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Mar 06: School library leaders share keys to successful coteaching

CHICAGO – Now available on the AASL website is the newest installment of the American Association of School Librarians’ 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and...

Mar 06: John Cotton Dana library public relations award raised to $10K

CHICAGO - Have you had success with a library marketing campaign? If so, share your story-- and you could win $10,000 for your library. The H.W. Wilson Foundation, the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, and EBSCO Publishing are excited...

Mar 06: Schubert, Barbus, Klein, Alvis receive Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the 2012 Penguin Young Reader’s Group Award to Heather Schubert, Hill Country Middle School Library, Eanes ISD, Austin , Texas; Eric Barbus, San Francisco-North Beach Branch, San Francisco; Linda Klein, Anchorage Public...

Mar 06: Modern Language Association members to receive complimentary access to CHOICE reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONN.  - The Modern Language Association (MLA) and Choice, the leading academic review journal, today announced a pilot project to provide MLA members with complimentary access to Choice reviews.

During the pilot phase, all MLA members will receive free...

Mar 06: Free ALA/Merritt Fund and JobLIST Placement Center webinar on defusing workplace challenges

CHICAGO – Librarians across all settings can, at times, face unexpected challenges or confrontations from an angry or upset patron, community member, coworker or concerned citizen. Knowing how to handle these difficult conversations in ways that can lead to a healthy resolution is critical. ...

Mar 05: Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon opens ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Focusing on why it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people and addressing the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world, journalist, Internet policy specialist and...

Mar 05: Join COSWL March 29 as it celebrates National Women’s History Month

CHICAGO - March is National Women’s History Month, and the American Library Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) and Northwestern University Libraries (Ill.) will be celebrating by co-hosting a discussion of  "Right Here I See My Own Books: A History...

Mar 05: 2012 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners for the 2012 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established...

Mar 05: Diversity Leadership Online introduces new courses on recruitment and value of diversity

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity will introduce two new courses to the Diversity Leadership Online series, beginning April 18, 2012. This ongoing webinar series provides the foundation for a culture of responsible diversity leadership within the profession....

Mar 05: ALA announces “Discover Tech,” an interactive traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for...

Mar 05: Duane Bray featured speaker at joint ALCTS/ACRL President's Program

CHICAGO – Duane Bray, a partner at IDEO, a global innovation and design consulting firm, is the featured speaker at the joint President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Association of College and...

Mar 05: Carnegie Corporation of New York, American Library Association announce new literary prizes for adult best fiction, nonfiction book of year

CHICAGO — Winners of two new annual literary prizes—the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—will be announced at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June. This is the first time that ALA, which sponsors the prestigious...

Mar 05: Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and bestselling author, to speak at 2012 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Behavioral economist and best-selling author Dan Ariely takes a groundbreaking look at the way we behave, examining the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest. He will talk about these and other ideas from his forthcoming book “The Honest Truth About...

Mar 02: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition names YALSA one of 31 winners

SAN FRANCISCO – The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and its design partner, Badgeville, were named one of 30 winners from a pool of 91 finalists in the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition on Thursday, March 1, at the...

Mar 02: ALA calls on Random House to reconsider major ebook price increase

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is calling on publisher Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the price of ebooks to the library market starting March 1. ALA President Molly Raphael issued the following statement:

“While I appreciate Random House’s...

Mar 02: Waukegan Public Library wins 2012 Marshall Cavendish Award

CHICAGO - The Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library has been named the 2012 winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award.  The award, donated by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation, is given in recognition to either a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in...

Mar 02: Proposal deadline extended for two Jesse H. Shera Awards

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association has extended the submission deadline for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The new deadline date is Friday, March 30, 2012.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given...

Mar 02: Pollard and Fry winners of 2012 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO – Libby Pollard and Melissa Fry are the winners of the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “Assessment of Non-Library Use at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library.”

The $3,000 grant supports innovative...

Mar 01: Join YALSA for March 8 Tweetup on 'The Hunger Games'

CHICAGO – Join YALSA on Thursday, March 8, for a Tweetup in honor of Teen Tech Week™ to discuss "The Hunger Games" film premiere and your library! The Tweetup, sponsored by The Hub, YALSA’s YA Lit blog, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Eastern...

Mar 01: Anythink Family Services Director Freas receives 2012 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is pleased to announce the 2012 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Lynda Welborn Freas, director of family services at Anythink...

Feb 28: ASCLA preconferences tackle important topics for public libraries: marketing and development, special populations outreach services

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host three half-day workshops in Anaheim covering library marketing and development, public library services to the visually and physically impaired and public library partnerships with jails and prisons....

Feb 28: New National Library Week promotional ideas and audio PSAs now available

CHICAGO – Librarians looking for a new ways to promote National Library Week are encouraged to check out a new list of programming ideas generated by fellow librarians.

Librarians submitted programming ideas at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and through an online form for a ...

Feb 28: Nicholas Spillios receives first Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Award

CHICAGO - The ALA Retired Members Roundtable (RMRT) is pleased to announce that Nicholas Spillios has been chosen as the first RMRT member to receive the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award. The $1,000 Award, sponsored by Scarecrow Press, was established in 2011 to honor...

Feb 28: Three impressive teens highlight stunning accomplishments at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Three courageous and creative young adults who have already changed things for the better within their communities, cultures and societies make for a unique Auditorium Speaker session at 2012 ALA Annual Conference.The teens will speak from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the...

Feb 28: Author Liz Moore added to PLA 2012 Virtual Conference lineup

CHICAGO – From 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, author Liz Moore will join the Virtual Conference held in conjunction with the Public Library Association 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in...

Feb 28: Mary M. Wagner receives the 2012 Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO - Dr. Mary Wagner, professor of library and information science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., has been selected the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2012 Beta Phi Mu Award. This annual award, donated by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science...

Feb 28: Wichita Falls PL awarded 2012 BWI Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2012 ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant to the Wichita Falls (Texas) Public Library.

This grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while...
Feb 28: Burke, Lai and Rogers receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai and Adam Rogers, all of North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, have been named the 2012 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award for...

Feb 28: Additional online courses added to AASL's eAcademy lineup

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

Feb 28: Carmen Agra Deedy to speak at AASL Awards Luncheon during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author Carmen Agra Deedy will speak during the annual Awards Luncheon for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The luncheon will be held Monday, June 25, during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. More information is...

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