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Jun 21: ALA calls for nominations for IFLA section committees for 2017-2021

CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is seeking nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The selected representatives will...

Jun 20: Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2017 election

CHICAGO - The ALA 2017 Nominating Committee reminds all interested ALA members that the deadline for completing the candidate biographical form is quickly approaching – the form will close on Jul;y 8.  The committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2017 spring ballot for the...

Jun 20: 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 28 presentations for the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at the Orange County Convention Center during ALA’s...

Jun 20: LLAMA President’s Program will feature best-selling author William Ury

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present guest author William Ury, at its President’s Program, from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, June 25 at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.  Ury is coauthor of the best-selling Getting to Yes, and, most...

Jun 20: United for Libraries to host romance panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Isn’t it Romantic?” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center, W101A, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Featured romance writers will include Meg Rosoff, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Wiggs...

Jun 20: New ALA report highlights libraries as engines of entrepreneurship
 
Washington, D.C. —People of all ages and backgrounds come to libraries to transform new business ideas into reality. "The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel...
Jun 20: Burkhardt decodes ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

CHICAGO — The six threshold concepts outlined in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education are not simply a revision of ACRL's previous Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education....

Jun 17: ALA seeks nation’s favorite librarians for 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have...

Jun 16: Illinois public library to connect kids with NASA astronaut in space; libraries invited to tune in

Kids at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois, will have the opportunity to speak live with an astronaut at the International Space Station on Thursday, June 30, thanks to a NASA educational program.

The 20-minute virtual program will be broadcast live on...

Jun 16: ACRL releases Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice.”...

Jun 16: Rick Anderson on libraries, leadership, and scholarly communication

CHICAGO — A creative thinker on topics related to library collections and scholarly publishing, Rick Anderson does not back away from controversy. “Whenever we, as members of an organization like a library, are...

Jun 16: Christopher Murphy named Publisher for ALA Editions

Christopher Murphy has joined ALA as the Publisher for ALA Editions. Chris will be responsible for managing the acquisitions, production, marketing and sales functions of the book publishing imprint of ALA’s Publishing Department. ALA Editions includes the MLIS textbook line, ALA Neal-Schuman....

Jun 15: President's message to ALA members and Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following message regarding diversity, equity and inclusion activities taking place during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 23 - 28, in Orlando,...

Jun 14: ALA applauds decision upholding net neutrality protections

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling on United States Telecom Association, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of...

Jun 14: Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

CHICAGO — The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than...

Jun 13: Summer BreakSpot in Orlando

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Librarians Build Communities Member Interest Group invites you to join them in supporting the Orange County Library's Summer Breakspot. Four Orange County Public Library branches are hosting...

Jun 13: Donate School Supplies in Orlando!

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in collaboration with Orange County Library System and Librarians Build Community are sponsoring a school supplies drive at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference to benefit students in the Orlando area.  As you prepare...

Jun 13: 2016 PR Xchange winners announced

CHICAGO, June 8, 2016  — The Library Leadership and Management Association--Public Relations and Marketing Section (LLAMA-PRMS) PR Xchange Committee is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s PR Xchange Awards Competition for library promotional materials. Over 390 entries in print and...

Jun 13: United for Libraries to host 'Reads Like Fiction' nonfiction panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “Reads Like Fiction, Nonfiction You Can’t Put Down” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center, S330 A-B, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Chris Smith, author of  “...

Jun 13: Forty-two participants selected for fourth ALA Leadership Institute

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

Jun 13: ALA president responds to Orlando mass shooting

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA)  President Sari Feldman released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse, a popular GLBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“The library community is deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,”...

Jun 10: Library improvement through data analytics

CHICAGO — More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to...

Jun 09: Key committee recommends Dr. Carla Hayden for Senate confirmation as nation’s Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, who served as President of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003 to 2004,...

Jun 09: PLA Member Welcome Breakfast to feature Diana Nyad at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) on Saturday, June 25, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando for an exclusive PLA members-only breakfast featuring Diana Nyad.

The PLA Member Welcome Breakfast...

Jun 08: Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in Orlando

Located just inside the Shuttle Bus Entrance at the Orange County Convention Center, the ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule...

Jun 07: AASL holds ESSA listening session with U.S. Department of Education

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 3, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) leaders met virtually with Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary from the U.S. Department of Education (USED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. This one-hour “listening session” was devoted to the...

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