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May 17: LLAMA webinar helps you develop a free online management system

CHICAGO —Library managers at all levels are discovering that the ever-expanding world of social media can be their most effective tool for communication, supervision and project management.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) presents “Online Management Systems: Wielding...

May 17: Hackley Public Library to be dedicated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF in honor of Verna Aardema Vugteveen

PHILADELPHIA —  Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich., will be dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Verna Aardema Vugteveen on Tuesday, June 12 by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)....

May 17: 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates building community connections

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected presentations for the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. - 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Special Events area of Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center.  

The selected presentations...

May 17: New directions for academic liaison librarians

CHICAGO — Academic liaison librarians are a vital link between faculty, students and library resources. “New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians,” by Alice Crawford, provides liaison librarians with new opportunities for innovative...

May 17: ALTAFF to host ‘Transforming Libraries through Frontline Advocacy’ 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 “Transforming Libraries through Frontline Advocacy”  from 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 206A, on Sunday, June...

May 17: ALA and Carnegie Corporation of New York announce finalists for first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), along with Carnegie Corporation of New York, today announced six books as finalists for the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, to be awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for...

May 15: Register now for June 6 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting

ALA Virtual Membership Meeting 2012 on June 6

CHICAGO —ALA President Molly Raphael and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels invite all members of the American Library Association to participate in the Association’s first online Virtual Membership Meeting from
3 p...

May 15: PR Forum 2012: Implementing new technologies @ your library

CHICAGO –  Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Illinois State University, will speak at the 2012 PR Forum from 8-10 a.m., June 24, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Peters will discuss how to...

May 15: 2012 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients announced by the Library Research Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2012 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library...

May 15: Learn to deliver effective young adult readers' advisory: new session of popular eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular eCourse Young Adult Readers' Advisory Services. Jennifer Thiele will faciliate this course, which will begin on July 16, 2012.

Whether drawn in by homework...

May 15: Learn to integrate iPads and tablets into your library in new eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a first-of-its-kind new facilitated eCourse that will show students how they can integrate iPads and other high-tech devices into their libraries for both staff and patron use. The course, iPads,...

May 15: AASL expands its advocacy brochure series with Spanish translation

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has expanded its School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series of advocacy brochures with the addition of a Spanish translation of the parent brochure. Each brochure in the School Library Programs Improve...

May 15: Applications for ALTAFF’s Best Friends Awards due June 15

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the seventh annual Best Friends Awards. Applications are due June 15, 2012.

ALTAFF’s Best Friends Awards...

May 15: Nominating committee seeks candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2013 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, ALA treasurer and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect,...

May 15: New Web education offering from LITA

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available a new webinar, “Social Networking the Catalog: Community Based Approaches to Building Catalogs and Collections,” presented by Margaret Heller (Dominican University), to be held from 11 a.m. - noon CDT on June...

May 15: Jane Green among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, 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 the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. PDT at the Anaheim Marriott, Grand Salon E, on Monday, June 25 at the...

May 15: ALTAFF members vote to change organization’s title to ‘United for Libraries’

PHILADELPHIA —  As part of the recent American Library Association (ALA) election, the majority of voting members of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) voted to change the organization’s title to “United for Libraries: the Association of Library...

May 15: Paul Kelsey wins the 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has named Paul Kelsey the recipient of the 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The honor, which will be presented during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., is bestowed on a librarian whose extraordinary contributions to promoting...

May 15: Freedom to Read Foundation announces 2012 board of trustees election winners

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced the results of its 2012 board of trustees election, held in April. 

Five trustees were elected to two-year terms, beginning in June: Carol Brey-Casiano, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Mary Minow, Judith Platt and Nancy P....

May 15: Keith Michael Fiels to speak at Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon during ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, featuring ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, from noon-1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday...

May 15: New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker...

May 14: Get tips on managing media with a free webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on May 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free live, hour-long webinar, “Managing Traditional and Social Media for Libraries,” covering the fundamentals of media planning and...

May 14: Genevieve Owens voted ALCTS president-elect

CHICAGO — Genevieve Owens, assistant director of the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library, is the newly elected president-elect of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Owens will become...

May 14: ALCTS presents two outstanding virtual preconferences in June

CHICAGO — Two virtual preconferences presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services take place in June prior to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,Calif.

Local Collections, Collective...

May 14: Mary Beth Weber appointed new LRTS editor

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Mary Beth Weber as the new editor of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS).  Ms. Weber’s...

May 14: Registration open for 2012-2013 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO —Registration is open at www.ala.org/wrestlemania for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

To...

May 14: ALA Public Programs Office presents new ideas for library programming at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present a diverse offering of programs at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, open to all attendees who are interested in learning how to make their library a community center for lifelong learning and civic...

May 14: A practical approach to the basics of cataloging in AACR2, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and MARC21

CHICAGO—The launch of RDA:  Resource Description and Access has already transformed cataloging standards. Written at a time of transition in international cataloging, “Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21,” from...

May 14: Carolyn Larson recognized for service to RUSA MARS with My Favorite Martian Award

CHICAGO —Carolyn S. Larson, head of the Business Reference Section - Science, Technology & Business Division/Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2012 My Favorite Martian Award for contributions to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in...

May 14: Georgia State University’s Joel Glogowski wins new RUSA BRASS conference travel grant for academic librarians

CHICAGO — Joel Glogowski, economics, public management and policy and business librarian at Georgia State University, is the inaugural recipient of the BRASS Business Expert Press Award for Academic Librarians, a travel grant presented by the ...

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