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May 24: New Jersey State Library wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces, in cooperation with ALA President Roberta Stevens and President-elect Molly Raphael that the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) is the...

May 24: Join the celebration! Stonewall Book Awards mark 40th anniversary

CHICAGO –Since 1971, the Stonewall Book Awards have honored exceptional books that represent the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate the 40th...

May 23: Wedgeworth to explore past, future of library literacy programs at 2011 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO – Dr. Robert Wedgeworth, a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB), former executive director of the American Library Association and president of ProLiteracy Worldwide, will present a vision of library literacy services in the 21st century at the...

May 23: YALSA appoints Megan Honig editor of Young Adult Library Services

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Megan Honig as the member editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS).

“I believe in challenging ourselves as librarians to meet the diverse, complicated...

May 23: Authors, illustrators discuss “Trickster” graphic novel and honoring cultures

CHICAGO – In Native American folklore, the Trickster can take many forms – coyotes, rabbits, even landscapes. In “Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection” (Fulcrum Publishing, 2010), editor Matt Dembicki worked with illustrators and Native American storytellers to bring...

May 23: Fresh Voices for Teen Readers and What’s New in Audiobooks—free Booklist webinars in June

CHICAGO - Booklist’s free webinar series has grown rapidly, attracting crowds of attendees. Booklist editors regularly host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives on a variety of topics that offer immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for...

May 18: Find out what hiring committees want and enjoy a free snack

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Inside an Interview: Understanding What Hiring Committees Want" from noon - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the American Library Association’...

May 18: LITA President’s Program to explore broadband issues

CHICAGO – The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President’s Program, entitled Building the Future: Addressing Library Broadband Connectivity Issues in the 21st Century will take place 4 - 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in New Orleans at the Morial...

May 18: University of Kansas receives H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO –  The American Library Association is pleased to announce that the University of Kansas Libraries in Lawrence, Kan. is the 2011 recipient of The H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant.  Their successful proposal, Enhancing Service and Engagement Through Understanding Staff...

May 18: Learn the secrets to finding a job working for the federal government

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Working for the Federal Government: Jobs You Can Get with Your MLS/MLIS" from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

There are about a dozen new jobs announced...

May 18: A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market

CHICAGO — The hard truth during these tough economic times is that many seasoned librarians are losing their jobs, and many recent LIS graduates are having a tough time finding one. Being unemployed is potentially devastating; without a clear, well-thought out game plan and considerable...

May 18: An open letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District on the defunding of school librarians

To Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent;  Dr. Judy Elliott, Chief Academic Officer;  Ms. Monica Garcia, Board President; and all members of the Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District:

The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)...

May 17: ALA and PLA announce partnership with America’s Promise Alliance

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and one of its divisions, the Public Library Association (PLA), are partnering with the America’s Promise Alliance (APA), the largest bi-partisan alliance dedicated to the support and development of...

May 17: ALA’s Exhibits Plus and Exhibits Supreme packages grant access to ALTAFF programs at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering an affordable way to attend ALTAFF events at the...

May 17: Registration open for 2011-2012 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — Registration is open for the seventh annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Librarians and educators who register have the opportunity to win $2,000...

May 17: Thirty AASL members receive grants to attend first conference

CHICAGO– Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will receive a $750 travel grant to attend their first AASL National Conference. The grants are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB). The AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition...

May 17: Gillian Engberg appointed new editorial director, Books for Youth, Booklist Publications

CHICAGO - Booklist has a new Books for Youth editorial director, announced by Editor and Publisher Bill Ott on May 13. Gillian Engberg brings extensive expertise in children’s and young adult literature to the role, having started with...

May 17: Bell wins ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant to Dottie Howard Bell, a Trustee of the Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport...

May 17: Learn to Evaluate and Implement Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library in new workshop

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CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan...

May 17: ALA: Department of Education withdraws federal support for school libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was zeroed out under the Department of Education’s allocation for FY2011 funding (PDF), released today.

Improving...

May 16: Twenty-six acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading stage features Mark Doty, Daniel Handler, Tayari Jones, R. Zamora Lindmark, Nalini Singh and more!

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 26 critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors and poets on...

May 16: ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host open house during Annual Conference in New Orleans

CHICAGO - As part of its continuing effort to help job seekers retool their skills and prepare for job searches in the current economy, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Sunday, June 26 in the Placement Center during the American Library...

May 16: Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates nine candidates

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program congratulates the nine new graduates who have completed the program since January and the 139 librarian candidates who...

May 10: ALTAFF awards 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington,...

May 10: The Library Support Staff Certification Program recognizes library assistant graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with three Library Assistant Training programs that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and...

May 10: Día 101 webinar available for purchase from ALSC

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recently announced that the archived webinar, Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros...

May 10: ALSC offers webinar on family programming in a tough economy

CHICAGO - At noon CDT on Friday, May 13, 2011, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be hosting a webinar, "Family Programs on a Shoestring @ your library."

Taught by...

May 10: ALTAFF and Algonquin Books to sponsor "From Writer to Reader" panel at BookExpo America

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), together with Algonquin Books, will sponsor “From Writer to Reader,” a panel featuring author Naomi Benaron and her editor Kathy Pories, at 10...

May 10: Registration now open for 2011 LITA National Forum

CHICAGO - Registration is available for the 2011 LITA National Forum, "Rivers of Data, Currents of Change," to be held Sept 29- Oct. 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in downtown St. Louis. Visit www.lita.org/forum to register....

May 10: ALTAFF to sponsor advocacy programs at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor several programs focused on advocacy at the ALA Annual Conference, including “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and...

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