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Feb 21: ALA Center for Civic Life, ProgrammingLibrarian.org present webinar series on how to host public issues forums in the library

CHICAGO – ProgrammingLibrarian.org and the ALA Center for Civic Life are pleased to announce a free, four-part series of webinars for libraries, “The Conversation Continues Here: Hosting Public Issues Forums @ your library.” Presented with support from the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, this...

Feb 21: AASL offers webinar on social networking and cybersafety

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer a webinar, Social Networking, Technology, and Safety: Engaging Your Community, at 6 p.m. CDT on March 21, 2012.  This one-hour webinar is designed for K-8 librarians who are interested in creating presentations that help...

Feb 21: Julie Allen Page receives Banks/Harris Award

CHICAGO – Julie Allen Page, co-coordinator of the California Preservation Program (CPP) and the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), is the recipient of the 2012 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for...

Feb 21: Registration open for 53rd Annual RBMS Preconference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the 53rd Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference. The 53rd Annual RBMS Preconference, "FUTURES!” will be held June 19-22, 2012, in San Diego. Register...

Feb 21: Apply now for ACRL Immersion ’12 Assessment, Intentional Teacher Tracks

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’12 Program Assessment and Intentional Teacher Tracks. The tracks will be offered simultaneously from Nov. 14-18, 2012, in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are being...

Feb 21: John F. Helmer wins 2012 Hugh C. Atkinson Award

CHICAGO — John F. Helmer, executive director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, has been named the 2012 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.  Helmer will receive a cash award and citation at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24,2012 at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)...

Feb 21: The American Library Association honors Patricia M.Y. Wong with the 2012 Equality Award

CHICAGO – Patricia (Patty) M.Y. Wong, county librarian/chief archivist of the Yolo County Library (Calif.) is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Scarecrow Press, a member of the Rowman...

Feb 17: PLA special events feature best-selling adult, young adult, children’s authors

Speakers include David Baldacci, Ally Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, Jerry Pinkney

CHICAGO – A host of best-selling adult, young adult and children’s authors will speak at several special events during the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2012 conference,...

Feb 17: Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Lisa German

CHICAGO — The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Lisa German, associate dean for Collections, Information and Access Services at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, to receive the 2012 Harrassowitz Leadership in...

Feb 17: ALA, NASA present 'Astro4Girls and Their Families,' celebrating women in science

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is partnering with NASA-funded astrophysics education and public outreach programs to offer nine public libraries across the country the opportunity to present “Astro4Girls and Their Families” during National Women’s...

Feb 17: Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2012 with free resources from ALA

CHICAGO – Free materials for National Bookmobile Day 2012 are now available for download at www.ala.org/bookmobiles. These customizable resources will help libraries across the country prepare for the third annual celebration of National Bookmobile...

Feb 17: YALSA publishes winter issue of Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Winter 2012 issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is now available at http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. This issue features reflections on young adult librarianship and...

Feb 17: Stalberg and Cronin article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO - Erin Stalberg, director of discovery and access at the Mount Holyoke College Library, and Christopher Cronin, director of metadata and cataloging services at the University of Chicago Library, have been awarded the 2012 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the...

Feb 15: ALA announces slate of petition Council candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals will be running as petition candidates for positions on the ALA Council:

Rosie L. Albritton, Director of Library Services, Prairie View A&M University, John B. Coleman Library,...

Feb 15: Kate Nevins and Rod Hersberger to serve as the newest ALA Endowment Trustees

CHICAGO – Kate Nevins, executive director and chief executive officer of LYRASIS and Rod Hersberger, dean emeritus, California State University, Bakersfield Library, have been appointed to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board...

Feb 14: PR Xchange Best of Show: Enter your library’s best publicity materials

CHICAGO – Your library has amazing promotional materials – newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising campaigns and more – in either print or electronic formats. Here’s your chance to show them off! It’s that time of year again— to submit entries...

Feb 14: AASL forms special interest group for school librarian retirees

CHICAGO – At the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors approved the creation of a special interest group for school librarian retirees based on a request of 38 AASL members.  AASL members...

Feb 14: American Library Association gears up for 2012 ALA election

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is gearing up for its upcoming election.

For the fourth year in a row, the American Library Association is holding its election exclusively online.  

Polls will open at 9 a.m. CDT  on March 19, 2012 for the American Library...

Feb 14: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation receives Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

CHICAGO– The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation is the winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award.  The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievement in carrying out a project to secure new funding...

Feb 14: Barry Trott takes on new duties as editor of Reference & User Services Quarterly

CHICAGO - Barry Trott, digital services director at Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library and past-president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), has been appointed as the incoming editor of ...

Feb 14: ASCLA’s webinar schedule highlights innovative programming, best practices in a variety of library settings

CHICAGO—The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is hosting a multitude of webinars beginning this week that touch on highly relevant topics such as technology, library services to special populations, outreach services,...

Feb 14: AASL releases updated position statement on the role of the school library program

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released an updated position statement on the role of the school library program.  Approved by the AASL Board of Directors at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting, the statement can be viewed on the AASL website at...

Feb 14: Evgeny Morozov named 2012 Eli M. Oboler Award winner

CHICAGO -  This year’s recipient of the Eli M. Oboler Award is Evgeny Morozov, for his book “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom,” the Intellectual Freedom Round Table announced.

Jim Teliha, chair of the Eli M. Oboler Award Committee, on the choice of Morozov, "He asks...

Feb 14: AASL preconferences empower school librarians as education and technology leaders

CHICAGO – Preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) before the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference are designed to empower school librarians as education and technology leaders in their schools. These “bring your own device” workshops...

Feb 14: New from ACRL: Transforming Information Literacy Programs

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Transforming Information Literacy Programs: Intersecting Frontiers of Self, Library Culture, and Campus Community,” edited by Carroll...

Feb 14: 2012 ACRL presidential candidates online forum

CHICAGO - The 2012 candidates for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 1 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Trevor A. Dawes and Debbie Malone will discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL and...

Feb 14: American Library Association: President’s budget leaves children high and dry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s 2013 budget request:

"Reducing support for literacy under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) takes books, valuable...
Feb 14: Sapphire introduces Precious’s son in new book--ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Sapphire, the author of the best-selling novel "Push" (adapted and renamed to become the blockbuster movie "Precious" in 2009), appears in the Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Sapphire's 1996 novel tells the...

Feb 14: Deduction is elementary with the new readers’ advisory guide to mystery

CHICAGO — Something sinister is afoot out there — and “The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery, Second Edition” published by ALA Editions has all the clues to help librarians solve the...

Feb 14: Teen Tech Week™ publicity tools available

CHICAGO – School and public libraries can promote Teen Tech Week™ (March 4-10) with online resources offered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other...

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