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Jul 07: Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a...

Jul 07: ALA extends commitment to Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On June 26, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) extended its commitment to the Libraries Transform Campaign for an additional three years (Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020).

Libraries Transform is the ALA’s public awareness campaign and serves to highlight...

Jul 07: New eCourse: Using Apps to Manage Information and Stay Organized

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Using Apps to Manage Information and Stay Organized. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Tuesday,...

Jul 06: 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – The Librarians Call to Action

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, in the association’s home city of Chicago. The conference was attended by more than 22,700 librarians, library workers and library supporters...

Jul 06: 2017 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2017 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded...

Jul 06: Nominating committee extends deadline

Chicago - The ALA 2018 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of Councilor-at-Large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA Councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m. Central...

Jul 06: Anna Bolognani wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Anna Bolognani has won a free year of AASL membership. Bolognani's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Marilee McNeil Attley to...

Jul 05: Getting started in service design

CHICAGO — Service design is a holistic, collaborative methodology that puts the user at the center of the service delivery model. Because this approach prioritizes users and their overall experience, it’s a valuable framework that librarians and administrators can use as a group to assess,...

Jul 04: Free webinar: ALA Annual Conference 2017 Tech Wrap-up

CHICAGO—If you’ve ever been to an ALA Annual Conference, you know that there’s always a lot of tech to see and never enough time to see it all. Whether you were unable to attend this year or you just want to get a good run-down of what you may have missed, our free webinar has got you covered!...

Jun 29: Every child has a right to read

CHICAGO — Literacy has now been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Every child has a right to read and we have a social responsibility, as parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, campaigners and policy makers to...

Jun 29: Practical strategies for enhancing teen services

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is excited to unveil a brand-new publication titled, “Putting Teens First in Library Services: A Road Map.”

The publication, edited by Linda W. Braun and Shannon...

Jun 28: Driving Decisions with Data: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Join us July 24 for a free episode of AL Live, where Jason Kuscma, deputy director at Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, will discuss how his library uses ...

Jun 24: Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an...

Jun 24: AASL announces 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher...

Jun 24: AASL announces 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The annual list honors 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for...

Jun 23: New Workshop: Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons with Paige Alfonzo. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place on:

  • Thursday,...
Jun 23: New Session: How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service with Laurie Brown. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, August 23, 2017...

Jun 23: American Library Association expands program to help libraries get "Ready to Code”
CHICAGO — On Thursday, the American Library Association announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries "Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of...
Jun 20: ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Offering Free Services and Workshops

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be bustling with activities during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In addition to having career counseling, resume review assistance, and an onsite photographer, the Center is also hosting several special activities which are...

Jun 20: Learn about Contextual Inquiry, after ALA Annual

Chicago -- A new LITA web course, Contextual Inquiry: Using Ethnographic Research to Impact your Library UX, begins, July 6, 2017, shortly after ALA Annual. Use the excitement generated by the conference to further explore...

Jun 20: Meet the 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders at a Poster Session during ALA Annual Conference

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago are invited to meet the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception  on Friday, June 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room W196b. The ALA 2017 class of ELs...

Jun 20: Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO – Two Louisiana schools, Galvez Primary School located in Prairieville and Denham Springs High School located in Denham Springs, are the recipients of the 2017 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant...

Jun 20: Scott Turow and Kate White among authors at United for Libraries’ mystery panel at ALA Annual

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors” on Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W185a.

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest...

Jun 20: Learner-centered pedagogy

CHICAGO — Today’s emphasis on metrics and personalization make evidence-based instruction an imperative. In “Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice,” published by ALA Editions,...

Jun 19: Forty participants selected for fifth ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s fifth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library...

Jun 19: Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of AL Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. They’ll show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused...

Jun 19: New Career Development Resource Guide Published by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at...

Jun 16: Public libraries invited to apply for ‘The Vietnam War’ PBS documentary programming opportunity

Public libraries are invited to apply to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning Sept. 17.

Fifty public libraries will be selected, through a competitive application process, to...

Jun 16: New Session: Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children with Carol Morrone. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, August 17,...

Jun 15: ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging...

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