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Feb 02: Achievement in Library Diversity Research Nominations

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Diversity seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in...

Feb 02: ALA Council resolution calls for restoration of civil liberties and opposes mass surveillance

CHICAGO – At the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling for the restoration of civil liberties and opposing mass surveillance.

Over the past 14 years, ALA Council has passed numerous resolutions addressing privacy and government...

Feb 02: ALA Council denounces Islamaphobia

(CHICAGO) At the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ALA Council passed a resolution against Islamaphobia.

The resolution cites incidents of prejudice and discrimination against individuals of the Muslim faith and recognizes the positive impact that Muslims have made in libraries...

Feb 02: 2016 Teen Tech Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Services Association (ALA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teen Tech Week Grants.

The recipients were selected from among a pool of 52...

Feb 01: School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program...

Feb 01: Bill Mickey named editorial director for Choice

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT –  Bill Mickey has been named editorial director of Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) is the...

Feb 01: Jagman and Swanson receive 2016 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO – Heather Jagman, coordinator of reference, instruction and academic engagement at DePaul University; and Troy A. Swanson, department chair, library and teaching and learning librarian at Moraine Valley Community College, have been chosen as the winners of the Association of College and...

Feb 01: McConnell and Baker receive ALA GLBTRT Award for Political Activism
CHICAGO — Michael McConnell and Jack Baker have been named the inaugural recipients of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Award for Political Activism. The award will be presented on Monday, June 27, 2016 during the Stonewall...
Jan 29: Learn about applying copyright in online learning environments, returning workshop!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Mar. 9,...

Jan 29: Application process open for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 15, 2016. Building on the...

Jan 29: GLBTRT Executive Board statement on the passing of Larry Romans

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) family, along with all of ALA, are saddened to learn of the death of Larry Romans, director at large of the GLBTRT on Thursday.

His service to the Library community was vast; Larry served on the...
Jan 28: Teen entrepreneur and activist Maya Penn is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Remarkable teen entrepreneur and activist Maya Penn’s TEDWomen Talk has been viewed more than 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). She has already given three TED Talks, created her own eco-friendly fashion line, developed animated films, is an award-...

Jan 27: DeSantis, Downing, and Pace elected to ALA Executive Board

(CHICAGO)  John C. DeSantis, Karen E. Downing, and Andrew K. Pace have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting held January 8-12 in Boston. Downing and...

Jan 27: ALA Graphics reissues David Bowie 1987 READ Poster

CHICAGO – By popular demand, ALA Graphics is reissuing the David Bowie poster. This special limited-run reprint of the iconic 1987 READ poster honors the singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and artist. An avid reader, David Bowie was...

Jan 27: Miller, Roberts, Shapiro receive YALSA’s 2016 Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2016 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Amy Miller and Samantha Roberts. The Dorothy Broderick Student Scholarship was awarded to Stacey Shapiro. Each will...

Jan 27: New advanced eCourse in collaboration with SJSU iSchool—Management Bootcamp

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), this 12-week Advanced eCourse: Management Bootcamp for Librarians and Other Information Professionals,...

Jan 27: Using WordPress to Build Library Websites, eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Using WordPress to Build Library Websites. Amanda L. Goodman will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016....

Jan 27: Popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff, returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016...

Jan 27: Returning eCourse: Putting the 'Pop' in Information Literacy

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016....

Jan 27: Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2016 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to the following Spectrum Scholars

  • Nicola Andrews, University of Washington (Washington)
  • Frankie de...
Jan 26: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Maxine Bleiweis

LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Maxine Bleiweis

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present "No-Cost Success Strategies," a free webinar featuring Maxine Bleiweis, Feb. 3, at 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Central Time.

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Jan 26: Kahl named 2016 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Chad Kahl, interim associate dean for public services and information technology at Illinois State University, has been awarded the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established...

Jan 26: Merolli receives ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Barbara Merolli, science librarian at the College of the Holy Cross, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for her work on the “Drawing on Walls” program....

Jan 26: Figueroa named 2016 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Patricia Figueroa, curator of the Iberian and Latin American Collection at Brown University, has been selected to receive the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European...

Jan 26: Pagowsky receives inaugural ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Nicole Pagowsky, research and learning librarian/ instruction coordinator at the University of Arizona, has been chosen to receive the 2016 University Libraries Sections (ULS) Outstanding Professional...

Jan 26: Collins, Kearns and Pitts win 2016 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO — Heather Collins, Sara Kearns and Joelle Pitts have been selected to receive the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work on the New Literacies Alliance (NLA)...

Jan 26: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit...

Jan 26: AASL and GameRT invite you to GAME

CHICAGO – Online registration is now open for a new two-day event from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, co-sponsored by the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), will focus on how games encourage critical thinking...

Jan 26: Dr. R. David Lankes receives Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Dr. R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and 2016-2017 Follett Chair in Library and Information Sciences at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Chicago, has been...

Jan 25: Libraries Transform™ sessions at 2016 Book Expo America

Under the umbrella of the Libraries Transform™ campaign, Libraries Transform: ALA@BEA offers three extra programs on the Book Expo America Content & Digital Conference Library Insight Track, on Thursday, May 12, 9am-12pm at McCormick Place West in...

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