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Jun 01: RUSA Summer Online Learning Opportunities

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is pleased to announce summer 2017 online learning opportunities:

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May 31: Alistair Black and Henry Gabb Win the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research
CHICAGO — Alistair Black and Henry Gabb have been named the 2017 winners of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for “The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present” (published 2016 in Information & Culture...
May 31: United for Libraries, RUSA, and Chapter Relations to host ‘Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?’

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries, RUSA, and ALA Chapter Relations will host a joint discussion group on “Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?" at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at McCormick Place West, W194b.

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May 31: Registration now open for the 2017 Sharjah International Book Fair(SIBF)/American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 Sharjah International Book Fair(SIBF)/American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference at https://www.sibfala.com/registration/. The Library Conference is at the heart of an ongoing collaboration between...

May 30: Quick, low-cost ways to make big changes? Absolutely.

CHICAGO — Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their...

May 26: Chelcie Juliet Rowell appointed new ALCTS News Editor

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the...

May 26: New Workshop—Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald Barclay. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday,...

May 26: June webinar features lessons learned from early adopters of PLA performance measurement program

CHICAGO – Through a panel-style webinar next month, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) will provide an overview of the Association's performance-measurement program for public libraries, ...

May 26: New Workshop: How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget with Julia Merritt, Wendy Hicks, and Krista Robinson. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take...

May 25: Explore assessment, managing change, fighting fake news with the Framework, more in summer 2017 ACRL webcasts

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full...

May 25: Lisa Rice, Library Director at the Warren County Public Library, Wins 2017 Sullivan Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Lisa Rice, Library Director, Warren County Public Library, Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The Sullivan Award is presented...

May 25: Muncie Public Library Wins 2017 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

CHICAGO — The Muncie Public Library (MPL) in Muncie, Indiana has been selected to receive the 2017 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The library was selected for its innovative “Digital Climbers”...

May 25: Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at...

May 24: Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017 during the American Library Association’s Annual...

May 24: Author Elizabeth White to Present in ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host author Elizabeth White on Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Elizabeth White, author of Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, will discuss the hidden...

May 24: ACRL releases Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning,” edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton....

May 23: ALSC Releases Comforting Reads for Difficult Times Booklist

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released a new booklist called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times. This list includes titles meant to help children understand and heal...

May 23: Jim Rettig receives the 2017 Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO — The Retired Members Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Annual Conference Award is Jim Rettig.  

This award honors the...

May 23: Emil Ferris among featured authors at United for Libraries’ ‘First Author’ panel at ALA Annual

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Emil Ferris (“My Favorite Thing is Monsters”) will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ “First Author, First Book panel from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday,...

May 23: United for Libraries to present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free day...

May 23: ACRL program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

For the first time, program proposals will be submitted...

May 23: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2017 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

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

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct...

May 23: Trump Administration’s budget using wrong math when it comes to libraries
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement:
 
“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. ...
May 22: IMLS funds $500,000 research project to study characteristics and outcomes of library public programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has received a $512,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a research project to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library...

May 19: New Session: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30pm...

May 19: AASL seeks program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 21 – 26 in New Orleans, La. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m....

May 19: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Closing General Session Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

In 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of...

May 18: The collection is all around

CHICAGO — Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might...

May 18: ALA condemns FCC vote to undermine net neutrality protections, vows to defend open internet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) condemned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s vote on Thursday that begins undoing strong net neutrality protections. If the 2015 Open Internet Order is weakened, the FCC Chairman will undermine safeguards demanded by...

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