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Jul 12: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO – This September, baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library...

Jul 12: CALA launches 2011-2012 theme “Embracing the Changes”

CHICAGO -- The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) inaugurated its 2011-2012 year with the program “Embracing the Changes: Diversity and Global Vision in a Digital Age” at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The program, which launches...

Jul 12: Don't miss early bird registration rates for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition to do so before the Aug. 4 early bird registration deadline. On Aug. 5, registration rates will be raised $50 and, after Sept...

Jul 12: Applications being accepted for 2012 class of ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders.  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the...

Jul 12: Northern California APALA and REFORMA members support Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO — Librarians and library supporters in Northern California came together to raise more than $1,000 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser and mixer at the Redwood City Public Library.  Organized by Sandy Wee, president of the Asian Pacific American...

Jul 12: Working in the virtual stacks

CHICAGO — Thanks in part to technology, the boundaries of library positions are dissolving. It is no longer practical to discuss the profession in terms of traditional library types, and the relationship between librarians and technology is stronger than ever. In “...

Jul 11: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master...
Jul 11: Online registration opens for second summer session of PLA’s free public library advocacy education program

CHICAGO — Registration has opened for the Aug. 8–Sept. 12 session of Turning the Page 2.0, a free, online advocacy training program, developed and presented by the...

Jul 07: Quick reminder library management tips for busy librarians

CHICAGO— “Library Management Tips that Work,” published by ALA Editions, tackles the details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that can slip through the cracks of other...

Jul 07: Deanna Marcum featured in ALCTS free webinar on metadata infrastructure

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services presents a free webinar from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 1.  The webinar, Aiming for a Robust Metadata Infrastructure for the Future, features Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services, Library...

Jul 07: PLA presents readers' advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl on July 19

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on July 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar with Nancy Pearl, “Dive into a Good Book: Great Summer Reads to Recommend to Your Patrons.”

The...

Jul 06: Big-name authors join Booklist editors for ALA 2011 Annual Virtual Conference, July 13-14

CHICAGO - Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough and two-time National Book Award recipient Jean Thompson have signed on to be interviewed by ...

Jul 05: Connect with your digital readers in YALSA’s July "E-Readers and Your Library" webinar

CHICAGO — For many teens, reading isn’t confined to the printed page; more devices support a variety of applications and other access mechanisms for connecting teens with a range of content. Join Wendy Stephens as she discusses the latest in e-readers in YALSA’s July 14 webinar, to be held at...

Jul 05: More than $1 million in relief awarded to school libraries impacted by natural disasters

AASL honors Dollar General Literacy Foundations for generous support

CHICAGO –The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the distribution of more than $1 million in grants to school libraries...

Jul 05: ALA receives NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant to support Great Stories Club author tour

Author visits will target teens in juvenile detention centers

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced that the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion...

Jul 05: American Library Association Annual Conference makes successful return to New Orleans

CHICAGO - In 2006, the American Library Association (ALA) held its Annual Conference in New Orleans. It was the first major convention in the city since Hurricane Katrina.

This year, librarians made a successful return for the ALA's 2011 Annual Conference, held June 23-28 at the...

Jul 05: Librarian and United States masters swimmer supports Spectrum again

CHICAGO – Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of Central Collection Development at the New York Public Library, announced that she will participate in the United States Masters Swimming 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  The event,...

Jul 05: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program

CHICAGO - Many Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) candidates want to prepare portfolios to meet LSSC requirements.  At 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 12, LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC...

Jun 29: Talk the future of Facebook in the library in YALSA’s July YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum next week on using Facebook in the library. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the...

Jun 29: Molly Raphael inaugurated 2011 ALA President

CHICAGO – Today, Molly Raphael, former director of libraries at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore. and the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C., began her term as 2011-2012 president of the American Library Association (ALA).

As ALA president, Raphael is the...

Jun 28: The Library Research Round Table announces Pattuelli, VanScoy as 2011 award recipients

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2011 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...

Jun 28: Library History Round Table names Cody White Winsor Award recipient

CHICAGO - The Library History Round Table is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Justin Winsor Prize.  The award, $100 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history.  The...

Jun 28: AASL announces 2011 best websites for teaching and learning

CHICAGO – At the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the 2011 Top 25...

Jun 28: American Library Association E-books Taskforce continues open dialogue with HarperCollins

Taskforce, publisher discuss lending solutions during ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) E-books Taskforce Chair Bonnie Tijerina today released the...

Jun 28: Library History Round Table announces Susan Reynolds as Phyllis Dain Award recipient

CHICAGO - The Library History Round Table is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Phyllis Dain Library History Award. The award is named in honor of Phyllis Dain, a library historian widely known as a supportive adviser and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and a thinker with great...

Jun 27: Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s summer online course

CHICAGO - School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups? And how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out in "Navigating the Divide between Teens...

Jun 21: American Libraries offers free copies of "Reading with the Stars"

CHICAGO - American Libraries is giving away free copies of “Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries,” a new book published by Skyhorse Publishing and ...

Jun 21: ALA receives grant from Fetzer Institute to support public discussions of community, civility and compassion

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute announced their collaboration on Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multi-format discussion program for public audiences. By...

Jun 21: New 'Our Authors, Our Advocates' public service announcements available at ILoveLibraries.org

PSAs feature best-selling authors Judy Blume, David Baldacci and Mo Willems

CHICAGO – Three new author public service announcements (PSAs) will be available to library advocates on June 24, through the American Library Association’s (ALA) “Our Authors, Our Advocates” initiative. The new...

Jun 21: Add some harmonies to your fundraising melody at ALA in New Orleans

CHICAGO - This year’s LLAMA-FRFDS’s Fund Fare is all about about Making Beautiful Music Together!: 360 Degree Fundraising.

The event will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. — noon in Room 277 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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