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Sep 20: ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.

Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.

Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of...

Sep 20: Join the ALA-Sponsored Tour to Cuba during the Havana Book Fair, Feb. 10-17, 2017

CHICAGO — After a sold-out success last year, the American Library Association (ALA) is again providing an opportunity for members and others to be part of a Tour to Cuba during the Havana Book Fair, Feb. 10-17, 2017.

In addition to the Havana Book Fair and the unique sights and sounds of...

Sep 20: ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among...

Sep 20: United for Libraries to host Oct. 4 webinar on Merging a Friends and Foundation

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Merging a Friends and Foundation” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

In the library world today, there is a huge need for support...

Sep 19: Learn how to better serve your Spanish speaking community in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community. “...

Sep 19: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific ...

Sep 16: LLAMA webinar series explores using data for decision making and strategic planning

CHICAGO — Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been left behind in a world driven by ever-increasing amounts of data?

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the LLAMA Assessment Section will present “What’s Your Story?” a series of three webinars for librarians who...

Sep 16: ALA applauds Killeen (TX) City Council decision to retain library

CHICAGO—In a unanimous decision, the Killeen, TX, City Council voted to amend its budget and maintain the Copper Mountain Library, one of only two facilities in Killeen’s library system. The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with the Texas...

Sep 16: ALSC selects eleven more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

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Sep 16: Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog...

Sep 15: Apply now for YALSA’s 2017 summer learning resources and teen summer intern grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened the applications for its 2017 summer learning resources and teen summer intern grants.

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Sep 15: Increasing Your Reach to Spanish-speaking Populations Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Increasing Your Reach to Spanish-speaking Populations with Loida Garcia-Febo. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11...

Sep 15: Michael Cart’s updated guide to YA lit

CHICAGO — Already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff, Michael Cart’s newly revised edition of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” published by ...

Sep 14: ALCTS 2017 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 18.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award ...

Sep 14: ALCTS seeking Continuing Resources Awards nominations for 2017

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One...

Sep 14: Coaches announced for 2017 PLA Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the full roster of coaches for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building...

Sep 13: ALA salutes former president Dr. Carla Hayden on her swearing in as 14th Librarian of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Wednesday, September 14, at noon (Eastern...

Sep 13: PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an...

Sep 13: American Libraries Live updates format

CHICAGO — ALA eLearning Solutions and American Libraries are adding some exciting updates to the popular monthly webcast American Libraries Live. AL Live has been helping to keep the library community up on the latest trends and discussions in our profession for more...

Sep 13: Symposium on the Future of Libraries Seeks Proposals for Concurrent Sessions

CHICAGO – 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to submit their program ideas for this year’s new Symposium on the Future of Libraries.

The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full...

Sep 13: YALSA seeks Member Manager for the YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking a Member Manager for the YALSAblog.

The mission of the YALSAblog is to provide...

Sep 13: ALCTS 2017 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 13: ALCTS seeking 2017 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 12: Statement from American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro

 CHICAGO- American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the lock-out of  Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn faculty, which includes university librarians. 

"The American Library Association-Allied...

Sep 12: ACRL releases Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe." Edited by Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and...

Sep 09: ALCTS 2017 Publication Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 09: Search begins for ALCTS 2017 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership...

Sep 09: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have...

Sep 09: Young adult authors to speak with at-risk youth as part of ALA Great Stories Club tour

CHICAGO — Five acclaimed young adult authors and illustrators will travel to public libraries, alternative high schools and juvenile justice centers around the country to speak with young people as part of the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth, the American...

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