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May 27: New American Libraries supplement finds libraries on the offense in the digital revolution
 
Washington, D.C.—Moving ahead is the overarching theme of the new digital supplement Digital Futures from American Libraries magazine. This report from...
May 26: Carla Hayden to deliver 2015 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

CHICAGO – Dr. Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, will return to deliver the 2015 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. The lecture will take place from 8:30 - 10 a.m. on Monday, June 29 in room 120 in Moscone...

May 26: ASCLA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

CHICAGO — July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations are taking place across the nation. The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has been an advocate and continues its advocacy by offering a preconference...

May 26: Applications being sought for 2016 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar
 
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that it is seeking applications for the 2016 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation to be held on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, prior to the ALA Midwinter...
May 26: Upcoming PLA webinar series explores how libraries can better understand and serve those experiencing homelessness

CHICAGO – In January of 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. As homelessness increases, so does the significant intersection between homelessness and library service. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for a two-part webinar...

May 26: ARL, ACRL, ALA form joint advisory task force to clarify academic library definitions in IPEDS Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. and CHICAGO — The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) have formed a joint advisory task force to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education...

May 22: AASL seeks proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 23-28 in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m....

May 22: United for Libraries names Roy B. Martin, IV ALA Trustee Citation recipient

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries has named Roy B. Martin, IV, a Trustee at Norfolk (Virginia) Public Library, as a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library...

May 21: Pamela Sandstrom named Choice reference editor

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — Pamela Sandstrom has been named reference editor for Choice.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries...

May 21: Cynthia Crooker named Choice science and technology editor

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — Cynthia Crooker has been named science and technology editor for Choice, effective immediately.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publishing unit of the...

May 21: FTRF names Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant as Conable Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant as recipients of Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarships. The Conable...

May 21: School library professionals invited to attend AASL’s virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update...

May 19: Policy leaders to discuss information equity in a networked world at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—As merger deals and network neutrality challenges continue to flare, Americans’ freedom of speech and right to know are threatened by unavailable, unaffordable or otherwise unequal access to the internet and bottlenecks in the system. Librarians have an essential role to play in...

May 19: Experts to discuss policy strategies that yield dollars for libraries at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other...

May 19: Ramp up negotiation skills to advance library agenda

SAN FRANCISCO—From the boardroom to City Hall, powerful negotiation skills make a big difference in advancing library goals. Power up your ability to persuade at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference interactive session “The Policy Revolution! Negotiating to Advocacy...

May 19: American Library Association and Lambda Literary to collaborate on LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is collaborating with Lambda Literary to utilize the American Library Associations’ Rainbow Book List in Lambda Literary's LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program.

The Rainbow Book List, an annual bibliography of the year’s best works of fiction...

May 18: Award winning author Brian Selznick to appear at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Brian Selznick, award winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” will appear during a special author general session on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience...

May 18: ALA invites member feedback at Kitchen Table Conversations at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco to receive feedback about how it is communicating with current and prospective members...

May 18: Six elected to Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held in April.

Current FTRF trustee Jim Neal (university librarian emeritus, Columbia University) was re-elected,...

May 18: Ann Marie Pipkin receives Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Award for 2015

CHICAGO — The Retired Members Round Table of the American Library Association announces that the winner of the Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Award for 2015 is Ann Marie Pipkin. Pipkin retired in 2011 after 32 ½...

May 18: Library Instruction Round Table Awards Ceremony at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — In recognition of the accomplishments of librarians and libraries who promote information literacy, the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) will host an Awards Ceremony and Reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 during the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual...

May 18: Diversity and Outreach Fair, book drive to highlight library services for people experiencing poverty and homelessness

CHICAGO – This year’s ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Exhibits Special Events Area highlights innovations in library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Additionally, two task forces of the Social Responsibilities...

May 18: LLAMA announces three new webinars for managers

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, is offering three upcoming webinars.

June 3 -- “Embedded Librarianship: Connecting the Dots, and Avoiding the Pitfalls”

Description: Embedded librarianship-- developing strong,...

May 18: RUSA members elect Houston as president-elect; Garcia and Mintz on board

CHICAGO — Anne Houston, director of Teaching, learning and research at the Smith College libraries has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA). Prior to working in her current position, she was the director of humanities and social sciences...

May 18: ASCLA members elect Golrick as president-elect; McKenney and Pannebaker to board

CHICAGO — Michael Golrick, head of reference at the State Library of Louisiana, has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

“I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to help ASCLA over the next several years...

May 15: New workshop examines legal issues impacting makerspaces

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers, with Mary Minow, Tomas Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

May 15: Blue Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Blue Valley High School, located in Stilwell, Kansas, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY annually recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of...

May 14: ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO — Effective May 22, 2015, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center. Our new vendor offers highly rated customer service and support,...

May 14: ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Annual Conference that will help libraries leverage their trusted...

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