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Apr 13: ACRL releases The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans,” edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak.

“The Discovery Tool...

Apr 13: ALA launches Public Policy Advisory Council
 
As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library...
Apr 13: Practical tips for facilitating research

CHICAGO — Information professionals have a key role to play in facilitating the development of researchers who are able to operate confidently and successfully in the information world. Grounded in current theory and informed by practitioners from around the world, “...

Apr 12: YALSA awarded IMLS Grant to help rural, small, and tribal libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has been awarded $305,085 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the...

Apr 12: Andrea Catania-Stephenson receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Andrea Catania-Stephenson, school librarian at El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, California, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and...

Apr 12: 'Brotherhood' project from G. W. Carver Middle School receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Deborah Floyd, Stephanie Stargardt and Joshua Forbes from G. W. Carver Middle School in Chester, Virginia, are the recipients of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award for their collaborative project “Brotherhood, A Novel: Making...

Apr 12: Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's...

Apr 12: Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE Publishing

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE Publishing, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Poundstone is a frequent panelist for NPR’s “...

Apr 12: Webinar! "Dear Representative" in time for NLLD

Oftentimes, librarians associate National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) with the singular issue of funding and budget support. But there are many issues that librarians can advocate for to their elected officials. 

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Apr 12: Melanie Townsend Diggs receives the 2016 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Melanie Townsend Diggs, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch manager of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will co-present Townsend...

Apr 12: A guidebook of RDA essentials

CHICAGO — “RDA Essentials,” co-published by ALA, CLA, and Facet Publishing (CILIP) and available in the U.S. and Mexico through the ALA Store, is a concise guide to cataloging with RDA:...

Apr 12: ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy
 
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Rosen as a senior advisor in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this capacity, Rosen will provide guidance on a broad range of topics in OITP’s new Program on Youth &...
Apr 11: “State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to  meet the needs of tech-savvy...

Apr 11: 2016 Teen Read Week™ Initiative launched

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2016 Teen Read Week (TRW) website, www.ala.org/teenread

YALSA encourages libraries to use a multi-lingual “...

Apr 08: Apply now for the 2016 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant

CHICAGO – Eligible library staff, afterschool providers and educators can now apply for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2016 Teen Read Week...

Apr 08: Publisher partners with libraries for Money Smart Week promotion

HarperCollins offers special pricing on seven finance-related ebook titles

CHICAGO – Libraries celebrating Money Smart Week, April 23 – 30, will have the opportunity to take advantage of an offer from publisher HarperCollins to receive special pricing for...

Apr 07: ALA to Host Natl. Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.―The innovation economy, digital learning and computer science, and even the future of the Library of Congress are all timely topics for this election season. The American Library Association (ALA) will debate each at its first...
Apr 06: Applications due April 15 for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – The deadline for applications for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute is quickly approaching. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute, which will take place...

Apr 06: Registration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium now open

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, is now open. Individuals can...

Apr 06: Kate Lechtenberg receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Kate Lechtenberg, school librarian in Ankeny Community Schools located in Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2016 American...

Apr 06: PLA premieres library advocacy video series at national conference

DENVER — At the intersection of practice and advocacy is the story of libraries’ and library staff’s positive impacts on individuals and communities. Better understanding and capturing these impacts drives the work of Project Outcome...

Apr 05: ALA, AASL provide support for high school librarians in Cleveland

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are providing support to local efforts to avert cuts to high school librarians in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The proposed cuts directly follow district reform...

Apr 05: GLBTRT to release new toolkit at PLA Conference

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will release a new toolkit at the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference to help Librarians better serve the GLBT population. Titled “Open to All,” this new resource is designed for...

Apr 05: Choose Privacy Week demands respect for minors' privacy

CHICAGO — Choose Privacy Week, the American  Library Association's annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians' special role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole, will take place May 1 – 7, 2016.

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Apr 05: ALA and AASL introduce School Library Snapshot tool

CHICAGO — In time for School Library Month, the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), in collaboration with American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has introduced a new School Library Snapshot tool. This tailored infographic allows school librarians to create a visual representation of...

Apr 05: Tewell and Angell win 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Eamon Tewell and Katelyn Angell as the winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the...

Apr 05: Lindsey Tomsu wins the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2016 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Lindsey Tomsu’s project “Tween & Teen BUILD Collective” at La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Nebraska. The goal of the project, Tomsu writes, is to “provide tweens and teens (fourth through 12th grade...

Apr 05: Vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone!

(Chicago) Did you know that you can vote in the 2016 ALA elections on your Smartphone and other mobile devices? You need not be tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere –at the airport, on the bus, at the dog groomer! (But we do ask that you refrain from voting...

Apr 05: Park wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the...

Apr 05: Kelvin Watson receives the Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

CHICAGO — Kelvin Watson, chief innovation and technology officer, Queens Library (Queens, New York), has been named the 2016 inaugural winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public...

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