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Sep 25: AASL introduces new dues category for unemployed school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the addition of a non-salaried/unemployed dues category to its membership rates.  The new category, which includes librarians earning less than $25,000 per year or not currently employed, allows those...

Sep 25: PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the...

Sep 25: School librarians called to raise awareness of the impact of filtering on student learning

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in...

Sep 25: YALSA appoints Linda W. Braun editor of Young Adult Library Services

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Linda W. Braun as the member editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS).

“I'm thrilled that Linda Braun will be our new YALS editor, YALSA President...

Sep 25: Learn all about makerspaces in free webinar series

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource and Library Boing Boing are making available an exciting new series of free webinars, Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. In this series of four 60-minute...

Sep 25: Sustainable research data management

CHICAGO - More and more digital information is being created and stored, even while budgets shrink and funders of research demand evidence of value for money and demonstrable benefits for society. Data management has become an essential requirement for information professionals over the last...

Sep 25: Real-world examples of collection development in the digital age

CHICAGO — Chronicling the recent rapid changes in library collection development and management, “Collection Development in the Digital Age,” edited by Audrey Marshall and Maggie Fieldhouse, is published by...

Sep 24: ACRL awarded second IMLS grant to build profession’s capacity to demonstrate value

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.” The grant funding of $249,330 will...

Sep 24: AASL Fall Forum advanced registration pricing extended to Sept. 28

CHICAGO — The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum has been extended to Sept 28. Transliteracy and the School Library ...

Sep 20: Strater Hotel designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Louis L’Amour

PHILADELPHIA — Room 222 of the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo., was recently dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988).

In addition to many other visits, for more than 10 years L'Amour, and often his family, spent the month of August staying in...

Sep 20: A toolkit for new library professionals

CHICAGO — Newcomers to the library and information field face an exciting future but also the challenge of distinguishing themselves professionally while keeping up with an ever-changing landscape. “The New Professional’s...

Sep 20: Essential law for information professionals

CHICAGO — As the world of information law grows in complexity, it becomes increasingly difficult for librarians and information professionals to understand how courtroom decisions should guide day-to-day choices. “Essential Law for...

Sep 20: YALSA receives grant from IMLS to host National Forum on Teens and Libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, was awarded grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $99,937.  The funds will be used to host a year-long National Forum on Teens and Libraries,...

Sep 19: A survey of the best informational picture books for children

CHICAGO—An ideal tool for enriching library collections with outstanding books that children really want to read, “Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children,” published by ALA...

Sep 18: Bill & Judith Moyers are Honorary Chairs of Banned Books Week

Bill Moyers speaks out against censorship in new 30th anniversary video essay 

CHICAGO — Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers have been named Honorary Co-Chairs for the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week (Sept. 30...

Sep 18: AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO — The first issue of Knowledge Quest Volume 41 will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The September/October 2012 issue of AASL’s official journal covers the topic of Participatory Culture and Learning and was...

Sep 18: Landmark new textbook for studying the information society

CHICAGO — Covering every aspect of the new digital information environment from iPads and e-books to the future of information and how it will be controlled, “Information 2.0: New Models of Information Production,...

Sep 18: Making sense of business reference

CHICAGO—In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for people who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. Celia Ross, an “accidental business reference librarian by...

Sep 18: Information literacy webinar now available in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent vendor webinar, Wanted: Information Literacy Skills in a World of Google & Wikipedia, is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, ...

Sep 18: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ your library

CHICAGO — Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, commemorating Independence Day for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. During the month, Mexico and Chile also celebrate independence on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively...

Sep 18: Introduce Henry Rollins at ACRL 2013

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is holding a video contest in advance of the ACRL 2013 conference, to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. The association is seeking video applications from academic and research...

Sep 18: Learn the basics of cloud computing in new workshop

CHICAGO— ALA TechSource announces a new workshop, Cloud Computing For Librarians: An Introduction with Krista Godfrey.

The computer world is constantly talking about cloud computing and the revolutionary implications...

Sep 18: Spend four nights learning to use technology to connect with teens

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a unique new workshop, Using Social Media and Mobile Technology to Engage Teens with Jennifer LaGarde. This event will give participants the opportunity to spend an hour a night for four...

Sep 18: Nominations sought for 2013 RUSA achievement awards, research and travel grants

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the many achievement awards and conference travel and research grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

RUSA, which...

Sep 17: Innovative services at public libraries highlighted in new ALA issues brief

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform lives by providing critical services and innovative solutions to information access in spite of years’ worth of consecutive and cumulative budget cuts. More Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for access to essential technology services...

Sep 17: ALCTS publishes 'Planning and Constructing Book & Paper Conservation Laboratories'

CHICAGO— Book and paper conservation labs are vital for caring for aging library collections. Constructing or renovating a lab offers an exciting opportunity for developing or improving a conservation program. The opportunity may become a daunting task for even the most seasoned conservator, let...

Sep 17: New from ACRL: 'The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering,” edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

“...

Sep 17: PLA receives IMLS grant to develop online digital literacy resource

CHICAGO—The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded a $291,178 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. PLA will partner with the ALA’s Office...

Sep 14: Learning from libraries that use WordPress as a content-management system

CHICAGO—With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress Web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content-management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In “Learning from Libraries...

Sep 14: M-Libraries—mobile technology and transformation

CHICAGO — Mobile technology offers huge potential to help libraries transform their service models to meet the challenge posed by a new generation of learners in an increasingly global information environment who require libraries to play a greater role than ever in the delivery of education and...

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