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Nov 21: ALA Midwinter Conversations: Community Engagement and the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

CHICAGO - For libraries of all types located in all kinds of communities, innovation in engaging those communities is a compelling and critical strand of conversation right now. 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting offers several important opportunities to participate in and move the conversation forward...

Nov 20: ALA Editions announces new online journal eContent Quarterly

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal. Launching in Fall 2013, eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in...

Nov 20: Remote access to school library resources continues to rise

CHICAGO — According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing, expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results. The data also indicates connectivity to the school library continues to rise through increased networked...

Nov 20: Beyond Words website offers resources for recovery

CHICAGO — The Beyond Words website, part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, contains linked resources for school librarians and students to use while recovering from a natural disaster. Links include...

Nov 20: ALA to host copyright webinar for educators and school librarians

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject in school environments. To address their copyright concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) will host...

Nov 20: AASL president commends teen digital research report

CHICAGO —The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the College Board and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares...

Nov 20: YALSA needs your hit teen program ideas for the 365 Days of YA online calendar

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for ideas big and small on easy-to-implement programs, services and activities for teens. The newly formed 365 Days of YA Taskforce needs tried and true ideas as it creates an online calendar full of teen service resources...

Nov 19: Congratulations to LITA members selected as 2013 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board of Directors is pleased to congratulate Zach Coble and Margaret Heller on being selected to participate in the ALA 2013 Emerging Leaders Program and on being selected for LITA sponsorship.  LITA sponsorship includes a $1,...

Nov 19: YALSA celebrates at Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — More than 500 librarians, educators and authors came to the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at the Arch in Missouri  Nov. 2-4, to celebrate teen reading at the third Young Adult Literature Symposium, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American...

Nov 19: United for Libraries accepting National Friends of Libraries Week Award applications through Dec. 3

PHILADELPHIA  — United for Libraries will present two awards of $250 to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012).

National...

Nov 16: 2013 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards Competition now open

CHICAGO — The 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries (PDF) is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of...

Nov 16: Filtering in schools creates disconnected educators

CHICAGO — According to the results of the 2012 School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in...

Nov 16: 'Going Virtual Without Going Mad' webinar

CHICAGO — Want to make it easier for your membership to get involved in national activities?  Looking to understand ALA policies regarding what can and cannot be done virtually?  Having trouble with your current virtual set-up?  Plan to attend this FREE, one-hour webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 28,...

Nov 15: LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting-edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of...

Nov 13: Public libraries invited to seek $50,000 in training, support to help teens learn news literacy skills

CHICAGO — Public libraries and library consortia are invited to apply for more than $50,000 in training and support, in the News Know-how initiative that helps  students, grades 10-12, learn skills that will help them  distinguish fact from opinion , check news and information sources and...

Nov 13: 'News you can use'—updates and implications for policy, research, statistics, technology

CHICAGO — Throughout ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts across library-related fields will offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data.

Update...

Nov 13: ProgrammingLibrarian.org presents webinar on hosting 'Let’s Talk About It' reading and discussion programs

CHICAGO — At 2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 12, ProgrammingLibrarian.org will present a live, one-hour webinar, "Let’s Talk About It: The National Model for Scholar-...

Nov 13: Applications for United for Libraries Trustee awards due Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation and the United for Libraries/Gale Outstanding Trustee Grant.  Applications for both awards are due Dec. 31, 2012.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees...

Nov 13: AASL national conference website launched

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched the website for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, “Rising to the Challenge.” The website, national.aasl.org, contains preliminary information on...

Nov 13: Librarian outreach to the homeless in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting Day of Caring

CHICAGO — Who are the homeless in Seattle’s neighborhoods?  Where do the homeless go after they visit the library? How do we best serve this fast-growing segment of our population (most visible in cities) in public libraries? Around 100 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have a chance on...

Nov 13: Information services and digital literacy

CHICAGO — Presenting a new approach for understanding how information services help and hinder people in becoming informed, “Information Services and Digital Literacy: In Search of the Boundaries of Knowing,” published by...

Nov 13: Coming soon to Midwinter in Seattle - the ALCTS symposium

CHICAGO — Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership. Never has this partnership been more important or wide-ranging than in today's online environment. From local public libraries to national and transnational digital public libraries, from primary schools to...

Nov 09: Booklist’s Hostile Questions proving popular with authors — Camille Paglia most recent

CHICAGO — Camille Paglia is the most recent addition to the roster of big-name authors willingly subjecting themselves to Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Dan Kraus’ weekly Hostile Questions interviews. Kraus...

Nov 09: AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its East Coast colleagues as recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy begins and encourages schools to apply for a Beyond Words disaster relief grant.  The AASL Beyond Words grant program, funded by...

Nov 09: Movies that answer the question 'What should I watch tonight?'

CHICAGO — Offering a smorgasbord of carefully cultivated lists, “Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie” by Rob Christopher, is a new suggestion guide which incorporates classic films with...

Nov 09: A new technical services model for electronic resource management

CHICAGO — E-resources now account for the bulk of materials spending in many libraries. “Electronic Resource Management: Practical Perspectives in a New Technical Services Model,” published by...

Nov 09: 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Scheduler open and ready to help you plan

CHICAGO — The 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Scheduler is now open! The Scheduler is a powerful tool to help plan and organize conference attendance and keep up with events and opportunities as they’re added. Highlights include:

  • The ability...
Nov 09: AASL extends deadline for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition concurrent session proposals to 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, Dec. 7, in consideration of school library professionals living in states impacted by...

Nov 09: ALA-APA approves new certification option for Belmont College graduates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with Belmont College’s fully online...

Nov 09: AASL sponsors Roberts and Southworth as Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting in...

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