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Jun 17: United for Libraries adds ‘Evaluating the Library Director’ course as part of Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA – The course “Evaluating the Library Director,” led by past ALA president Sarah Ann Long, has been added to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

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Jun 17: ALA joins others to support Treaty for the Blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association supports the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that would allow the lending of accessible content to print-disabled people around the world. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference that will finalize the treaty...

Jun 17: Weisburg’s career planner for school librarians

CHICAGO — In theory if not in practice, traditional school library career planning went something like this: get a degree, find a job, work towards tenure, then remain in the same district until retirement. If that was ever actually the case, it certainly isn’t any longer. School librarians know...

Jun 17: 'Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options...

Jun 17: LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group to host discussion on public speaking skills for librarians

CHICAGO — Public speaking is a vital skill for all librarians, but outreach and other events don’t always go quite as planned.  Everyone should be prepared to improvise and maintain their composure when faced with unexpected challenges.  Both novice and experienced librarians and library workers...

Jun 17: Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at Annual Conference, June 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four libraries recognized for their use of cutting-edge technologies in library services will share information on the development and impact of these services at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 30 in McCormick Place Convention...

Jun 17: Share your personal tribute to Dr. King at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invite attendees of ALA’s Annual Conference to record their reflections on how the work and legacy of Dr. King has inspired them...

Jun 17: Digital literacy tool website launches at Annual

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new online hub for digital literacy support and training will launch at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians who provide training or assistance with digital literacy in their libraries are encouraged to participate in the launch of...

Jun 17: Education technology trends and the role of the school librarian

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do trends in education such as "bring your own device," social networking and collaborative learning spaces influence how students learn and how educators teach? In what ways can school librarians take advantage of these technologies and the interest in using them in K-12...

Jun 17: 'Maintaining Teen E-Collections'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Would you like to build a robust teen collection for your library? In “Maintaining Teen E-Collections,” a new 2013 Annual ALA Conference program sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, participants...

Jun 17: 'The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies, how can your patrons use census figures which are now available? On Saturday, June 29, 2013, join officials from the U.S. Census Bureau during the session “...

Jun 17: Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference...

Jun 14: United for Libraries presents ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian’ at ‘Quirky Books for Quirker Librarians’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians” from 3 to 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at McCormick Place, S404a during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Join United for Libraries as great writers, including Josh Hanargarne, Stephen Kiernan,...

Jun 14: IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and...

Jun 14: ProgrammingLibrarian.org announces a guide for 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced its online guide to programs and events to be held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. To view the full list of recommendations, visit the guide at...

Jun 14: A new framework for rethinking information literacy

CHICAGO — Based on groundbreaking research undertaken by editors Jane Secker and Emma Coonan as part of the prestigious Arcadia Program at Cambridge University, UK, “Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework...

Jun 14: Twenty-six acclaimed authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading Stage features Ellen Hopkins, Sara Paretsky, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Matthew Quick, René Saldaña, Jr., Julia Sweeney and more!

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 26 critically-acclaimed and best-...

Jun 14: ALA joins others to demand civil liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress (.doc), calling for a...

Jun 14: Midwestern mystery authors featured at ALA Annual Conference

Discussion panel to feature Libby Fischer Hellman, Eric Lundgren and Peter Robertson

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present three emerging Midwestern voices as a part of Mystery Day on the PopTop Stage from 11 a.m. to noon on...

Jun 13: Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by...

Jun 13: Unique library and librarian sketches from Second City at ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

CHICAGO - Unique customized library-related material will add a special zing to Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, Best of The Second City, when they bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history to 2013 ALA Annual Conference....

Jun 13: Utah Library Association IFC receives the 2013 Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of the 2013 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

The Intellectual Freedom...

Jun 12: USA PATRIOT Act revisited

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Are you surprised by the latest revelations of government surveillance programs? Are you interested in the government’s need to improve the balance between individual privacy rights and terrorism prevention?

Michael German, senior policy counsel of the American Civil...

Jun 12: 'ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Take part in the ebook library lending discussion at this year's Annual Conference in Chicago. Join ALA’s Digital Content Working Group and learn about ALA ebook activities and plans from a distinguished panel of leaders during the session “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content:...

Jun 12: Collaboration in libraries and learning environments

CHICAGO — With the constant changes in higher education, innovations such as outsourced shared services, the convergence of many different student-facing services and the development of more active collaborative networks are more important than ever before. “...

Jun 11: Win two tickets to sit with Paula Poundstone at United for Libraries’ ‘The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE’ at ALA Annual

PHILADELPHIA — From June 12-20, those who like SAGE's, United for Libraries’, or Paula Poundstone's Facebook pages or follow any on Twitter will be eligible to win two VIP tickets to "The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The winner and a guest will sit...

Jun 11: Greyson wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the...

Jun 11: Cummings named CHOICE editor and publisher

CHICAGO — Mark Cummings has been named editor and publisher of CHOICE Magazine, the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources in higher education. CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is headquartered in...

Jun 11: Forty participants selected for new ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s inaugural four-day immersive leadership development program for future library...

Jun 11: Accessibility advocate Ruth Nussbaum wins ASCLA’s 2013 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award

CHICAGO - Ruth J. Nussbaum, retired reference librarian, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2013 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award for exceptional service to and sustained leadership for the...

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