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Mar 17: Student loan forgiveness webinar now archived on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The archive of the webinar “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” is now available to view as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. Presented in collaboration with the...

Mar 17: Applications now accepted for school library program award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

To be considered, nominations...

Mar 17: Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Jane McGonigal will inspire 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees from the very first session of the conference about the myriad possibilities for serious games and gaming to help improve lives and be integrated into a variety of library programming. The world-renowned designer of...

Mar 14: 2014 ALA elections open March 19

CHICAGO — Voting in the 2014 ALA elections will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 19, 2014.  Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will notify voters by email,...

Mar 14: Apply now for ACRL Immersion Program Assessment, Intentional Teaching tracks

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites you to apply for its Immersion ’14 Program. The Immersion Program Intentional Teacher and Assessment Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Nov. 19-22, 2014, in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are being...

Mar 14: American Library Association presents Madison Award to NSA Oversight Group

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of...

Mar 13: NMRT award offers chance to attend Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The New Member Roundtable (NMRT) announces the Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award.

NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend a ticketed event of their choice at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The essay contest is open...

Mar 12: Maxwell’s Complete Handbook for RDA wins 2014 ABC-CLIO Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) proudly acknowledges Robert L. Maxwell as winner of the 2014 ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for "Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Resource Description and Access," published by ALA Editions...

Mar 12: YALSA’s 2014 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to three libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Yakima Nation Library in Toppenish, Wash., the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The libraries will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other...

Mar 12: MacMillan and Kirker’s baby storytime magic

CHICAGO — The first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy, and though many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, finding exciting materials that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Written by best-selling authors Kathy MacMillan and...

Mar 12: Reference sources for small and medium-sized libraries

CHICAGO — Focusing on new reference sources published since 2008 and reference titles that have retained their relevance, the new eighth edition of “Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries,” published by...

Mar 11: Slate for 2014 FTRF trustee election announced

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Nominating Committee has slated 11 candidates for the 2014 FTRF board of trustee election.  The FTRF Nominating Committee is composed of Robert P. Doyle, Eva Poole and Carol Brey-Casiano,...

Mar 11: Johnson, Runyan and Hutchins receive YALSA’s Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded 2014 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Jeanette Johnson and Lyndsey Runyan. The Dorothy Broderick Student Scholarship was awarded to Julia Hutchins. Each will...

Mar 11: American Library Association, Internet Archive support civil liberties in amicus brief

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association and the Internet Archive filed a “friend of the court” (PDF) brief in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States...

Mar 11: ALA President Barbara Stripling’s free webinar series to continue with 'Strategic Library Partnerships'

CHICAGO — “Strategic Library Partnerships” is a free webinar focusing on successful partnerships between library types and local government, business communities, community groups and more. Learn how successful partnerships help libraries of all types further their mission, expand their reach,...

Mar 11: Les Hawkins recipient of Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Les Hawkins on receiving the 2014 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Presented by the Continuing Resources Section (CRS) of ALCTS,...

Mar 11: El-Sherbini book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award recipient for 2014 is Magda El-Sherbini for her book "RDA:...

Mar 11: Marie Kennedy receives the Ingram Coutts Innovation Award

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Collection Management Section (CMS) has chosen Marie Kennedy, serials and electronic resources librarian at Loyola Marymount University William H. Hannon Library as the 2014...

Mar 11: ALA names honorary member

CHICAGO —  Patricia Glass Schuman was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 24 to 28 in Philadelphia.  Honorary Membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of...

Mar 11: Free LLAMA webinar presents interviewing tips to get a job

CHICAGO – The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Interviewing Tips to Get a Job” from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  This free webinar will help prepare participants for interviewing and offer insight into the...

Mar 11: Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman receives the 2014 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman is the winner of the 2014 Joseph W Lippincott Award, which honors distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.  This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association.

“The jury for...

Mar 11: Sarah Ostman Appointed PPO Communications Manager

CHICAGO — Sarah Ostman joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) as communications manager on Feb. 18. Among Ostman’s responsibilities are managing and editing the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website...

Mar 11: Showcase your bookmobile in 'Why We Love Our Bookmobile' video celebration

CHICAGO — As libraries gear up to celebrate the fifth National Bookmobile Day on April 16, they can now share what makes their bookmobile special through the “Why We Love Our Bookmobile” YouTube video celebration.  Through April 16, libraries across the country are invited to submit videos on...

Mar 11: Diversity in Action, Family Literacy presentations sought for 2014 Diversity & Outreach Fair

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 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held at ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas from 3 – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28....

Mar 11: PLA’s new webinar series teaches you how to supervise with success

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering special programming for public library supervisors, whether new, experienced or anticipatory. The two-part webinar series, “Supervise with Success,” 1 p.m. Central...

Mar 11: ALSC announces the Día Family Book Club Curriculum

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the release of the Día Family Book Club Curriculum. As an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day...

Mar 11: Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2014.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups...

Mar 10: LITA preconferences held at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offing three full-day preconferences from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

"Managing Data: Tools for Plans and Data...

Mar 10: LITA webinar: Setting a Course for Social Media Success

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering a webinar, All Aboard - The Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success, presented by Mary Anne Hansen,...

Mar 10: 'Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library' receives the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that "Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines” by June Pinnell-Stephens is the...

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