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Feb 02: New eCourse: Web Design Basics for Librarians

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017.

Estimated...

Feb 02: New eCourse: Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification. Violet Fox will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017...

Feb 01: ALSC recipient of 2017 GLBTRT Award for Political Activism

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been named the recipient of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Award for Political Activism. The award will be presented on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the...

Feb 01: Open Book Library awarded 2017 GLBTRT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) announced the Open Book Library (Bibliothèque à livres ouverts) at the Community Centre for Gay and Lesbians of Montreal as the second recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for...

Feb 01: Mark Sandler wins 2017 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Mark Sandler, principal at Novel Solutions Consulting, has been named the 2017 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Sandler will receive a cash award and citation during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library...

Feb 01: Tickets available for 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the South Carolina State Library announced that tickets for the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson are now available.

The lecture, titled "What Gets Left Behind: Stories From The Great...

Feb 01: Public libraries invited to apply for the NASA@ My Library STEM initiative

Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

The...

Feb 01: LITA offers Patron Privacy Checklists in support of Library Bill of Rights

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) defends the American Library Association's traditional protections of library patron privacy and encourages all libraries to adopt a privacy policy and practices consistent with ALA's principles.

LITA affirms the ...

Jan 31: ALSC announces 2017 Notable Children’s Recordings
 
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2017 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable...
Jan 31: PLA releases 2016: PLA's Year in Review

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) today released 2016: PLA’s Year in Review, a new report highlighting the association’s work in 2016.

In a message sent today to PLA members, PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. reflected...

Jan 31: 2017 Notable Videos for Adults announced

ATLANTA – The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2017 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose...

Jan 31: Makerspaces: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces are transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate and collaborate. But like any new initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of unique challenges. How do you get started? How can you work within your library’s staff and budget constraints? In the...

Jan 31: ACRL Board of Directors affirms commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, access

CHICAGO — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is unwavering in its long-standing commitment to promoting the free exchange of different viewpoints and ensuring privacy and confidentiality in academic libraries. We will continue to advocate for and demand...

Jan 31: Evans wins 2017 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2017 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Sarah Evans. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, “We Need Diverse Voices...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

The...

Jan 31: Emerging practices in digital scholarship

CHICAGO — Spanning a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights, and case studies, “Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, explores the relationships...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2017 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list.  

The list, drawn from 126...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2017 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017...

Jan 30: ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

CHICAGO — Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement responding to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom.  

“We are shocked and...

Jan 30: United for Libraries mourns the loss of Sandy Dolnick

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Sandra (Sandy) Friedman Dolnick, founder and former executive director of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), the preceding organization to United for Libraries, died on Dec. 11, 2016, after a long illness.

Dolnick first conceived of the idea of uniting Friends of...

Jan 30: 'The Underground Railroad,' 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,' receive 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

ATLANTA - The American Library Association selects “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, published by Doubleday, Penguin Random House LLC, as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew...

Jan 30: American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners

ATLANTA - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

A list of all the 2017 award winners...

Jan 30: Application process open for 2017 ALA Leadership Institute

The application process for the 2017 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 7-10, Q Center, St. Charles, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 13, 2017. Building on the...

Jan 30: A six-step plan for avoiding an unplanned career

CHICAGO — Unplanned careers affect everything and everyone. They can lead to frustration, negativity, and apathy at a time when we need to be focused, energized and motivated. Though your library career might have started “accidentally,” you can overcome organizational restructuring, changing...

Jan 30: 75 libraries selected to receive Great Stories Club ‘Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide’ grants

CHICAGO — Seventy-five libraries have been selected to receive training and support to host book club programs with at-risk youth as part of the Great Stories Club program, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Created in 2006, the Great Stories Club...

Jan 25: 2017 Rainbow Book List highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teen

ATLANTA - The 2017 Rainbow Book list, a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits held Jan. 20- 24 in Atlanta.

The bibliography features recommended fiction...

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