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Feb 02: YALSA announces 2015 Alex Awards

CHICAGO – 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 2015 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Feb 01: Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section

CHICAGO —The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The list, in its 11th year, recognizes the evaluation and effectiveness in...

Feb 01: 2015 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature names winner, honorable mentions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal, an honor bestowed by the Collection...

Feb 01: The 'Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism' wins Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference sources

CHICAGO  The winner of the 2015 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development...

Feb 01: 2015 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries

CHICAGO  The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2014 have been named to the 2015 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of...

Feb 01: Winner of 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American Literature announced

CHICAGO — Carolyn Garnes, founder and CEO of Aunt Lil’s Reading Room, is the 2015 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by...

Feb 01: 2015 Reading List announced: Year’s best in genre fiction for adult readers

CHICAGO — The Reading List Council has announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list composed of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.  The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2015 selections are...

Feb 01: Annual list of Best Free Reference Websites selected by RUSA’s Emerging Technologies in Reference Section

CHICAGO — The 16th 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.

The list made its debut in the Fall 2014 issue of Reference and...

Feb 01: 2015 Listen List announced: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), serving expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, has announced its selections for the 2015 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration juried list.

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Feb 01: Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing names Brad Hooper of Booklist as winner

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Brad Hooper of Booklist as the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award, which recognizes outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.

The Louis...

Feb 01: BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites selected by business reference experts

CHICAGO —The 5th annual Best of the Best Business Websites list was announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

The list made its debut in 2009 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting...

Feb 01: 2015 Notable Books announced: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry

CHICAGO — The Notable Books Council has announced the 2015 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of 26 titles written for adult readers and published in the U.S., including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced today during the American Library...

Feb 01: Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA's business reference experts

CHICAGO — 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...

Feb 01: Kathleen T. Horning is 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient

CHICAGO – Kathleen T. Horning is the 2015 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.

Horning is the...

Jan 29: PLEASE NOTE NEW SPEAKER: Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
CHICAGO—Assistant Senate Minority Leader Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The...
Jan 28: AASL launches where learning never ends digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites students to participate in a digital storytelling contest held as part of the 2015 celebration of School Library Month.  The contest asks students to reflect on the 2015 theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends...

Jan 28: Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle to judge AASL digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – Celebrated authors Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle will serve as the guest judges in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Library Month digital storytelling contest. The authors will make the final determination of winners per grade...

Jan 28: PLEASE NOTE SPEAKER CHANGE: Politicos and professors to populate panel discussion of what new Congress means for libraries at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, government and academia will explore the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The...

Jan 28: Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of "Got E-rate?," a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the...

Jan 27: Online entries now being accepted for the John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding library public relations

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John...

Jan 27: Gear up for National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles bring the world to the communities they serve – from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 15, join the nationwide celebrations as libraries across the country will celebrate the vital services bookmobiles provide on the...

Jan 27: Recipients of Volunteer of the Year Award announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded two recipients with the Volunteer of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission,...

Jan 27: YALSA names 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The list, drawn from 167 official nominations, is presented annually around the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The...

Jan 27: 2015 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Santa Fe College Lawrence W. Tyree Library, Gainesville, Florida;...

Jan 27: How to improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of a popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm Eastern on...

Jan 27: Engaging teens with digital media: Creating stories and games

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week...

Jan 27: PLA to offer two preconferences and a BIG IDEAS event for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconferences and a new BIG IDEAS...

Jan 26: AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired...

Jan 26: PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals for the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

PLA welcomes all proposals designed to be educational, thought-provoking and engaging for...

Jan 26: Hendershot 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 Peggy Hendershot, youth information specialist at the Johnson County Library, Blue Valley Branch, the 2015 MAE...

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