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Oct 19: U.S. State Department sponsors goodwill trip to Pakistan to foster library development

CHICAGO - With total damage to libraries and schools from the devastating floods that ravaged large areas of Pakistan in August still to be assessed, the U.S. State Department and the Pakistan Library Association brought together librarians from the United States, India, and Pakistan for a...

Oct 19: Log on now to participate in critical national study of Internet use in public libraries: Survey closes Nov. 5

CHICAGO - The Nov. 5 deadline is swiftly approaching for public libraries to participate in the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet...

Oct 19: LLAMA presents Webinar series for new library directors and deans
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a series of four interactive webinars designed to meet the needs of new library leaders at the dean, director, department head or branch manager level. Each of the 60...
Oct 19: ALA Editions now available on Kindle

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, already offers many titles as both e-books and print/e-book bundles through the ALA Store. Now...

Oct 19: Fall 2010 issue of Prism now available
CHICAGO - The Fall 2010 issue of Prism: the newsletter from the ALA Office for Accreditation is now available at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/accreditation/prp/prism/prism_current.cfm...
Oct 19: American Library Association welcomes GreenMyParents in effort to rebuild library in Haiti
 
CHICAGO -GreenMyParents, a social media youth movement to seed the green economy and save the planet, has joined forces with  the American Library Association (ALA) in its effort to rebuild the Petit Goave Public Library in Haiti, which...
Oct 19: RUSA seeks proposals for online professional development offerings

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) invites interested instructors and presenters to submit proposals for online professional development courses and webinars to be offered starting in early 2011.

RUSA currently offers several online courses in the areas of...

Oct 19: 2011 ALA Scholarship online application now available
CHICAGO - Scholarship money is available for future librarians. 
 
The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to...
Oct 19: OJC Technologies chosen to oversee ALA website migration to Drupal

CHICAGO - The American Library Association has contracted with OJC Technologies of Urbana, Ill., to manage the migration of http://ala.org to the open source Drupal platform.

“Moving the ALA website to...
Oct 19: Dreams can come true @ your library

Massachusetts teen wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand-prize

CHICAGO – Thirteen-year-old Josh Smith’s dream of visiting to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is about to the come true, thanks to a trip...

Oct 19: AASL Fall Forum advanced registration ends Oct. 21
CHICAGO – The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2010 Fall Forum ends Oct. 21. Hotel rooms can also be booked at the discounted rate through Oct. 21. IN FOCUS: The Essentials of 21st-Century Learning...
Oct 19: School librarians valuable resource as digital content expands

CHICAGO –According to a survey by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 61 percent of school library staff respondents provide professional development for teachers in the use of digital content. Of those providing training, 71 percent spend between one and six hours or more a...

Oct 19: IMLS holds ceremony for new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board

Washington, D.C. – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today held the Oath of Office Ceremony for the new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board. The ceremony was officiated by the Honorable David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.

In June...

Oct 18: 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory
CHICAGO - Need additional financial assistance? The 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give...
Oct 18: How to stop house teardowns, architecture as a tool for social change and Lauren Myracle interview featured on @ your library.org website

CHICAGO - An article about the blight of house teardowns and how you can stop them by Wanda Urbanska, how architecture is changing lives on five continents and an interview with Lauren Myracle, author of  "ttyl" and "tttn," are featured at  ...

Oct 18: YALSA, WWE® kick-Off WrestleMania® XVII Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launches this...

Oct 18: Teens choose “Catching Fire” as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a...

Oct 18: Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes teams with YALSA to celebrate Teen Read Week

CHICAGO —Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes, author of "A Girl Named Mister," is lending her influential voice to this year’s Teen Read Week, held Oct. 17-23 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in a video created just for...

Oct 18: Teen Read Week™ 2010 brings Books with Beat to teens, Oct. 17-23

CHICAGO –  Thanks in part to events like Teen Read Week, October 17 – 23, teen books now enjoy unprecedented critical success and popularity. In addition, library use has skyrocketed in the past two years, with many teens and their families taking...

Oct 17: Norman Horrocks, influential library leader, dies

CHICAGO - Norman Horrocks, 82, OC, PhD, FCLIP, professor emeritus School of Information Management, Dalhousie University and longtime ALA member leader, died Oct. 14. He was born in Manchester, England on Oct. 18, 1927 and died in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

According to his family, Mr....

Oct 15: LITA offering Web course on mashups and APIs

CHICAGO - LITA announces the availability of a new Web course: Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries. The course will be held 10 a.m. - noon CST from Nov. 15-19, 2010, with...

Oct 14: Two exciting authors for Midwinter 2011 Sunrise Speaker Series
CHICAGO - Start off the Saturday and Sunday of the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Diego with two bestselling authors at the ALA Midwinter Sunrise Speaker Series in January.  
 
Oct 14: Registration open for 2011 Midwinter genealogy institute

CHICAGO—Librarians seeking genealogy reference skills or those hoping to aid their personal family history research can now register for “Genealogy Happens! At the Genealogy Reference Desk,” a 2011 Midwinter institute offered by the American Library Association genealogy experts, the...

Oct 14: New from ACRL - The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century,” edited by Scott Walter...

Oct 13: AASL survey results show lagging economy hit high poverty schools the hardest
CHICAGO – According to the results from the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2010 School Libraries Count! survey, the educational resources of students in high poverty schools have been most affected by last year's economic downturn. Overall survey results show that school...
Oct 12: Free Frontline Advocacy webinar to teach library staff how to promote the value of libraries everyday

CHICAGO – Learn how to empower all levels of library staff to become better advocates for their libraries and themselves by joining American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Camila Alire for a free “Frontline Advocacy” webinar from 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST on Friday, Oct....

Oct 12: Celebrate cultural heritage @ your library

CHICAGO - October marks the conclusion of both Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and the beginning of Polish Heritage Month. Public libraries are among the first American institutions immigrants turn to for help in learning how to read, write and speak English.

The American...

Oct 12: Office for Information Technology Policy names new directors

Washington, D.C. – The ALA Washington Office today announces two staff appointments in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Larra Clark will serve as the new director of the Program on Networks and Associate Director of the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st...

Oct 12: AASL awards season opens with more than $50,000 in opportunities
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) prestigious awards program will offer more than $50,000 in awards in 2011 to AASL members. AASL's 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research,...
Oct 12: ALSC, YALSA launch new youth literacy program with grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO - The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $210,000 to two divisions of the American Library Association. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) will receive funding to support Everyone Reads @ the Library, a new...

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