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Aug 12: Gain collection (and weeding) confidence with PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Are your library shelves groaning under the weight of a heavy collection? Do you have a litany of excuses to keep a title, even if it is outdated or under circulated? Then it might be time to register for the upcoming, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) —...

Aug 12: PLA @ ALA Annual proposal deadline this Friday, Aug. 15

CHICAGO The deadline is Friday, Aug. 15, to submit a proposal for a Public Library Association (PLA)-sponsored program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco....

Aug 12: RUSA announces all new fall online learning lineup

CHICAGO Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces a new line up of online courses for professional development throughout fall 2014 RUSA online courses.  Registration is open....

Aug 12: ALSC announces winners of 2014 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Aug 12: Android version of Teen Book Finder App now available

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released the android version of its popular Teen Book Finder App.

Android users can...

Aug 11: LLAMA webinar helps you develop a better library service plan

CHICAGO Is it time to reinvent your library services, but you’re not sure how to get started?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Planning to Transform Your Library,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, Sept. 3. 

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Aug 08: Nominating committee extends deadline

CHICAGO The ALA 2015 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA president-elect or councilor-at-large have until 5 p.m. on...

Aug 05: From Taylor Swift to Ninjas and Big Nate, the ALA Graphics Fall catalog is bursting with delightful new materials

CHICAGO – Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster, spotlighted on the cover of the ALA Graphics Fall 2014 catalog. Holding Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel “The Giver,”...

Aug 05: Guide to Reference in business and economics

CHICAGO — Guide to Reference is used internationally as the “source of first resort” for identifying information and training reference professionals. Focusing on key print and electronic sources, “...

Aug 05: NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum and honors librarians George and Deborah Trepp

CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The one-mile event will be taking place in Cleveland on Aug. 10,...

Aug 01: Registration open for fall 2014 ALSC online courses

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for the fall 2014 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday,...

Jul 29: ASCLA calls for webinar and online course proposals

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge to share to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars to be presented in October 2014 through August 2015 as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online...

Jul 29: ALA calls for immediate passage of USA Freedom Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following statement on behalf of the American Library Association (ALA), concerning the introduction earlier today of the USA Freedom Act of 2014 by Sen. Patrick Leahy, may be attributed to Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office:

"Libraries...

Jul 29: American historical novels for grades 7-12

CHICAGO — Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places — and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history. Perfect for...

Jul 29: A LITA guide to using massive digital libraries

CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over...

Jul 29: FTRF to award two scholarships for 'Intellectual Freedom and Censorship' LIS course

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will provide two scholarships to interested Library & Information Science (LIS) students for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” a...

Jul 29: ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of its public library e-lending program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Macmillan announces that its frontlist ebooks will be available through its public library e-lending program. ALA President Courtney Young released the following statement:

“The Macmillan expansion of its library ebook program represents another important...

Jul 29: Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO — Sai Deng is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund and...

Jul 29: 2014 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 2014 Teen Read Week Activity Grant.

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

Jul 29: Alex Haley Museum to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the staff and board of the Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center, will designate the museum a Literary Landmark at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The dedication...

Jul 29: Join travel enthusiasts and tour the French and Italian Rivieras this fall

CHICAGO The itinerary is set for ASCLA’s biannual fundraising trip (PDF), which will head to the French and...

Jul 28: Volunteer to serve on ALA or Council committees for 2015 - 2016

CHICAGO — Sari Feldman, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA and Council committees for the 2015-2016 term (terms start on July 1, 2015). Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with notifications...

Jul 25: Collaborating with teens to build better library programs

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. Jennifer Velásquez will serve as the instructor for a four-week...

Jul 25: RUSA calls for webinar and online course proposals

CHICAGO E-books, library programming and outreach, marketing and leading a book group are just some of the topics sought by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for 2015 online continuing education webinars and online courses.

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Jul 25: Storytime shenanigans: Building great programs for preschoolers

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Storytime Shenanigans: Building Great Programs for Preschoolers. Rob Reid will serve as the instructor for a three-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 8,...

Jul 25: Demystifying copyright: How to educate your staff and community

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week...

Jul 24: Instructional design essentials

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse Instructional Design Essentials. Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse, which starts on Sept. 15, 2014.

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Jul 22: Customer-based collection development

CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s...

Jul 22: ALA, Harwood Institute announce ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ community engagement training opportunity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced an intensive three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries...

Jul 22: Ames Public Library awarded 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Ames (Iowa) Public Library.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while...

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