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Apr 20: Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.

Caulkins will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2017 ALA Annual...

Apr 20: Dion Graham, award-winning narrator and actor to speak at Annual Conference

CHICAGO--Dion Graham, multi-award-winning audiobook narrator, and actor, is confirmed to speak at RUSA’s signature Annual Conference event, Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year. Graham...

Apr 20: Carla Hayden receives the 2017 Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO – Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden is the winner of the 2017 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 which...

Apr 20: Libraries celebrate Money Smart Week®, April 22 - 29, 2017

CHICAGO – Now more than ever, knowing how to handle money is critical to our survival. Virtually from cradle to grave, we are faced with financial challenges, and how we face up to those challenges depends on how well we arm ourselves with reliable, accurate information.

From April...

Apr 19: Alison Kirkpatrick receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Alison Kirkpatrick, school librarian at River Road High School in Amarillo, Texas, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a...

Apr 19: Julie Stivers receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Julie Stivers, school librarian at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Raleigh, N.C., is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less...

Apr 19: Warren Drake receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Warren Drake, superintendent of schools for the East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) School System, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and...

Apr 19: YALSA receives IMLS Grant for National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through CE project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) was awarded a grant in the amount of $99,784 by the...

Apr 19: Langella to receive 2017 National Library Legislative Day Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has chosen Peter Langella as a third recipient for its National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Stipend in light of recent events regarding the ambiguous future of federal library funding.

The stipend, worth up to $1,000...

Apr 19: Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2018 election

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2018 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer...

Apr 19: ALA stands up for science, encourages March for Science participation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) joins more than 170 organizations to work to defend the vital role science plays within evidence-based policy making. The ALA encourages its more than 57,000 members to participate in the...

Apr 19: YALSA seeks member manager for blog, The Hub

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its collection development and content curation blog, The Hub.

The member manager will lead...

Apr 19: Mary Mackay to become new ALA Associate Executive Director for Publishing
CHICAGO -  After a nationwide search for the American Library Association’s new Associate Executive Director for Publishing, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Mackay to the role. Mary will start her new position on June 5th.
 
Mary has...
Apr 19: Libraries fuel cultural understanding and acceptance through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Demographic projections show more than half of the country’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic...

Apr 18: Wonder Woman and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The ALA Graphics Summer 2017 catalog has arrived, featuring new products that will excite and inspire readers of all ages. The catalog cover features actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the new...

Apr 14: Public Library Association awarded grant to sponsor summer library internships

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that it will pilot a diversity-focused library internship program this summer. PLA received funding from the Institute of...

Apr 14: Public Library Association members elect Ziesenhenne as 2018-19 president; Chase, Jeske and Plymire to board

CHICAGO — Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, director of the Palo Alto (California) City Library, has been elected 2018-2019 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). She will serve a three-year term...

Apr 14: Skip Dye elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Skip Dye, VP, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House, has been elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president. Dye will serve as president-elect during 2017-2018 under United for Libraries President Steve Laird.

“It is an honor...

Apr 14: Spring 2017 issue of ALA Office for Accreditation's newsletter Prism now available

CHICAGO - The Spring 2017 issue of Prism: the newsletter from the ALA Office for Accreditation, published semi-annually, is now available.

Included in this issue:

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Apr 14: Adam Szczepaniak, Jr. elected ASCLA President 2018-2019

CHICAGO - Adam Szczepaniak, Jr., Deputy State Librarian & Director at New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center elected President for 2018-19 for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA)....

Apr 14: Crystle Martin elected for 2018-2019 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), elected Crystle Martin as the division’s next president-elect. Martin will begin her term...

Apr 14: Ann K. G. Brown named RUSA's President for 2018-19

CHICAGO - Ann K. G. Brown, Instruction, Ourtreach and Reference Librarian at George Washington University, GW Libriraries in Washington D.C. named President-Elect for the Reference and User Services (RUSA) division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

"RUSA has given me...

Apr 14: New Workshop: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, June...

Apr 13: New LLAMA officers elected

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association announced today that Lynn Hoffman has been elected as the new president-elect. She is the director of operations for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Upon hearing of her election...

Apr 13: Naidoo elected ALSC 2018-2019 president

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D., Foster-EBSCO Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Tuscaloosa, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library...

Apr 13: Lauren Pressley elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the presidency in July...

Apr 13: 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2017 Teens Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that...

Apr 13: Martin elected ALCTS President for 2018-2019

CHICAGO —Kristin E. Martin, electronic resources management librarian, University of Chicago, has been elected the 2018-2019 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

She previously held positions in electronic resources management and...

Apr 12: H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

CHICAGO — 13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose...

Apr 12: The American Library Association honors Haipeng Li with Equality Award

CHICAGO — Haipeng Li is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward...

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