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Feb 26: Pew’s Lee Rainie shares latest research on evolving library patrons at RUSA President’s Program, 2013 ALA Conference

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The...

Feb 26: Free webinars to Engage! young adult audiences through visual arts programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage!...

Feb 26: New AASL publication explores new concepts for school library spaces

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on...

Feb 26: Kolderup wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Gretchen Kolderup. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young...

Feb 26: New SLR articles examine LGBTQ literature and school library programs in special ed schools

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and school library services provided to students with special needs are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, ...

Feb 25: Rise to the Challenge with a half-day preconference at AASL13

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges in their careers with its offering of six half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The...

Feb 25: AASL forms special interest group for school librarian students

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the creation of a special interest group (SIG) for school librarian students based on a request made by AASL members. AASL members looking to join the new interest group should visit...

Feb 25: Hutton named 2013 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Jane M. Hutton, electronic resources/reference librarian and assistant professor at West Chester University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor &...

Feb 25: Walker named 2013 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO — Judith A. Walker, education/psychology librarian and professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is the recipient of the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral...

Feb 25: Schreur article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Philip Evan Schreur, head of the metadata department at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2013 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, "The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution," published in Library Resources & Technical Services...

Feb 25: ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference registration opens

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference. The ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference, offered April 11-12 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis, will provide academic and research librarians an affordable...

Feb 25: Deadlines approaching for submissions for the Jesse H. Shera Awards in support of research

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association is inviting submissions for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2013.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to...

Feb 25: Ulrich’s Award to Beverley Geer

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Beverley Geer as the 2013 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials is presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS and...

Feb 25: Tillett/Murray article wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award recipients for 2013 are Ronald Murray and Barbara Tillett for their article “Cataloging Theory in Search of Graph Theory and other Ivory Towers” published in Information...

Feb 25: Implementing virtual reference services

CHICAGO— Social Web technologies present an often confusing array of options for answering library users’ reference questions. In “Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A LITA Guide,” published by...

Feb 25: Anson and Wackerbarth receive 2013 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2013 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Alison Anson and Susan Wackerbarth.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s...

Feb 25: Tribeca Film Institute and ALA announce 31 supplemental sites to host ‘America’s Music’

CHICAGO — The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided an additional grant that enables 31 more sites to participate in the...

Feb 21: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Information...
Feb 21: ALSC announces winners of El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Family Book Club mini-grants

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is announcing the winners of the El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Family Book Club mini-grants. Twelve libraries were chosen to receive $5,000 each to offer a Dia Family Book Club.  These clubs will utilize multi-cultural,...

Feb 21: Pickard’s best-selling handbook on research methods updated

CHICAGO — Fully updated for today’s research environments, the long-awaited second edition of Alison Jane Pickard’s best-selling “Research Methods in Information,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman...

Feb 19: Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner,' to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — One hot new title that people will be reading, recommending and talking about this season is Khaled Hosseini’s "And the Mountains Echoed," his first new novel in more than six years. Attendees at ALA Annual Conference will have a chance to hear this bestselling author on Saturday, June...

Feb 19: Hiring, training and supervising library shelvers

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular three-part workshop, Hiring, Training, and Supervising Shelvers with Patricia Tunstall.

Shelvers are crucial to library operations. They play a major...

Feb 19: Paula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s On Us Sponsored by SAGE”

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us" sponsored by SAGE,” featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Poundstone ("There’s Nothing in this Book That I Meant to Say...

Feb 19: Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Tillett

CHICAGO —Dr. Barbara Tillett, recently retired chief of the Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress, is awarded the 2013 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award given by The Association of Library...

Feb 19: Judy Kuhagen Mann Citation recipient

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Judith A. Kuhagen is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret Mann Citation presented by...

Feb 19: First Step Award to Jennifer Castaldo

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Jennifer Castaldo, electronic resources manager/distance education librarian at the Johns Hopkins University, is the recipient of the 2013...

Feb 19: Randy Silverman receives Banks/Harris Preservation Award

CHICAGO - Randy Silverman, preservation librarian at the University of Utah, is the recipient of the 2013 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for Library Collections &...

Feb 19: Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program and nine state partners offer Enrollment Assistance Awards

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program, in cooperation with nine state-level library organizations, will be offering Enrollment Assistance Awards (EAAs) this spring to library support staff...

Feb 19: Fountain named 2013 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Kathi Carlisle Fountain, head of collection development at the Washington State University - Vancouver Library, has been awarded the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award...

Feb 19: ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program at 2013 ALA Annual, leadership moment contest

CHICAGO – Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) for their joint Presidents’ Program at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Titled “Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times,” the...

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