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May 14: APALA and REFORMA highlight diverse voices in graphic novels

CHICAGO —The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the REFORMA—The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking...

May 11: ALA and IIDA announce winners of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition

CHICAGO — The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) have selected the winners of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. The...

May 11: ALA GraphiCon—the mini conference within ALA Annual Conference!

CHICAGO — ALA GraphiCon is an innovation for 2012 ALA Annual Conference, offering a wide range of programs, events and exhibits specially for graphic novel and comic fans and anyone wanting to learn more about their role in the library.

GraphiCon 2012 @ Annual includes the following...

May 10: Dig deeper with the new readers’ advisory guide to horror

CHICAGO — Vampires, zombies, ghosts and ghoulies: there are more things going bump in the night than ever. So how do you wend your way through all of them to find the ones that interest a particular reader? As both an introductory guide for librarians just dipping their toes into the brackish...

May 10: Job advice workshop offered by ALSC on June 13

CHICAGO— On Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Central, ALSC will offer a free online workshop for all students interested in children’s services....

May 09: 2012 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects announced

CHICAGO — Every year, libraries across the world introduce - and sustain - projects that make a difference to their citizens and connect the international community in genuine and new ways.  

The 2012 recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library...

May 09: Booth receives FTRF Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named Steven Booth, an archivist with the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration,  the fifth recipient of the...

May 08: YALSA seeks proposals for Trends Impacting Young Adult Services paper presentation at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks proposals for its Trends Impacting Young Adult Services Paper Presentation, sponsored by YALSA’s past presidents and held at Midwinter Meeting. Proposals are due by June 1. The...

May 08: Rod Wagner 2012-2013 ALTAFF vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, has been elected 2012-2013 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wagner has served as...

May 08: Parrilli wins ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the 2012 ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant to Karen Parrilli, a member of the Board of Trustees at Skokie (Ill.)...

May 08: RUSA Reference Service Press Award presented to research articles in consumer health literacy, service provision standards

CHICAGO — Two articles published in “Reference and User Services Quarterly” (RUSQ) are being honored with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Reference Service Press Award: “Promoting...

May 08: Carolyn Anthony chosen as 2013-2014 PLA president

CHICAGO — Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Anthony acknowledged, "I am thrilled with the vote of confidence in my leadership abilities by the PLA membership and I look forward to...

May 08: ProgrammingLibrarian.org announces picks for 2012 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced its online guide to recommended programs and events to be held at the ALA Annual Conference ...

May 08: Kentucky becomes latest state to provide ALTAFF’s Trustee Academy for their trustees

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Kentucky recently joined Missouri, Nebraska,...

May 08: PR Xchange 'Best of Show' winners announced

CHICAGO — The LLAMA Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) PR Xchange Committee announced today the results of this year’s “Best of Show” competition for library publicity materials.  Several hundred entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from a wide array of libraries,...

May 08: Trevor A. Dawes chosen ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Trevor A. Dawes, circulation services librarian at the Princeton University Libraries, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  He will become president-elect following the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim and...

May 08: Author Maggie Stiefvater at ALTAFF’s ‘Books without Boundaries: Crossover Fiction for YAs and Adults’ 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 “Books without Boundaries: Crossover Fiction for YAs and Adults”  from 10:30 a.m.-noon PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 206B, on...

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...

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