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Apr 05: Register now for YALSA’s 2017 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 3-5 in Louisville, KY, is now open. Any individual...

Apr 05: PLA to offer free webinar on measuring outcomes for better summer library programs

This April, the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a free webinar to help libraries measure the success of their summer reading and learning programs. The webinar, Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build...

Apr 05: Public libraries play vital role in advancing health literacy

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the...

Apr 04: ACRL 2017 continues record breaking paid attendance trend

CHICAGO – ACRL 2017 lived up to its tagline as a premier professional development event for academic libraries. More than 5,200 library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and guests from around the world met from March 22 – 25, in Baltimore, Maryland, and online for the conference. Paid...

Apr 04: Applications close next week 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...

Apr 04: 2017 Carnegie-Whitney Grant winners announced

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Apr 04: Kippur wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Lisa Kippur, executive assistant to the deans at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.             

Kippur will receive $850 plus full conference...

Apr 04: Winners of the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family...

Apr 04: DC’s Teen Titans to champion Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and...

Apr 03: RUSA Spring Online Learning

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, offers multiple online professional...

Apr 03: Timothy Cole Wins 2017 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and...

Mar 31: Take Action for Libraries Day to launch during National Library Week

ALA, library community, advocates, call on nation’s leaders to safeguard IMLS funding

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are part of a delicate ecosystem that supports the transformation of communities and lives through education and lifelong learning. From...

Mar 31: School Library Research volume 20 opens with two new studies

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of research methodology and school library supervisors are now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR...

Mar 30: ALA and ACRL join higher education, library groups to urge FCC and Congress to uphold net neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) continue the fight for an open Internet for all. ALA and ACRL joined 8 other higher education and library organizations representing over a hundred thousand colleges, universities,...

Mar 29: ALA elections close April 5

CHICAGO — The 2017 ALA elections will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, April 5. If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so! If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process. In the event you cannot locate the email with...

Mar 29: 2017 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Scholze and Witt

CHICAGO – Frank Scholze, library director at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Michael Witt, associate professor of library science at Purdue University, have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section...

Mar 29: Apply now for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the ...

Mar 29: Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial...

Mar 28: Dr. Em Claire Knowles receives 2017 Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the...

Mar 28: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The 13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application...

Mar 28: United for Libraries to host April 25 webinar on working effectively with Friends groups

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on working with Friends of the Library groups, “With Friends Like These,” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 25.

Friends are wonderful...

Mar 27: Collecting, curating, and crunching data

CHICAGO — Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required. Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with over 30 years’ combined experience, “...

Mar 24: New workshop: Building Great Programs for Seniors

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Building Great Programs for Seniors with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm...

Mar 24: AASL introduces the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural...

Mar 24: New workshop: Understanding E-books

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Understanding E-books: A Guide to Current Challenges and Future Possibilities with Mirela Roncevic. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on...

Mar 23: Stephanie Graves wins ETS Achievement Award

CHICAGO--Stephanie Graves, Director of Learning & Outreach at Texas A&M University Libraries, was selected as the 2017 winner of the ETS Achievement...

Mar 23: PLA to present webinar on libraries and sustainability

The future of libraries depends on our ability to take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. In April the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a webinar exploring the importance of infusing the concept of sustainability into library programming. The...

Mar 22: Valerie Jarrett announced as keynote speaker for PLA Member Welcome Breakfast at ALA Annual Conference

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is proud to welcome Valerie B. Jarrett, former director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs under U.S. President Barack Obama , as the featured speaker at its...

Mar 22: YALSA releases two new digital publications

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released two new digital publications: YALSA's Top Reads: STEM and Making and YALSA's Top Reads: Community...

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