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Jun 07: ALA Committee on Diversity hosts Town Hall Meeting

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Committee on Diversity will host a Town Hall Meeting on Diversity from 8 a.m. - noon on Friday June 24 in the Morial Convention Center, Room 265 during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Diversity remains an important issue...

Jun 07: Feminist Task Force celebrates 2011 Amelia Bloomer List

CHICAGO – The Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association will mark 10 years of celebrating the feminist perspective in books intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old at the the 2011 Amelia Bloomer Project Breakfast...

Jun 07: Celebrate award winners, enjoy desserts at ASCLA/COSLA reception

CHICAGO — Networking, sweets and an awards presentation are on the agenda for the ASCLA/COSLA reception at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference. All conference attendees are invited to participate in the celebration.

The event, a conference tradition co-sponsored by...

Jun 07: 2011 PLDS Digital Database now available; features special public library finance survey

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Digital Database is now updated with 2011 results. The Report is compiled from surveys submitted by public...

Jun 07: New from ACRL: Strategic Planning in College Libraries

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Strategic Planning in College Libraries” (CLIP Note #43), compiled by Eleonora Dubicki of Monmouth University...

Jun 06: Wendy McClure among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "Tales from the Heart: Literary Memoirs" event at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Tales from the Heart: Literary Memoirs” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 25 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New ...

Jun 06: Committee for the Status of Women in Librarianship hosting sessions at the ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Committee for the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will be hosting two programs at the 2011 ALA  Annual Conference in New Orleans.  They provide the opportunity to focus on topics of importance to the status of women in librarianship.

The first session, entitled...

Jun 06: The latest assessment of public libraries and future employment

CHICAGO — Presenting the latest and most comprehensive assessment of public librarians’ education and career paths, “A Strong Future for Public Library Use and Employment” reports on a large-scale research project performed by...

Jun 06: Space still available for Advocacy Institute focusing on boomers, staff and students

CHICAGO – Space is still available for the “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011. Advanced registration is...

Jun 03: Celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature at the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO – The Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast from 7 - 9 a....

Jun 03: Lush, Galbo and Sankey awarded 2011 LITA Scholarships

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is announcing the awarding of the annual scholarships it sponsors jointly with three organizations:  Baker & Taylor, LSSI and OCLC, Inc. These scholarships are for master’s...

Jun 03: 2011 ACRL President’s Program innovation contest winners

CHICAGO –In conjunction with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) President’s Program at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the association sponsored a contest to identify exciting library innovation projects using teams to implement new ideas. Given the high...

Jun 02: ALTAFF releases toolkit for Friends groups on attracting and keeping baby boomer volunteers

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made available to ALTAFF’s Friends and Foundation personal and group members a new toolkit titled “Tapping Into the Biggest and Most Active...

Jun 02: Office for Information Technology Policy offers ‘perspectives’ on digitizing hidden collections in first publication of new series

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released the first publication of “OITP Perspectives” – a new publication series created to complement...

Jun 02: 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 2011-2012 academic year. 

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Jun 02: Free webinar: Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, June 7, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar on LSSC and how it works. 

The...

May 31: AASL conference Ning builds community before, during and after national conference

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 15th National Conference and Exhibition will have a chance to build community and network before touching down in Minneapolis this October 27-30 thanks to the AASL 2011 Conference Ning located at...

May 31: AASL book discussion turns the page in anticipation of national conference

CHICAGO – As part of the countdown to the 15th National Conference and Exhibition Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis, the  American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a 10-week book discussion group on the One Book, One Conference read, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our...

May 31: Karl Marlantes receives 2011 W.Y. Boyd Literary Award

CHICAGO – "Matterhorn: A Novel of  The Vietnam War," by Karl Marlantes,  published by Atlantic Monthly Press and El León Literary Arts, is the winner of the 2011 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”
The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award...

May 31: Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in New Orleans

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference—an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute...

May 31: Get street smart with YALSA’s June street lit webinar

CHICAGO — Street lit’s appeal extends well beyond urban teens! Find out more about this increasingly popular genre of literature and how to incorporate it into your library at YALSA’s June webinar, Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers, hosted by Megan Honig.

Participants will...

May 31: Talk outreach to LGBTQ teens in YALSA’s June YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum next week on outreach to LGBTQ teens. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The...

May 31: Going mobile @ your library: How libraries can serve mobile phone users

Joe Murphy to speak at ALA PR Forum

CHICAGO – The proliferation of mobile phones and the advent of smart phones are changing the way people use information. Libraries can also take advantage of this new environment to showcase themselves.

Joe Murphy,...

May 31: School librarians identified as “go-to” person for digital content

CHICAGO – School librarians have been identified as the “go-to” people for digital content in a recently published report by the national education non-profit group, Project Tomorrow.  The report, “...

May 31: Pura Belpré Award celebrates 15th anniversary with "Quinces" celebración at Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) will  hold a gala of the Quinces for the Pura Belpré Award this year at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans...

May 31: Discover what interviewers are really seeking

CHICAGO - You have been invited for an interview and now it’s time to get ready! What do you need to do to prepare yourself to ace the interview and stand out from other candidates?  To find out, attend the ALA JobLIST Placement Center's session entitled, "What Are Interviewers Really Looking...

May 31: "Improving Your Odds: Great Job Hunting Strategies to Land the Job You Really Want"

CHICAGO - Are you planning a job change? Anticipating layoffs at your library? Looking for your first library position? Have you been in the job market for a while? Or, are you trying to help your library users with their job hunts? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should...

May 31: Tayari Jones among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "Celebrating Southern Writers" event at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Celebrating Southern Writers” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 25 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....

May 31: Learn "How to Be Successful When Searching for Academic Library Positions"

CHICAGO - If you are an academic librarian in search of either your first or another academic library position, you will want to attend the ALA JobLIST Placement Center's session entitled "How to Be Successful When Searching for Academic Library Positions - An Insider's Perspective" from 1:30...

May 31: New from ACRL: Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction,” edited by Cassandra Kvenild and Kaijsa Calkins of...

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