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May 08: AASL Fall Forum toolkit helps school librarians 'make their case'

CHICAGO — To help school librarians demonstrate to their supervisors the value of attending the 2012 Fall Forum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has included a justification toolkit as part of its Fall Forum website. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School...

May 08: AASL e-Academy continues the learning throughout the summer

CHICAGO — Register now for one or more of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  e-Academy courses scheduled through the end of summer. These four-week self-paced courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field....

May 08: ALA launches text-message advocacy service

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association launched Mobile Commons, a new advocacy tool that will allow library supporters to receive text message alerts from the ALA’s Office of Government Relations. The opt-in service will allow the ALA to communicate advocacy messages in a quick and...

May 08: Starr LaTronica elected ALSC 2013-2014 president

CHICAGO — Starr LaTronica, youth services/outreach manager, Four County Library System, Vestal, N.Y., has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

"I am honored and...
May 08: Dickinson elected AASL president, 2013-2014

CHICAGO — Gail Dickinson, associate professor at Old Dominion University (Va.), has been elected as the 2013-2014 AASL president.  Dickinson will serve as president-elect during 2012-2013 under AASL President Susan Ballard.

Dickinson is currently the chair of the AASL research and...

May 07: Event of the year for reading fanatics—hundreds of options at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The 2012 ALA Annual Conference is shaping up to offer hundreds of possibilities and opportunities for supporters of reading, books, publishing and related activities.

The impressive lineup of dynamic authors, entertainers and thought leaders includes: John Irving;...

May 07: Shannon Peterson elected 2013-2014 YALSA president

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Shannon Peterson as the association’s next president-elect. She will begin her term as president-elect in June 2012, becoming president for one year in June...

May 07: New documentary explores the impact of government surveillance on civil liberties for Choose Privacy Week

CHICAGO — To highlight the 2012 observance of "Choose Privacy Week," the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is debuting a new short documentary, "Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age," on the...

May 04: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO — Thirty-three members have been elected as councilors-at-large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. and extend through the end of the 2015 ALA Annual...

May 04: 2012 ALA Annual Conference early bird registration closes at midnight Sunday, May 13

CHICAGO - Key issues covered at 2012 ALA Annual Conference include digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and authors, leadership, library advocacy, civic engagement, library marketing and more. Potential attendees will get...

May 04: Catherine R. Friedman president-elect of the Library Leadership and Management Association

CHICAGO —The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Catherine R. Friedman has been elected as president-elect.  She is associate university librarian for user services, University of California- San Diego Libraries.

After hearing of her election,...

May 04: Explore service beyond library walls on Bookmobile Saturday

CHICAGO — Library outreach services continue to transform to meet the needs of 21st century patrons. Bookmobile Saturday, June 23, at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference provides attendees with opportunities to learn, network and gain inspiration.  Learn about the issues, technologies...

May 04: Stripling wins 2013-14 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Barbara K. Stripling, assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., has been elected to the 2013-14 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Stripling defeated Gina J. Millsap, chief executive officer of the Topeka and Shawnee County...

May 04: AASL launches eCOLLAB

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new feature of AASL membership, eCOLLAB –Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community. This repository of AASL professional development provides members and subscribers with a central location to...

May 01: 'Engaging Communities through Controversy' webinar addresses intellectual freedom and 'Muslim and American' issues

CHICAGO — Join a conversation on “Engaging Communities through Controversy” at a free webinar from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 10, 2012, part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities initiative.

Diane McNutt and Jane Light, Silicon Valley Reads...

May 01: New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights

CHICAGO - In conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) released preliminary findings from a new survey measuring librarians' views on privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 

The survey, which builds...

May 01: Conference scholarships for JCLC 2012 now available!

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for more than 40 scholarships to attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, September 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

A range of scholarships is available to assist with defraying registration and travel costs for the Joint Conference of...

May 01: Authors bring adventure, intrigue and magic to RUSA’s 2012 Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association will host three award-winning authors — Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams -- at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference program “Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year,”  a...

May 01: ALA and LCA award Eric Harbeson the Oakley Memorial Scholarship Award

Washington, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have selected Eric Harbeson, music special collections librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as the first recipient of the...

May 01: PLA’s Facebook Forum offers users tips and Q&A opportunities about managing disruptive patrons

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 3, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free, hour-long Facebook Forum on the topic of safely managing disruptive patrons at the library. Moderator, Stacy Schrank, employee...

May 01: South Texas Independent School District named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is the recipient of the 2012 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the...

May 01: Hinsdale Township High School District 86 named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Hinsdale Township (Ill.) High School District 86 is the recipient of the 2012 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the...

May 01: Author Sherman Alexie to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – From 1 - 2:30 p.m., June 24, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA president Marcia Warner will host the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation with keynote speaker Sherman Alexie at the...

May 01: 'Empowering Diverse Voices' webinar explores library leadership and diversity

CHICAGO —  The intersection of diversity and leadership will be the focus of a free webinar, “Library Leadership 2.0,” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday May 15, 2012.

Part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s “Empowering Diverse...

May 01: ALTAFF to host ‘First Author, First Book,’ with free continental breakfast, at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “First Author, First Book”  from 8-10 a.m. PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 202A, on Saturday, June 23 at the 2012 ALA Annual ...

May 01: Student job seekers @ your library

CHICAGO – While summer vacation is often a time when students kick back and relax after a long academic year, it can be a stressful time for college students returning home in search of summer employment and high school students contemplating what career path they want to take as they prepare to...

May 01: Connect teens with online tools in YALSA’s Source Code: Digital Youth Participation preconference

CHICAGO — As virtual and physical worlds continue to converge, teens need tools and support to harness information in a way that is meaningful to their particular needs and interests and as participants in diverse social and learning environments. Join YALSA for Source Code, a preconference...

May 01: AASL debuts new website and format for School Library Research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a new website for its online, refereed research journal, School Library Research (SLR). The new website coincides with a new name for the journal formerly known as School Library Media Research (SLMR)....

May 01: Neal Wyatt wins RUSA’s esteemed Monroe Award for adult library services

CHICAGO —Neal Wyatt, Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the 2012 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Margaret E. Monroe Award for significant contributions to...

May 01: Become an effective facilitator with help of upcoming ASCLA webinar

CHICAGO -- Managers and leaders from all types of libraries will benefit from the upcoming May 9 webinar “Being an Effective Facilitator,” hosted by the Association of Specialized and...

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