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Jun 02: 2014 'Building a Home Library' bibliographies now available

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) – Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from the Association for Library Service to Children’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, has created four Building a Home Library bibliographies. These...

Jun 02: Take advantage of programming dedicated to public library staff at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – With three preconferences and nearly 20 programs, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an array of programming dedicated to public library staff attending the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Things get...

Jun 02: PLA Boot Camp application deadline is June 13

CHICAGO — The application deadline, June 13, for the Public Library Association (PLA) Results Boot Camp is fast approaching. The program, “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs,”...

Jun 02: Panelists share insights, tools for boosting library and community broadband access at ALA conference

LAS VEGAS—From E-rate to network neutrality, national attention is focused on the “need for (broadband) speed” to support innovation, learning and digital inclusion in the modern world. And yet, too many libraries and communities are in danger of falling behind with internet speeds that crawl...

Jun 02: Free American Libraries Live broadcast discusses 'Going Beyond Google'

CHICAGO — Why do we need librarians when we have Google and other search tools? This frequent question deserves a thoughtful answer, and in the next broadcast of American Libraries Live an authoritative panel will talk about librarians’...

May 28: Helmick awarded NMRT Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO — The 2014 New Members Round Table (NMRT) Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce that Samantha Helmick has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the NMRT Professional Development Grant. This award provides funding to cover airfare, lodging and conference...

May 28: New American Libraries supplement examines major trends in digital content

Washington, D.C.—Leading library visionaries and experts discuss trends in digital content technology and the current state of library ebook lending in “Digital Discoveries,” a new digital supplement from American Libraries...

May 27: Seven win Banned Books Week grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund

CHICAGO — Seven organizations, ranging from a fine arts organization to an LGBT-focused community library, are recipients of $1,000 grants from the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund for events celebrating ...

May 27: Author Barry Lopez to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will celebrate its annual award winners and offer a special President’s Program featuring author Barry Lopez from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on June 29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center–N249, during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

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May 27: Register now for ALCTS June virtual preconferences

CHICAGO — Two virtual preconferences coming in June bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offers two virtual preconferences that are sure to guarantee a great...

May 27: AASL debuts new virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its first virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 8. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update via...

May 27: Copyright, libraries and digitization at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference
LAS VEGAS—How are libraries coping with digitization and copyright? Are these activities legal? On Sunday, June 29, 2014, copyright experts will discuss digital access and mass digitization projects during "Copyright and Digitization+," a conference session that takes place during the 2014...
May 27: United for Libraries to host ‘First Author, First Book’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “First Author, First Book: Veteran and Rookies,” 8:30-10 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

This traditional event, which will feature a continental breakfast, will include first time authors Adi Alsaid,...

May 27: Experts to discuss copyright trends at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Hear about current copyright policy challenges and developments at the session "Copyright Hot Topics and Big Ideas," a conference program that will be held at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The session will take place from 1:00–2:30 p.m. on...

May 27: ALA President Barbara Stripling to host final episode of Libraries Change Lives webinar series

Community Engagement through the Declaration for the Right to Libraries:  Free webinar moderated by ALA President Barbara Stripling

CHICAGO – The Declaration for the Right to Libraries initiative has flourished as a successful public awareness, advocacy and community...

May 27: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Jon Hassler

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Library Friends, Central Lakes College Foundation and Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, designated the library at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., a Literary Landmark in honor of Jon Hassler on...

May 27: Emily St. John Mandel joins lineup for Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA —  Emily St. John Mandel will join the lineup of authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  

Emily St. John Mandel...

May 27: Herbert Krug wins 2014 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO Freedom to Read Foundation trustee Herbert Krug is the recipient of the 2014 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.

Krug is a founding member of the Freedom to...

May 27: Black Girls Code founder presents LITA President’s Program

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President Cindi Trainor Blyberg welcomes Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, to present the President’s Program during the...

May 23: YALSA announces Teen Blogging Contest for Teen Read Week™

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up...

May 23: ALA to discuss new directions for digital content at Annual Conference
 
LAS VEGAS—How much do you know about the American Library Association’s (ALA) efforts to advance ebook access in libraries? Learn about recent ebook activities and future plans for digital content more broadly during the session “ALA and Moving Ahead with Digital Content,” a...
May 23: Free webinar introduces LLAMA’s New Professionals Section

CHICAGO — Are you are a new or aspiring library professional facing the challenges of finishing school, looking for a job, or working hard to succeed in your first position?  LLAMA’s New Professionals Section (NPS) may be just what you need.

The Library Leadership and Management...

May 22: House-passed USA FREEDOM Act fails to fully protect Americans' privacy

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) in the House of Representatives, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:

“The House’s...

May 20: 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 100 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through the...

May 20: Virginia Bradley Moore to deliver 2014 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO – Virginia (Ginny) Bradley Moore, former longstanding chair of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force and retired librarian from the Prince Georges County Memorial Library System in Oxon Hill, Md., will deliver the 2014 Jean E....

May 20: Sen. Jim Webb to address 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s “Washington Update” session at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, where...

May 20: FCC leader to discuss net neutrality at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—How does the recent net neutrality court case impact the public’s right to know? Learn how the Federal Communications Commission is addressing network neutrality issues at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Gigi Sohn, special counsel for the...

May 20: Library, privacy leaders to discuss surveillance at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for library users? Learn about the ways that personal information and Internet access is managed by the government at “Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance,” a...

May 20: Grassroots advocacy expert to address 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Looking for ways to engage your friends and trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundations to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever, libraries need advocacy on every level,...

May 20: ALA to host e-government panel at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Every year, more and more people are turning to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Library leaders are encouraged to participate in “Libraries and E-government,” an interactive program that will take place during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual...

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