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Feb 25: New United for Libraries toolkit available to Trustee members on insurance for libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries President Elect Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has written a toolkit on what Trustees and directors need to know about insurance for their library. The toolkit is available to United for Libraries members (personal...

Feb 25: RUSA issues Request For Proposal for branding initiative

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is soliciting proposals to oversee and implement the rebranding of RUSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and the home of the exclusive Notable Books List, which ultimately serves as the basis for the selection of...

Feb 25: McDonald, Wilson win BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO — Jennifer McDonald, youth services librarian at the Lafayette (N.Y.) Public Library and Carrie Wilson, teen services librarian at the Altadena (Calif.) Library District won the 2014 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a...

Feb 24: Next American Libraries Live covers the present and future of e-books

CHICAGO — Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Please tune in at...

Feb 24: Martin wins Frances Henne Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2014 Frances Henne Research Grant to Crystle Martin. This $1,000 grant, funded by VOYA magazine and administered by YALSA, will provide seed money for her research project, “Youth Library Services and Connected...

Feb 24: James Reilly receives Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

CHICAGO James M. Reilly, director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is the recipient of the 2014 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the...

Feb 24: COA announces accreditation actions taken at 2014 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Accreditation decisions

Initial accreditation status was granted to the following program, with the...

Feb 24: LLAMA webinar: Best Practices in Library Recruiting & Hiring

CHICAGO — Every library manager knows how important it is to hire the right person for a position.  But making that decision can sometimes feel like a huge gamble.  Learning how other managers are doing it successfully can turn that gamble into an almost certain win for you and your library....

Feb 24: ACRL seeks feedback on draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the...

Feb 24: HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Jenica P. Rogers

CHICAGO —The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Jenica P. Rogers, director of libraries, State University of New York Potsdam, to receive...

Feb 24: First Step Award to Chris Bulock

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Chris Bulock, electronic resources librarian at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, as the recipient of the 2014 First Step Award — A Wiley Professional...

Feb 24: Lu and Chambers article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Wen-Ying Lu, cataloging librarian, Access Services, San Mateo County Library (formerly of the University of Colorado, Boulder), and Mary Beth Chambers, director of catalog & metadata services, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, have been awarded the 2014 Edward Swanson...

Feb 24: Apply to become a member of the ACRL Immersion Program Faculty

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for new faculty for the ACRL Immersion Program. Now in its 15th year, the ACRL Immersion Program brings together academic...

Feb 24: Librarians as change agents: PLA conference sessions to teach public librarians to 'Turn Outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Public librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will offer...

Feb 21: Abron wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Dawn Abron, teen associate at Zion-Benton Public Library, the 2014 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient...

Feb 21: A LITA guide to makerspaces

CHICAGO — Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space...

Feb 20: ALA President Barbara Stripling's final 'Making' webinar installment focuses on library assessment and new ideas

CHICAGO – “What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities,” a free webinar focusing on academic, public and school libraries that are building community and supporting student and user success through making, will take place from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 5, 2014...

Feb 18: New exhibition, 'Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,' begins tour across United States

CHICAGO Fifty libraries, museums and other public sites across America will host a traveling exhibition, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, to explore the story of liberty and the American experience.  The exhibition is the...

Feb 18: Spring into learning with an AASL e-Academy online course

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for two of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy online courses. The self-paced courses Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian and BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!  begin...

Feb 18: Free Consulting Services available at PLA 2014

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up again to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the PLA 2014 Conference 12:...

Feb 18: PLA 2014 Daily News preview issue now available

CHICAGO – In anticipation of the upcoming Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15, PLA has published a digital preview issue of its onsite conference newspaper, the “PLA...

Feb 18: ALSC announces 2014 Notable Children's Videos
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2014 list of Notable Children’s Videos. The list includes videos for children 14 years of age and younger that exhibit especially commendable quality, show...
Feb 18: Australia libraries promote @ your library campaign with Library Lovers Day

CHICAGO – The @ your library public awareness campaign has found success in the land down under.

A recent article in Information Today written by Victoria Anderson, a consultant in the Public Library Services branch of the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, documents...

Feb 18: Free copies of Lankes book now available to ALA Members, Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has consciously and vigorously embraced the position that libraries of all types are the locus of community engagement.  As the facilitator of the first round of Midwinter Conversations, R. David Lankes, professor at Syracuse iSchool, knows first-hand...

Feb 18: Deyrup named 2014 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, professor and librarian for technical services, Italian, Russian and East European Studies at Seton Hall University, has been selected to receive the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and...

Feb 18: Jane Fonda, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference, to discuss adolescent empowerment

CHICAGO -- Jane Fonda is much more than a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. Her focus for almost 20 years has been on...

Feb 18: Making the most of your library career

CHICAGO— An MLIS can provide the skills you need to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, “...

Feb 18: How to build a great team

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Build a Great Team: One Year to Success with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place from 2:30 p...

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