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May 10: The Library Support Staff Certification Program recognizes library assistant graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with three Library Assistant Training programs that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and...

May 10: Día 101 webinar available for purchase from ALSC

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recently announced that the archived webinar, Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros...

May 10: ALSC offers webinar on family programming in a tough economy

CHICAGO - At noon CDT on Friday, May 13, 2011, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be hosting a webinar, "Family Programs on a Shoestring @ your library."

Taught by...

May 10: ALTAFF and Algonquin Books to sponsor "From Writer to Reader" panel at BookExpo America

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), together with Algonquin Books, will sponsor “From Writer to Reader,” a panel featuring author Naomi Benaron and her editor Kathy Pories, at 10...

May 10: Registration now open for 2011 LITA National Forum

CHICAGO - Registration is available for the 2011 LITA National Forum, "Rivers of Data, Currents of Change," to be held Sept 29- Oct. 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in downtown St. Louis. Visit www.lita.org/forum to register....

May 10: ALTAFF to sponsor advocacy programs at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor several programs focused on advocacy at the ALA Annual Conference, including “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and...

May 10: New from ACRL: Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog,” edited by Nancy Fried Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva and...

May 10: ALA’s Ilovelibraries.org and National Geographic Entertainment partner on "The First Grader"

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has announced a promotional partnership with National Geographic Entertainment connected with National Geographic's new narrative feature film, "The First Grader."  The...

May 10: ALTAFF names Mosley and Hargett 2011 Trustee Citation award winners

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Dave Hargett (posthumously) and Rose Mosley the 2011 ALA Trustee Citation award winners.

The ALA Trustee Citation,...

May 10: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to...

May 10: PLA now accepting applications for ConverStations at PLA 2012 Conference

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting ConverStation (neé Talk Table) applications for the PLA 2012 Conference to be held March 13-17, 2012, in Philadelphia. Applications may be submitted through an online form...

May 10: YALSA appoints Sandra Hughes-Hassell editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor and coordinator of the school library media program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina...

May 09: Diversity in action @ Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected presentations for the 2011 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. - 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 25 in the Special Events Area in Hall G at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center.  

The chosen...

May 09: Rojeski named 2011 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International Grant winner

CHICAGO – Mara Degnan Rojeski, social sciences liaison librarian at Dickinson College, has been selected to receive the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

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May 09: ALCTS President's Program features Paul Courant

CHICAGO -  Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, Harold T. Shapiro collegiate professor of public policy, Arthur F. Thurnau professor, professor of economics and professor of information at the University of Michigan, will be the...

May 09: Nominating committee seeks candidates

The ALA 2012 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2012 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 than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large...

May 05: ALA announces winner of 2011 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Alison Kenney, a business owner from Marblehead, Mass., is the winner of the 2011 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. The award, which is given to a non-librarian...

May 05: Free webinar available on how to prepare a portfolio for the LSSC Program

CHICAGO -At 2 p.m. CDT May 10, The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a portfolio.

The...

May 03: Brad Meltzer: Don't close the book on libraries

CHICAGO - Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of “The Inner Circle” and host of the History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer Decoded,” wrote an opinion piece in the...

May 03: Gail Guidry Griffin elected 2011-2012 ALTAFF vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA – Gail Guidry Griffin, Trustee at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La., has been elected 2011-2012 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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May 03: Talking points available for ALA Virtual Library Legislative Day

PHILADELPHIA – Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it...

May 03: New RUSA online course teaches basics of spatial literacy, GIS, online mapping

CHICAGO — “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping,” a new online course offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), is now open for registration and will be offered May 16-June 3.

Through podcasts and hands-on assignments, participants in “Introduction...

May 03: ALTAFF awards 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will award the 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) during National Library Legislative Day activities in...

May 03: Eleanor Brown and Nevada Barr among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the Gala Author Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 27 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Gala Author Tea...

May 03: Pat Hawthorne chosen LLAMA vice president/president-elect for 2011-2012

CHICAGO - The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) has elected Pat Hawthorne as vice president/president-elect for 2011-2012. Hawthorne is the director of research & learning services for the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, a...

May 03: ACRL adopts new Plan for Excellence

CHICAGO - The Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has adopted a new Plan for Excellence for the association. Developed over the course of the past year by the board, with continuous input from the ACRL membership, the Plan for Excellence takes the...

May 03: ALA, NEH announce five libraries to present outstanding program models at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that five public libraries will receive travel stipends in order to present their exceptional public program models at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New...

May 03: May is Mystery Month at Booklist

CHICAGO - Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. But there is now an additional array of related content accessible in a variety of formats to sign up and look out for. 

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May 03: Stacey A. Aldrich elected ASCLA vice president

CHICAGO—Stacey A. Aldrich, state librarian of California, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

Prior to becoming the state librarian of California, Aldrich was the deputy state librarian. She has also...

May 03: Bell elected ACRL vice president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  He will become president-elect following the 2011 ALA Annual...

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