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Oct 20: Apply now for $5,000 ALA award for library programming excellence

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for its 2016 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

The $5,000 award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund,...

Oct 20: Isaac Mizrahi, 'irrepressible' designer and star, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO -- Designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert and soon-to-be published literary memoirist...

Oct 20: Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to help struggling readers

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association encourages schools and libraries everywhere to reach out to struggling teen readers who would benefit from access to libraries and reading materials, including during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, 2015, which is being celebrated with the theme...

Oct 20: ALA applauds Robert Bocher appointment to E-rate program oversight body

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) applauded Robert (Bob) Bocher’s appointment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fill the...

Oct 19: ALA, COSLA help libraries LEAP ahead and increase broadband capacity

Washington, D.C. – The launch of a new phase of the federally-funded E-rate reform program aimed at improving broadband capacity to serve community education and learning needs was announced today by the American Library Association (ALA)and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA...

Oct 19: Choice debuts content, tools tailored for community college market

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUTChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, premieres content specifically crafted for community college libraries in the November 2015 issue of Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online....

Oct 19: LLAMA Webinar provides tools, tips and tricks for management success

CHICAGO — Many librarians are hired or promoted into management positions without the benefit of specific management training.  The knowledge they need to become good managers must often be learned on the fly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “...

Oct 19: RUSA will host two Institutes, 'Reference Interview' and 'History Genealogy Workshop,' during Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host two Institutes, Reference Interview” and “History Genealogy Workshop on Friday, January 8, 2016 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

“...

Oct 19: ASCLA to host two noteworthy institutes, 'Assembling a Consulting Toolkit' and 'Sustainable Staff Development,' at Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host two noteworthy institutes, "Assembling a Consulting Toolkit" and “Sustainable Staff Development,” at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

ASCLA’s full-day Institute, "...

Oct 19: Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

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Oct 19: Library management in disruptive times

CHICAGO — Helping readers to envision the purpose and value of future libraries and see change as a rare opportunity to create truly new roles for librarians, “Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and Knowledge for an Uncertain...

Oct 19: Celebrities, Star Wars and more in the new ALA Graphics Winter Catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ 2015 Winter catalog features new materials to entice and encourage those to explore all you have to offer!

You are sure to find something for everyone with our new winter product lineup! Awaken minds with this new...

Oct 18: ALA unveils shortlist for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO-The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United...

Oct 16: Laughlin withdraws candidacy for 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has withdrawn her candidacy for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA), citing a family health matter requiring her full attention.

“I will forever count...

Oct 16: Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is 'fair use'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement...

Oct 16: Nominations open for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO Many of us know librarians who have helped bring about significant, constructive change in our profession. Now is the time to nominate those individuals for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.

This biennial award recognizes a librarian who invests time and...

Oct 14: Free access to Booklist’s first-ever digital edition

CHICAGO — To celebrate the publication of its first digital edition, Booklist will offer open access to its Oct. 15 issue Spotlight on First Novels for a limited time. Both subscribers and non-subscribers will have...

Oct 14: ALCTS offers two symposia at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2016

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents two symposia on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

“Re-envisioning ‘Technical Services’ to Transform Libraries: Identifying Leadership and...

Oct 14: ALA president urges senators to join Wyden, Paul and Sanders in opposing CISA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Underscoring the dangers of a bill that would seriously threaten privacy and civil liberties, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA) urged members of the U.S. Senate to join Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in...

Oct 14: New research highlights libraries’ expanded roles

From health insurance seekers to students, libraries leverage expertise, digital services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of our nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries provide programs to help identify health insurance resources and also training to...

Oct 13: Literary world builder Rae Carson ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition.  Carson will discuss...

Oct 13: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, from noon - 1 p.m. Central on Nov. 12. This is part of LLAMA’s ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of...

Oct 13: New survey results point to what’s working in state standards implementation

CHICAGO — According to findings in Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation, a new report out from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), the secret to implementing state standards and creating change in schools is building the shared...

Oct 13: ALA awarded IMLS grant for IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowships

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $50,000 grant will be used to provide 50 $1,000 scholarships to help...

Oct 13: Seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and...

Oct 13: Management of Technology course starting soon

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Management of Technology course.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on sequential Mondays from...

Oct 12: United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18-24

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in...

Oct 12: ASCLA seeks Project Director for Revised Standards for Libraries Serving People who are Blind or Handicapped

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is soliciting proposals for the position of Project Director for the Revision of the Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network...

Oct 09: Storytellers to tell tall tales at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Cordi, Jim Flanagan and Lyn Ford will appear at the Thursday night festival and...

Oct 09: Is digital different?

CHICAGO — Transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago, the digital environment is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more resources become available online and computers and supporting networks become more...

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