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Feb 24: 2017 American Dream libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the fifth round of the American Dream Literacy Initiative grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The American Dream...

Feb 24: PLA awards recognize 12 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of 12 awards honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach in 2017.

The Allie Beth...

Feb 24: Sandra Uwiringiyimana, author of How Dare the Sun Rise, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

A remarkable story will be shared when Sandra Uwiringiyimana, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, appears as an Auditorium Speaker on Saturday, June 24 at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a...

Feb 24: ACRL releases Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library,” edited by Sara Arnold-Garza and Carissa...

Feb 24: John Dewees awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO—The 2017 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant has been awarded to John Dewees, library associate at The Ohio State University Libraries, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is provided annually by the...

Feb 24: American Library Association and Cox Communications partner to narrow digital divide for low-income families

Collaboration expands reach of libraries’ resources and services, empowering more families to compete in knowledge economy

Tucson, AZ – Low-income students and their families who lack digital literacy skills and an internet connection at home struggle to keep pace with their...

Feb 24: CRKN-Érudit Partnership receives ALCTS Collaboration Award

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has chosen the CRKN-Érudit Partnership as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2017.

The Outstanding Collaboration...

Feb 24: ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students

CHICAGO  – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools.

“The Trump administration’s decision to revoke important protections for...

Feb 23: American Library Association gears up for 2017 ALA election

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is gearing up for its upcoming election. Polls will open at 9 a.m. Central time on March 13, 2017 for the American Library Association’s annual election and will close on Wednesday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

The American Library...

Feb 22: ALCTS Exchange Call for Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline Extended to March 17

CHICAGOThe ALCTS Exchange has extended the call for virtual poster...

Feb 22: New Workshop: Dealing with Challenging Patrons

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Dealing with Challenging Patrons with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:...

Feb 22: ALA names Honorary Member

Ann K. Symons was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association in action taken by the ALA Council on Sunday, January 22, during the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Honorary membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting...

Feb 22: Incorporating yoga and movement into storytimes

CHICAGO — Young children love to move—and that’s a great thing! Because in addition to supporting early learning, storytime can provide young children with opportunities to explore physical movement. The centuries-old contemplative movement practice known as yoga is more than just a passing...

Feb 21: Hope Olson selected for Margaret Mann Citation

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Hope A. Olson is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). The Mann...

Feb 21: Why school librarians must lead: there is no other option

CHICAGO — With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries are poised for a potential turnaround. But there’s only one way forward: school librarians must become leaders, fully interwoven into the fabric of the educational community. And to become a truly...

Feb 21: YALSA names 2017 Writing Award winners

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2017 YALSA Writing Award, with members winning in four categories.

The winners are as...

Feb 21: Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA...

Feb 21: New Workshop: Building Effective Relationships with Schools

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Building Effective Relationships with Schools with Jessica Anne Bratt. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place on:

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Feb 21: YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young...

Feb 20: Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter...

Feb 17: PLA and ALSC release new Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit for training early childhood educators

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) are proud to announce the release of “Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators...

Feb 17: Blicher named 2017 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Heather Blicher, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

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

Feb 17: Hunter and Riehman-Murphy receive ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Jennifer Hunter and Christina Riehman-Murphy, reference and instruction librarians at Penn State-Abington, have been named the 2017 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their...

Feb 17: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Fall Meeting and 2017 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2016 Fall Meeting and the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

At its 2016 Fall Meeting in Chicago, the COA took the following action:

  • Precandidacy...
Feb 16: Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code founder and CEO, to open 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than10,000 girls across America--and they're just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization, is also the author of the...

Feb 16: 2017 Cunha-Swartzburg Award to MetaArchive

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Jury for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected the...

Feb 16: Karen Kiorpes receives Banks Harris Preservation Award

CHICAGO—Karen Kiorpes is the recipient of the 2017 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. This award is given annually by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical...

Feb 16: New eCourse: Adult Programming - Planning for Success

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Estimated...

Feb 15: Share your best practice at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at ...

Feb 15: Hale monograph wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO—The recipient of the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award is Dawn Hale for her edited volume, “Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship“ (ALA Editions,...

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