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Jun 11: Three groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Three groups will be recognized with Baker & Taylor Awards from United for Libraries during the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at the ALA Annual Conference Chicago.

United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards...

Jun 11: Lindsey wins United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA —  Dot Lindsey, a member of the board of trustees of the Rangeview Library District (Thornton, Colo.), is the winner of the 2013 United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant.

The United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables a public...

Jun 11: United for Libraries presents 'First Author, First Book' at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present “First Author, First Book” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 30 at the Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

This traditional book event features first time authors Janice Clark, Matthew Guinn,...

Jun 11: A guide to the must-see movie musicals of the silver screen

CHICAGO — Musicals adapted to the big screen — from "West Side Story" to "The Phantom of the Opera" — have enjoyed a staggering amount of success since the 1930s, and recent hits like "Nine" and the animated film "Rio" prove that the movie musical is as vital as ever. Former American...

Jun 11: PLA Project Manager Jamie Hollier receives White House Champion of Change award

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, June 11, Jamie Hollier, project manager for DigitalLearn.org, a digital literacy initiative of the Public Library Association, will be honored as a “Champion of Change” at the White...

Jun 10: LLAMA webinar presents road map for facilities design

CHICAGO — The bricks and mortar of libraries are seemingly permanent, yet the activities and services they are designed to deliver have been radically transformed in recent years. More change is on the horizon as the digital era progresses and libraries respond to the shifting needs of their...

Jun 10: Award-winning products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

CHICAGO—Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1224, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop...

Jun 10: Maryland State Library’s Jill Lewis wins ASCLA award for library services to blind and physically handicapped

CHICAGO — Jill Lewis, former director of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MDLBPH), is the 2013 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award—an annual honor presented by the ...

Jun 10: Mother Goose on the Loose’s Diamant-Cohen receives ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement award

CHICAGO — Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen has been named the recipient of the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award — an annual honor presented to an ASCLA member exemplifying leadership and achievement in one or more of the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking...

Jun 07: Mobile app for 2013 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO - Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago—the mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information right at your fingertips,...

Jun 07: ALA calls for national dialogue to reform the nation’s surveillance laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) is, frankly, saddened that two major revelations about our country’s surveillance practices confirm our gravest worries: the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information about the activities, especially electronic...
Jun 07: Using branding to help libraries survive and thrive

CHICAGO— Branding provides a unique way for a library to distinguish itself: its identity, personality, and image. Drawing on five vividly unique case studies from libraries across the country, “Breakthrough Branding: Positioning Your...

Jun 07: Friends of ALSC Preconference Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC have awarded two scholarships to the 2013 ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. ...

Jun 07: ALSC kicks off registration for summer 2013 online courses

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for summer 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, July 15, 2013.

Participants in online courses consistently respond that they would be very...

Jun 07: ALSC announces winners of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship which is made possible by...

Jun 07: ALA 101: An Intro for Elected Round Table (RT) Leaders

CHICAGO — So you’ve been elected a Round Table (RT) leader—what’s next? Plan to attend this FREE, one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. Central time on Thursday, June 13, 2013, to gain answers and insights on your role as an elected Round Table leader.

Do you have questions about where Round Tables...

Jun 06: ALA welcomes White House call for increased E-rate funding for libraries and schools

WASHIINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED initiative to connect America’s students to high-capacity broadband and high-speed wireless:

“ALA is encouraged by...

Jun 06: ALA calls for accountability and transparency in nation’s surveillance laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) is gravely concerned, but unfortunately not surprised, at this week’s revelations that the U.S. government obtained the phone records of all Verizon customers for the last seven years. Leaders of the association again call upon Congress...

Jun 06: Global thought leaders examine the future of scholarly communication

CHICAGO — Governments and societies around the globe agree that a vibrant and productive research community underpins a successful knowledge economy. But the context, mechanisms and channels of research communication are in flux. “The...

Jun 06: A year of ready-to-go artsy toddler storytimes

CHICAGO — For toddlers, every storytime can be a new adventure, while art activities are important for developing impulse control, hand-eye coordination and fine motor dexterity in the hands. Carol Garnett Hopkins’ new book “Artsy Toddler...

Jun 05: First education bill in decades acknowledges effective school library programs

Washington, D.C.— The American Library Association would like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in including strong provisions for effective school library programs in the...

Jun 04: RUSA 101: Network, get oriented and get involved with the Reference and User Services Association

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host RUSA 101, a networking and orientation event for interested, new and current members from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick...

Jun 04: Karol M. Wasylyshyn to speak at LLAMA/ACRL Joint Presidents Program

CHICAGO — Please join the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for their joint Presidents’ Program at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Titled “Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times...

Jun 04: LITA Web Course available: Getting Started with GIS

CHICAGO — LITA is pleased to announce the availability Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Ontario.

This newly re-designed course is modeled on Eva Dodsworth's...

Jun 04: Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the...

Jun 03: Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to...

Jun 03: Reference, technology and adult literature featured in RUSA programs offered at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Seeking conference programming covering reference, reference technologies and the best books for adult readers? Look no further than the program slate for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

This year’s RUSA programs offer...

Jun 03: Be part of the ALA/People to People library tour to Costa Rica

CHICAGO - For 50 years People to People’s Citizen Ambassador Delegations have been providing rewarding professional opportunities by taking your career out of the office and into the world.

Now, People to People, in collaboration with the...

Jun 03: Free PLA webinar highlights self-publishing at the public library

CHICAGO – The advent of online self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to connect authors and readers in their communities. Learn more about the potential of this during PLA’s free webinar, “...

Jun 03: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards announced - celebrating 50 years

CHICAGO — In honor of the 50th anniversary of the awards, The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected six recipients to receive the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.  Biennially, representatives from ALA and AIA gather to celebrate the...

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