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May 12: Be heard - engage with colleagues at ALA's 2016 Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM16)
CHICAGO — Be heard at ALA’s 2016 Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM16):  
 
American Library Association (ALA) members can help steer the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by participating in the annual...
May 12: The wiki way of learning

CHICAGO — Given the limited budgets of schools, educators, and school librarians, free and open source tools for learning are more important than ever. Essentially, wikis are easily accessible webpages for creating, browsing, and searching through information, making them ideal vehicles for...

May 10: 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016...

May 10: Dave Barry to appear at United for Libraries’ ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE Publishing

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Dave Barry will be featured in the lineup of United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE Publishing, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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May 10: United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  On May 2, 2016, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi  was given United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for her support for libraries of all types in Washington, D.C. Though Pelosi was unable to accept the award, her policy advisor, Patricia Ross, came in her stead...

May 10: 'Valley of the Shadow' wins W.Y. Boyd Award for excellence in military fiction

CHICAGO — The novel "Valley of the Shadow" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books is the winner of the 2015 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award honoring the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and citation, donated by author W.Y. Boyd  II, recognizes the...

May 10: AASL introduces Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to apply for two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program provide funds for public middle or high...

May 10: ALSC releases 2016 Summer Reading lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released four Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged with reading and exploring new topics throughout the summer.

Each list is available to download for free; birth-...

May 10: Join EMIERT to explore historic Eatonville, Florida at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) as it explores historic Eatonville, Florida as part of EMIERT’s Taste of the Town series of tours. The...

May 10: LeBeau elected RUSA 2017-2018 president

CHICAGO — Chris LeBeau, assistant teaching professor /learning and research librarian at the University of Missouri, iSchool / University of Missouri-Kansas City, has been elected the 2017-2018 president of the Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA). Prior to working in her current...

May 10: ASCLA members elect Smithee as 2017-2018 president

CHICAGO — Jeannette Smithee, retired and most recently the executive director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, (SEFLIN) from 2009 to 2015, has been elected the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Smithee said...

May 10: ALA announces 2016 winner of L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today named the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS)—a product developed by...
May 09: LITA: Mindful Tech with David Levy
 
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this well known program by David Levy on the timely topic of Mindful Tech. The popular interactive program will include exercises and participation now re-packaged into a 2 part webinar format. Both parts will be fully recorded for...
May 06: Accepting Appointments for Career Counseling at the ALA Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 - 26, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement and...

May 06: Open House/Job Fair to be held during ALA Annual Conference in Orlando

The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 26, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando  #alaac16. Employers are invited to come and engage in conversations with...

May 06: Emerging strategies for supporting student learning

CHICAGO — The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving due to changes in the student population (millenials, increasing diversity, changing work habits), technology (the rise in the use of social media), and learning spaces (the increase in physical and virtual social learning spaces).  In...

May 05: New library privacy guidelines aim to strengthen reader privacy protections for K – 12 students

CHICAGO — On May 2, 2016, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools."  The document, which surveys the state of students' privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and...

May 05: 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture Site Application Deadline Extended

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2017 event featuring Newbery Honor and National Book Award winning author, Jacqueline Woodson.

The Arbuthnot...

May 05: Thomson elected ALCTS President for 2017-2018

CHICAGO —Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean, Collections, Digital Scholarship and Technical Services, University of Kentucky, has been elected the 2017-2018 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

She previously held the position of head...

May 05: PLA’s Project Outcome launches new performance measures at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for the launch of the newest set of performance measures during Project Outcome’s preconference workshop, Friday, June 24, at the 2016...

May 05: Andromeda Yelton Elected 2017-18 LITA President

Andromeda Yelton, owner/consultant of Small Beautiful Useful LLC, has been elected as the 2017-2018 president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Yelton will serve as vice-president/president-elect during 2016-17 and will assume the presidency in June 2017.

"LITA...

May 05: YALSA to lead transformation of teen library services with new three-year organizational plan

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a three-year organizational plan aimed at encouraging the transformation of teen library services....

May 04: YALSA releases position paper, Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has released a new position paper titled, “Adopting a Summer Learning...

May 04: Teens’ Top Ten public nominations open; book group application opening in August

CHICAGO — Teens aged 12-18 can now nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form.

In previous years, nominations were limited to the official Teens’ Top Ten book...

May 04: Fader to support 2016 ALSC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO – Ellen Fader, past-president (2005-2006) of The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has provided a generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for a  third year. Her contribution will support a student through the 2016-2017 school term, provide for a follow-up grant for...

May 04: ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries
 
Washington, D.C. –The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D...
May 03: Wilson Southern Middle School’s Holocaust project receives AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – Ann Yawornitsky, Jennifer Sarnes and Melissa Zawaski from Wilson Southern Middle School in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, are the recipients of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the...

May 03: Steve Laird elected United for Libraries president-elect

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Steve Laird, president of the Reference Division of Infogroup, has been elected 2016-2017 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Laird has served as a United for Libraries board member since 2012, and has chaired the United for Libraries Awards...

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