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Jun 02: 'Redeployment' by Phil Klay wins the 2015 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award 'for Excellence in Military Fiction'

CHICAGO — "Redeployment," by Phil Klay published by Penguin Press, is the winner of the 2015 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and...

Jun 02: Forty participants selected for third ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s third four-day immersive leadership development program for future library...

Jun 02: ALA urges Senate to stand for “liberty, security and justice”
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a letter (pdf) delivered today to all members of the U.S. Senate, the American Library Association (ALA) called on legislators to vote “no” on any amendment to...
Jun 02: Recipients of 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 60 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through...

Jun 02: New workshop: Get started with Google Analytics

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource introduces a new workshop Getting Started with Google Analytics, with Rita Gavelis. This 90-minute workshop is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

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Jun 01: Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with Snoopy

CHICAGO —This September, Snoopy, the world-famous beagle, who has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel and Man’s Best Friend, will add a new title to his resume as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month. As  Honorary Chair, Snoopy will remind parents and caregivers, children and...

May 31: ALA cheers expiration of intrusive PATRIOT Act provision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On May 31, 2015, key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement applauding the expiration of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act:

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May 29: LLAMA President’s Program will explore servant leadership

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present the LLAMA President's Program at at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday, June 27. “Servant Leadership:  Tools to inspire and equip those we influence”...

May 29: ALSC announces winners of 2015 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

May 29: Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From...

May 28: AAUP Best of the Best – 25 years and better than ever

CHICAGO — This year marks the 25th anniversary of the printing of the “University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries.” A popular and trusted acquisitions resource, the bibliography’s latest edition will launch with a special program, "The Best of the Best from the American...

May 27: YALSA seeks Member Manager for upcoming Web resource, 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 upcoming web resource, Teen Programming HQ.

The mission of Teen Programming HQ is to provide a one-stop-shop for finding and sharing...

May 27: New American Libraries supplement finds libraries on the offense in the digital revolution
 
Washington, D.C.—Moving ahead is the overarching theme of the new digital supplement Digital Futures from American Libraries magazine. This report from...
May 26: Carla Hayden to deliver 2015 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

CHICAGO – Dr. Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, will return to deliver the 2015 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. The lecture will take place from 8:30 - 10 a.m. on Monday, June 29 in room 120 in Moscone...

May 26: ASCLA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

CHICAGO — July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations are taking place across the nation. The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has been an advocate and continues its advocacy by offering a preconference...

May 26: Applications being sought for 2016 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar
 
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that it is seeking applications for the 2016 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation to be held on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, prior to the ALA Midwinter...
May 26: Upcoming PLA webinar series explores how libraries can better understand and serve those experiencing homelessness

CHICAGO – In January of 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. As homelessness increases, so does the significant intersection between homelessness and library service. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for a two-part webinar...

May 26: ARL, ACRL, ALA form joint advisory task force to clarify academic library definitions in IPEDS Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. and CHICAGO — The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) have formed a joint advisory task force to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education...

May 22: AASL seeks proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 23-28 in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m....

May 22: United for Libraries names Roy B. Martin, IV ALA Trustee Citation recipient

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries has named Roy B. Martin, IV, a Trustee at Norfolk (Virginia) Public Library, as a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

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

May 21: Pamela Sandstrom named Choice reference editor

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — Pamela Sandstrom has been named reference editor for Choice.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries...

May 21: Cynthia Crooker named Choice science and technology editor

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — Cynthia Crooker has been named science and technology editor for Choice, effective immediately.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publishing unit of the...

May 21: FTRF names Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant as Conable Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant as recipients of Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarships. The Conable...

May 21: School library professionals invited to attend AASL’s virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update...

May 19: Policy leaders to discuss information equity in a networked world at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—As merger deals and network neutrality challenges continue to flare, Americans’ freedom of speech and right to know are threatened by unavailable, unaffordable or otherwise unequal access to the internet and bottlenecks in the system. Librarians have an essential role to play in...

May 19: Experts to discuss policy strategies that yield dollars for libraries at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other...

May 19: Ramp up negotiation skills to advance library agenda

SAN FRANCISCO—From the boardroom to City Hall, powerful negotiation skills make a big difference in advancing library goals. Power up your ability to persuade at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference interactive session “The Policy Revolution! Negotiating to Advocacy...

May 19: American Library Association and Lambda Literary to collaborate on LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is collaborating with Lambda Literary to utilize the American Library Associations’ Rainbow Book List in Lambda Literary's LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program.

The Rainbow Book List, an annual bibliography of the year’s best works of fiction...

May 18: Award winning author Brian Selznick to appear at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Brian Selznick, award winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” will appear during a special author general session on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience...

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