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Jul 23: ALA invites public to nominate librarians for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service...

Jul 22: Hinchliffe, Laughlin seek 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, are the candidates for the 2017-...

Jul 21: Volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for 2016 - 2017

CHICAGO — Julie Todaro, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for the 2016-2017 term (terms start on July 1, 2016). Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with notifications...

Jul 20: LITA 2015 Scholarships Winners

CHICAGO - Rachel Vacek announced at her LITA President’s program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the winners of annual scholarships LITA sponsors jointly with three organizations: Baker &...

Jul 20: Cataloging Music Audiovisual Materials Using RDA

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning in partnership with Music Library Association announces a new iteration of the popular workshop Cataloging Music Audiovisual Materials Using RDA with Keith Knop and Jay Weitz. This workshop will...

Jul 20: Durrett, Miles and Quinto named winners of YALSA’s digital literacy program contest, Shark Bowl

CHICAGO – The winners of YALSA’s President’s Program, Taking a Deep Dive into Digital Literacy: Shark Bowl for Library Staff, were named on Monday, June 29 at ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

A total of six finalists were chosen to present their digital literacy programming ideas...

Jul 17: Deadline extended: AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section call for papers

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent...

Jul 16: Two time Coretta Scott King Award recipient Rita Williams-Garcia to discuss diverse voices at AASL’s author banquet

CHICAGO – New York Times bestselling and award winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Williams-Garcia will...

Jul 16: Emmy® Award winner Sonia Manzano to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Actress, author and script writer Sonia Manzano will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Manzano will discuss books, characters and...

Jul 16: Bestselling author Matt de la Peña to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Bestselling author Matt de la Peña will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. de la Peña will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside...

Jul 16: Early birds save $100 at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – By registering before the Aug. 13, 2015, early bird deadline, conference attendees will save $100 on registration rates for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be...

Jul 16: The New York Public Library joins Carnegie Corporation of New York in sponsoring the I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for the eighth year of the award are open now

NEW YORK — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that The New York Public Library has joined as one of the co-sponsors of the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public...

Jul 16: Congress passes strong support for U.S. school libraries in Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years of delay, the U.S. Senate today voted to reauthorize and modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s primary education statute, by passing the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Before passing the legislation, the U.S. Senate...

Jul 16: 2015 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Beard, Beard and Beard

CHICAGO – James B. Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C. Beard have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for “Turfgrass History...

Jul 16: Pilar Martinez is next in LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar Series

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Pilar Martinez, from noon - 1 p.m. Central time on Aug. 20. This is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries....

Jul 16: Using analytics and metrics to drive decisions and services

CHICAGO — With the wealth of data available to library and information services, analytics are the key to truly understanding your users and your field of operations and to improving your services. “Library Analytics and Metrics: Using...

Jul 16: Real-world teen services

CHICAGO — The basics of day-to-day service to teens in the library setting, a discipline requiring specific skills, is all too often glossed over in professional literature.  As a result, many LIS grads begin serving teens armed with an incomplete understanding of why their job is both important...

Jul 16: 2015 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2015 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to 10...

Jul 15: Learn how to run great webinars in new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, How to Run...

Jul 15: ALA applauds, engages national initiative to support broadband opportunity for public housing residents
 
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectHome initiative to expand high-speed broadband to public housing residents. The ALA is proud to be...
Jul 14: NMRT 2015 professional development grant awards recipients announced

CHICAGO — The 2015 American Library Association's New Members Round Table (NMRT) Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award and Gale Cengage/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. These...

Jul 14: Arianna Huffington Announced as Speaker for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Arianna Huffington, the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 14 books, as an Adult Author Lunch Speaker at the PLA 2016 Conference,...

Jul 14: Celebrities and characters make a show-stopping appearance in the ALA Graphics fall catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ 2015 Fall catalog presents new materials to encourage participation and reading in your library.

Two new Celebrity READ© posters debut in this catalog – Bella Thorne and...

Jul 14: COA announces accreditation decisions

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Continued accreditation was granted to the following program, with the next comprehensive review visit...

Jul 14: A new edition of De Saulles’ 'Information 2.0'

CHICAGO — The fully updated second edition of Martin De Saulles’ “Information 2.0: New Models of Information Production, Distribution and Consumption,” published by Facet...

Jul 14: PLA now accepting proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23–28, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

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Jul 14: Free webinar: How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library Card Sign-Up Campaign for Your Library

CHICAGO — Snoopy is coming to your library. Are you ready?

Learn how to leverage this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month spokesdog—Snoopy!

A free webinar, at 2 - 3 p.m. CDT on July 21, offers inexpensive ideas and success stories that your library (no matter how big or small) can...

Jul 13: Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three...

Jul 13: Popular eCourse returns: Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Demystifying...

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