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May 13: Library leaders to discuss innovative veteran services at 2015 ALA Annual conference

SAN FRANCISCO—How can libraries better connect veterans and their families to veteran benefits and services? Learn more about providing veteran services at “Veterans Connect @ Your Library: Veterans Resource Centers in California Libraries,” an interactive conference session that will take place...

May 13: Expert to discuss copyright trends at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—It’s been an exciting year in copyright law, with important precedents set on fair use and mass digitization, search engines, and what is protected by copyright. Join us at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Copyright Litigation: The Year in...

May 13: Panel to discuss ebook lending growth at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The...

May 13: AASL opens targeted call for national conference session proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) opens a second call for concurrent session proposals to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AASL seeks sessions specifically targeting the lower elementary...

May 13: Experts to discuss, demystify IP implications of 3D printing at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—As more and more libraries nationwide begin to offer 3D printing services, library leaders are now confronting a litany of copyright, trademark and patent complications that arise from the new technology. To help the library community address 3D printing concerns, the American...

May 13: Electronic Frontier Foundation chief to keynote Washington Update at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will...

May 13: LITA members elect Fifarek as president-elect; Smith and Varnum to board

CHICAGO — Aimee Fifarek is the newly elected vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Fifarek is deputy library director for IT and digital initiatives at Phoenix Public Library in Phoenix,...

May 12: Deadline approaching for candidate nominations for 2016 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2016 ALA election would like to remind everyone that the deadline is quickly approaching for anyone interested in running  on the 2016 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating...

May 12: Todaro wins 2016–2017 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Julie Todaro, PhD, Dean of Library Services at Austin (Texas) Community College, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Todaro received 2,899 votes, while her opponents, Joseph Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the...

May 12: New Mexico receives AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant to extend professional development to isolated school librarians

CHICAGO – The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group in New Mexico (ASL-SIG) is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL affiliated school library associations for...

May 12: Stephanie Meurer, Jennifer Milstead and Erin Kelley receive AASL Collaborative School Library Award for Holocaust project

CHICAGO – School librarians Stephanie Meurer and Jennifer Milstead, and language arts teacher, Erin Kelley, from Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colorado, are the recipients of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Upstart,...

May 12: Ann M. Martin receives AASL Distinguished Service Award for leadership in the profession and association

CHICAGO – Ann M. Martin, retired educational specialist of Henrico County Schools and a past president of AASL, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual...

May 12: Diana Rendina transforms school library and receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Diana Rendina, school librarian at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Florida, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less...

May 12: Carolyn Kirio receives AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award for 24/7 school library transformation

CHICAGO – Carolyn Kirio, school librarian at Kapolei Middle School in Hawaii, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $1,500 award recognizes and honors school librarians demonstrating...

May 12: Clarice Marchena receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant to implement enrichment book club program

CHICAGO — Clarice Marchena, school librarian at Dos Puentes Elementary School, in Manhattan, New York, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a...

May 12: Arlen Kimmelman to build agents of change with inaugural Ruth Toor Grant

CHICAGO – Arlen Kimmelman, school librarian at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J., is the recipient of the inaugural Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides funding for the creation and implementation of a local public...

May 12: Sipe elected ALCTS President for 2016-2017

CHICAGO —Vicki Sipe, catalog librarian, Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been elected the 2016-2017 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

She previously held positions at the National Cancer...

May 12: The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) awarded H.W. Wilson Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) has been named the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant recipient for 2015, for its cooperative venture to provide professional development opportunities for support staff from academic, public, school and special libraries...

May 12: Dr. Beverly Lynch wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the 2015 recipient of Beta Phi Mu Award. . This award is given annually to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education for...

May 12: Sarah Hill elected for 2016-2017 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Sarah Hill as the division’s next president-elect. Hill will begin her term as president-elect in June 2015, becoming president for one year in June 2016....

May 12: Angela Hartman’s genocide project receives AASL Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – School Librarian Angela Hartman from Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, Hartman will receive $3,000 and Hutto High School will...

May 12: School library champion Lenny Santamaria receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Lenny Santamaria, principal of Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school...

May 12: Frederick Ruffner honored with National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award

NEW YORK -- Frederick Ruffner (1926-2014), founder of the Literary Landmarks™ program, was posthumously honored with United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award on May 4. United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented the award to Ruffner’s sons, Peter...

May 12: Orsburn elected ALSC 2016-2017 president

CHICAGO — Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, adjunct faculty, Drexel University, College of Computing & Infomatics, Philadelphia, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

“...

May 11: Church elected 2016-2017 AASL president

CHICAGO – Audrey Church, associate professor and graduate program coordinator at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, has been elected as the 2016-2017 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Church will serve as president-elect during 2015-2016 under AASL President...

May 11: Susan Schmidt elected United for Libraries president-elect

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Schmidt, immediate past president, Friends of the Little Falls Library (Bethesda. Maryland) and media assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School (Bethesda, Maryland), has been elected 2015-2016 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Schmidt has...

May 11: Murphy and Hart win United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2015 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Heather Murphy, associate director of advancement for publications and public affairs for the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Molly...

May 11: Leading libraries by creating a service culture

CHICAGO — Quality leadership is integral to the very future of the profession. And, as authors Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Wendi Arant Kaspar, persuasively demonstrate in their new book “Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture...

May 11: Irene M.H. Herold elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Irene M. H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco and assume the presidency in July 2016 for a one-year term....

May 11: James G. Neal and Jonathan Bloom win 2015 FTRF Roll of Honor Awards

CHICAGO — Jonathan Bloom and James G. Neal are the recipients of the 2015 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Awards.  The award will be presented at the 2015...

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