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Jun 24: ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy receive IMLS grant to expand adult literacy services through libraries

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, in partnership with ProLiteracy, has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop online training and supporting resources to better equip librarians and library staff to serve adult...

Jun 23: ALA urges President Obama to select a librarian to head Library of Congress

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a letter to President Barack Obama, from ALA president Courtney Young that makes a compelling case for the President to consider appointing a librarian to lead the nation’s library.

The letter comes in the wake of the...

Jun 23: Winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. The grants, funded by Will and Ann Eisner...

Jun 23: Hones, Murphy awarded Books for Teens Grants

CHICAGO — Kay Hones, librarian at the Civic Center Secondary School in San Francisco and Amanda Murphy, Youth Services assistant manager at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Ohio, were each awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association,...

Jun 23: Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs to speak at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, will speak during the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “...

Jun 23: Eszter Hargittai to discuss 'digital natives' and 'digital naives' at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Eszter Hargittai, a Delaney Family professor in the communication studies department at Northwestern University, will share her research on the social implications of digital media during the closing general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th...

Jun 23: E-book/Webcast package helps planning library expansion or renovation

CHICAGO — Ann Hamilton’s new E-book/webcast package, “Library Expansion/Renovation Checklist: Creating Today’s ARC (Automated Retrieval Collection) Takes More Than Forty Days and Forty Nights,” which is designed to be useful in planning expansion and/or renovation projects in all types of...

Jun 22: ALA Annual Conference programming to highlight library services for immigrants

CHICAGO — Every day, libraries provide immigrants in their communities with access to essential programs and resources that help them to navigate society.  During the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference (June 25-30), attendees will have many opportunities to learn about resources...

Jun 22: Making archives come alive for public libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections...

Jun 22: ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries ...

Jun 19: Jane Mirandette receives 2015 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Jane Mirandette is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to...

Jun 19: ALA Awards 2015 International Presidential Citations to International Libraries

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces four recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2015. These awards recognize the following exemplary services.

 

  • The...
Jun 19: Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO – Dorothy Terry is the 2015 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."



An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle...

Jun 19: 2015 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic now available online

CHICAGO — The 2015 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic is now available online.  657 academic and public libraries from across the country participated in the survey which captures data...

Jun 19: Mark Puente recipient of 2015 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is the recipient of the 2015 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given annually, the...

Jun 19: Applications being accepted for 2016 class of ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders.  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the...

Jun 18: Library community mourns loss of Charleston Librarian Cynthia Hurd

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The American Library Association (ALA) is saddened to learn that public librarian Cynthia Hurd was among the fatally injured.   

Hurd’s commitment to librarianship was apparent...

Jun 18: American Library Association Statement of Support for “Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015"
 
Today Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) took an important step toward closing the digital divide among our nation’s K12 students. American Library Association President Courtney Young offers the following statement in support of the “Digital Learning...
Jun 18: Now Showing @ ALA offers free movies, documentaries and opportunities to meet artists

SAN FRANCISCO – The “Now Showing @ ALA Film Program” offers a variety of free films and documentaries during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, June 25 – 30, 2015. In some cases, attendees will have a chance to meet with the film's writer...

Jun 18: Now Showing @ALA: Killswitch
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Who controls the Internet? American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees will learn more about this battle at a screening of the 2014 award winning documentary, KillSwitch on Sunday, June 28,...
Jun 18: ALA: FCC should expand Lifeline to include essential broadband service
 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step forward in modernizing the Lifeline program, which supports telephone service for low-income Americans. In...
Jun 16: LITA President’s Program: Lou Rosenfeld on the library user experience crossroads

CHICAGO — Join the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) at the LITA Awards Presentation & LITA President’s Program from 3 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the ALA Annual Conference in San...

Jun 16: United for Libraries to present ‘Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie’ at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie: Effective Communication with Funders & Policy Makers” from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Moscone Convention Center 2005 (W) at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Jun 16: United for Libraries to dedicate Wilder Homestead a Literary Landmark™

BRYN MAWR, PENNSYLVANIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the New York Library Association, Empire State Center for the Book, and HarperCollins Publishers, will designate the Wilder Homestead in Burke, N.Y., a Literary Landmark™ during a celebration on Saturday, July 11.

The...

Jun 16: Melanie Welch appointed ALA Public Programs Office project director

CHICAGO — Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office as project director on June 15.

Welch has many years’ experience in nonprofit programs and comes to ALA from Freshwater Future, a nonprofit that advocates for clean waters in...

Jun 16: Julie Todaro’s A-Z guide to mentoring

CHICAGO — A library’s future is as good as the talent it develops. Too many mentorship programs are cursory; without structure and expectations, accomplishing little beyond a procedural orientation. But a solid, sustainable mentorship program can be a game changer for libraries, with long-term...

Jun 15: Nominating Committee extends deadline

Chicago — The ALA 2016 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of councilor-at-large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m. (CDT)...

Jun 15: New Knowledge Quest bloggers ready to address topics important to school librarianship

CHICAGO – The slate of bloggers for the newly expanded Knowledge Quest website has been announced by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Launched in January, the site is the vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students. It...

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