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Jun 06: Angela Glowcheski named recipient of the 2016-2017 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Angela Glowcheski, Public Services Director at the Sequoyah Regional Library System in Canton, Georgia as the recipient of the 2016-2017 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant.

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Jun 06: Engaging babies in the public library

CHICAGO — Public libraries across the nation continue to transform themselves into learning centers for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. There are many resources available to help librarians create baby-friendly play spaces and enhanced storytimes, but until now there has been gap in the...

Jun 03: Support Minority and Women Owned Businesses in Orlando

Looking for places in the Orlando area to grab a bite or do some shopping in between programs and meetings at the 2016 Annual Conference?  As you prepare for your trip, add this list of minority and women owned businesses: ...

Jun 03: Veterans Memorial Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Veterans Memorial Elementary School, located in Naples, Florida, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a school library program that...

Jun 03: ALA awards 61 Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 2016-2017 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,000 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2016...

Jun 03: Funding opportunity for rural, small, and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness services

CHICAGO – Rural, small and tribal libraries can apply now to participate in the “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project, which YALSA is partnering with the...

Jun 02: Accepting Applications for 2017 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the...

Jun 02: Experts to talk election year opportunities, challenges for libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ORLANDO, Fla.—The presidential election is right around the corner, with the presidency, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court in the balance, and a new Librarian of Congress imminent. Learn about actions that the American Library Association (ALA) is taking to prepare for the coming...

Jun 02: Bring federal job training funding home to your library: Learn how at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
Learn how to secure workforce support funding for your library at this year’s 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the Washington Update session...
Jun 02: Technology experts to discuss socially-conscious 3D services in libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—3D printers may seem novel, but they are already being harnessed for social good. A prime example: The Silicon Valley-based social advocacy organization Benetech has forged a partnership between libraries, museums and schools to level the playing field for learners...
Jun 02: Don’t miss Astronaut Yvonne Cagle talk about getting girls excited about science and math

What are the best ways that libraries can excite young learners about science and math? How can leaders facilitate informal learning through libraries and entertainment? Join the “Coding in...

Jun 02: Copyright leaders to host copyright Q&A at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Have a question about copyright policies? Library copyright experts will be available during the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., to respond to vexing...
Jun 02: Leaders to discuss innovative coding programs at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Coding in libraries? Learn about the variety of programming in school and public libraries at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the conference session...
Jun 02: Business experts to explore successful entrepreneurship programs in libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—The library community does more to promote entrepreneurship than many realize. Libraries provide assistance at every stage of the effort to launch and operate a new venture—from writing a business plan, to raising capital, to managing...
Jun 02: Leaders to talk library ebook lending market changes at 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 
ORLANDO, Fla.—What has changed in the library ebook lending environment in the past year? A panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the...
Jun 02: Talk to us! Come to a Kitchen Table Conversation at ALA 2016

Do you have opinions about ALA? Share them with us at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando!

All conference attendees are invited to join ALA leaders and staff for a Kitchen Table Conversation to discuss the ALA member experience — the good and the bad — and what ALA can do to make your...

Jun 02: Way to Innovate: Learn how to bring people together and lead change at ALA 2016

Learn how libraries across the country are uniting communities and leading positive change through community engagement at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

“Way to Innovate: How Three Libraries Turned Outward to Lead Change (and You Can, Too)” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,...

Jun 02: More Great Websites for Kids selected by ALSC

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, the online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

ALMA...

Jun 02: Introducing Choice Reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT -  Choice has announced the launch of a new service called Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned...

Jun 02: Share a cuento through storytimes in English and Spanish

CHICAGO— It is imperative that library programs reflect the rich diversity of the entire community. That includes Spanish-speaking children, who need opportunities to hear their home and school languages spoken, and to see their lives validated through engaging cuentos (stories) that reflect...

Jun 01: YALSA opens program proposals for 2017 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22 - 27, 2017. Proposals may be submitted through August 1, 2016 via this...

May 31: Explore over two centuries of Jewish heritage in Florida at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the Jewish Information Committee of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT-JIC) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) for an exploration of over two centuries of Jewish life in the Sunshine State during “Chronicle of a People: Over 250...

May 31: United for Libraries to host horror author panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Horror! The Horror! Authors Who Write to Scare” from 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

The horror genre is becoming increasingly popular, so be sure to join fellow horror enthusiasts for...

May 31: Learn how to bring Libraries Transform into your library during training session at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — With its strong, clear and consistent messaging and versatile tools, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age....

May 31: Librarians, student press advocate share 2016 FTRF Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO — Librarians Helen Adams and Nancy Kranich and attorney and First Amendment advocate Frank LoMonte have been named the recipients of the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.   

“I am very pleased and honored to announce Helen Adams, Nancy Kranich and Frank...

May 31: Limited quantities of 'March' graphic novel samplers — and historic Martin Luther King comic book — to be distributed at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Top Shelf Productions, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), will give away free copies of March Trilogy Sampler, a special comic book excerpting highlights from all three volumes of the award-winning March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin...

May 31: The purposeful change at the heart of librarianship

CHICAGO— Adaptation to change that’s based on thoughtful planning and grounded in the mission of libraries: it’s a model that respected LIS thinker and educator Michael Stephens terms “hyperlinked librarianship.” And the...

May 27: 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway Recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 40 recipients were selected to receive a set of the...

May 26: LLAMA webinar helps you cultivate better supervisor relationships by 'managing up'

CHICAGO — How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?  Is it collaborative?  Or, is it the dreaded top-down?  If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective.  Although you may not be able to change your boss...

May 25: Join YALSA at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has big plans ahead for Annual 2016 – join us June 24 – 28 in Orlando for five action-packed days with endless opportunities to learn and network with your fellow colleagues, favorite...

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