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Jan 22: Top reference titles named to RUSA’s 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources list

DALLAS — The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2011 have been named to the 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources list, an annual award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the...

Jan 22: 'Sacred Trash' wins Sophie Brody Medal; three honor titles also named

DALLAS — Sacred Trash: the Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza” by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole (Schocken Books) is the 2012 recipient of the he Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Sophie Brody Medal Award for outstanding Jewish literature....

Jan 22: Morris, author of 'Reader’s Advisory Guide to Street Literature,' wins RUSA’s 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Award

DALLAS — Vanessa Irvin Morris, assistant teaching professor at Drexel University, is the 2012 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s Zora Neale Hurston Award.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award, sponsored by Harper Perennial, honors librarians who have demonstrated...

Jan 22: Sarah L. Johnson wins RUSA’s prestigious Louis Shores Award for book reviewing

DALLAS - Sarah L. Johnson, professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University and author of the blog Reading the Past, is the 2012 winner of the Louis Shores Award, an annual honor presented by the Reference and User Services...

Jan 22: Scholarly collection of slang honored with 2012 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work of the year

DALLAS - The 2012 Dartmouth Medal - an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year - has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” published by Chambers.

The dictionary was selected for its...

Jan 22: PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2012

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for one library professional to win his or her way to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less...

Jan 21: ALA President Molly Raphael speaks up for Dallas libraries

DALLAS - America’s libraries are stretching their resources to their limit in the face of extraordinary budgetary challenges. This is especially true of the Dallas public library system, which has made the most of its dwindling funds. In this opinion piece,...

Jan 20: New from ACRL: Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future.” Edited by Rita Kohrman, education...

Jan 19: OIF webcasts offer convenient, affordable professional development opportunities

CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is pleased to announce the availability of eight recorded webcasts on vital topics in intellectual freedom today.

OIF’s “Intellectual Freedom Summer School” offered a series of five online learning programs for public, academic and...

Jan 19: PLA 2012 Virtual Conference to feature same quality programming offered at on-site conference in Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Registration for the PLA 2012 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 15-16, 2012, the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed, live and online PLA Conference with...

Jan 18: ALA to unveil the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media

CHICAGO — Children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and publishing groups will wait in anticipation as the American Library Association (ALA) announces the top awards in children’s and young adult literature and media.  The ALA Youth Media Awards, 7:45 a.m. CT, Jan. 23, Dallas Convention...

Jan 17: National Library Week promotion at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries' exhibit space at this year’s Midwinter Meeting and submit your programming ideas for National Library Week. You could win a set of National Library Week themed promotional materials.

Programming ideas will be featured on the...

Jan 17: ALA announces new member benefit program with NetGalley

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the official launch of a new member benefit program for members in partnership with NetGalley. ALA members who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGalley can now add their ALA member number to their profile, to speed...

Jan 17: Winter e-Learning from ACRL on management, research and publishing, communication skills and more

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2012 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at...

Jan 17: American Library Association invites President Obama on a school library tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association commends the first family for its service to a school library on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  On Monday Jan. 16, ...

Jan 17: Huron Street Press furthers ALA’s mission to the public

CHICAGO — Taking ALA Publishing beyond its traditional market of library and information professionals, the American Library Association announces the launch of a new publishing imprint, Huron Street Press. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all...

Jan 17: IRRT supports Emerging Leader Valeria Gallo-Stampino

CHICAGO - IRRT is delighted to announce that Valeria Gallo-Stampino has been selected as the 2012 IRRT candidate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program.  Valerie will receive a small award from IRRT to assist with the program costs.

Valeria currently...

Jan 17: Two AASL committees turn White House petition for school libraries into teachable moment

CHICAGO - Utilizing Carl Harvey’s petition for school libraries on WhiteHouse.gov as a teachable moment, the AASL Advocacy and Legislation Committees have developed a wiki site for high school librarians to raise awareness of the historical roots of the petition process.  The site, located at...

Jan 17: Friends of the Library groups: Fill out ALTAFF’s survey for a chance to win

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey for Friends of the Library groups. The survey can be accessed at http://www....

Jan 17: YALSA Academy launches on YouTube

CHICAGO — YALSA Academy, a new online educational video initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association, launches on Jan. 17 at www.youtube.com/yalsa1957. The channel offers free training videos on popular, practical professional...

Jan 17: Start the conversation at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting, Dallas

CHICAGO - Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas in the Exhibits Hall at Booth # 1835, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out...

Jan 17: ALCTS announces upcoming continuing education events

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) offers a wide variety of online continuing education opportunities through e-forums, webinars and Web courses.  Below is a list of upcoming events for the winter and spring.  New courses, additional details,...

Jan 17: Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award named for Mike Morgan and Larry Romans

CHICAGO- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association has unveiled a new name for the newest Stonewall Book Award: the Stonewall Book Awards-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.  In recognition...

Jan 11: An invaluable guide to where the money is

CHICAGO — Sometimes a grant can make the difference between maintaining or cutting services, especially at a time when no institution is immune from the budget crunch. Completely overhauled since its last edition, “The ALA Book of...

Jan 11: Book Links magazine's 2011 top 30 titles for K–8 classrooms and libraries

CHICAGO - Book Links magazine announces the annual annotated Lasting Connections list, spotlighting the editors’ selections of the 30 best 2011 picture books, novels and informational titles for K-8 libraries and classrooms. Lasting Connections is considered an essential collection...

Jan 10: Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano opens Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO - Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano will open the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

Manzano was named one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Español for her work playing Maria on "Sesame Street," a...

Jan 10: ALA, Tribeca Film Institute present 'America’s Music,' film viewing and discussion series for libraries

Apply by March 14 to receive a $2,500 programming grant

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce America’s Music: A Film...

Jan 10: New workshop will show how to serve deaf patrons

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library with Kathy MacMillan, a new two-part workshop that will take place on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 and 29, 2012.

MacMillan, librarian and certified American Sign...

Jan 10: Learn to integrate iPads and tablets into library services: New session of popular workshop

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource is offering a new session of the popular workshop Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

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Jan 10: An active exhibit floor at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - For those attending ALA Midwinter Meeting Jan. 20-24 in Dallas, carving out some dedicated time for the Exhibits Hall is highly recommended, with its 430 exhibiting organizations, PopTop stage and “Spotlight on Adult Literature” ...

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