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May 12: The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) awarded H.W. Wilson Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI) has been named the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant recipient for 2015, for its cooperative venture to provide professional development opportunities for support staff from academic, public, school and special libraries...

May 12: Dr. Beverly Lynch wins Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the 2015 recipient of Beta Phi Mu Award. . This award is given annually to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education for...

May 12: Sarah Hill elected for 2016-2017 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Sarah Hill as the division’s next president-elect. Hill will begin her term as president-elect in June 2015, becoming president for one year in June 2016....

May 12: Angela Hartman’s genocide project receives AASL Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – School Librarian Angela Hartman from Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, Hartman will receive $3,000 and Hutto High School will...

May 12: School library champion Lenny Santamaria receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Lenny Santamaria, principal of Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school...

May 12: Frederick Ruffner honored with National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award

NEW YORK -- Frederick Ruffner (1926-2014), founder of the Literary Landmarks™ program, was posthumously honored with United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award on May 4. United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented the award to Ruffner’s sons, Peter...

May 12: Orsburn elected ALSC 2016-2017 president

CHICAGO — Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, adjunct faculty, Drexel University, College of Computing & Infomatics, Philadelphia, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

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May 11: Church elected 2016-2017 AASL president

CHICAGO – Audrey Church, associate professor and graduate program coordinator at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, has been elected as the 2016-2017 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Church will serve as president-elect during 2015-2016 under AASL President...

May 11: Susan Schmidt elected United for Libraries president-elect

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Schmidt, immediate past president, Friends of the Little Falls Library (Bethesda. Maryland) and media assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School (Bethesda, Maryland), has been elected 2015-2016 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Schmidt has...

May 11: Murphy and Hart win United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2015 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Heather Murphy, associate director of advancement for publications and public affairs for the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Molly...

May 11: Leading libraries by creating a service culture

CHICAGO — Quality leadership is integral to the very future of the profession. And, as authors Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Wendi Arant Kaspar, persuasively demonstrate in their new book “Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture...

May 11: Irene M.H. Herold elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Irene M. H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco and assume the presidency in July 2016 for a one-year term....

May 11: James G. Neal and Jonathan Bloom win 2015 FTRF Roll of Honor Awards

CHICAGO — Jonathan Bloom and James G. Neal are the recipients of the 2015 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Awards.  The award will be presented at the 2015...

May 08: PLA members elect Thomas as president-elect; Brown Lawson and Millsap to board

CHICAGO — Felton Thomas, Jr., director of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Thomas acknowledged, "I am very honored to serve our public libraries, and...

May 08: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO — 33 members have been elected as Councilors-at-Large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco and extend through the end of the 2018 Annual Conference held in New...

May 08: ALSC Releases white paper: 'Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth'

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of a new white paper, “Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.” This paper was written for ALSC by Cen Campbell, Claudia Haines, Amy Koester, and Dorothy Stoltz and adopted by the ALSC Board of Directors...

May 08: New platform for ALA's online journal content

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has launched a new electronic archive and delivery platform for Library Technology Reports (LTR) and Smart Libraries Newsletter (SLN) using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. You will be...

May 08: Learn to teach coding at LITA preconference
CHICAGO — Attend a free one-hour webinar to discover what learning to teach coding is all about, and then register for and attend the full day LITA preconference at 2015 ALA Annual in San Francisco. 
 
Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library...
May 08: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, keynote speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration

CHICAGO -- In what’s shaping up to be an exciting literary event at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been announced as keynote speaker at the celebratory 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony. The event, held from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27...

May 08: 2015 RBMS Leab Exhibition award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and two honorable mentions for the 2015 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an...

May 07: Returning eCourse: Teaching early literacy skills to babies

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into...

May 07: 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 importance to the...

May 05: Free webinar showcases new Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — The new ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, published by ALA Editions, is fresh off the press. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will present a talk show...

May 05: Adriana Trigiani among authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

CHICAGO — Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen and John Katzenbach will be the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Authors...

May 05: VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget...

May 05: Accepting sponsors for the ALA Emerging Leaders program

CHICAGO — The ALA Emerging Leaders program has begun the process of preparing for the 2016 class of participants.  We are now accepting program sponsors.  Sponsorship means that an organization will provide financial support of at least $1,000 ($500 per conference) for...

May 05: 2015 Reads 4 Teens recommending reading pamphlets now available in the ALA Store

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) collection of 2015 Reads 4 Teens recommended reading pamphlets and bookmarks is now available for purchase as a single digital download through the ALA Store

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May 04: AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section opens call for papers

CHICAGO — The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the...

May 04: Library advocates to converge in Washington to protect libraries

Hundreds to gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today marks the beginning of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day, the annual event when hundreds of...

May 01: LLAMA webinar explores time management for new managers

CHICAGO — If you are new to library management or managing staff, you might be surprised to discover that your old tried-and-true methods for managing your time aren’t working as well as you need them to.  In that case, It may be time for a time management overhaul!     The Library Leadership...

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