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Mar 21: Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library receives 2019 Hayes Award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2019 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the ...

Mar 20: March 2019 ITAL Issue Now Available

Chicago -- The March 2019 issue (volume 38, number 1) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

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Mar 20: New workshop: Professional Growth for Late-Career Librarians

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Professional Growth for Late-Career Librarians with Caitlin Williams. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take...

Mar 20: New eCourse: Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks: Collection Development,...

Mar 20: Go “Beyond the Racial Stalemate” at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

In his 2008 speech on race, titled "A More Perfect Union," then-candidate Barack Obama described a "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." He suggested that, if we don't do something different, "nothing will change." A decade later, we're still stuck. How do we move forward? 

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Mar 19: Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, March 30, April 6

CHICAGO – Financial issues are a constant in our lives. They change as they reflect milestones in our lives. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement...

Mar 19: Holly Schwarzmann receives AASL Frances Henne Award
CHICAGO – Holly Schwarzmann, school librarian at Largo Middle School in Largo, Florida, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five...
Mar 19: Susan Gauthier receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Susan Gauthier, director of library services for East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique...

Mar 19: PLA announces webinar series on cultural intelligence in libraries

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced it will host a webinar series for library professionals on the topic of cultural intelligence. The term “cultural intelligence,” popularly abbreviated as...

Mar 19: LLAMA webinar helps you move forward in your career

The field of librarianship and information services continues to evolve and expand.  While new job titles and specializations are on the rise, opportunities for leadership are not always clear to those aspiring to leadership roles.  The Library...

Mar 19: LITA ALA Annual Precons: Active and Engaging

Chicago -- If you’re attending the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, join us for one of our practical workshops and check out all the...

Mar 19: New workshop bundle: Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop bundle, Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes with Katie LaMantia & Emily Vinci. This...

Mar 18: Dav Pilkey shares 'Radical Ideas' in new AASL video

CHICAGO – A new video featuring Dav Pilkey, the worldwide bestselling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2019 celebration of School Library Month. In the video, Pilkey speaks to how “reading without...

Mar 18: Shirley Simmons receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors...

Mar 18: Megan Donnelly named recipient of NMRT’s 2019 Olofson Award

The New Members Round Table’s (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce that Megan Donnelly is the recipient of the 2019 Olofson Award....

Mar 18: Wellness in the Library Workplace two-week course starts in April

CHICAGO - You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to...

Mar 18: PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete an important survey, which collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology from Fiscal Year 2018. A summary of the survey data is published annually in PLA's ...

Mar 15: ALSC invites applications for 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture with Neil Gaiman

CHICAGO--The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to...

Mar 15: Public Library Association unveils 2019 award winners

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Award and grant recipients are chosen by member volunteers who serve on PLA...

Mar 15: Oakleaf wins 2019 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Megan Oakleaf, associate professor and director of instructional quality at Syracuse University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts...

Mar 14: Jim Duncan Receives Immroth Award

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee is pleased to announce Jim Duncan as the recipient of the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom.

Duncan is the...

Mar 14: Apply now for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the...

Mar 14: 2019 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2019 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 11 and March 13, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 13: ALA launches executive director search with new search committee and Isaacson, Miller

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it has opened its search for an executive director, in partnership with corporate executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, to succeed current ALA Executive Director Mary W. Ghikas. The search will be led by a new ALA Executive...

Mar 13: New iteration: Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging eCourse Bundle

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse bundle, Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging. Violet Fox and...

Mar 13: Arizona, New Hampshire, and Tennessee libraries win 2019 ALSC Bookapalooza Program

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2019 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: McNary Community Library of McNary, Arizona; Jaffrey Public Library of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and Lawrence County Public Library of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

The award...

Mar 13: New workshop: A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff with Maxine Bleiweis. This workshop will...

Mar 12: June Garcia wins Melvil Dewey Award

June Garcia is the winner of the 2019 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...

Mar 12: South Carolina Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ (SCASL) “Emerging Leaders” program is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library...

Mar 12: United for Libraries to designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark

WAUKEGAN, Illinois — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book, will designate Ray Bradbury Park a Literary Landmark on Saturday, March 16. The unveiling ceremony,...