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Mar 13: Women’s History Month @ your library

CHICAGO – This March, Women’s History Month is being celebrated across the country with the theme "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment."  Celebrated since 1987, this year’s Women’s History Month theme aims to bring attention to the critical role that rural women play in the global...

Mar 13: Takeuchi to speak on how families matter in the digital age

CHICAGO – Lori Takeuchi will be the keynote speaker at the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) President's Program at the American Library Association 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  During her presentation, Takeuchi will discuss “Families Matter: Designing Media for a...

Mar 13: G. Sayeed Choudhury named 2012 OCLC/LITA Kilgour Award recipient

CHICAGO – The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced G. Sayeed Choudhury as the 2012 winner of the  Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.  The award, which is jointly...

Mar 13: Mackin sponsors AASL student video contest prizes

CHICAGO – Mackin Educational Resources will once again sponsor prizes for the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) School Library Month student video contest. Mackin will award the school libraries of the student winners with a prize of $500 in books.

The 2012 contest,...

Mar 13: ALSC releases spring 2012 online courses

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the schedule for spring 2012 online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 2, 2012.

All of ALSC online courses are taught by experienced library professionals....

Mar 13: Award-winning actor, now author, Chris Colfer at 2012 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Award-winning actor Chris Colfer will appear in the high-profile Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Convention Center.

Best known for his starring role as ‘Kurt Hummel’ in the critically acclaimed Golden...

Mar 13: ALSC announces 2012 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO –The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected its 2012 list of Notable Children's Books in January during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of...

Mar 13: Mississippi, Michigan, Massachusetts libraries win 2012 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2012 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: First Regional Library, Hernando, Miss.; Conley Elementary School Library, Whitman, Mass.; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe-Saginaw Chippewa Academy, Mount Pleasant,...

Mar 13: AASL’s research journal announces name change and debuts new logo

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce that its online, refereed research journal, School Library Media Research, has officially changed its name to School Library Research (SLR). Beginning with its 15th Volume in April 2012, all...

Mar 13: AASL 'School Libraries Count!' longitudinal survey deadline extended to March 30

CHICAGO – The deadline to participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s 2012 “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey has been extended to March 30.  The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this...

Mar 12: Queens Memory Project receives ALCTS collaboration citation

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has declared the Queens Memory Project as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2012.

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Mar 12: PLA Store at PLA 2012 Conference, Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Find the PLA Store at PLA 2012 Conference  in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center near the Broad Street entrance. The PLA Store is located near Registration, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and...

Mar 09: Manage teen behavior at your library with YALSA’s April webinar

CHICAGO — When teens flood into the library, anything can happen. But chaos needn’t reign in your teen space. By setting the right tone with regulars, establishing appropriate boundaries, and equitably addressing problem behaviors, you can create a teen space that is consistently welcoming...

Mar 08: School, public libraries to build and renew collections with 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO – The Morton School of Excellence in Chicago, the Perris (Calif.) Library and the Prentiss (Miss.) Public Library are recipients of the 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books...

Mar 07: Disaster response and planning for libraries

CHICAGO—Fire, water, mold, construction problems, power-outages—mishaps like these can not only bring library services to a grinding halt, but can also destroy collections and even endanger employees. Preparing for the unexpected is the foundation of a library’s best response. “...

Mar 07: Assessing rebuilding efforts in Haiti: New libraries slowly rising, opening

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - “Two years after the earthquake, vast numbers of Haitian people are still struggling just to return to something resembling normal life,” said Leonard Kniffel, who returned March 5 from Port-au-Prince after a week of talks with librarians and government officials about...

Mar 07: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO – The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long ...

Mar 07: Vote for the talks you want to hear at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Public voting is now open through March 25, 2012 for more than 50 talks in two new formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the first time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced...

Mar 07: Mapping Transformation—Program proposals accepted through March 25 for Virtual Conference

Do you have a creative approach to share? Did you enhance an existing service?  Have you launched a new project that has transformed service at your library?

We’re looking for dynamic presenters to move the needle forward for the profession. If that’s you, this is your chance to...

Mar 07: Angell receives 2012 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2012 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Allison Angell.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to...
Mar 06: LITA Web Course: Getting Started with GIS

CHICAGO - LITA is pleased to announce the availability of a new Web Course: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library. The three-week course will be held April 9-30, 2012 and will consist of a combination...

Mar 06: AASL expands reach of Fall Forum with satellite site attendance options

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is expanding the educational reach of its biennial Fall Forum by offering registrants the opportunity to attend via one of four satellite sites. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take...

Mar 06: Registration open for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum.  “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” will be held Oct. 12 - 13, 2012, in Greenville,  S.C.  New this year, those unable to join AASL in South Carolina can attend the Fall Forum...

Mar 06: Your guide to the 2012 ALA elections

CHICAGO – As the American Library Association (ALA) gears up for its 2012 elections, an electronic election guide has been created to help inform members about the candidates and the election process.  “Your Guide to the 2012 ALA Elections” contains general information about the ALA presidency...

Mar 06: Turock and Reed named ALA honorary members

CHICAGO – Dr. Betty J. Turock and Senator Jack Reed were elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20 to 24 in Dallas. Honorary membership, ALA's highest honor, is conferred in...

Mar 06: An in-depth guide for using social media in the K-12 classroom

CHICAGO -- Modern K-12 lessons should never be dull or rote. In today’s classrooms, educators can engage their students using a wide range of digital and social networking tools, from wikis and blogs to podcasts and videoconferences. In her timely new book, "...

Mar 06: The Hunger Games @ your library

CHICAGO –  With the success of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, teens and adults are equally excited about the movie’s upcoming release. Here are just a few ideas of how librarians across the country are tapping into readers' enthusiasm.

A "survival training class" and Capitol fashion...

Mar 06: Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

As library use increases, so does need for new technologies

CHICAGO - In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access....

Mar 06: PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

CHICAGO - Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in Room 122-A/B of the Pennsylvania...

Mar 06: Everything you need to know about Hiring, Training and Supervising Shelvers--new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new three-part workshop, Hiring, Training, and Supervising Shelvers with Patricia Tunstall.

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

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