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Feb 26: ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. The...

Feb 24: HARRASSOWITZ Award to Michael Levine-Clark

CHICAGO — The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Michael Levine-Clark, associate dean for scholarly communication and collections services and professor at the University of Denver, to receive the 2015 HARRASSOWITZ...

Feb 24: First Step Award to Emily Cable

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Emily Cable, serials and e-resource librarian at the Salem Public Library in Salem, Oregon, as the recipient of the 2015 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS...

Feb 24: LLAMA thought leaders webinar will feature Susan Hildreth

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Susan Hildreth, from 1 - 2 p.m. Central Time on March 11. This is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries.

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Feb 24: Program offers advice on salary negotiation

CHICAGO — When assessing a job offer, don’t sit back and hope for the best – step forward to make it your best offer! Join the American Library Association's New Members Roundtable (NMRT) online at noon (EST) on March 3 for "Salary Negotiation: How to make your next offer your best offer...

Feb 24: Abigail Flanigan awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO – Abigail Flanigan, a student in the Masters of Library Science Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2015 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is given by the Preservation...

Feb 24: 2015 Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2015 Summer Teen Intern grant.

The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer...

Feb 24: 2015 Summer Reading Resources Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2015 Summer Reading Resources grant.

The grant’s purpose is to help fund a library’s summer reading program by supporting the...

Feb 24: Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Offerman is also a humorist, woodworker and the...

Feb 24: ALA announces slate of petition Council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals will be running as petition candidates for positions on the ALA Council:

Karyn Jill Applegate, Rock Hill Public Library, Rock Hill, Missouri.

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, distance services librarian,...

Feb 24: United for Libraries to host webinar on responding to a budget crisis

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present a free webinar on “Responding to a Budget Crisis” from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 24.

Learn how to develop a campaign for...

Feb 24: Tickets available for 2015 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Brian Selznick

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the DC Public Library announced that tickets for the 2015 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Brian Selznick are now available.

The lecture, titled "Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in...

Feb 24: AASL introduces the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO — In recognition of her service to and influence on the profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce its newest award, The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. The annual award, made possible by the generous support of Jay Toor,...

Feb 23: Hinchliffe wins 2015 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The...

Feb 23: ALA Council commends Ferguson Municipal Public Library

CHICAGO — To acknowledge the actions of the staff of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library of Ferguson, Missouri, the ALA Council has passed a resolution commending the Ferguson Municipal Public Library for serving the community in a time of crisis.

The resolution, which was passed at the...

Feb 23: Garcia-Febo, Jefferson and Marlin elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO — Loida Garcia-Febo, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Mike L. Marlin have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in...

Feb 23: Emery and Stone receive Ingram Coutts Innovation Award

CHICAGO —The Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Collection Management Section (CMS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in...

Feb 23: Piercy Award to Myung-Ja Han

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Myung-Ja (MJ) Han, metadata librarian and associate professor of library administration at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as the recipient of the 2015 Esther J. Piercy Award. The...

Feb 23: Improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in 5 Minutes  with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 4,...

Feb 21: LLAMA webinar explores implications of microaggressions

CHICAGO — Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead library staff to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their...

Feb 20: Sibley named 2015 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO — Christina Sibley, distance education librarian at Arizona Western College, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and administrated by...

Feb 20: eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for library staff

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

American Sign Language (...

Feb 20: ALA Council denounces Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO — In response to the recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the ALA (American Library Association) Council has passed a resolution denouncing “these bloody assaults on fundamental human rights.”

The resolution, which was passed at the ALA Midwinter...

Feb 20: PLA awards recognize 15 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 15 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 20: Hwa-Wei Lee receives the Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO — Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, former chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2015 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in...

Feb 20: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Initial accreditation status was granted to the following program, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled...

Feb 19: Engage teens with digital media

CHiCAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

Take your...

Feb 19: New ACRL Occasional Report examines Building with Purpose

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, "...

Feb 17: Nineteen public libraries selected to host ‘Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?’ traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — Nineteen U.S. public libraries have been selected to host the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have announced...

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