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Mar 21: Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated...

Mar 21: Textile designer Franklin Habit to serve as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Textile designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, to pass on his knowledge of textile preservation during Preservation Week®, April 23 – 29...

Mar 21: Shining a light on library workers for valuable contributions - National Library Workers Day, April 11

CHICAGO – With more than 4.1 million in-person visits made to libraries every day in the U.S., library workers play an integral role in connecting library users with information, technology and opportunities to help improve the quality of their lives. April 11 is National Library Workers Day (...

Mar 21: Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, “The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook,” published by...

Mar 20: Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power...

Mar 20: Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2017 with free materials, ideas and more

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 12, join the nationwide celebrations for #NBD2017 as libraries across the country highlight the vital services bookmobiles...

Mar 20: Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual...

Mar 20: Robert P. Doyle is granted the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of...

Mar 17: Moore receives 2017 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Alanna Aiko Moore, academic liaison coordinator and librarian for sociology, ethnic studies, and gender studies at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), has been chosen to receive the 2017...

Mar 17: New Workshop—Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library with Ellyssa Kroski. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, May...

Mar 17: Bidney named 2017 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Marcy Bidney, curator, American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been selected to receive the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter...

Mar 16: Richard E. Turley Jr. wins Genealogy/History Achievement Award sponsored by ProQuest

CHICAGO--Richard E. Turley Jr., former Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was selected as the 2017...

Mar 16: Ian Richardson wins BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award

CHICAGO-Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University, has been selected as the 2017 BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award winner. Administered by the Business Reference and Services Section...

Mar 16: Polls now open in 2017 PLA board election

2017 Board Election
The Polls Are Open!
Voting Deadline: Apr. 5, 2017

One of the benefits of being a PLA member is using the power of your vote to choose the leadership of the organization. In the...

Mar 16: PLA to offer two preconference sessions at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconference educational sessions focusing on disaster preparedness and measurement of program outcomes. Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is not required as...

Mar 16: New eCourse/eBook Bundle: New on the Job

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, New on the Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 15, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning...

Mar 16: President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

"The President's proposal to eliminate the Institute...

Mar 16: Gina Kessler Lee of Saint Mary’s College of California named winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - Gina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of the Where...

Mar 16: New eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 15, 2017.

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Mar 15: Sara Paretsky confirmed as featured speaker of Andrew Carnegie Medals Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO--Sara Paretsky, famed novelist of the V.I. Warshawski mystery series (HarperCollins) and Chicago resident, is confirmed as the featured speaker of the ...

Mar 15: ALSC invites applications for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture with Naomi Shihab Nye

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2018 event featuring National Book Award winning author, Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual...

Mar 15: ALCTS endorses cataloging and metadata core competencies

CHICAGO — At the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) endorsed the “Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata...

Mar 15: Senator Jon Tester receives ALA's 2017 James Madison Award
 
Washington, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) Past President Sari Feldman presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester (Montana) with the 2017 James Madison Award today during a ceremony streamed live from the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio in Washington, D.C. The award honors...
Mar 15: Applications due April 13 for 2017 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2017 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 7-10, Q Center, St. Charles, Illinois) will be accepted through April 13, 2017. The...

Mar 15: RUSA offers preconference on user experience and testing in the library

CHICAGO—On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) are hosting “...

Mar 15: Wiegand wins Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award

CHICAGO—Wayne A. Wiegand, author and  F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the ...

Mar 14: Reveal your metadata with an ALCTS preconference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Cataloging and Metadata for the Web: Meeting the User Where They Are.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the...

Mar 14: ALCTS preconference builds digital collections at small institutions

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills...

Mar 14: Hussey, Cordova win STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Awards

CHICAGO--Elizabeth Hussey (left), Public Services Librarian at Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) and Eleana Cordova (right) Adult Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Wayne Public Library (NJ), were selected as the 2017 winners of the ...

Mar 13: ACRL Global Perspectives on Information Literacy paper released

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, Global...

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