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Mar 28: James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate,...

Mar 28: Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of...

Mar 28: Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during ...

Mar 28: ALA Store at PLA Conference, Denver

Take time at PLA 2016 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located near Registration on the main meeting level of the Colorado Convention Center. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some...

Mar 28: ACRL releases Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library.” Written by Ron Jantz, “Managing Creativity” is number 70 in the ACRL Publications...

Mar 25: ALA President, GLBTRT Chair Urge Georgia Governor to Veto HB 757

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Sari Feldman and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal urging him to veto House Bill 757. The bill is yet another example of a disturbing trend...

Mar 25: Carnegie Whitney Grant 2016 winners

CHICAGO —The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. 

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Mar 25: New SLR articles explore school library advocacy and research methods

CHICAGO - Two new articles covering the topics of school library advocacy and comparable research measurements are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (...

Mar 24: A practical guide to ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards

CHICAGO— The importance of images and visual media in today’s culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily...

Mar 23: Locations Announced for American Library Association, National Foundation for Credit Counseling® Financial Education Workshops

Community-level access to customized financial education and counseling ready for Military and their Families

Washington, DC –  The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) are pleased to...

Mar 23: Civil rights leader, 'March' co-author, Congressman John Lewis to speak at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Congressman John Lewis — renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series March — will make a special appearance with his award-winning March co-creators at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando,...

Mar 22: Maureen Sullivan receives the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan is the winner of the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

“The jury for the 2016 Joseph W....

Mar 22: Skokie Public Library winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Skokie Public Library (Skokie, Illinois) has been named the 2016 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its 2015 program series “Voices of Race.” The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by...

Mar 22: Michigan Technological University Library 'Empowering Library Staff to Lead Confidently and Plan Effectively' program awarded H.W. Wilson Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO — The Michigan Technological University Van Pelt and Opie Library has been named the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant recipient for 2016, for its "Empowering Library Staff to Lead Confidently and Plan Effectively” program. The focus of this program is to promote professional...

Mar 22: The American Library Association honors Nicole A. Cooke with Equality Award

CHICAGO — Nicole A. Cooke is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward...

Mar 21: Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity"

Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity" at ALA's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Sunday, June 26th, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries...

Mar 21: Results of community engagement initiative shared in Libraries Transforming Communities case studies

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released five case studies detailing the experiences of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, a group of public libraries that spent 18 months engaging their communities and taking a leadership role in driving...

Mar 21: Nation’s library workers transforming lives, communities - Celebrate National Library Workers Day April 12

CHICAGO – Our nation’s library workers provide an invaluable public service to our communities by connecting library users with the books, information and critical technology resources they need to thrive in the digital age. April 12 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to show...

Mar 18: Megan McDonald speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 celebration of School Library Month, is now available. In the PSA, McDonald speaks to how school librarians transform...

Mar 18: 2016 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2016 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 15 and March 17, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique ballot URL and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 17: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2016 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced their fourth annual training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will...

Mar 17: ALSC announces new Graphic Novels Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released three new Graphic Novel Reading Lists. These lists are offered in the ranges of kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6...

Mar 17: ALSC announces Día Turns 20 mini-grant recipients

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 20 mini-grants to libraries across the country in honor of Día’s 20th anniversary.  Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) was envisioned by children’s book...

Mar 17: Accepting Career Counseling Appointments for Annual Conference in Orlando

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 Annual Conference in Orlando.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement and Career...

Mar 16: Transform your National Library Week — celebrate National Library Week 2016 with new promotional activities and tools

CHICAGO — It’s a fact. Your library changes the lives of people in your community, school and campus every day. The American Library Association (ALA), in honor of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, wants you to share your stories of how libraries do just that.

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Mar 16: Jacqueline Woodson to Present Closing Session at 2016 ALSC Institute

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

Mar 15: Dr. Annabel K. Stephens receives 2016 Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Annabel K. Stephens, associate professor emerita of the School of Library and Information Science at The University of Alabama, has been selected as the recipient of the American Library Association's 2016 Beta Phi Mu Award. This annual award, consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-...

Mar 15: Tracey Wong is the Recipient of the 2016 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Tracey Wong, a school library media specialist for the Daniel Webster Magnet School in New Rochelle, New York, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This special recognition is given annually to the librarian...

Mar 15: Nancy Bolt named the recipient of the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO – Nancy Bolt, of Nancy Bolt & Associates and retired Colorado State Librarian, is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. This award is given biennially to an individual for making positive changes in the profession of...

Mar 15: Robert Newlen receives the Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO — Robert R. Newlen, chief of staff at the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2016 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which ...

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