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Sep 28: ALA-APA call for committee volunteers

CHICAGO — American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Julie Todaro is seeking volunteers for appointments to 2016-2017 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Conference.

The...

Sep 28: A comprehensive guide to insurance industry information resources

CHICAGO — The insurance industry is among the most highly regulated industries today, and literature on the field is a complex thicket of sources. “The ALA Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science...

Sep 25: Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy

CHICAGO – As we mark national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The need is great. In the U.S. low literacy is a reality for one in six adults, while one in 10 speaks limited English,...

Sep 25: Webinar: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom: Beyond 'Banned Books Week'

CHICAGO – Join the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to learn how to continue awareness of intellectual freedom and the harms of censorship all year long, not just during Banned Books Week in September. “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom...

Sep 25: Supervisors of school librarians share advice on Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ Supervisors Section will carve out a corner of Knowledge Quest with monthly blog posts from its members. Posts will be written from the perspective of supervisors advising school...

Sep 25: ACRL releases 'Reviewing the Academic Library'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review,” edited by Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden.

Whether...

Sep 24: Senator Cory Booker to speak at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program

CHICAGO — Rising United States Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — will join ALA President Sari Feldman as speaker during her President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. This program, in...

Sep 22: AASL awarded IMLS grant for causal research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Laura Bush program grants support the recruiting and educating...

Sep 21: Learn how to ‘Weed Smart’ in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to make any weeding project a public relations dream. “Weeding Smart” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Oct. 2.

"Awful Library Books" co-authors...

Sep 21: ACRL seeks nominations for 2016 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

CHICAGO – Last year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) celebrated its 75th anniversary of advancing learning and transforming scholarship in the higher education community. A major part of this celebration included honoring the outstanding achievements of...

Sep 21: Longlist for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO — Forty books (20 fiction, 20 nonfiction) comprising the longlist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The...

Sep 17: How to become an embedded librarian

CHICAGO — Embedded librarianship is “not one size fits all,” yet many books on the subject treat it in a cold, objective manner that doesn’t adequately communicate how becoming an embedded librarian actually works in the real world.  But in “...

Sep 17: Standards guide for librarians now available as an EPUB

CHICAGO -- “The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment,” edited by NISO Executive Director Todd A. Carpenter, is now available in and e-book bundle. The bundle includes both a PDF file and an EPUB file, one of the many standards covered in the book. "The Critical...

Sep 17: Ignite Session proposals accepted through Oct. 9 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, always standing-room-only and high energy events. Session proposals are accepted now through the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Find out more...

Sep 16: A versatile handbook for storytime programs

CHICAGO — Librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can energize storytimes and curricula with “The Handbook for Storytime Programs,” published by ALA Editions. A companion volume to “...

Sep 16: ALA, FINRA Investor Education Foundation partner on Financial Literacy Research Project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) announced today that it will collaborate with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation on a research project in which ALA will survey U.S. public libraries about...

Sep 15: Booklist again selected by National Reading Group Month, Great Group Reads

CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book Association’s October...

Sep 15: Libraries, organizations commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month as part of ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ project

For inquiries or an interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), contact Theola DeBose, NEH's director of communications, at tdebose@neh.gov or 202-606-8255.

CHICAGO — More than 150 libraries, museums and...

Sep 15: PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO — Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an...

Sep 15: LITA fall online continuing education

CHICAGO — Immediate registration is available now for any of four webinars, or a...

Sep 15: Nominations will close Sept. 28 for 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that nominations for its prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award will close on Monday, Sept. 28. Library users nationwide can nominate their favorite librarians who have transformed lives and communities through...

Sep 15: RUSA announces new vice-president/president-elect, Alesia McManus

CHICAGO — Alesia McManus, director of the Howard Community College Library, Columbia, Maryland, has been elected the 2015-2016 RUSA’s new vice-president/president-Elect.

“For 20+ years, I have enthusiastically provided direction and leadership, through team-building, strategic planning...

Sep 15: Registration now open for PLA 2016 Conference in Denver

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver, are now open. For complete details, visit placonference.org.

The PLA 2016 schedule is packed with extraordinary...

Sep 15: ALA president responds to Pew Research Center study that highlights vital role of libraries in digital age

CHICAGO — Libraries are transforming as society stands at a critical juncture with regard to the changing information landscape and the skills needed to thrive in our digital world.   Libraries at the Crossroads...

Sep 15: ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let's Encrypt initiative

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom announced its sponsorship of "Let's Encrypt," a free, automated, and open certificate authority.   "Let's Encrypt" is   a service provided by the Internet...

Sep 14: ACRL releases 'Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes.” Edited by Irene M. H. Herold...

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