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May 03: Advanced sales for Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit begin

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are proud to announce the opening of advanced sales for “Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® 2nd Edition” at the ALA Store. The product is scheduled to be available in June...

May 03: PLA members choose new president and board members and approve dues increase in 2011 elections

CHICAGO – Eva Poole, director of libraries for the Denton (Texas) Public Library has been elected the 2012-2013 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Poole will become PLA president-elect at the conclusion of the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference this June...

May 03: ALCTS preconferences in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Three exciting and highly informative preconferences are being offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  You can register by going to the...

May 03: Bookmobile Sunday focuses on importance of mobile outreach services

CHICAGO – Mobile delivery services are evolving to meet the needs of 21st century patrons.  Bookmobile Sunday at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference provides attendees with opportunities to learn, network and be inspired.  Learn about the issues, technologies and best practices that are...

May 03: ALA guide to economics & business reference

CHICAGO—Published by ALA Editions, “ALA Guide to Economics & Business Reference” focuses on key print and electronic sources. Readers will find information on:

  • Business...
May 03: Talk budgets and funding in YALSA’s May YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly YA Forum discussion this week on Defending and Stretching Your Budget in its space in ALA Connect. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to...

May 02: Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie elected ALSC 2012-2013 president

CHICAGO - Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie, professor, Kent (Ohio) State University, School of Library and Information Science, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

"I am...

May 02: North East Independent School District named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – North East Independent School District (NEISD) is an American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of...

May 02: Pine Grove Middle School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Pine Grove Middle School, located in East Syracuse, N.Y., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet...

Apr 29: Henrico County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools is an American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the...

Apr 29: Ballard elected AASL president, 2012-2013

CHICAGO – Susan D. Ballard, director of library media and technology for the Londonderry (N.H.) School District, has been elected the 2012-2013 AASL President.  Ballard will serve as president-elect during 2011-2012 under AASL President Carl A. Harvey II.

Ballard has served as the...

Apr 29: Jack Martin wins 2012-2013 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Jack Martin as the division’s next president-elect. Martin will begin his term as president-elect in June 2011, becoming president for one year in June 2012...

Apr 29: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO - 34 members have been elected as councilors-at-large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and extend through the end of the 2014 Annual Conference held in Las...

Apr 29: Sullivan wins 2012-13 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant, has been elected to the 2012-13 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Sullivan defeated Susan Stroyan, information services librarian at the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington...

Apr 26: Learn how to build a great library website in ALA TechSource workshop

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource will be offering David Lee King's workshop Building the Digital Branch this June....

Apr 26: Libraries set the stage for individuals of all ages to choose privacy

National public awareness campaign, now in its second year, helps library patrons discuss and understand privacy rights today

CHICAGO – Do young people in America care about privacy? Prevailing conventional wisdom may suggest that children and teens...

Apr 26: New Frontline Fundraising Toolkit simplifies the process

CHICAGO – ALA President Roberta Stevens has launched a new web resource designed to simplify the fundraising process for libraries. The Frontline Fundraising Toolkit covers the basics of developing a fundraising plan, identifying donor prospects, and enlarging a base of contributors. ...

Apr 26: Rising school library leader receives AASL's Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Shannon Hyman, school librarian at the Harry F. Byrd Middle School in Henrico, Va., is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Frances Henne Award.  Established in 1986, the $1,250 award, sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, recognizes a school...

Apr 26: School library leader receives AASL's Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Violet H. Harada is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978, the award, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time...

Apr 26: Branding @ your library – a success story

CHICAGO – In the fall of 2006, Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library Director Marcia Anderson was looking for a new way to promote the library to the local media. It was at the annual Minnesota Library Association's conference that she overheard a group of librarians discussing the Campaign for...

Apr 26: Registration open for 52nd Annual RBMS Preconference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the 52nd Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference. The 52nd Annual RBMS Preconference, "In the Hurricane's Eye: Challenges of Collecting in the 21st...

Apr 26: AASL funds two research teams focused on improving the school library profession

CHICAGO – The research teams of Mary K. Biagini and Rebecca Morris from Pennsylvania and Karla Krueger and Jean Donham from Iowa are the 2011 recipients of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Research Grant sponsored by Heinemann Raintree.

Biagini and Morris’s...

Apr 26: Register now and save on advocacy preconferences at Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans and save $25 off the combined...

Apr 26: Free webinar: introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, May 3, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar on LSSC and how it works. 

The presentation will explain...

Apr 26: New interactive website captures stories from library patrons and staff across the U.S.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy are pleased to announce the launch of LibrariUS, an initiative sponsored by the Public Insight Network at...

Apr 26: ALTAFF President’s Program to feature author Marilyn Johnson

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the ALTAFF President’s Program, featuring best-selling author and library advocate Marilyn Johnson, from 10:30 a.m. to noon CDT on...

Apr 26: AASL reading grant recipient helps struggling readers through radio broadcasts

CHICAGO – Shanna Miles and her project the “Billionaire’s Book Club” is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone Publishers, this grant of $2,500 supports the planning and implementation of a unique and...

Apr 26: Learning and leadership in the library

CHICAGO — The best kind of learning is that which never ends — and a culture of training means that staff will be more flexible and responsive to new ideas and strategies, imperative in today’s libraries.

Using real-life examples of trainers who serve as leaders within libraries and...

Apr 26: Learn more about Preservation Week @ your library, April 24 – 30, in Visibility podcast

CHICAGO – Charles Wilt, executive director of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the ALA, discusses Preservation Week @ your library (April 24 – 30) in a podcast with Visibility @ your library.

Preservation Week @ your library is a...

Apr 26: 2011 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and one honorable mention for the 2011 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by...

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