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Jan 12: Meg Cabot added to the lineup for Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”) will join Marisa de los Santos, Steve Berry, Elizabeth Berg, Thomas Perry and Marja Mills for United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Central time on Monday, Feb. 2 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in...

Jan 09: Couillard-Smith, Vittek win BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO — Chelsea Couillard-Smith and Robyn Vittek were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Chelsea Couillard-Smith is a...

Jan 08: IFRT accepting nominations for the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes...

Jan 08: AASL webinar invites school librarians to 'get thinking!'

CHICAGO  A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to “get thinking!” to challenge and engage learners....

Jan 08: ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting programs will help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Midwinter Meeting that will help libraries leverage their trusted...

Jan 08: AASL offers new learning in the New Year with four online courses

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for four American Association of School Librarians (AASL) eAcademy online courses. These four-week, self-paced courses cover the topics of project-based learning, research and the Common Core State Standards, implementing an e-book collection and personalized...

Jan 08: Engaging with issues of diversity and inclusion at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — From the creation of #WeNeedDiverseBooks to the heroic response of the Ferguson Public Library, diversity and inclusion have played key roles in the library conversation this year. Whether with annual traditions – MLK Sunrise Celebration...

Jan 07: ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

“The American Library Association condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the offices of...

Jan 06: Jason Segel, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Well known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian and screenwriter Jason Segel will appear as Auditorium Speaker from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first...

Jan 06: LLAMA Webinar will feature thought leader Ben Bizzle

CHICAGO — As libraries evolve to keep pace with the digital world, new approaches to marketing are increasingly necessary. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA...

Jan 06: Storage, disaster recovery and archiving in the Cloud: next free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Chances are you’ve been affected by a tech disaster, and you don’t have fond memories of what it was like. Is your library prepared for the next time it happens? In “A Library’s Guide to Storage, Disaster Recovery and Archiving in the Cloud,” the next...

Jan 06: LLAMA Seeking Library Building Awards jurors

CHICAGO — The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is seeking jurors for the 2016 ...

Jan 06: Spring into 2015 with Bad Kitty, Jane Lynch, Tim Howard and more fantastic new products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ new catalog is here, filled with new products to keep library patrons and students excited about reading and learning all year long. In celebration of her 10th birthday, Bad Kitty makes...

Jan 06: New from ACRL - Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change" (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White.

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Jan 06: Rapid growth in 3D printer use raises public policy issues for libraries and society

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Public policy issues surrounding 3D printers are now coming to the fore as the technology becomes more widely available in America’s libraries and homes. To ensure people are able to use 3D printers responsibly and effectively, librarians must now work towards developing...

Jan 05: Reinventing reference

CHICAGO — Uniquely positioned to connect library users to the information they seek, and thus to the wider world, library staff serving on the front lines of reference have both the power and responsibility, in turn, to position the library as an institution that remains relevant and responsive...

Jan 05: Year's best in books and media for adults unveiled at Midwinter

CHICAGO — All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the announcements of adult literature’s next classics at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago....

Dec 30: Metaliteracy: Reinventing information literacy to empower learners

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. Trudi Jacobson and Thomas Mackey will serve as the instructors for a four-...

Dec 30: ALA Virtual Town Hall meetings archived for viewing on demand

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s three virtual town hall meetings, held during the months of November and December, have been archived and are now available to members to view at their convenience.

These meetings focused on the Association’s new strategic directions for the...

Dec 30: 'Kitchen-table' conversations focus on professional development at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – ALA President Courtney L. Young recently invited attendees of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago to sign up for the “kitchen-table” conversations that have become an important channel for discussion among members of the ALA community (members, staff, and external allies). The...

Dec 30: Using business intelligence to tackle modern library challenges: A new advanced eCourse

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse Using Business Intelligence to Tackle Modern Library Challenges, beginning on Feb...

Dec 30: Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner to share thoughts on leading in times of crisis at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — Libraries and their staffs are agents of positive community change, even under the most challenging and tension-filled circumstances. Ferguson (Missouri) Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner will discuss the recent turmoil in his community — and how the library managed to...

Dec 30: PLA to recognize the Ferguson Public Library and Scott Bonner at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) with support from Library Systems and Services, LLC (LSSI) will present a special recognition to the Ferguson (Missouri) Public Library and its director Scott Bonner at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San...

Dec 30: Scaff wins Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2015 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Ligaya Scaff. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, “The Role of Photo and Video Sharing Applications in Teens’ Processes of Creative...

Dec 30: Abigail Phillips named YALSA’s 2015 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Abigail Phillips, a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at Florida State University, as its 2015-2016 Board Fellow. Phillips will begin...

Dec 29: ALSC announces Building STEAM with Día book lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has released new Building STEAM with Día book...

Dec 23: AASL sponsors Emerging Leaders Shannon Harris and Melissa Iamonico

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Emerging Leaders program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting...

Dec 23: How to transform a summer reading program into a summer learning program with STEM

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Transform a Summer Reading Program into a Summer Learning Program with STEM with Elizabeth McChesney. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm...

Dec 23: Explore innovations in ELL community engagement @ ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – Join the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as three library literacy professionals from the Chicago area discuss successful and replicable programs and services geared toward English language learners. The session, titled “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community...

Dec 23: Orange to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, influential and respected former director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), will serve as Call-to-Action...

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