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Nov 06: Emerging Leader participants for Class of 2014 announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 56 people to participate in its 2014 class of Emerging Leaders.  The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA...

Nov 05: There is still time to apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — The deadline for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant has been extended to Dec. 6, 2013.  The grant is open to all types of libraries seeking to share their stories...

Nov 05: AASL seeks hosts for Fall Forum satellite sites

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking...

Nov 05: New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and...

Nov 05: Mobile app keeps AASL13 information at attendees’ fingertips

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition can plan their conference schedule at home or on the go with the new AASL13 Mobile App.  The app and companion registration dashboard syncs user data so updates to a schedule...

Nov 05: First module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy now available

CHICAGO - The first module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy helps librarians with a critical component of making the library an empowering place for the entire community.

The new tutorial “Positive Interactions: Making the...

Nov 05: Submit proposals for ACRL 2015 conference

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2015 conference to be held March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due...

Nov 05: 'Children and Libraries' to go quarterly, add digital format

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce significant upgrades to "Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children" (CAL). Beginning with Volume 12 in...

Nov 05: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to...

Nov 05: Kate Tkacik selected as NMRT's 2014 Emerging Leader recipient

CHICAGO - The New Members Round Table (NMRT) announced Kate Tkacik as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program. Tkacik is currently working as a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago.

She received her MLIS from Dominican University...

Nov 05: Last call: Submit your nomination for Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services by Nov. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t delay: submit your nomination for use of cutting-edge technology in library services now! As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting...

Nov 04: Loleta D. Fyan 2014 Grant - proposals due by Dec. 20

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Nov 04: Freedom to Read Foundation opens nominations for 2014 trustee elections

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the April 2014 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections.  Five...

Nov 04: Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming...

Nov 04: ALCTS president named interim director

CHICAGO — Genevieve Owens, president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), has been named interim director of The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library (WRL).  The WRL Board of Trustees has...

Nov 04: American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom defends free access to information

CHICAGO — The following is a statement issued by American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Barbara Jones regarding Internet filtering practices in U.S. libraries:         

“Librarians have a special role in our democracy to safeguard everyone's access to...

Nov 04: Applications for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards due Dec. 2

PHILADELPHIA – Applications for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards are due Dec. 2, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013). Application materials are available at...

Nov 04: AASL launches national surveys on the branding of school librarianship

CHICAGO – In order to provide a refreshing and inspiring image of school librarians and school library programs, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched two national surveys to examine the brands of the profession. The surveys will determine what the brands “school...

Nov 04: ALA welcomes USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association is rallying librarians to support the USA Freedom Act, a bill that will improve the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection. The USA FREEDOM Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and PATRIOT Act...

Nov 01: ACRL releases '2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics'

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of...

Nov 01: Matthew Quick, 'Silver Linings Playbook' author, introduces 'Girlbrarian' at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Hello, Librarians—it’s me, Matthew Quick . . .” In this short video, the bestselling author (also known simply as Q) of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” thanks librarians for “all that you do for the...

Oct 29: ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Dec. 1. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit...

Oct 29: AASL13 storytellers to weave flights of fancy

CHICAGO — Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Performers Carol Birch, Bill Harley and Valerie Tutson will appear at the...

Oct 29: Google search secrets

CHICAGO — Google can be an incredibly powerful tool for research, but the top-of-the-page results are seldom the most beneficial to library users and students, and many of the search engine’s most useful features are hidden behind its famously simple interface. In “...

Oct 29: Confessions of a reference librarian: IAmRUSA launches interview series

CHICAGO — On October 28, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) debuted its first week-long interview session as a part of its IAmRUSA series. Each week IAmRUSA will feature a different interviewee for participants to ask questions about their professional careers, their passions and...

Oct 29: Win $1,000 with the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — YALSA members who have run an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months leading up to Dec. 1, 2013 are eligible to apply for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which recognizes an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.

Do...

Oct 29: Scottoline, Kidd, Lippman, Henriquez at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Authors will discuss...

Oct 29: ALSC, PLA receive IMLS grant to measure impact of early literacy programming

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), both divisions of the American Library Association, have received a three-year National Leadership Project Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $499,741 grant...

Oct 28: Going beyond book sales to raise real money for your library

CHICAGO — Like library users, library donors hail from all walks of life. Regardless of the scope or complexity of library fundraising, successful efforts are always about forging and strengthening relationships with the range of stakeholders throughout the community. In “...

Oct 28: IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and...

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