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Jul 26: Dr. Clara Chu appointed ALA Representative to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara Chu, director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected to serve as the ALA representative to the...

Jul 25: YA authors and editors to keynote opening session for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Young adult authors Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Cordova, and Jonathan Friesen will join editors T.S. Ferguson and Julie Matysik on a panel moderated by Amalie Howard at the Young Adult...

Jul 25: Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2017
 
 
The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for...
Jul 25: RUSA offers new webinars for reference librarians and library staff

CHICAGO--July 28 through August 19, 2016, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will offer four new webinars for front line librarians and library staff. 

Show Me the Money: Growing Grants-related...

Jul 25: Volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and joint committees for 2017 - 2018

CHICAGO — James (Jim) G. Neal, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and two joint committees for the 2017-2018 term (terms start on July 1, 2017). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking...

Jul 25: Katherine Shea selected as the 2016 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship recipient

The American Library Association (ALA) has named Katherine Shea of Graniteville, Vermont as the 2016 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor, who made many contributions...

Jul 25: Managing metadata in web-scale discovery systems

CHICAGO — Libraries are increasingly using web-scale discovery systems to help clients find a wide assortment of library materials, including books, journal articles, special collections, archival collections, videos, music and open access collections. Depending on the library material cataloged...

Jul 22: Siergiej wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO – Maryjo Siergiej, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has won the 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Siergiej with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to...

Jul 20: Jaimie L. Kicklighter Selected as the 2016 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship Recipient

The American Library Association and SAGE announced Jaimie L. Kicklighter as the recipient of the 2016 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media. 

 

Kicklighter holds a master’s degree in history and said she decided that a career in librarianship was for her during her...

Jul 20: Bourn wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2016 YA Services Symposium

CHICAGO — Silence Bourn, a Youth Services librarian at Seminole County Public Library, Northwest Branch, has won the 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Bourn with up to $1,000 to...

Jul 20: YALSA seeks Member Manager for programming website, Teen Programming HQ

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking a Member Manager for its teen programming website, Teen Programming HQ.

The mission of...

Jul 19: New advanced eCourse: Improving Interpersonal Communication

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse Improving Interpersonal Communication will help participants with their...

Jul 19: Dedicate a Literary Landmark to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize Centennial

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -  As part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial celebration, United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), will dedicate a Literary Landmark for Marquis James (1891-1955), two-time winner...

Jul 19: An updated guide to copyright and e-learning

CHICAGO —  Through its practically based overview of current and emerging copyright issues facing those working in e-learning, the new second edition of “Copyright and E-learning: A Guide for Practitioners,” published by...

Jul 19: 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on...

Jul 18: A practical guide to altmetrics

CHICAGO —  Alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact from social networks such as Twitter and blogs to online platforms such as Mendeley, ResearchGate and Altmetrics.org, altmetrics are having a huge impact on how academics and researchers build profiles and share research. “...

Jul 18: Melissa Johnston named School Library Research co-editor

CHICAGO — Melissa Johnston, assistant professor at the University of West Georgia, has been appointed as co-editor of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed, online journal School Library Research. Johnston joins continuing co-editor Mega Subramaniam.

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Jul 16: Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress

CHICAGO - Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first...

Jul 15: COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit...

Jul 15: Honorary member nominations open

Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting...

Jul 14: PLA accepting applications for 2017 Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March...

Jul 13: Brad Hooper’s guide to book programs and author events

CHICAGO — From hosting authors to planning and coordinating book activities such as book signings and book clubs, libraries are perfect venues for readers to interact directly with authors and their books. And mounting literary programming can be easier than you might think. In “...

Jul 12: RUSA Offers eCourse on Instructional Design for Librarians

CHICAGO—Beginning September 12, 2016, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will offer a six week course on using the instructional design process and how to apply it effectively in the library.

Taught by Carla James, PhD Candidate for Instructional Design and Technology at...

Jul 12: Cataloging with RDA eCourse

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on September 12, 2016.

Learning...

Jul 12: Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO – Peggy Nzomo is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund...

Jul 12: Learn productivity tips and tricks from Kari Chapin in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn new ways to help manage your day and find more time in your schedule. “Productivity Tips and...

Jul 12: PLA now accepting proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 22–27, 2017, in Chicago.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on September 14,...

Jul 11: NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the ...

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