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Mar 07: Lauren Myracle headlines AASL Awards Luncheon at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Myracle, will headline the annual Awards Luncheon for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The luncheon will be held Mon., June 27, during the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. More information is available on the...

Mar 07: Encourage teens @ your library to vote for the 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for Teen Tech Week™, March 6-12. Teens can vote for the 2012 Teen Tech Week theme (and answer a short survey about their use of technology...

Mar 04: Register now for Step Up to the Plate @ your library


Year six of the program debuts on atyourlibrary.org, ALA’s public awareness website

CHICAGO - Season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open for librarian registration.

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball...

Mar 04: The School of Information Studies at UWM supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has raised close to $1,100 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser to support the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  Students, faculty, alumni and members of the community...

Mar 04: Travel scholarships to attend the 2011 Spectrum Leadership Institute now available

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity offers a unique opportunity for library school students and recent graduates to attend the upcoming Spectrum Leadership Institute, June 23-26 in New Orleans.  A minimum of 20 travel scholarships for the institute will be awarded...

Mar 04: Outstanding speaker lineup for RUSA’s older adults library services preconference

CHICAGO — The Reference Services Section (RSS) of the Reference and User Services Association has brought together an outstanding speaker lineup for its 2011 Annual preconference focused on library services for those in the 55+ demographic who use library resources to find employment and...

Mar 01: Win a $100 ALA Graphics gift by submitting a National Library Week programming idea

CHICAGO - The Campaign for America’s Libraries is looking for stories about how librarians are planning to promote National Library Week (April 10-16) using the theme “Create your own story @ your library.”

Librarians are encouraged to submit stories of how they are planning to...

Mar 01: Cassell wins 2011 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Kay Cassell, director of the Master of Library and Information Science Program and lecturer at the School of Communication and Information, Library and Information Science Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the...

Mar 01: Elevate your library’s YA services with YALSA’s practical Nuts & Bolts for Serving Teens preconference

CHICAGO — Teens are an essential part of any library’s service, but gaining their attention and creating programs and services that meet their unique needs can be a challenge. New librarians and generalists alike can learn practical strategies for serving teens that can be implemented...

Mar 01: Fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay will speak at Literary Tastes Breakfast

CHICAGO—Fantasy book lovers won’t want to miss out on hearing Guy Gavriel Kay, author of 2011 Reading List Fantasy winner “Under Heaven,” speak at the 2011 Literary Tastes Breakfast—a book lover’s dream event that is a part of the Reference and User Services Association’s activities at the...

Mar 01: New Webinars-on-Demand from YALSA: Summer Reading and Tech Basics

CHICAGO — YALSA debuted two new Webinars-on-Demand this month, previously recorded webinars, led by YA services content experts. Gear Up for Summer Reading and Tech4U: Technology Programs for Every User are now available for purchase online at...

Mar 01: Find your dream job with YALSA’s April Job Hunting Simplified webinar — free for YALSA members

CHICAGO — Tackling the job search process can be a daunting task, so let the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) help. Join Courtney Young at 2 p.m. EDT on April 21 for a discussion of practical job hunting tips for new graduates and early career librarians.

Young will...

Mar 01: Learn to use e-government resources in new course from ALA Editions

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse on Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources. Diane Kovacs, a former government...

Mar 01: Make over your library with YALSA’s May Teen Space Design webinar

CHICAGO — Looking for ways to spruce up your existing teen space? Or are you moving into a new building and need to redesign or plan something new? Join Kim Bolan Cullin as she discusses the latest in teen space planning and implementation in YALSA’s May 19 webinar, to be held at 2 p.m. EDT....

Mar 01: ALSC invites host site applications for 2012 Arbuthnot Lecture with Peter Sís

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2012 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are announcing that applications are currently being accepted for the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring well-known children’s illustrator Peter Sís. 

The...

Mar 01: Differently-abled LIS student scholarship application deadline is Mar. 8

CHICAGO — Tuesday, March 8, is the deadline to apply for the 2011 ASCLA Century Scholarship, a one-time award for library and information science students with access needs that funds necessary services or accommodations to enable the winner to complete a master’s or doctoral program in the...

Mar 01: Diversity in action ideas sought for 2011 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2011 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans from 3 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25...

Mar 01: Applications for the ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF, due March 15

PHILADELPHIA - Applications for the American Library Association (ALA) President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of ALA, are due March 15, 2011.

This award honors and recognizes statewide...

Mar 01: Hoffman and Costello win the 2011 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO— Kimberly Davies Hoffman, associate librarian for reference and instruction, and Michelle Costello, reference/instruction, education and instructional design librarian, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, have been selected to receive the 2011 Association of College...

Mar 01: ACRL 2011 conference focuses on value of academic and research libraries

CHICAGO - Due to the commitment of academic and research librarians, campus libraries are stronger than ever. With an exponentially increasing volume of information available on the Web as well as through traditional scholarly sources, academic libraries and librarians are indispensable to the...

Mar 01: COSWL celebrates National Women's History Month

CHICAGO - Throughout the month of March, the American Library Association's (ALA) Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will recognize and celebrate women's historic achievements with National Women's History Month. The observance also provides an opportunity to honor women...

Mar 01: 2011 ACRL STS Oberly Award to William R. Shurtleff

CHICAGO – William R. Shurtleff, founder and director of the Soyinfo Center (Lafayette, Calif.), has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural...

Mar 01: Oakleaf wins 2011 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO - Megan Jane Oakleaf, assistant professor at the iSchool at Syracuse University, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, for her article “Information Literacy...

Mar 01: Pilette receives Banks-Harris Award

CHICAGO - Roberta Pilette, director of the Preservation Department and chief preservation officer at Yale University Library, is the recipient of the 2011 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award awarded annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (...

Feb 28: Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Eleanor Cook

CHICAGO — The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Eleanor Cook, associate professor and assistant director for Collections & Technical Services at East Carolina University, Joyner Library, to receive the 2011...

Feb 28: Karen Coyle receives 2011 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Outstanding Publication Award recipient for 2011 is Karen Coyle for her "Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata," published in Library Technology Reports, January 2010, by ALA...

Feb 28: ALCTS webinars free to LIS students and faculty

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that current student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will be able to register for any ALCTS webinar free of charge.  Students who wish to take advantage of this offer...

Feb 25: New resources for celebrating National Bookmobile Day 2011 available

CHICAGO – Materials for National Bookmobile Day 2011 are now available for download at www.ala.org/bookmobiles. These free and customizable resources will help libraries plan festivities for the second annual celebration of National Bookmobile Day...

Feb 25: Reflective teaching and effective learning for library educators

CHICAGO — Whether or not "instruction" appears in their job titles, librarians are often in the position of educating their users, colleagues, and peers to successfully locate and evaluate information. MLIS programs tend to offer less-than-comprehensive preparation in pedagogy and...

Feb 24: Sol M. Hirsch receives 2011 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sol M. Hirsch, director of the Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, Fla.  The Sullivan Award is...

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