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Jul 13: Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three...

Jul 13: Popular eCourse returns: Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Demystifying...

Jul 13: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues decision in lawsuit challenging Arizona’s Ethnic Studies ban

CHICAGO — On July 7, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in in Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v. Huppenthal), a lawsuit filed by students in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Arizona Revised...

Jul 13: ALA Council resolutions respond to racism and gun violence

CHICAGO — At the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council passed three resolutions relating to the June 17, 2015 shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The first resolution denouncing the systemic racism that...

Jul 13: New from ACRL - Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians." Edited by noted scenario planning expert Joan Giesecke with...

Jul 13: ALA Council passes resolution on sustainable libraries

CHICAGO — At the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council passed a resolution on the importance of sustainable libraries.  This resolution had been previously discussed and passed at the June 4 Virtual Membership Meeting and, in fact, was the first ever resolution to be presented...

Jul 13: Santa Barbara Public Library System chosen as site for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the Santa Barbara Public Library System (California) as the site of the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora. The event will be co-sponsored by...

Jul 10: Mobile libraries, from devices to people

CHICAGO —The brand new installment of the highly successful M-Libraries series published by Facet Publishing, “M-Libraries 5: From Devices to People,” is now available through...

Jul 08: Programs for Millennials and more

CHICAGO — Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. “A...

Jul 08: ALA Awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships for 2015-2016

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 2015-2016 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 900 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2015...

Jul 08: ALA Announces 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant Recipients

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2015.

The grants consist of a one-time $2,500 award for original research.  Recipients will conduct their research over the...

Jul 07: ALA, Harwood Institute announce Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced an intensive three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.   

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries...

Jul 07: ALA and ProLiteracy seek pilot sites for adult literacy library initiative – deadline extended to July 12

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries ...

Jul 07: Amy Kauth wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Amy Kauth, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Kauth’s name was drawn as the June winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Kauth referred Susan Sparks to...

Jul 07: ALA task force seeks your input on Orlando and conference climate

CHICAGO — The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

Before moving forward with programs, actions, or recommendations, the members of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion believe it is...

Jul 06: Performance-based evaluations and ELL research projects studied in new School Library Research

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of performance-based evaluations and the factors that impact the way English language...

Jul 06: Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens.

Eligible libraries are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth,...

Jul 06: AASL and Dollar General Literacy Foundation award two $50,000 Beyond Words Disaster Relief Grants

CHICAGO – Old Dock Elementary School in Whiteville, N.C., and James Monroe Elementary in Edison, N.J., are the recipients of the 2015 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as a part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General...

Jul 01: 'All the Light We Cannot See,' 'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' win 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

SAN FRANCISCO —The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr won the...

Jun 30: 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—historic celebrations, future-focused work

CHICAGO — The celebratory energy fueling the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-June 30 in San Francisco gave an especially productive edge to the hard work accomplished by the 22,696 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 6...

Jun 29: AASL invites webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts and school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented between Sept. 1 and Dec...

Jun 27: AASL announces 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum...

Jun 27: AASL announces 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher...

Jun 26: Twenty-four public libraries selected to host space, earth science, technology exhibitions

CHICAGO — Twenty-four public libraries from across the country will host interactive science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

The exhibitions — ...

Jun 26: Bob Sibert, BTSB president, to receive AASL Presidential Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Bob Sibert, president of Bound to Stay Bound Books, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Terri Grief. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group...

Jun 26: ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries
 
Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a...
Jun 26: American Library Association applauds marriage equality U.S. Supreme Court ruling

CHICAGO - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in support of marriage equality, a decision that will provide same-sex couples within the library community and throughout the country the legal right to marry without restrictions and with the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. ...

Jun 25: 2015 ALA Annual Conference Wrap-up, live webcast

CHICAGO — Introducing a new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour wrap-up of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, which airs live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 2. Brought to you by American Libraries, this free,...

Jun 24: NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear
 
SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF...
Jun 24: Arts librarian receives 2015 Robert Oakley scholarship
 
The American Library Association (ALA) today awarded Kathleen DeLaurenti the 2015 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship...

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