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Dec 01: Forty-two public libraries selected to host Explore Earth, Explore Space and Explore Tech traveling exhibitions

CHICAGO — Forty-two public libraries from across the country will host science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

The exhibitions — Explore Earth: Our...

Dec 01: ‘Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities’ at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session about community engagement, “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities in Mid-Sized Urban Settings,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The...

Dec 01: ALA Midwinter: Author Catherine J. Ross to discuss how our schools teach lessons in censorship

CHICAGO — Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.  Yet public schools in the United States frequently censor student speech, especially controversial speech, often with the...

Dec 01: David Shannon to open the 2016 ALSC National Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced that award-winning author David Shannon will present the Opening General Session at the...

Dec 01: Mashcat panel at ALCTS Midwinter Forum

CHICAGO — A Mashcat panel is the featured presentation at the Midwinter Forum of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The Forum takes place on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Boston...

Dec 01: Chelcie Rowell named 2016 ALCTS Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2015-2016. The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, ALCTS, sponsors one Emerging Leader who has...

Dec 01: EBSCO, in partnership with ALA, awards scholarships for librarians to attend 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO, IPSWICH, Massachusetts – In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services has awarded five librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the...

Dec 01: Nominations open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating...

Nov 30: AASL, ALA applaud the addition of school libraries to Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO - Today House and Senate negotiators released the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report.  The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after.

In response to today’s announcement, American...

Nov 30: Should there be a right to be forgotten?

Or does this interfere with the public’s right to know? -- Find out at ALA's 2016 Midwinter Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Personal blogs, arrest records, explicit photos and business critiques are now typically published forever. Should...

Nov 24: Thousands to join free ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will unveil the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during the ALA Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 11, 20l6, from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  Unlimited virtual seats for the ALA Youth Media...

Nov 24: Freedom to Read Foundation joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

CHICAGO - Freedom to Read Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage...

Nov 24: Join ALA for the Giving Tuesday Effort on Dec. 1

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program has again joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about...

Nov 23: PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega as its representatives for the 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is dedicated to empowering public librarians with the skills necessary to be innovative and successful leaders...

Nov 23: ALA to undertake IT External Review

CHICAGO — As part of its planning for the future, the American Library Association will be undertaking an external review of the Association’s information technology.

This review will be conducted by a team of external reviewers with broad technology and association perspectives, and is...

Nov 23: ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center hosts an Open House/Job Fair during Midwinter Meeting in Boston

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16). Employers are invited to come and engage in conversations...

Nov 23: Learn guidelines and best practices on fair use as popular workshop returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop Fair Use: Guidelines and Best Practices with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016....

Nov 20: Get started with your digitization project with January workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, with Susanne Caro. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Nov 20: Understand and use library of congress classification

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification. Robert Bothmann will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan...

Nov 20: New Members Round Table selects Mandi Goodsett as its 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Mandi Goodsett as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Goodsett is currently working as the performing arts and humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio....

Nov 20: eCourse focuses on WebDewey and Dewey Decimal Classification

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification. Violet Fox will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan....

Nov 20: ALSC selects Meredith Steiner as 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Meredith Steiner of the San Francisco Public Library as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leader program.

For the past year and a half, Steiner has...

Nov 20: Mark Kurlansky joins ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky joins documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams in conversation with Donna Seaman, Booklist Editor for Adult Books, at the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist...

Nov 19: Esposito, Sexton, Shea and Wilson receive 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Elizabeth Esposito, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, New York...

Nov 19: Second Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference attracts librarians from 20 countries

CHICAGO — Around 300 librarians gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 10-12 for the second SIBF/ALA Library Conference, ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event. Librarians from UAE, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar,...

Nov 19: Andre Dubus III with Nancy Pearl at 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker Session

CHICAGO – 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees in Boston will have the chance to join a lively conversation between bestselling author Andre Dubus III and Nancy Pearl at an Auditorium Speaker session held from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Dubus is the author of six books, including the...

Nov 17: YALSA announces Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Kayla Marie Figard as its 2016 Emerging Leader. Figard will receive funding to attend the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and 2016...

Nov 17: Stripling to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Barbara Kay Stripling, senior associate dean and assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise...

Nov 17: LLAMA webinar helps you craft your future through goal setting

CHICAGO — The famous success coach Zig...

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