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Jul 28: Reid Craig receives the 2015 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship

The American Library Association (ALA) has named Reid Craig of Portland, Oregon as the 2015 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.

 

The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor, who made many contributions...

Jul 28: Hildreth, Wong running for 2016-19 ALA treasurer

CHICAGO – Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, and Patricia M. (Patty) Wong, county librarian and chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in...

Jul 27: ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of...

Jul 24: Marla Jo Black selected as the 2015 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Marla Jo Black of Kissimmee, Florida as the 2015 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in library and...

Jul 24: Timothy Ryan Dewysockie chosen as the 2015 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Timothy Ryan Dewysockie of Berlin, New Jersey, as the 2015 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in...

Jul 24: Eliza Bettinger selected as the 2015 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Eliza Bettinger of Milwaukee as the 2015 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient.

The scholarship was named for a longtime ALA staff member who directed the ALA Conference Services Office for more than 20 years. This...

Jul 23: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship....

Jul 23: Jade McIntyre Finlinson selected as the 2015 David H. Clift Scholarship recipient

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has named Jade McIntyre Finlinson of Los Angeles the 2015 David H. Clift Scholarship recipient.

The David H. Clift Scholarship was named for a former director of the American Library Association. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a...

Jul 23: A complete guide to creating school readiness programs at public libraries

CHICAGO —The public library is in the perfect position as a community resource to help bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten; however, starting from scratch can feel daunting. In “Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete...

Jul 23: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

 CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2016 ALA Election:

Hilary Albert, reference librarian, ...

Jul 23: ALA invites public to nominate librarians for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service...

Jul 22: Hinchliffe, Laughlin seek 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, are the candidates for the 2017-...

Jul 21: Volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for 2016 - 2017

CHICAGO — Julie Todaro, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for the 2016-2017 term (terms start on July 1, 2016). Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with notifications...

Jul 20: LITA 2015 Scholarships Winners

CHICAGO - Rachel Vacek announced at her LITA President’s program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the winners of annual scholarships LITA sponsors jointly with three organizations: Baker &...

Jul 20: Cataloging Music Audiovisual Materials Using RDA

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning in partnership with Music Library Association announces a new iteration of the popular workshop Cataloging Music Audiovisual Materials Using RDA with Keith Knop and Jay Weitz. This workshop will...

Jul 20: Durrett, Miles and Quinto named winners of YALSA’s digital literacy program contest, Shark Bowl

CHICAGO – The winners of YALSA’s President’s Program, Taking a Deep Dive into Digital Literacy: Shark Bowl for Library Staff, were named on Monday, June 29 at ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

A total of six finalists were chosen to present their digital literacy programming ideas...

Jul 17: Deadline extended: AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section call for papers

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent...

Jul 16: Two time Coretta Scott King Award recipient Rita Williams-Garcia to discuss diverse voices at AASL’s author banquet

CHICAGO – New York Times bestselling and award winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Williams-Garcia will...

Jul 16: Emmy® Award winner Sonia Manzano to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Actress, author and script writer Sonia Manzano will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Manzano will discuss books, characters and...

Jul 16: Bestselling author Matt de la Peña to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Bestselling author Matt de la Peña will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. de la Peña will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside...

Jul 16: Early birds save $100 at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – By registering before the Aug. 13, 2015, early bird deadline, conference attendees will save $100 on registration rates for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be...

Jul 16: The New York Public Library joins Carnegie Corporation of New York in sponsoring the I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for the eighth year of the award are open now

NEW YORK — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that The New York Public Library has joined as one of the co-sponsors of the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public...

Jul 16: Congress passes strong support for U.S. school libraries in Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years of delay, the U.S. Senate today voted to reauthorize and modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s primary education statute, by passing the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Before passing the legislation, the U.S. Senate...

Jul 16: 2015 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Beard, Beard and Beard

CHICAGO – James B. Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C. Beard have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for “Turfgrass History...

Jul 16: Pilar Martinez is next in LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar Series

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Pilar Martinez, from noon - 1 p.m. Central time on Aug. 20. This is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries....

Jul 16: Using analytics and metrics to drive decisions and services

CHICAGO — With the wealth of data available to library and information services, analytics are the key to truly understanding your users and your field of operations and to improving your services. “Library Analytics and Metrics: Using...

Jul 16: Real-world teen services

CHICAGO — The basics of day-to-day service to teens in the library setting, a discipline requiring specific skills, is all too often glossed over in professional literature.  As a result, many LIS grads begin serving teens armed with an incomplete understanding of why their job is both important...

Jul 16: 2015 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2015 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to 10...

Jul 15: Learn how to run great webinars in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, How to Run...

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