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Jun 07: Tulare County librarian to discuss matching people with jobs at national conference

Washington, D.C. — Since the economic downturn began a few years ago, more and more people have turned to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Consequently, workforce development has become an expanded, new service role for libraries.

To help community leaders learn...

Jun 05: 2012 Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is awarding a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic...

Jun 05: Patty McManus featured at ASCLA’s 'Essential Facilitation' program in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, is offering the upcoming conference program “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding...

Jun 05: Rita Moss recognized by RUSA BRASS for outstanding contributions to business librarianship

CHICAGO — Rita W. Moss, business and economics librarian and head of the social sciences team, Davis Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the 2012 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship - an annual honor presented by the Business...

Jun 05: Reserve free 30-minute sessions with library consultants at 'Consultants Give Back' event

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 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. — an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions...

Jun 05: Caregiver's Toolkit ready for use

CHICAGO —The American Library Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) has created an online Caregiver's Toolkit that provides resources and links for both caregivers and those who supervise or work with...

Jun 05: ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Hall—'a wonder to engage in'

CHICAGO —Awesome, innovative, amazing, beyond imagination—these are some of the words ALA Annual Conference attendees used about the 2011 “panorama of what’s new and exciting in the information industry,” and this year...

Jun 05: Season seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

CHICAGO — In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This...

Jun 05: Notable Book author, New York Times best-seller and Carnegie Medal finalist Banks at RUSA Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO —Russell Banks, acclaimed author of “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Rule of the Bone” and 2012 Notable Book “Lost Memory of Skin” (Ecco) joins the author lineup alongside Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams for the 2012 Literary Tastes program, an author event hosted by the...

Jun 05: Registration now open for 2012 LITA National Forum

CHICAGO —Registration is available for the 2012 LITA National Forum, "New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix.," to be held Oct. 4-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Columbus, Ohio.  Register for "New World of...

Jun 05: YALSA seeks editor for award-winning quarterly journal

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services, and its online companion. The...

Jun 05: Ashley Maynor receives the 2012 Justin Winsor Essay Award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO —The Library History Round Table has awarded Ashley Maynor the 2012 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $100 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay...

Jun 05: Crosswalk connects Common Core State Standards

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) provides another tool to demonstrate the school library program’s connection to student learning, with the publication of a new Common...

Jun 05: Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,...

Jun 05: ALA president and president-elect in free webinar focusing on association, presidential initiatives

CHICAGO —“Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation within ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of...

Jun 05: 2010-11 American Library Association Annual Report underscores successes, concerns for libraries

CHICAGO —The recently released 2010-11 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Roberta Stevens, including “Frontline Fundraising,” “Our Authors, Our...

Jun 05: Library History Round Table announces Bernadette Lear as the Donald G. Davis Article Award recipient

CHICAGO —Bernadette Lear, Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian at Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, is the 2012 winner of the Donald G. Davis Article Award presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT).  This award is given every second...

Jun 05: 'Empowering Diverse Voices' leadership video series shares spectrum of leadership

CHICAGO —The diverse paths to leadership in the profession are highlighted in a new “Empowering Diverse Voices” leadership video series, available on the American Library Association’s YouTube Channel.  The...

Jun 05: Jones, Carrillo, Hsue winners of 2012 LITA scholarships

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

Jun 05: LITA scholarships in library and information science

CHICAGO —The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications for three scholarships:

  • LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by Baker & Taylor)
  • LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship (...
Jun 05: Heather Krasna to speak at LLAMA President’s Program during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Heather Krasna, career expert and author, will present “Leading at all Levels: Taking Charge of Your Career Growth While Mentoring Others” at the 2012 LLAMA President’s Program during the ALA Annual Conference in...

Jun 04: YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app now available in the Apple App Store

CHICAGO — Teen lit fans, library staff, educators, parents and teen readers with Apple devices can now visit the Apple App Store and download the free Teen Book Finder, the first app created by the...

Jun 04: Rock Bottom Remainders announces that Anaheim will be their last ever concert

The Rock Bottom Remainders band has announced that the concert at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, part of the “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be its last ever. This news was released with the sad news that their founder...

Jun 04: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Introduce 'Ghost Buddy' at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The unbeatable team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are part of a moveable feast, appearing in a new-format Auditorium Speaker session at 2012 ALA Annual Conference 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in Ballroom D/E of the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. From the introductory...

Jun 04: REFORMA President’s Program inspires, motivates and ignites the leader in all

CHICAGO—REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, will present “Leadership Is an Urgency: Fire It Up,” the 2012 REFORMA President’s Program, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday June 23in the Anaheim (Calif.)...

Jun 01: ALTAFF names Ryan and Welch ALA Trustee Citation recipients

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Richard J. Ryan and Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch the recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established...

Jun 01: Information literacy beyond Library 2.0

CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social...

Jun 01: PLA receives IMLS grant to plan for a national digital summer reading program

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association has been awarded a planning grant of $50,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the research and design of a national digital summer reading (NDSR) program website application (app). PLA will work in partnership with Influx...

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