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Feb 28: United for Libraries to host webinar on 'Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees'

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the webinar “Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 9.

Led by United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed, this webinar will provide strategies and tips for working...

Feb 28: LITA offering Web course in March

CHICAGO — Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, is now available, announced the Library Information Technology Association (...

Feb 27: Vote for the talks you want to hear at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2013 for nearly 40 talks in two formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the second time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced 45-minute...

Feb 26: ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit

CHICAGO — Recently Edwin Mellen Press filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against McMaster University Associate Librarian Dale Askey. The suit alleges that Askey committed libel while criticizing Edwin Mellen Press on a personal blog while a librarian at Kansas State University. Edwin Mellen...

Feb 26: YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Heather Gruenthal for best article in the previous...
Feb 26: Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

CHICAGO — Librarians, library workers, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s Best of the Best website.  In addition to...

Feb 26: Johns and Neal elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO — Sara Kelly Johns and James G. (Jim) Neal have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 to 29 in Seattle. Johns and Neal will...

Feb 26: Langston Hughes Library designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

Hughes wrote more than 860 poems in his...

Feb 26: Pelfrey wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, Calif., the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is...

Feb 26: YALSA’s 2013 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, La., the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The libraries will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other...

Feb 26: Pew’s Lee Rainie shares latest research on evolving library patrons at RUSA President’s Program, 2013 ALA Conference

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The...

Feb 26: Free webinars to Engage! young adult audiences through visual arts programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage!...

Feb 26: New AASL publication explores new concepts for school library spaces

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on...

Feb 26: Kolderup wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Gretchen Kolderup. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young...

Feb 26: New SLR articles examine LGBTQ literature and school library programs in special ed schools

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and school library services provided to students with special needs are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, ...

Feb 25: Rise to the Challenge with a half-day preconference at AASL13

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges in their careers with its offering of six half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The...

Feb 25: AASL forms special interest group for school librarian students

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the creation of a special interest group (SIG) for school librarian students based on a request made by AASL members. AASL members looking to join the new interest group should visit...

Feb 25: Hutton named 2013 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Jane M. Hutton, electronic resources/reference librarian and assistant professor at West Chester University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor &...

Feb 25: Walker named 2013 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO — Judith A. Walker, education/psychology librarian and professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is the recipient of the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral...

Feb 25: Schreur article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Philip Evan Schreur, head of the metadata department at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2013 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, "The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution," published in Library Resources & Technical Services...

Feb 25: ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference registration opens

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference. The ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference, offered April 11-12 during the ACRL 2013 conference in Indianapolis, will provide academic and research librarians an affordable...

Feb 25: Deadlines approaching for submissions for the Jesse H. Shera Awards in support of research

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association is inviting submissions for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2013.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to...

Feb 25: Ulrich’s Award to Beverley Geer

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Beverley Geer as the 2013 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials is presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS and...

Feb 25: Tillett/Murray article wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award recipients for 2013 are Ronald Murray and Barbara Tillett for their article “Cataloging Theory in Search of Graph Theory and other Ivory Towers” published in Information...

Feb 25: Implementing virtual reference services

CHICAGO— Social Web technologies present an often confusing array of options for answering library users’ reference questions. In “Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A LITA Guide,” published by...

Feb 25: Anson and Wackerbarth receive 2013 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2013 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Alison Anson and Susan Wackerbarth.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s...

Feb 25: Tribeca Film Institute and ALA announce 31 supplemental sites to host ‘America’s Music’

CHICAGO — The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided an additional grant that enables 31 more sites to participate in the...

Feb 21: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Information...
Feb 21: ALSC announces winners of El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Family Book Club mini-grants

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is announcing the winners of the El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Family Book Club mini-grants. Twelve libraries were chosen to receive $5,000 each to offer a Dia Family Book Club.  These clubs will utilize multi-cultural,...

Feb 21: Pickard’s best-selling handbook on research methods updated

CHICAGO — Fully updated for today’s research environments, the long-awaited second edition of Alison Jane Pickard’s best-selling “Research Methods in Information,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman...

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