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Apr 03: School library survey data now available to researchers

CHICAGO — Educational researchers can now request access to data from the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) School Libraries Count! (SLC) longitudinal survey. The yearly survey gathers data on school library programs to track the state of programs nationally. More information...

Apr 02: Susan Cooper to speak at YALSA’s 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in honoring Susan Cooper, winner of the 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Award for the five books of The Dark Is Rising Sequence, at the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim...

Apr 02: Financial assistance opportunities for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO —The Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT), as well as 10 state library agencies, will be offering another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program.  The LSSC Program...

Apr 02: Brey-Casiano to deliver 2012 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO — Carol Brey-Casiano, information resource officer for the U.S. Department of State, former director of libraries for the City of El Paso, Texas, and past-president of the American Library Association, will deliver the 2012 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m...

Apr 02: Meet 35+ popular authors at YALSA’s YA Authors Coffee Klatch in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Meet your favorite young adult authors over coffee at YALSA’s annual YA Authors Coffee Klatch, at 9 a.m June 24 in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the ALA Annual...

Apr 02: New session added! Manage teen behavior at your library with YALSA’s April 24 webinar

CHICAGO — By popular demand, YALSA has added a second presentation of its April webinar! The webinar on April 19 is sold out, but you can attend this new 60-minute session at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 24.

When teens flood into the library, anything can happen. But chaos needn’t reign in...

Apr 02: A guide to the best picture books for children

CHICAGO — Published by ALA Editions, “Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry,” by Mary Northrup, is a comprehensive overview perfect for librarians, teachers, parents,...

Apr 02: Hear YA authors Whaley, Handler, Kalman, Hinwood, Silvey and Stiefvater at the 2012 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees won’t want to miss the 2012 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) from 8–10 p.m. on June 25 in Anaheim, Calif.  

The Printz Award, named in January at...

Apr 02: Early bird registration available for ALSC National Institute

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) invites members to take advantage of early bird registration for the 2012 ALSC National Institute. Early bird registration ends June 30, 2012.

ALSC members can...

Apr 02: Kathy Rosa is new Office for Research and Statistics director

CHICAGO - Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for communications and member relations, has announced that Dr. Kathy Rosa will be the new director of the Office for Research and Statistics, effective May 21, 2012.

Rosa currently serves as an assistant professor of library,...

Mar 30: ALA voter turnout up from last year

CHICAGO — Reports indicate that as of March 29, 10.23 percent of eligible members have voted in the ALA elections as compared to 8.62 percent at the same time in 2011.  Voting in the ALA elections opened on March 19, and the polls will close ...

Mar 29: Kathleen Hegarty named 2012 winner of ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

CHICAGO -- The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will posthumously honor Kathleen Hegarty, Boston Public Library (retired), with the 2012 ASCLA Exceptional Service Award.

The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is a...

Mar 29: Celebrate bookmobiles in your community April 11

Nation celebrates 3rd annual National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO — As many Americans continue to pinch pennies during this difficult economic time, bookmobile use has become more popular than ever. Bookmobiles bring a wealth of...

Mar 29: New report outlines power of disconnecting in knowledge economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) recommends that you improve your information diet. In a new report, "Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting...

Mar 29: Ideas for building community connections, diversity in action initiatives sought for 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites proposals for the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and...

Mar 29: YALSA highlights young adult reading on Support Teen Literature Day

CHICAGO — On April 12, 2012, librarians all across the county are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day at their library to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens.

Sponsored...

Mar 29: ALSC invites applications for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture with Michael Morpurgo

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2013 event featuring well-known children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo.

The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual...

Mar 28: YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award grants to 20 libraries

CHICAGO  — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the winners of its Summer Reading Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Twenty libraries are receiving $1,000 to...

Mar 27: National Library Week: You belong @ your library

CHICAGO — From snapshot days to visual poetry events, libraries are gearing up and reminding people across the country and in their communities that during National Library Week and throughout the year the place you belong is at your library.

Here are just a few programs that...

Mar 27: Deadline to submit sponsorship form for Emerging Leaders program fast approaching

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is still accepting sponsors for the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.  A completed...

Mar 27: FTRF announces competition for 2012 Banned Books Week grants

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for the 2012 Judith Krug Fund Banned...

Mar 27: Clifford Lynch named 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

CHICAGO – Clifford Lynch has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award...

Mar 27: Registration open for YALSA’s 2012 YA Lit Symposium

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) opened registration for its third Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 2–4, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members; registration is available at...

Mar 27: AASL webinar presents co-teaching as an essential skill tool for school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the next of its Knowledge Quest webinar series at 7 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The series explores topics related to the editorial theme of the most recent Knowledge Quest, and each...

Mar 27: AASL’s School Library Month webinars focus on programming and advocacy

CHICAGO – Created with the busy school librarian in mind, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present short, on-demand professional development focused on improving and advocating the school library program during School Library Month. The 2012 theme, You belong...

Mar 27: ALTAFF to host Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 22 at the 2012 ALA Annual...

Mar 27: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Committee seeks jury applicants

CHICAGO — The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) Library Building Awards Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) is seeking nominations and applications for jurors for the 2013 Library Buildings Award competition.  Jointly sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 27: PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president...

Mar 27: Last week to participate in AASL’s School Libraries Count! survey

CHICAGO — To participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s 2012 “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey, participants must enter their data by the March 30 deadline. The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will...

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