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Apr 02: Hear YA authors Whaley, Handler, Kalman, Hinwood, Silvey and Stiefvater at the 2012 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees won’t want to miss the 2012 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) from 8–10 p.m. on June 25 in Anaheim, Calif.  

The Printz Award, named in January at...

Apr 02: Early bird registration available for ALSC National Institute

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) invites members to take advantage of early bird registration for the 2012 ALSC National Institute. Early bird registration ends June 30, 2012.

ALSC members can...

Apr 02: Kathy Rosa is new Office for Research and Statistics director

CHICAGO - Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for communications and member relations, has announced that Dr. Kathy Rosa will be the new director of the Office for Research and Statistics, effective May 21, 2012.

Rosa currently serves as an assistant professor of library,...

Mar 30: ALA voter turnout up from last year

CHICAGO — Reports indicate that as of March 29, 10.23 percent of eligible members have voted in the ALA elections as compared to 8.62 percent at the same time in 2011.  Voting in the ALA elections opened on March 19, and the polls will close ...

Mar 29: Kathleen Hegarty named 2012 winner of ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

CHICAGO -- The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will posthumously honor Kathleen Hegarty, Boston Public Library (retired), with the 2012 ASCLA Exceptional Service Award.

The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is a...

Mar 29: Celebrate bookmobiles in your community April 11

Nation celebrates 3rd annual National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO — As many Americans continue to pinch pennies during this difficult economic time, bookmobile use has become more popular than ever. Bookmobiles bring a wealth of...

Mar 29: New report outlines power of disconnecting in knowledge economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) recommends that you improve your information diet. In a new report, "Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting...

Mar 29: Ideas for building community connections, diversity in action initiatives sought for 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites proposals for the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and...

Mar 29: YALSA highlights young adult reading on Support Teen Literature Day

CHICAGO — On April 12, 2012, librarians all across the county are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day at their library to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens.

Sponsored...

Mar 29: ALSC invites applications for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture with Michael Morpurgo

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2013 event featuring well-known children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo.

The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual...

Mar 28: YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award grants to 20 libraries

CHICAGO  — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the winners of its Summer Reading Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Twenty libraries are receiving $1,000 to...

Mar 27: National Library Week: You belong @ your library

CHICAGO — From snapshot days to visual poetry events, libraries are gearing up and reminding people across the country and in their communities that during National Library Week and throughout the year the place you belong is at your library.

Here are just a few programs that...

Mar 27: Deadline to submit sponsorship form for Emerging Leaders program fast approaching

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is still accepting sponsors for the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.  A completed...

Mar 27: FTRF announces competition for 2012 Banned Books Week grants

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for the 2012 Judith Krug Fund Banned...

Mar 27: Clifford Lynch named 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

CHICAGO – Clifford Lynch has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award...

Mar 27: Registration open for YALSA’s 2012 YA Lit Symposium

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) opened registration for its third Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 2–4, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members; registration is available at...

Mar 27: AASL webinar presents co-teaching as an essential skill tool for school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the next of its Knowledge Quest webinar series at 7 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The series explores topics related to the editorial theme of the most recent Knowledge Quest, and each...

Mar 27: AASL’s School Library Month webinars focus on programming and advocacy

CHICAGO – Created with the busy school librarian in mind, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present short, on-demand professional development focused on improving and advocating the school library program during School Library Month. The 2012 theme, You belong...

Mar 27: ALTAFF to host Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 22 at the 2012 ALA Annual...

Mar 27: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Committee seeks jury applicants

CHICAGO — The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) Library Building Awards Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) is seeking nominations and applications for jurors for the 2013 Library Buildings Award competition.  Jointly sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 27: PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president...

Mar 27: Last week to participate in AASL’s School Libraries Count! survey

CHICAGO — To participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s 2012 “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey, participants must enter their data by the March 30 deadline. The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will...

Mar 27: Virtual Library Legislative Day on April 24 encourages library advocates to contact Congress from home

PHILADELPHIA— Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on April 24, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make...

Mar 27: Raising scholarship funds with the Rock Bottom Remainders at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO— By day, they’re authors. Really famous authors. But once a year they shed their pen-and-pencil-clutching personas and become rock stars, complete with roadies, groupies and a wicked cool tour bus.

The ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash proudly welcomes the Rock Bottom Remainders...

Mar 26: Wu, Senior and Feldmann win RUSA business reference research grant

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) has selected research proposals from Kerry Wu and Heidi E.K. Senior and Louise Mort Feldmann as recipients of the...

Mar 26: Spectrum Scholarship Program promotes LIS doctoral studies with new webinar series

CHICAGO —As part of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change, a diversity recruitment program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Spectrum Scholarship Program will present a series of four webinars exploring opportunities for doctoral studies in library...

Mar 26: LLAMA preconference explores issues in leadership

CHICAGO — Are you ready to lead? In these turbulent times, well trained leaders are in demand more than ever.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “What is Leadership?” a half-day preconference, from 1 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the American Library...

Mar 26: Transform your library: ASCLA online learning promotes accessible library services for all users

CHICAGO — Upcoming online learning opportunities from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will prepare your library to reach all of its users—including the blind, visually impaired and other people with disabilities, as...

Mar 26: Reference giant Robert Kieft wins RUSA’s 2012 Mudge Award for reference librarianship excellence

CHICAGO — Robert Kieft, Ph.D., college librarian at Occidental College, is the distinguished recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award — the highest...

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