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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...

Feb 28: School Libraries Count! personalized reports available for AASL survey participants

CHICAGO – Personalized reports are now available for participants in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey. Participants in the 2011 survey can access their reports by visiting www.ala.org/...

Feb 28: Attend PLA's upcoming webinar and bring civility back into your community

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on Mar. 28, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Implementing ‘Choose Civility,’ a Community-Wide Campaign” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly ...

Feb 28: A library book sale how-to guide

CHICAGO — A tried-and-true method to raise funds while engaging the community, library book sales can be a win-win situation—if done correctly. Published by ALA Editions, “A Book Sale How-To...

Feb 28: Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award to Valerie Bross

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Valerie Bross the 2012 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials, presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS, consists of...

Feb 28: Helen Bailey first recipient of Merrill-Oldham Grant

CHICAGO - Helen Bailey, preservation specialist at Dartmouth College Library,  has been awarded the first Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is given by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the...

Feb 28: Free webinar: An Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (ALA), will offer...

Feb 28: Lankes receives 2012 award for Best Book in Library Literature

CHICAGO – "The Atlas of New Librarianship" by R. David Lankes has been named the winner of the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.  The award, which is given annually by the American Library Association, will be presented at the association’s Annual Meeting...

Feb 27: Digital Media and Learning Competition names YALSA a finalist in Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, is a finalist in the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition. YALSA is an official collaborator in the 4th Digital Media and Learning...

Feb 27: Lenore England wins Coutts Award for Innovation

CHICAGO - The Collection Management Section (CMS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has awarded Lenore England, digital resources librarian, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources...

Feb 27: El día de los niños/El día de los libros publicity tools now available

CHICAGO – As libraries throughout the country continue to expand their collections for diverse communities, thousands will celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, on April 30, 2012. Libraries from coast-to-coast will host celebrations...

Feb 27: Teens look to libraries for tech support

Geek Out @ your library 

 
CHICAGO– As Web-enabled tools such as Facebook, texting and smartphone apps become a staple of teen culture, school and public libraries from coast to coast will throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase technological...
Feb 27: Booth wins 2012 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO - Char Booth, instruction services manager and e-learning librarian at Claremont Colleges, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for her book “Reflective Teaching...

Feb 27: Vossler and Watts receive 2012 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO — Joshua Vossler, information literacy and reference librarian at Coastal Carolina University, and John Watts, instruction and liaison services librarian at Webster University, have been selected to receive the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction...

Feb 27: Applications for ALTAFF/LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant due April 15

PHILADELPHIA – LexisNexis, a Silver Friend corporate sponsor of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), has announced it will fund an annual grant that will enable a Friends of the Library member to attend the ALA Annual Conference, which will be held...

Feb 24: Laun receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Laun, dean of library services and library director at the Shatford Library at Pasadena City College, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (...

Feb 24: Afnan-Manns, Medrano and Mickelsen win ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Sheila Afnan-Manns, faculty librarian at Scottsdale Community College, Kandice Mickelsen, faculty librarian at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), and Reyes Medrano, faculty member in the...

Feb 23: 'Why We Love Our Bookmobile' video celebration puts spotlight on mobile outreach

CHICAGO – As libraries gear up to celebrate the third National Bookmobile Day on April 11, they can now share what makes their bookmobile special through the “Why We Love Our Bookmobile” YouTube video celebration.  Through April 11, libraries across the country are invited to submit videos on...

Feb 23: Tabb wins 2012 Patterson Copyright Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Winston Tabb, dean of libraries and museums at Johns Hopkins University is the 2012 recipient of the...

Feb 23: Rob Reid shows how to make kids laugh

CHICAGO — Best-selling children’s author Rob Reid knows a thing or two about getting kids’ attention and holding it. His advice? Cut out the blah-blah-blah and make ‘em laugh! In “What’s Black and White and Reid All Over? Something...

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