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Jan 11: Rita Williams-Garcia, Bryan Collier win 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

BOSTON– Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” and Bryan Collier, illustrator of “Trombone Shorty,” are the winners of the 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Ronald L. Smith...

Jan 11: Jerry Pinkney 2016 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

BOSTON – Jerry Pinkney is the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Jan. 8-12, in Boston.

“Accomplished...

Jan 11: 'George' and 'The Porcupine of Truth' win 2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

BOSTON – “George” by Alex Gino (Oakland, CA), published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; and “The Porcupine of Truth” by Bill Konigsberg (Chandler, AZ), published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., are the 2016 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards—...

Jan 11: 2016 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

BOSTON – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today during the...

Jan 11: YALSA announces 2016 Alex Awards

BOSTON – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2016 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Jan 10: 'The Sympathizer,' 'Hold Still,' receive 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

BOSTON —The American Library Association selects “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, published by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, as the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs,” by Sally Mann, published by...

Jan 09: Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference awarded to 'Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law'

BOSTON — The winner of the 2016 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and...

Jan 09: Readers’ advisory experts announce 2016 Reading List: Year’s best in genre fiction for adult readers

BOSTON — The Reading List Council has announced the 2016 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A shortlist of honor titles was also announced. The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s...

Jan 09: Reference experts announce annual Outstanding Reference Sources list for adults
BOSTON - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2015 have been named to the 2016 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of...
Jan 09: Dr. Florita Bell Griffin named recipient of Zora Neale Hurston Award for promotion of African-American Literature

BOSTON — Dr. Florita Bell Griffin, creative director of ARC Communications, LLC, a Texas-based Visual Art Communications and Publishing Company, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services...

Jan 09: 'The Book of Aron: A Novel' named 2016 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature
BOSTON – The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announced its selection for the 2016 Sophie Brody Medal, an annual honor bestowed...
Jan 09: PLA presents new webinar series – ‘Leadership Workshop for Women’

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn concrete, actionable practices for women seeking to transition to the next level of leadership while maximizing their contribution to their organization. The two-part webinar series, “...

Jan 08: Scales is 2016 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient

BOSTON – Pat Scales is the 2016 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

This year’s recipient, Pat...

Jan 07: Hodges Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is extending the deadline for nominations for its 2016 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom...

Jan 06: Guiding early and eager readers to excellent books

CHICAGO— For children, reading level and experience level are not always the same. Eager readers are often interested in ideas and topics that seem advanced, but situations and subjects that sixth graders can handle with aplomb may be emotionally confusing for a younger child. Early and eager...

Jan 05: ALA seeks proposals for 2016-2017 diversity research grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach...

Jan 05: Brennan wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Lisa Brennan, middle school librarian at St. Christopher's School, an all-boy, JK-12 independent school in Richmond, Virginia, the 2016...

Jan 04: ALSC announces Building STEAM with Día mini-grant recipients

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 10 mini-grants to bolster  the implementation of Building STEAM with Día programs in public libraries. These grants were funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through a generous donation to ALSC. Día, also...

Jan 04: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO — The deadline has been extended to Feb. 12 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the Equality Award, Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award, information Today Library of the Future Award and the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble...

Jan 04: YALSA opens proposals for 2016 symposium, Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper...

Dec 30: Multimedia & Technology Reviews selected as 2016 Louis Shores Award winner

BOSTON — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Multimedia & Technology Reviews as the recipient of the 2016 Louis...

Dec 30: Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)

BOSTON — The annual list of the most Outstanding Business Reference Sources was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of...

Dec 30: 2016 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners revealed

BOSTON — The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2016 selections of the Listen List Committee. The list was announced Sunday during the American Library Association’s Midwinter...

Dec 29: RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section selects annual list of Best Free Reference Websites

BOSTON —The  annual Best Free Reference Websites list was announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday.

The list made its first debut in the Fall 2015 issue of...

Dec 29: Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section experts

BOSTON — The annual list of Best Historical Materials was announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday.

The list recognizes the evaluation and effectiveness in...

Dec 29: Business reference experts select annual list of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

BOSTON — The annual Best of the Best Business Reference Websites list is hereby announced.

The list made its first debut in 2009 in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, and recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals...

Dec 29: 2015-2016 edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2015 - 2016 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library...

Dec 29: Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain to lead panel on creativity, innovation and transformation at Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON – Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder, director, and faculty chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will be a featured speaker, along with American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman and other ALA leadership, in a discussion on how library...

Dec 23: Forty student members qualify to assist during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23-28.

Established in 1973, the program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their...

Dec 22: Preparing for Today’s Job Market: the Search, the Application, and the Interview session to be presented during ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston

A session entitled Preparing for Today’s Job Market: the Search, the Application, and the Interview will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).  The session will be hosted by and held in the ALA JobLIST...

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