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Mar 23: John Irving introduces his 13th novel to ALA Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO — Best-selling author John Irving appears in the Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. He will introduce attendees to his 13th and latest novel, “In One Person,” due to be published in May...

Mar 23: Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to April 16

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is April 16, 2012.

All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are...

Mar 23: Vote in the 2012 ALA elections on your smartphone!

CHICAGO — Did you know that you can vote in the 2012 ALA elections on your smartphone and other mobile devices? You are no longer tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere – in line at the grocery store, on the bus, at the hairdresser! (But we do ask that you...

Mar 22: Beverly P. Lynch receives the 2012 Melvil Dewey Medal Award

CHICAGO — Beverly P. Lynch, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, is the winner of the 2012 Melvil Dewey Medal Award, sponsored by OCLC. The prestigious honor, given in recognition of creative leadership of high order...

Mar 22: Lyn Hopper receives the 2012 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO — Lyn Hopper, strategic planning consultant and former assistant state librarian in Georgia for library development (retired), is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. This award is given biennially to an individual for...

Mar 21: Best-selling author Picoult and daughter team up for President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO— Best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer will appear as part of the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at ALA Annual Conference from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. The mother-daughter author team...

Mar 21: Join The Hub for the first Best of the Best Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — The Hub, the teen literature blog published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host the Best of the Best Reading Challenge beginning April 1 and running for three months. Participants will be challenged to read as...

Mar 20: Nearly 1,400 U.S. libraries celebrate Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO — Thousands of school and public libraries throughout the country joined the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), in celebrating Teen Tech Week 2012, March 4-10. Nearly 1,400 libraries embraced the 2012 theme, Geek Out...

Mar 20: Support needy teens with your own Booze for Books party on April 12

CHICAGO—On April 12, people across the United States will join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in celebrating Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, by hosting a Booze for Books fundraiser to benefit the Books for Teens initiative. Books for...

Mar 20: AASL invites communities to 'belong' during School Library Month

CHICAGO – Recognizing school libraries as the centers of the school community where learning, research and collaboration happen and technologies and information resources are available 24/7, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites all to celebrate School Library Month (SLM...

Mar 20: Practical guidance on academic archives

CHICAGO—In today’s world, academic archives serve multiple roles, encompassing records management programs, special collections departments and other archival repositories. Because of these nontraditional functions, modern academic archivists require different sets of skills and training from...

Mar 20: New Jersey State Library’s Moeller-Peiffer honored with Cathleen Bourdon Service Award for contributions to ASCLA

CHICAGO—Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, associate state librarian, New Jersey State Library, is the 2012 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, an annual achievement award given by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library...

Mar 20: Kentucky goes 'Beyond Proficiency @ your library'

CHICAGO—Studies indicate that today’s students require multiple literacies—including digital, visual, textual and technological—in addition to information literacy to succeed. In order to guide students down a path toward academic success, the Kentucky Department of Education created...

Mar 20: Richland County Public Library Job Center wins RUSA adult library services excellence award

CHICAGO — The 2012 RUSA Gale Cengage Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services winner is the Richland County (South Carolina) Public Library Job Center, an honor sponsored by Gale Cengage and the...

Mar 20: RUSA’s Annual Conference travel grant for new ILL practitioners awarded to Natalie D. Beam

CHICAGO — Natalie D. Beam, head of access services at University of Hawaii, Hilo, is the 2012 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award — a...

Mar 20: AASL seeks researcher for survey analysis

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a researcher or team of researchers to assist in a data analysis of its national longitudinal survey of school library programs, School Libraries Count!  The data to be analyzed runs from the survey’s inception in 2007 through...

Mar 20: New eCourse: Learn to build a website with Joomla!

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Using Joomla! to Build Library Websites. Jon Fackrell, a librarian, Web developer and Joomla! expert, will serve as the instructor for this six-...

Mar 20: What is WordPress and what can it do for your library? Learn all about it in new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: WordPress Basics: What WordPress Can Do for Your Library. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m....

Mar 20: Carole Rose wins ASCLA Campbell Award for notable contributions to library services for the blind and physically handicapped

CHICAGO — Carole Rose, who recently retired as a librarian at the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library, is the 2012 winner of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) 2012 Francis Joseph Campbell Award.

The...

Mar 20: Cyril Oberlander is 2012 winner of RUSA’s Boucher Award for distinguished contributions to ILL

CHICAGO - Cyril Oberlander, interim director, Milne Library, State University of New York, Geneseo, is the recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL)...

Mar 20: ALTAFF President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference to feature Dan Rather

PHILADELPHIA –Donna McDonald, president of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will welcome award-winning journalist Dan Rather during the ALTAFF President’s Program at the 2012 ALA Annual...

Mar 20: Raise scholarship funds when you visit Disneyland Resort during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — People often think of Disneyland Resort when it comes to Anaheim, and now ALA Annual Conference attendees can indulge their desire for some fun with friends in the Magic Kingdom and, at the same time, support ALA scholarships. ALA is sponsoring...

Mar 20: REFORMA Educational Foundation’s Denim & Diamonds Gala promises good food, great music for a worthy cause

CHICAGO — The first annual Denim & Diamonds Gala Dinner and Dance to benefit the REFORMA Educational Foundation will take place from 7 - 11:30 p.m. on Friday June 22, 2012 during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.    

The REFORMA Educational Foundation, part of the...

Mar 20: ALA President Molly Raphael releases report on e-book talks with e-book distributors

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael released the following report regarding meetings with e-book distributors during the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13 - 17.   

“At last week’s Public Library Association (PLA) conference in...

Mar 20: Public Library Association Conference draws thousands to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – More than 8,700 library staff, supporters, exhibitors, authors and guests from across the country attended the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2012 Conference in Philadelphia to discuss various issues that impact U.S. public libraries and their users. Dedicated solely to...

Mar 20: Apply for YALSA's virtual mentoring program

Mar 19: Actor, author, soldier, speaker J. R. Martinez closes ALA Annual Conference on a motivating note

CHICAGO—Long before J.R. Martinez won legions of fans as the 2011 winner of "Dancing With the Stars,"  he was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story. His message of resilience and optimism will resonate with ALA attendees, given the current challenges facing libraries and...

Mar 19: 2012 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO – Voting in the 2012 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will send emails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 27.

For the fourth...

Mar 16: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) named 2012 James Madison Award recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael presented Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with one of the association’s highest honors – the  James Madison Award.  Lofgren received the award today during the National Freedom of Information Day Conference held at the...

Mar 16: Match YALSA’s award-winning books to middle school readers in YALSA’s March webinar

CHICAGO — The middle school librarian faces the unique challenge of building a collection that is appropriate for both teens and tweens.  In light of the 2012 YALSA book award announcements, what winners and honor books have middle school appeal? Join Megan Fink for “Finding a Place on the...

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