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Jun 14: ALA joins others to demand civil liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress (.doc), calling for a...

Jun 14: Midwestern mystery authors featured at ALA Annual Conference

Discussion panel to feature Libby Fischer Hellman, Eric Lundgren and Peter Robertson

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present three emerging Midwestern voices as a part of Mystery Day on the PopTop Stage from 11 a.m. to noon on...

Jun 13: Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by...

Jun 13: Unique library and librarian sketches from Second City at ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

CHICAGO - Unique customized library-related material will add a special zing to Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, Best of The Second City, when they bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history to 2013 ALA Annual Conference....

Jun 13: Utah Library Association IFC receives the 2013 Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of the 2013 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

The Intellectual Freedom...

Jun 12: USA PATRIOT Act revisited

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Are you surprised by the latest revelations of government surveillance programs? Are you interested in the government’s need to improve the balance between individual privacy rights and terrorism prevention?

Michael German, senior policy counsel of the American Civil...

Jun 12: 'ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Take part in the ebook library lending discussion at this year's Annual Conference in Chicago. Join ALA’s Digital Content Working Group and learn about ALA ebook activities and plans from a distinguished panel of leaders during the session “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content:...

Jun 12: Collaboration in libraries and learning environments

CHICAGO — With the constant changes in higher education, innovations such as outsourced shared services, the convergence of many different student-facing services and the development of more active collaborative networks are more important than ever before. “...

Jun 11: Win two tickets to sit with Paula Poundstone at United for Libraries’ ‘The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE’ at ALA Annual

PHILADELPHIA — From June 12-20, those who like SAGE's, United for Libraries’, or Paula Poundstone's Facebook pages or follow any on Twitter will be eligible to win two VIP tickets to "The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The winner and a guest will sit...

Jun 11: Greyson wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the...

Jun 11: Cummings named CHOICE editor and publisher

CHICAGO — Mark Cummings has been named editor and publisher of CHOICE Magazine, the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources in higher education. CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is headquartered in...

Jun 11: Forty participants selected for new ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s inaugural four-day immersive leadership development program for future library...

Jun 11: Accessibility advocate Ruth Nussbaum wins ASCLA’s 2013 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award

CHICAGO - Ruth J. Nussbaum, retired reference librarian, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2013 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award for exceptional service to and sustained leadership for the...

Jun 11: Showcase encourages school librarians to ‘rise to the challenge’ one idea at a time

CHICAGO — Attendees of the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to jump start their conference experience by attending the IDEAxCHANGE. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly the Exploratorium, showcases best practices from school library professionals from across the country. This two...

Jun 11: New AASL publication takes the mystery out of leadership

CHICAGO — “Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success,” a new publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), takes the mystery out of leadership by unveiling the hidden qualities that create confident, successful leaders. Written by Ann M. Martin, the book...

Jun 11: Three groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Three groups will be recognized with Baker & Taylor Awards from United for Libraries during the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at the ALA Annual Conference Chicago.

United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards...

Jun 11: Lindsey wins United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA —  Dot Lindsey, a member of the board of trustees of the Rangeview Library District (Thornton, Colo.), is the winner of the 2013 United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant.

The United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables a public...

Jun 11: United for Libraries presents 'First Author, First Book' at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present “First Author, First Book” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 30 at the Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

This traditional book event features first time authors Janice Clark, Matthew Guinn,...

Jun 11: A guide to the must-see movie musicals of the silver screen

CHICAGO — Musicals adapted to the big screen — from "West Side Story" to "The Phantom of the Opera" — have enjoyed a staggering amount of success since the 1930s, and recent hits like "Nine" and the animated film "Rio" prove that the movie musical is as vital as ever. Former American...

Jun 11: PLA Project Manager Jamie Hollier receives White House Champion of Change award

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, June 11, Jamie Hollier, project manager for DigitalLearn.org, a digital literacy initiative of the Public Library Association, will be honored as a “Champion of Change” at the White...

Jun 10: LLAMA webinar presents road map for facilities design

CHICAGO — The bricks and mortar of libraries are seemingly permanent, yet the activities and services they are designed to deliver have been radically transformed in recent years. More change is on the horizon as the digital era progresses and libraries respond to the shifting needs of their...

Jun 10: Award-winning products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

CHICAGO—Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1224, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop...

Jun 10: Maryland State Library’s Jill Lewis wins ASCLA award for library services to blind and physically handicapped

CHICAGO — Jill Lewis, former director of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MDLBPH), is the 2013 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award—an annual honor presented by the ...

Jun 10: Mother Goose on the Loose’s Diamant-Cohen receives ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement award

CHICAGO — Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen has been named the recipient of the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award — an annual honor presented to an ASCLA member exemplifying leadership and achievement in one or more of the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking...

Jun 07: Mobile app for 2013 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO - Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago—the mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information right at your fingertips,...

Jun 07: ALA calls for national dialogue to reform the nation’s surveillance laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) is, frankly, saddened that two major revelations about our country’s surveillance practices confirm our gravest worries: the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information about the activities, especially electronic...
Jun 07: Using branding to help libraries survive and thrive

CHICAGO— Branding provides a unique way for a library to distinguish itself: its identity, personality, and image. Drawing on five vividly unique case studies from libraries across the country, “Breakthrough Branding: Positioning Your...

Jun 07: Friends of ALSC Preconference Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC have awarded two scholarships to the 2013 ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. ...

Jun 07: ALSC kicks off registration for summer 2013 online courses

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for summer 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, July 15, 2013.

Participants in online courses consistently respond that they would be very...

Jun 07: ALSC announces winners of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship which is made possible by...

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