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Jun 18: Now Showing @ ALA offers free movies, documentaries and opportunities to meet artists

SAN FRANCISCO – The “Now Showing @ ALA Film Program” offers a variety of free films and documentaries during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, June 25 – 30, 2015. In some cases, attendees will have a chance to meet with the film's writer...

Jun 18: Now Showing @ALA: Killswitch
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Who controls the Internet? American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees will learn more about this battle at a screening of the 2014 award winning documentary, KillSwitch on Sunday, June 28,...
Jun 18: ALA: FCC should expand Lifeline to include essential broadband service
 
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step forward in modernizing the Lifeline program, which supports telephone service for low-income Americans. In...
Jun 16: LITA President’s Program: Lou Rosenfeld on the library user experience crossroads

CHICAGO — Join the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) at the LITA Awards Presentation & LITA President’s Program from 3 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the ALA Annual Conference in San...

Jun 16: United for Libraries to present ‘Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie’ at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie: Effective Communication with Funders & Policy Makers” from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Moscone Convention Center 2005 (W) at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Jun 16: United for Libraries to dedicate Wilder Homestead a Literary Landmark™

BRYN MAWR, PENNSYLVANIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the New York Library Association, Empire State Center for the Book, and HarperCollins Publishers, will designate the Wilder Homestead in Burke, N.Y., a Literary Landmark™ during a celebration on Saturday, July 11.

The...

Jun 16: Melanie Welch appointed ALA Public Programs Office project director

CHICAGO — Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office as project director on June 15.

Welch has many years’ experience in nonprofit programs and comes to ALA from Freshwater Future, a nonprofit that advocates for clean waters in...

Jun 16: Julie Todaro’s A-Z guide to mentoring

CHICAGO — A library’s future is as good as the talent it develops. Too many mentorship programs are cursory; without structure and expectations, accomplishing little beyond a procedural orientation. But a solid, sustainable mentorship program can be a game changer for libraries, with long-term...

Jun 15: Nominating Committee extends deadline

Chicago — The ALA 2016 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the position of councilor-at-large.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA councilor-at-large have until 9:00 a.m. (CDT)...

Jun 15: New Knowledge Quest bloggers ready to address topics important to school librarianship

CHICAGO – The slate of bloggers for the newly expanded Knowledge Quest website has been announced by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Launched in January, the site is the vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students. It...

Jun 15: Moorman’s how-to-do-it manual for running a small library

CHICAGO— Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where the second edition of editor John A. Moorman’s “...

Jun 15: Using Tumblr to connect with your community

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource introduces a new workshop Tumblr for Public Libraries, with...

Jun 15: ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Annual Conference that will help libraries leverage their trusted...

Jun 12: Returning eCourse on Cataloging with RDA: Resource Description and Access

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Cataloging with RDA...

Jun 12: Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Readers' Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael will serve as the instructors for this six-week facilitated eCourse...

Jun 12: ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):
 
“For more than 20...
Jun 11: More than 200 grants nationwide announced for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ program

For inquiries or an interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), contact Theola DeBose, Director of Communications, at tdebose@neh.gov or 202-606-8255.

CHICAGO — The National...

Jun 09: Improving library security through better communication

CHICAGO—Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. Not all difficult patrons are dangerous, but some frighten staff and other library users, which can lead to situations that are distracting,...

Jun 09: United for Libraries to present free ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free workshop “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends & Foundations,” sponsored by BookPage, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Westin St. Francis Union Square (California East BR) at the ALA Annual Conference...

Jun 09: Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in San Francisco

Located just outside the Exhibits, the ALA Store at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some...

Jun 09: Glenn Greenwald to discuss his book "No Place to Hide: Whistleblowers Expose the Surveillance State"

San Francisco – Journalist and Author Glenn Greenwald will discuss the state of surveillance in the United States on Sunday, June 28, 1 – 2 p.m. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25 – 30 at the...

Jun 09: Now Showing @ ALA: CitizenFour

SAN FRANCISCO –   In this era of instant access to information and digital communication, does privacy exist in the United States?  ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition attendees will explore this issue from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., on Monday, June 29, during a free screening of ...

Jun 08: Learn how to manage and engage public library volunteers in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn about skilled volunteerism and how it can help to build capacity in your library. “From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries” will take...

Jun 08: Robbie Robertson and David Shannon featured in Closing General Session, 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — An exciting conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner David Shannon ("No, David!") will close out the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition after current ALA President Courtney L. Young passes the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA...

Jun 08: Returning eCourse: Putting the 'Pop' in Information Literacy

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse starting on July 13, 2015.

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Jun 08: Joint Council of Librarians of Color forms as non-profit organization

CHICAGO — The five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association have collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc.(JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of the ethnic affiliates.

Coming together...

Jun 05: AASL presidential initiative empowers school library leaders

CHICAGO – At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President Terri Grief will launch an annual leadership conference for AASL-affiliated state association leaders. The leadership conference, supported by a portion of funds from ALA...

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