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Feb 14: Sapphire introduces Precious’s son in new book--ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Sapphire, the author of the best-selling novel "Push" (adapted and renamed to become the blockbuster movie "Precious" in 2009), appears in the Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Sapphire's 1996 novel tells the...

Feb 14: Deduction is elementary with the new readers’ advisory guide to mystery

CHICAGO — Something sinister is afoot out there — and “The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery, Second Edition” published by ALA Editions has all the clues to help librarians solve the...

Feb 14: Teen Tech Week™ publicity tools available

CHICAGO – School and public libraries can promote Teen Tech Week™ (March 4-10) with online resources offered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other...

Feb 14: Applications for ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to Friends of the Library groups and library Foundations. Applications are...

Feb 14: Bluh recipient of Ross Atkinson Award

CHICAGO - The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Pamela Bluh, associate director for technical services and administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library of the University of Maryland, is to be awarded the division’s Ross...

Feb 14: Three libraries win $40K in materials in YALSA’s 2011 Great Books Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Southeast Arkansas Regional Library in Monticello the winner of its annual Great Books Giveaway.  The library will receive more than $20,...

Feb 13: First Step Award to Beth Kumar

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is announcing that Beth Kumar, e-resources and serials librarian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is the recipient of the 2012 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by...

Feb 13: Beall selected for ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Outstanding Publication Award recipient for 2012 is Jeffrey Beall for his article  “Academic Library Databases and the Problem of Word-Sense Ambiguity” published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol....

Feb 13: Tim Strawn receives Esther Piercy Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Timothy Strawn, director of information resources and archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., the winner of the 2012 Esther J. Piercy Award.  The award will be...

Feb 13: Registration opens for 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute

CHICAGO - Registration is now open for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2012 Spring Virtual Institute, Extending Reach, Proving Value: Collaborations Strengthen Communities. Held April 18-19, the 2012 ACRL Spring Virtual Institute will feature a keynote presentation,...

Feb 13: Vardell wins Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2012 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Sylvia Vardell. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, "Poetry Books and Apps: Complement or Competition?”

This research will...

Feb 13: American Library Association: LSTA level-funded in president’s FY2013 budget request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s 2012 budget request:

“Libraries contribute in significant ways to support the economic recovery of their local...

Feb 13: 2012 Hayes Award goes to Hartford (Conn.) Public Library

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2012 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Conn.

The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide...

Feb 13: Cunha-Swartzburg Award to Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

CHICAGO – The ALCTS PARS committee for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected Gregor Trinkaus-Randall as the 2012 recipient.  Mr. Trinkaus-Randall will receive a citation and an award of $1,250 sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge.

Gregor’s accomplishments...

Feb 13: JobLIST Placement to host fourth chat in job search series

CHICAGO - How many “channels” are you using to get that next job?  If you’re only responding to posted job ads by sending out a resume and then hoping to get a call or an interview, it's not enough.  You can do a lot more to take control of your search and make it...

Feb 13: ALCTS announces Transforming Collections microgrants

CHICAGO – Supporting innovation is crucial to succeeding in today's library environment.  In response to this American Library Association (ALA) goal, Transforming Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) launched "Transforming Collections."  

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Feb 10: ALA responds to Penguin’s decision to discontinue digital media sales to libraries via Overdrive

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael issued a statement today in response to the announcement that Penguin Group USA has decided to stop offering e-books or audiobooks to libraries through Overdrive, a leading supplier.

The announcement comes...

Feb 10: Greenblatt wins 2012 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Ellen Greenblatt, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado-Denver Auraria Library, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award...

Feb 09: Censorship battles from the library front lines

CHICAGO — Intellectual freedom is a core value of librarianship, but fighting to keep controversial materials on the shelves can sometimes feel like a lonely battle. And not all censorship controversies involve the public objecting to a book in the collection—libraries are venues for displays...

Feb 08: Schubert, Smallsreed receive YALSA’s 2012 Baker & Taylor Conference Grants

 CHICAGO — The Baker & Taylor Conference Grant Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2012 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Heather Schubert and Susan J. Smallsreed. Each will receive...

Feb 08: Registration closes Feb. 13 for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO — It’s your last chance to Geek Out @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s annual celebration of digital literacy and technology at the library, closes on Feb. 13 at www.ala.org/...

Feb 08: Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

CHICAGO — Librarians, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s new Best of the Best website, www.ala.org/yalsa/best. In addition to lists...

Feb 08: Serving LGBTQ teens @ your library with YALSA’s February webinar

CHICAGO — Navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood can be challenging enough, but for teens that identify as LGBTQ, adolescence can be an especially difficult time. For many LGBTQ teens the library is a critical resource to help them explore their questions in a safe environment...

Feb 08: American Library Association President Molly Raphael, ALA delegation discuss library e-book lending with publishers

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.

The representatives at these meetings included...

Feb 08: Tickets available for 2012 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Peter Sís
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Miami University’s School of Education, Health & Society (EHS) have announced that tickets for the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Peter Sís are now available. 
 
The lecture,...
Feb 07: The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program recognizes Pasadena City College graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the Pasadena City College (PCC) Library Technology Certificate Program that will allow PCC graduates to receive the Library Support Staff...

Feb 07: Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide now available in Spanish

CHICAGO – The Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide is now available in Spanish

This guide for parents provides tips for using library resources to create quality family time. ...

Feb 07: Sacramento Public Library wins 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Public awareness campaign showcases “You belong @ your library®” theme

CHICAGO - The Sacramento (Calf.) Public Library is the winner of the 2012 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.

The $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library...

Feb 07: Texas A&M University Libraries announce salary increase for Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program graduates

CHICAGO - Texas A&M University Libraries announced that they will award up to a 4 percent salary increase to any library support staff members who complete the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program.  Employees must show the relevancy of LSSC to their job and must receive...

Feb 07: Video contest asks students why they belong in their school library

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2012 student video contest You Belong @ Your School Library. Beginning Feb. 7, video submissions will be accepted that illustrate why the...

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