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Nov 04: New ACRL book examines 'Modern Pathfinders'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides” by Jason Puckett.

Whether you call them research guides, subject guides or...

Nov 04: Nominate an academic librarian for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — LITA is seeking nominees for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) by academic librarians who have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management and/or library...

Nov 04: Paterson awarded Books for Teens Grant

CHICAGO — Seale Paterson, branch manager, and Elizabeth Granzow, library associate at the New Orleans Public Library, were awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Paterson and...

Nov 03: New edition of Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries available

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a revised edition of its...

Nov 03: Learn about finding the right balance in controversial topics in children’s literature in upcoming IFRT/GLBTRT webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) for an upcoming webinar on how librarians can balance open access, accurate classification and ease of use for all families without discrimination as they include books...

Nov 03: ALZAD for Digital Archiving selected as distributor for ALA subscription services in Middle East

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that ALZAD for Digital Archiving (ALZAD) has been selected to serve as the distributor of ALA subscription services in the Middle East Region.  ALZAD will...

Nov 03: Ken Burns and Terry Tempest Williams in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams join Donna Seaman, Booklist editor for adult books, for the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges...

Nov 02: Liz Moore among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Liz Moore, Janice Y.K. Lee, Val McDermid, Stephanie Danler, Jennifer Haigh and Robyn Carr will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 11 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter...

Nov 02: Applications invited for ‘Thinking Money’ traveling exhibition to public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, invites applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.

Money affects...

Oct 30: Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper retires after 40+ years of service

CHICAGO – Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper retired on Oct. 30, after four decades of working for the magazine, the book review journal of the American Library Association. Effective Nov. 2, Donna Seaman and Rebecca Vnuk will jointly direct Booklist’s Adult Books...

Oct 30: IPEDS survey adopts new definitions based on academic library community input — register for ACRL/ ARL webinar

WASHINGTON, D.C; CHICAGO — The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component is adopting revised definitions for FY 2015 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Association of College & Research...

Oct 29: Jo Ann Jenkins, nationally recognized leader, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO —  Dynamic change agent, nationally recognized leader and former chief operating officer at the Library of Congress Jo Ann Jenkins brings her message of innovation to the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as an Auditorium Speaker from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. With more...

Oct 29: Author Sherman Alexie added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of the Children’s Author Lunch with Sherman Alexie to the PLA 2016 Conference schedule from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Alexie...

Oct 29: ALA President commends bipartisan supporters of library amendment to ESEA reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), thanks Senate signatories for the...

Oct 29: ALSC enhances creativity programming in 79 libraries with Curiosity Creates Grants

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the 79 recipients of Curiosity Creates grants. Each library will receive up to $7,500 to support...

Oct 27: LCA pleased Librarian of Congress expands film clip exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) welcomes today’s decision issued by the Librarian of Congress...

Oct 27: Official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug.15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015). Altogether, over 27,000 votes were cast for the...

Oct 26: Enhance your services and engage users

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop Facebook in the Library: Enhancing Services and Engaging Users with David Lee King. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern...

Oct 23: Mary Frances Berry to keynote 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Acclaimed civil rights activist and academic Dr. Mary Frances Berry will keynote the 2016 Dr. Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:...

Oct 23: ALA to launch Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On October 29, American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital...

Oct 23: Abbas, Koh selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2016 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen June Abbas, professor, and Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2016...

Oct 23: FRBR, before and after

CHICAGO — Karen Coyle’s expert ability to draw from the deep historical background of cataloging theory to illuminate the potentials of library data on the Web helped win her the...

Oct 22: Respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library, with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Oct 21: Apply for the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Tech Education

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by...

Oct 21: LIS Students: Apply for the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by...

Oct 21: Apply for LIS Scholarships from LITA

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for three scholarships:

Oct 21: Nominations sought for prestigious Kilgour Research Award

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2015...

Oct 20: ALSC applauds American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, applauds the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on its recent revisions to guidelines addressing “screen time” for young children.  ALSC President Andrew Medlar released the...

Oct 20: GLBTRT seeks nominees for first-ever Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the inaugural Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community. 

The award, to be given for the first time this year, will honor recent library initiatives that demonstrate excellence in library...

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