award winner for excellence in reference librarianship

CHICAGO — Diane Zabel, the Louis and Virginia Benzak Business librarian at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., has been selected the 2011 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award.

The...

Mar 22: Online registration now open for PLA’s free public library advocacy education program

CHICAGO — Registration has opened for the first six-week session (April 18-May 23) of Turning the Page 2.0, a free, comprehensive advocacy training program, developed and presented by the...

Mar 22: Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to March 31

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is March...

Mar 22: Introductory webinar on the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, April 5, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar on LSSC and how it works. 

The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff (library employees...

Mar 22: ALA announces 108 sites to host traveling exhibitions celebrating great Jewish artists

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that 108 libraries and other community centers would receive one of three new traveling exhibits focusing on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of America and the world through their lives and...

Mar 22: ALSC names 2011 Penguin Award winners

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2011 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to four children’s librarians. The award consists of a $600 grant, sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, for winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.

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Mar 22: The Library and Information Association of South Africa translates @ your library logo into 11 languages

CHICAGO – The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week (SALW), March 19-26, by translating the theme “Read in your own language @ your library” into the country’s 11 national languages.

LIASA chose the theme to highlight the key...

Mar 22: Registration for the 2011 PLA Virtual Spring Symposium closes on Friday, March 25

CHICAGO — The close of registration is quickly approaching for the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2011 Virtual Spring Symposium on March 30. Due to technical preparations for the event, PLA will be...

Mar 22: Recognize your library’s donors with ALTAFF's Major Benefactor Citation

PHILADELPHIA  –  To recognize individuals, families or corporations that have made major gifts to libraries, the  Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awards the Major Benefactor Citation.

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Mar 22: John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award winner announced

CHICAGO - Sally Tseng is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to...

Mar 22: New from ACRL and MIT Press: The Atlas of New Librarianship

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and MIT Press announce the co-publication of a new title, “The Atlas of New Librarianship” by R. David Lankes of the Syracuse University...

Mar 22: The March/April issue of American Libraries is in the mail

ALA members will soon be receiving the latest print issue of American Libraries.

In this issue, explore:

  • The all-new Library Design Showcase
  • E-books: Rights vs. permissions
  • This Old Library
  • This new Library Learning ...
Mar 22: Michele Gorman wins YALSA’s Thinking Big about Advocacy Contest

CHICAGO — Michele Gorman, teen services director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, N.C., won the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Thinking Big about Advocacy Contest for a teen video series promoting the library. Gorman receives $500 for her submission. The Friends...

Mar 22: Free webinar provides info on how to implement Library Snapshot Day

CHICAGO – The Committee on Library Advocacy will present a free webinar on Library Snapshot Day from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Library Snapshot Day is an event that provides library staff a simple means to show the value of the library by capturing what happens...

Mar 22: LITA offering Web course on mashups and APIs

CHICAGO - A Web course, Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, will be held April 18-22, 2011 and presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries. Live, synchronous lectures will be presented each day from 10 a.m. - noon...

Mar 22: Evaluate your public library’s teen services with new, free tool from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, released a new evaluation tool for libraries to determine the health of teen services at their institutions. The downloadable tool, approved by YALSA’s Board of Directors in February 2011,...

Mar 21: Free webinars during Preservation Week, April 24-30

CHICAGO - Take a few moments during Preservation Week, April 24-30, to attend two free webinars.  Sponsored by the HFGroup, these webinars will enlighten you on two very important and timely topics:  accidents and digital memories.  The webinars are produced as part of Preservation Week by the...

Mar 21: Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with Honorary Chair Audrey Niffenegger

CHICAGO – Audrey Niffenegger wants you to celebrate National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

The acclaimed author of "The Night Bookmobile" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife" has lent her support to America’s bookmobiles as the 2011 Honorary Chair of National Bookmobile Day...

Mar 18: ALA sends Resolution on Access to and Classification of Government Information to Congress, White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) distributed its Resolution on Access to and Classification of Government Information to all members of the U.S. Congress and to the White House this week in recognition of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about...

Mar 18: AASL president releases statement on school library position cuts

CHICAGO – Coinciding with her visit to a state-recognized school library program, American Association of School Librarians President, Dr. Nancy Everhart released the following statement in response to the elimination of school librarian positions in schools facing budget shortfalls.

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Mar 18: AASL “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey deadline extended to March 25

CHICAGO – The deadline to participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey has been extended to March 25.  The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this information to...

Mar 18: Baker and Dube awarded ALCTS Best of LRTS

CHICAGO - Whitney Baker, conservator and associate librarian at Kansas University Libraries, and Liz Dube, conservator and associate librarian at University of Notre Dame, have been awarded the 2011 Best of LRTS Award for the article, "Identifying Standard Practices in Research...

Mar 17: College & Research Libraries to go open access

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces that its scholarly research journal, College & Research Libraries (C&RL), will become an open access publication beginning with the May 2011 issue. This change in access policy lifts the...

Mar 16: American Library Association presents 2011 James Madison Award to Patrice McDermott

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens today awarded the 2011 James Madison Award to Patrice McDermott, director of OpenTheGovernment.org, during the 13th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference celebration at the Knight Conference Center...

Mar 15: Advocacy Institute at Annual to focus on boomers, staff and students as vocal library supporters

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the "Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop" during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011. Advanced registration is...

Mar 15: Libraries across Ireland celebrate Library Ireland Week

CHICAGO – “Smart people” and “smart libraries” across Ireland last week celebrated the sixth annual Library Ireland Week (March 7-13, 2011) using the Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand.

The @ your library brand, as well as the theme, “Smart people use smart...

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