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Nov 11: American Library Association Scholarship Program joins the national #GivingTuesday movement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program has joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort that will harness the collective power of a...

Nov 11: NMRT program highlights career changes within the library profession

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's New Members Round Table (NMRT) Annual Program committee announces the first of three online programs planned for 2014-15. “...

Nov 11: EBSCO offers seven conference scholarships to attend ALA's 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer seven conference sponsorships for librarians to attend the 2015 Annual Conference. The meeting takes place June 25 – June 30, 2015, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with...

Nov 11: Olaf, Percy Jackson and other pals help readers chill with a book this winter

CHICAGO – Temperatures have turned chilly, but the new catalog from ALA Graphics is red hot, filled with new products to keep library patrons excited about reading and learning no matter the weather.  Disney’s “Frozen” was a...

Nov 10: Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier wrap up Midwinter Meeting with Music and Discussion

CHICAGO -- Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance...

Nov 10: How library consortia remain models for collaboration and sustainability

CHICAGO — No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia...

Nov 10: How to teach online: A beginner’s guide

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new iteration of the popular workshop, How to Teach Online: A Beginner’s Guide with Paul Signorelli and Dan Freeman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm Eastern...

Nov 10: Marisa de los Santos among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Marisa de los Santos, Steve Berry, Elizabeth Berg, Thomas Perry and Marja Mills will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Central time on Monday, Feb. 2 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

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Nov 10: Warm up with a thought-provoking ACRL-Choice webinar this winter

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with a hot new roster of topics and speakers, sure to stoke the...

Nov 10: Building Community through Games and Gaming @ your library Nov. 15, 2014 #IGD14

CHICAGO International Games Day (IGD) @ your library is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and hosted by the American Library Association, in collaboration with Nordic Game Day and the Australian Library and Information Association, to reconnect...

Nov 07: Applying copyright in online learning environments

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

In this workshop, lawyer and librarian Gretchen McCord...

Nov 07: ALCTS Midwinter Forum Talks Library Publishing

CHICAGO Library publishing is the featured presentation at the Midwinter Forum of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.    

The ALCTS Forum...

Nov 07: Tell us what you think — at Virtual Town Hall Meetings

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) members are invited help shape the future of the Association by joining in one, two or all three virtual town hall meetings being convened to discuss the Association’s new strategic directions.

Hosted by ALA President Courtney Young and ALA...

Nov 07: LLAMA webinar helps you manage career transitions

CHICAGO Navigating through the transition to a new job as a librarian can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a challenge. The Library Leadership and...

Nov 06: LeVar Burton, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Passionate and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, actor, producer, director and educator LeVar Burton will offer an unmissable treat for Midwinter Meeting attendees when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10-11 a.m.on Sunday, Feb. 1. For three decades, Burton has been...

Nov 04: United for Libraries presents free webinar on running a successful library campaign

PHILADELPHIA — In celebration of the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 19-25,...

Nov 04: The power of play: An introduction to designing early learning spaces

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, The Power of Play: An Introduction to Designing Early Learning Spaces with Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner and James Bradberry. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute...

Nov 04: Enter Your Best Choice contest, win a trip to ALA Annual

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), recently announced the launch of its...

Nov 03: Eaglecrest High School celebrates National School Library of the Year recognition

CHICAGO – In a ceremony attended by district administrators, school staff and students, Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colo., celebrated its recognition as the 2014 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National School Library Program of the Year. Sponsored by the Follett, the...

Nov 03: Daniel Kraus named new Booklist Books for Youth Editor

CHICAGO -- Daniel Kraus has been named new Books for Youth Editor at Booklist Publications, following the resignation of current director Gillian Engberg. Kraus joined Booklist in 2008 after two years as an associate editor at American Libraries magazine, where he created over...

Nov 03: ACRL releases New Roles for the Road Ahead for public comment

CHICAGO — As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of an initial version of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary.” The...

Nov 03: Deborah Giaconia wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Deborah Giaconia in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Giaconia’s name was drawn as the October winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) new ...

Nov 03: Freedom to Read Foundation opens nominations for 2015 trustee elections

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the April 2015 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections. Six positions on the FTRF board of trustees will be filled in the election to be held April 1 –...

Oct 31: AASL President Terri Grief to present in United Arab Emirates

CHICAGO – Terri Grief, the president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will discuss the school library program’s impact on student learning at the inaugural Sharjah International Book Fair/American Library Association (ALA) Conference. Taking place Nov. 11-13, 2014, in...

Oct 31: Bredberg, Long, Morefield, Thompson receive Penguin Young Readers Group Award
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Emily Bredberg, Lakeside Elementary School...
Oct 30: YALSA announces winners of its 2014 Maker Contest

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its 2014 Maker Contest.

Over the summer, libraries were encouraged to implement ‘making’ activities into their summer reading and learning...

Oct 30: ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez reports on Fiscal Year 2014 year end budget results

The following statement was issued by ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez.

Dear colleagues:

I wanted to update you on the year end results for Fiscal Year 2014 as reviewed by the Budget Analysis Review Committee (BARC), Finance and Audit Committee and the Executive Board meetings in...

Oct 28: Open Access discussed in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share...

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