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Oct 13: New survey results point to what’s working in state standards implementation

CHICAGO — According to findings in Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation, a new report out from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), the secret to implementing state standards and creating change in schools is building the shared...

Oct 13: ALA awarded IMLS grant for IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowships

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $50,000 grant will be used to provide 50 $1,000 scholarships to help...

Oct 13: Seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and...

Oct 13: Management of Technology course starting soon

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Management of Technology course.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on sequential Mondays from...

Oct 12: United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18-24

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in...

Oct 12: ASCLA seeks Project Director for Revised Standards for Libraries Serving People who are Blind or Handicapped

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is soliciting proposals for the position of Project Director for the Revision of the Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network...

Oct 09: Storytellers to tell tall tales at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Cordi, Jim Flanagan and Lyn Ford will appear at the Thursday night festival and...

Oct 09: Is digital different?

CHICAGO — Transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago, the digital environment is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more resources become available online and computers and supporting networks become more...

Oct 09: Library Support Staff Resource Center available

CHICAGO — A Library Support Staff Online Resource Center is now available through the American Library Association (ALA).  This newly-revised website is designed to provide resources of...

Oct 08: PLA opens video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2016

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has just opened a contest for two library professionals or library students to win their way to the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second...

Oct 08: Applications now being accepted for 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend...

Oct 07: Nominees sought for 2016 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996...

Oct 07: Free webinar: Using door-to-door marketing for library card sign-ups

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) for a free webinar to learn about a new and innovative way to increase library card sign-ups all year long, not just during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. The webinar, "Increase Your Reach: Using Door-to-Door Marketing for Library...

Oct 05: Workshop will teach how to improve your library using the five phases of project management

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Improve Your Library Using the 5 Phases of Project Management with Robin M. Hastings. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday...

Oct 05: New workshop with Loida Garcia-Febo: Serving Spanish Speakers in the Library

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Serving Spanish Speakers in the Library, with Loida Garcia-Febo. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015....

Oct 05: Learn how to prevent and treat bed bugs in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. “...

Oct 05: Popular workshop offers introduction to cloud computing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, Cloud Computing for Librarians: An Introduction, with Krista Godfrey. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Oct 02: Research drives educators of school librarians at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Research and data driven practice will be the focus of sessions from the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations will...

Oct 02: Follett continues support of school library professionals

CHICAGO – Follett continues to support school library professionals and ongoing learning with its sponsorship of the opening general session speaker at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs will open the conference, taking place...

Oct 02: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by...

Oct 02: Win a grant from YALSA to attend ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando

CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) who will be first time attendees of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, can apply for a grant to offset travel expenses.

A total of three grants are available. Baker and Taylor is sponsoring two...

Oct 02: YALSA launches Teen Programming HQ website

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Programming HQ website.

The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop shop for library staff to...

Oct 02: New eCourse: Rethinking social media to organize information and communities

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces an exciting new eCourse, Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Nov....

Oct 02: ALA, Lifetime Arts announce creative aging workshop at 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Lifetime Arts, a national leader in arts education programming for older adults, and the American Library Association will offer a pre-conference workshop about the growing field of creative aging at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston....

Oct 02: Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez is 2016 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer

CHICAGO -- Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez will bring her message of not allowing others to define you, and of turning negativity into a motivating force, to 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as the Arthur Curley lecturer from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. 

Born with a rare...

Oct 02: 2016 Midwinter Meeting LLAMA Career Institute announced: What Matters, a Workshop for Developing and Articulating Our Values

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present the fifth LLAMA Career Institute – What Matters, A Workshop for Developing and Articulating Our Values from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, during the American...

Oct 01: Registration, housing now open for 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open at alamidwinter.org for 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, offering the usual gold-standard networking,...

Oct 01: ALA announces 50 libraries to receive Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk youth

CHICAGO – Fifty libraries have been selected to receive training and support to host book club programs on a theme of “media, resistance and revolution” with at-risk youth, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

The 2015 grantees represent 43 public...

Sep 29: ALA President urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act

Libraries provide online tools kids need to succeed

Washington, D.C. – Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), today called for swift passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3582). Emphasizing...

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