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Aug 25: Free resources available to help libraries engage community, lead change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is offering free materials to help libraries improve their community engagement and facilitation techniques.

The materials — conversation guides, questionnaires, worksheets and webinars — are designed to help libraries strengthen their...

Aug 25: United for Libraries welcomes Texas public library groups as members

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees in Texas are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a...

Aug 25: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Alex Haley

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the staff and board of the Alex Haley Museum and & Interpretive...

Aug 22: Ruberg wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2014 symposium

CHICAGO — Rebecca Ruberg, a teen librarian at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Iowa, won the 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend provides Ruberg with up to $1,000 to attend the 2014 symposium, to...

Aug 19: Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

CHICAGO — The ability to catalog proficiently can be a valuable skill for every librarian, but proper training is essential. Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse...

Aug 19: Call for events: Organizations invited to post events for Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

CHICAGO — The Executive Committee of Banned Books Week invites organizations and individuals, such as libraries, authors, publishers, bookstores and schools, to share how they are celebrating 2014’s Banned Books Week.  This year’s Banned Books Week, which is taking place from Sept. 21-27, will...

Aug 19: Guide to Reference for essential general reference and LIS sources

CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library...

Aug 19: United for Libraries hosts new electronic discussion group for state friends of the library groups

PHILADELPHIA — Those who work with, are members of and/or serve as board members of state friends of the library groups are invited to participate in the new United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to statewide Friends groups.

State Friends groups...

Aug 19: AASL webinar reshapes read-alouds into 'talk-alouds'

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will examine read-aloud strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators. Presented by Raquel Cuperman, “Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds” will take...

Aug 19: Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE webinar program announced

MIDDLETOWN, CONN., CHICAGO — 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 an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in...

Aug 19: AASL extends deadline for national conference preconference proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is extending its submission deadline for preconference workshops proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The new deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. More information is available at ...

Aug 19: ALA, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announce ‘Exploring Human Origins’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is accepting applications for the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins.   

The exhibition...

Aug 18: A library how-to-do-it manual for disaster planning, response and recovery

CHICAGO — Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a...

Aug 18: Teens can vote now for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO – The voting period for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten officially opened on Aug. 15, 2014. Teens ages 12-18 can vote for their favorites through the end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 18).

Teens can...

Aug 18: Researching prospective donors to get more funding

CHICAGO — Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now there are individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? “...

Aug 18: Deadline extended for ‘Shakespeare and His First Folio’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The application deadline for Shakespeare and His First Folio, a traveling exhibition offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati...

Aug 12: American Dream Starts @ your library grant allows Illinois library to 'speak your language'

CHICAGO Through an American Dream Starts @ your library grant provided by the American Library Association’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Eisenhower Public Library District in Norridge and Harwood Heights, Ill...

Aug 12: DOGObooks to host landing page for YALSA’s 2014 TTT vote

CHICAGO — Today the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced that DOGObooks, the largest website for kids and teens to review books, will host the voting for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Books Voting that opens on Aug. 15....

Aug 12: YALSA President-elect Candice Mack chosen as participant in AAJA’s Media Institute

CHICAGO — Candice Mack, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) President-Elect, has been chosen to participate in the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) first ever Media Institute.

The Media Institute is a two-day workshop that will take place from Aug. 15-16, 2014...

Aug 12: Teens can vote August 15 for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The voting period for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten officially opens on Aug. 15, 2014. Teens aged 12-18 can vote for their favorites through the end of Teen Read Week...

Aug 12: Clarkston (Mich.) Independence District Library passes millage with help from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — Clarkston (Mich.) Independence District Library, a recipient of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully staved off closure by passing a millage of 1.25 for the library on Aug. 5. The millage, which was proposed but not passed in 2012, passed this...

Aug 12: Add ALCTS continuing education to your fall schedule

CHICAGO Add ALCTS continuing education to your fall schedule this year. 

ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.  From copyright issues to collection management standards to "Fundamentals," there is a webinar or Web course waiting...

Aug 12: ALSC now accepting applications for 2015 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2015 Louise Seaman Bechtel...

Aug 12: Gain collection (and weeding) confidence with PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Are your library shelves groaning under the weight of a heavy collection? Do you have a litany of excuses to keep a title, even if it is outdated or under circulated? Then it might be time to register for the upcoming, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) —...

Aug 12: PLA @ ALA Annual proposal deadline this Friday, Aug. 15

CHICAGO The deadline is Friday, Aug. 15, to submit a proposal for a Public Library Association (PLA)-sponsored program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco....

Aug 12: RUSA announces all new fall online learning lineup

CHICAGO Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces a new line up of online courses for professional development throughout fall 2014 RUSA online courses.  Registration is open....

Aug 12: ALSC announces winners of 2014 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Aug 12: Android version of Teen Book Finder App now available

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released the android version of its popular Teen Book Finder App.

Android users can...

Aug 11: LLAMA webinar helps you develop a better library service plan

CHICAGO Is it time to reinvent your library services, but you’re not sure how to get started?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Planning to Transform Your Library,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, Sept. 3. 

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Aug 08: Nominating committee extends deadline

CHICAGO The ALA 2015 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for the positions of ALA president-elect or councilor-at-large have until 5 p.m. on...

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