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May 22: IMLS funds $500,000 research project to study characteristics and outcomes of library public programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has received a $512,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a research project to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library...

May 19: New Session: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30pm...

May 19: AASL seeks program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 21 – 26 in New Orleans, La. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m....

May 19: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Closing General Session Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

In 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of...

May 18: The collection is all around

CHICAGO — Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might...

May 18: ALA condemns FCC vote to undermine net neutrality protections, vows to defend open internet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) condemned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s vote on Thursday that begins undoing strong net neutrality protections. If the 2015 Open Internet Order is weakened, the FCC Chairman will undermine safeguards demanded by...

May 18: Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing,...

May 18: School library professionals invited to attend AASL’s virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update...

May 17: ESLS call for proposals and papers

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent...

May 17: 2018 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on May 17, 2017 for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018. For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA...

May 17: How to win library funding through political advocacy

CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library...

May 17: Free webinar offered on using DigitalLearn to complement classes for library patrons

To help public libraries better understand the Association's key digital literacy resource DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a webinar in early June.

Community members enter public libraries every...

May 17: ALA lauds major businesses united to fight for federal library funding
(Washington, DC) – The American Library Association hailed today’s unveiling of the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), a group of more than two dozen leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple...
May 16: Gale, a Cengage Company Learning Financial Development Award recipient named

CHICAGO — Mid-Continent Public Library, the largest public library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area—serving nearly 800,000 people across its three-county district—is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Gale, a Cengage Company Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented...

May 16: Dr. Barbara K. Stripling receives the 2017 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara K. Stripling is the winner of the 2017 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott, III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to...

May 16: Spend an afternoon with Jordan Sonnenblick during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Jordan Sonnenblick will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Sonnenblick, along with Sarah Dessen and Christian Robinson, will discuss his...

May 16: LLAMA Webinar: Evidence-based Advocacy at National, State and Local Levels

CHICAGO — Every librarian knows that public policies at the national, state and local level can have a huge impact on how resources are allocated to their library. However, many librarians have not been trained or encouraged to engage in advocacy at those levels. The Library Leadership and...

May 16: Jonathan Safran Foer among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Jonathan Safran Foer will join Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson, A.J. Finn, and Celeste Ng at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-...

May 16: ALSC Releases 2017 Summer Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2017 Summer Reading Lists. With titles organized into four age ranges, young booklovers are sure to find some great reads to beat the heat.

Each list is available to download for free; birth-preschool, K-2...

May 16: Accepting Appointments for Career Counseling and Resume Review at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions and resume reviews on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 - 25, 2017 during the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST...

May 16: Spend an afternoon with Sarah Dessen during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Sarah Dessen will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Dessen, along with Christian Robinson and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss her work...

May 16: Spend an afternoon with Christian Robinson during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Christian Robinson will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Robinson, along with Sarah Dessen and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss his work...

May 16: PLA, Anythink Libraries to host free webinar on achieving organizational goals

PLA is hosting a free interactive webinar this month in partnership with Anythink Libraries (Adams County, Colo.). Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is an initiative designed to show...

May 16: PR Forum 2017: Learn to tell your library story with Ben Bizzle

CHICAGO – Is your library telling its story? Ben Bizzle, library advocate, marketer, author and entrepreneur, believes every action a library takes from programming to purchasing, from the website to the reference desk, is an opportunity to share its story with users and the communities they...

May 15: AASL President recognizes Emily Sheketoff’s "ceaseless efforts" with Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Audrey Church. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the...

May 15: Leaders Wanted: Building diversity in LIS leadership at ALA Annual Conference
CHICAGO - Cultivating a diverse workforce is important, but librarians of color in LIS education, research, and executive-level administration are underrepresented. To address this need, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is sponsoring its 10th annual...
May 15: ACRL releases Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments,” by Mary Snyder Broussard....

May 12: The 2017 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO—Updated to include the 2017 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2017 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together...

May 12: AASL President’s Program addresses “what an administrator wants”

CHICAGO – Scott Beck, head principal at Norman (Okla.) High School, will conclude the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Awards Ceremony & President’s Program taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“As...

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