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Feb 17: ASCLA invites you to travel to Scotland this Fall

CHICAGO — The itinerary is set for ASCLA’s biannual fundraising trip, which will head to the Scotland in October 2015 — the fourth tour abroad hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the...

Feb 17: ALCTS seeks Monographs editor

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is seeking an editor for its Monographs collection of publications. This three-year appointment comes with a stipend to support travel to ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences. The position is...

Feb 17: Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive...

Feb 17: How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

Feb 17: ALSC to host Online Day of Diversity Forum

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced an open forum on the topic of diversity. To continue the conversation started at the ...

Feb 17: Brian Schottlaender wins 2015 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel university librarian at the University of California-San Diego, has been named the 2015 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Schottalender will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Feb 17: Applications invited for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grants

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) are accepting applications for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural institutions.

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Feb 17: ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services...

Feb 17: Application deadline for Academic Friend Conference Grants extended to March 20

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants through March 20, 2015.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant will enable two first-time conference attendees to attend the 2015 ALA...

Feb 17: PLA encourages public libraries to participate in annual PLDS survey

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) is encouraging all public libraries in the U.S. and Canada to participate in the annual Public Library Data Service (PLDS) survey. The survey collects information from public libraries on finances, resources, service usage and technology. A summary...

Feb 17: Deadline extended for $5,000 school library programming award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has extended the nomination deadline for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

School libraries, public or private, that served children in grades K-8 and conducted...

Feb 13: Robert A. Seal named 2015 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Robert A. Seal, dean of university libraries at Loyola University Chicago, is the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession...

Feb 13: Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-...

Feb 13: YALSA’s 2015 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Ohio, California and South Carolina

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Lorain City High School in Ohio the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway.

Due to the large volume of donations this past year, YALSA was able to name two...

Feb 13: AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab,...

Feb 12: ACRL 2015 awards record-breaking 179 scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has awarded a record-breaking 179 scholarships for the ACRL 2015 conference. Scholarships were awarded in six categories, including early- and mid-career librarians, support staff and Spectrum Scholar travel grants, amounting to...

Feb 12: ALA Council approves revised Standards for Accreditation

CHICAGO — The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved for adoption the 2015 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies on February 2 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in...

Feb 12: Roberta A. Kaplan, litigator in DOMA Defeat, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Kicking off the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, Roberta A. Kaplan will offer attendees a chance to hear how what she did--with the help of a band of supporters–extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. ...

Feb 11: ALSC Launches Advocacy Button Campaign

CHICAGO — At the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the launch of the...

Feb 11: Social media for creative libraries

CHICAGO — “Social Media for Creative Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explains how...

Feb 11: ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds today’s reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424) by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which will help...

Feb 10: In the Margins Book Award lists released

CHICAGO — The In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA), Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC) selected its top non-fiction and fiction winning titles as well...

Feb 10: Marian Royal Vigil wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Marian Royal Vigil in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Vigil’s name was drawn as the January winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share...

Feb 10: AASL webinar examines different perspectives of information literacy

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities in a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Emily Gover, “Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000...

Feb 10: 2015 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

CHICAGO – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2015 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, held Jan. 30- Feb. 3, 2015.

The bibliography consists of well written and illustrated...

Feb 10: 2015 Over the Rainbow list recognizes 78 quality GLBT fiction and non-fiction titles

CHICAGO – The 2015 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The bibliography features quality fiction and non-fiction...

Feb 10: 2015 Rainbow Books list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

CHICAGO – The 2015 Rainbow Books list, a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 30- Feb. 3 in Chicago.

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