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Feb 22: Tabscott and Winkelstein awarded YALSA’s 2016 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Denise Tabscott and Julie Ann Winkelstein its 2016 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend.

The...

Feb 19: New ACRL publication: 2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of...

Feb 18: YALSA’s 2016 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Washington, California and Florida

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma, Washington; Ontario (California) High School; and Washington County Public Library in Chipley, Florida as the recipients of its...

Feb 17: Author, commentator Michael Eric Dyson to open 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson will open the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 24th, 4:00-5:15 pm. Dyson provides some of the most significant commentary on contemporary...

Feb 17: Libraries invited to apply for 2016 Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens featuring books under the theme “The Art of Change: Creation, Growth and Transformation.” The project is supported...

Feb 17: ALA: Don’t hack the Constitution, ALA stands with Apple

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA)’s Adam Eisgrau, managing director of the Office of Government Relations, issued the following statement on a federal magistrate’s February 16 order that Apple develop new technology to assist the FBI to defeat privacy...

Feb 16: 2016 Charlemae Rollins President's Program on Youth Library Spaces

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the theme and speakers for the 2016 Charlemae Rollins...

Feb 16: 2016 PR Xchange Awards entry forms available

CHICAGO — Libraries everywhere are creating innovative, creative, exciting promotional materials:  newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising messages and more. Now is the time to receive recognition for your library’s amazing work -- entry forms...

Feb 16: United for Libraries trustees oppose library board legislation

CHICAGO – United for Libraries took a stance against Nebraska Legislative Bill 969, which would allow for local library boards to become advisory bodies, threatening the autonomy of public libraries. United for Libraries President Ed McBride and President-Elect Steve Laird, have authored letters...

Feb 16: Gear up for National Bookmobile Day 2016: free materials available

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 13, join the nationwide celebrations as libraries across the country will celebrate the vital services bookmobiles provide on...

Feb 16: Invite Thomas Paine to your Library and Support Intellectual Freedom

 “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” -Thomas Paine

CHICAGO – With the help of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), Ian Ruskin, world renowned actor and playwright, is offering advance screenings of his new film to...

Feb 16: Adults just wanna have fun

CHICAGO— There are a wealth of resources out there geared towards serving the needs of toddlers, school age children, young adults, and senior citizens. But something's missing. Library users in their 20s and 30s constitute one of the most underserved populations for public libraries, and there'...

Feb 12: Free webcast: Library Solutions for eBook and eAudiobook Trends

CHICAGO — A new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour discussion on Library Solutions for eBook and eAudiobook Trends — will air live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Mar. 10. This free streaming video broadcast is...

Feb 12: Join the quest for reproducible science with an ALCTS Preconference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 24, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “The Quest for Reproducible Science: Issues in Research Transparency and Integrity.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will...

Feb 12: Metadata Madness!! An ALCTS preconference in Orlando

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 24, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you "Metadata Madness!! An Unconference On Anything You Want To Learn." This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will provide participants...

Feb 12: Gadgets in the Library with Jason Griffey, popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Gadgets in the Library with...

Feb 12: Creating a Digital Media Space Today's Teens, popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular 2-part workshop Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens with Corey Wittig. This workshop includes two 60 minute workshops hosted live at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Apr...

Feb 12: New ACRL book examines The Craft of Librarian Instruction

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence” by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and...

Feb 12: PLA awards recognize 13 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 13 2016 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 11: Bezhigoogahbow Library Receives 2016 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Bezhigoogahbow Library (Leech Lake Tribal College) is the recipient of the 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As...

Feb 11: Actress, activist Holly Robinson Peete and her twins are Auditorium Speakers at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has devoted her life and career to autism awareness. Most recently she has co-authored the timely young adult novel Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express with her 18-year-old twins...

Feb 11: PLA now accepting proposals for Spark Talks at PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting proposals for five-minute Spark Talks at PLA 2016. Spark Talks use a combination of innovative slides and lightning-fast talk to share work-inspired, personal passions that...

Feb 10: Smith and Wachsmann awarded 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Tara Smith, Chair of the Publications Advisory Board and Melanie Wachsmann, administrative assistant of the Amazing Audiobooks Committee with the...

Feb 10: Bortolussi and Kilcullen win Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO — Denise Bortolussi and Anna Kilcullen were chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American...

Feb 10: Rinio wins Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2016 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Deborah Rinio. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, “Teacher and Librarian...

Feb 09: ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries
 
Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities
 
Washington, D.C. – After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association...
Feb 09: 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award winners announced
CHICAGO — The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected “Little You” (2013), published by Orca Book Publishers, written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett as the 2016 Best Picture Book; “In the Footsteps of...
Feb 09: AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

CHICAGO – Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month (SLM). Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the...

Feb 09: Award-winning author Margaret Atwood is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 10:30-11:30am. Atwood is the award-winning author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, and critical...

Feb 09: ALSC names eight more Great Websites for Kids
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
The newly added sites...

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