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Jan 10: Share your library’s story at Midwinter

CHICAGO — How does your library transform? You can tell your story on video during the 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, held Jan. 20-24. The ALA’s Public Awareness Office will be conducting short interviews with librarians to reveal how their libraries transform. A video...

Jan 09: ALA calls for fast passage of Email Privacy Act

WASHINGTON - ALA President Julie B. Todaro issued the following statement upon reintroduction of the Email Privacy Act today in the U.S. House of Representatives: 

“The Fourth Amendment protects all of our 'papers and effects'...

Jan 09: ALA announces petition candidates for ALA Council

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals have filed petitions for positions on the ALA Council for the 2017 ALA Election:

Mary Biblo, Librarian Emeritus, Rowley Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois...

Jan 09: ALSC provides $60k in Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants to 12 libraries

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants. These grants are made possible by a Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The 12 minigrant recipients...

Jan 09: RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section selects 18th annual list of Best Free Reference Websites

CHICAGO—The 18th Annual Best Free Reference Websites list, previously published in the Fall 2016 issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly, is now also available on ...

Jan 09: New Workshop: The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Content Marketing

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Content Marketing with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 60 minutes and take place Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm...

Jan 09: New Workshop: Using Change Management to Transform Your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Using Change Management to Transform Your Library with Catherine Soehner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30...

Jan 09: A cornucopia of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Longer hours and easy access near the onsite Registration area make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/...

Jan 05: ALCTS rolls out new online education and virtual forum in 2017

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce its catalog of 2017 online education offerings. Focusing on the changing landscape of technical services, ALCTS Continuing Education features online programming on staff and leadership...

Jan 04: New eCourse: Organize Your Personal and Professional Life with Apps

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Organize Your Personal and Professional Life with Apps. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 6,...

Jan 04: New eCourse: Assessing Student Learning with Instructional Technologies

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Assessing Student Learning with Instructional Technologies. Melissa Mallon will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March...

Jan 04: New eCourse: Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday...

Jan 04: New eCourse: How to Implement a Digitization Program

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, How to Implement a Digitization Program. Susanne Caro will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Jan 03: 2017 PR Xchange Awards competition opens

Submit your library’s promotional materials for the 2017 PR Xchange Awards Competition sponsored by the PRMS Section of LLAMA

CHICAGO — Libraries everywhere are creating exciting promotional materials:  newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy...

Jan 03: New issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy now available online

CHICAGO —  The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), Vol. 1, No. 2-3, is now live and available to subscribers online.  Subscribers can view it on the JIFP...

Jan 03: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is accepting applications through Feb. 3, 2017 for the Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award.

The Gale Cengage Learning Financial...

Jan 03: ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund donates $2,500 to community library in Himalayas

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has donated $2,500 from its Nepal Library Relief Fund to the READ Global (Rural Education and Development) Center in Tukche village in the Mustang district of Nepal. A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after...

Dec 27: RUSA invites Midwinter attendees to celebrate winners of year’s best in adult reading and reference

CHICAGO--On Sunday, Jan. 22, 5-7pm EST, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host their annual Book and Media Awards ceremony to announce the many awards and best...

Dec 27: New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition....

Dec 22: New Workshop: Improve Your Library: Using the 5 Phases of Project Management

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Improve Your Library: Using the 5 Phases of Project Management with Robin M. Hastings. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30...

Dec 21: Free webinar: Smart Libraries with Marshall Breeding

CHICAGO—ALA TechSource announces an exciting free webinar, Smart Libraries with Marshall Breeding. This webinar will last one hour and take place at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central/12:...

Dec 21: Hartman and Huff awarded YALSA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Angela Hartman and Sara Huff its 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend.

The travel stipend...

Dec 21: At 2017 Midwinter Meeting, talk to ALA about accessibility for people with disabilities

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of conversations at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.  

The focus of these 90-minute Kitchen Table Conversations will be on a key aspect of inclusion:...

Dec 20: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over the...

Dec 20: Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

 
Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-...
Dec 20: Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award now accepting submissions for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award, an award recognizing the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th-Century...

Dec 20: Jesse H. Shera Awards now accepting submissions

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association is inviting submissions for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2017.

 
The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published...
Dec 20: Applications sought for 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program...

Dec 20: OIF revamps reporting tools for library hate crime and material challenges

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) — the voice of the First Amendment in libraries — introduced upgraded tools that make censorship easier to report and easier to track. On Dec. 20, the office rolled out a simpler form to document censorship and hate crime, a web page...

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