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Jul 10: ALA president responds to Forbes.com post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a  recent Forbes.com post about the value of a library...

Jul 10: ALA president responds to Forbes.com post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a recent Forbes.com post about the value of a library...

Jul 10: Nominations now open for 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library...

Jul 10: Be calm, cool and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO – Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Aug. 6 - Aug. 31, 2012. Registration and...

Jul 10: ALA Council resolution opposes voter restrictions

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution opposing voter restrictions.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting...

Jul 10: ALA Council resolution proclaims value of school libraries, librarians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution in support of school libraries.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., directs the ALA to lead the association in “addressing the urgent need for...

Jul 10: ALA-APA recognizes Three Rivers Community College and Doña Ana Community College graduates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with the Three Rivers Community College, in Connecticut, and with the New Mexico’s State University-Doña Ana Community College.  This agreement will allow...

Jul 10: Looking beyond avatars, trolls and puppets in digital communities

CHICAGO — Making the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication, “Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets” explores the communities that use digital platforms,...

Jul 10: Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web...

Jul 10: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Information...
Jul 10: Still time to become an Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — There’s still time to apply to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program.  Get program details and apply now. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3, 2012.

The ...

Jul 06: The 2012 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott awards guide

CHICAGO — What book was honored with a Newbery Award in 1931? Or awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1957? In 1974? Last year? Updated to include the 2012 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor...

Jul 06: First releases from Huron Street Press share ALA content and message with general readers

CHICAGO — Huron Street Press, a new publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), has released its first three titles. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and...

Jul 03: Library Copyright Alliance: Kirtsaeng case threatens library lending

WASHINGTON, DC—The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—today filed an...

Jul 03: Booklist editors in conversation with authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer, ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand as part of the annual ALA Virtual Conference (July 18 and 19, 2012),  Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will host 30-minute author lunches, interviewing popular and thought-provoking authors...

Jul 03: Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration with a webinar from ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA — ALTAFF will host a webinar, “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration,” from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 24.

This free webinar will give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27...

Jul 03: President Barack Obama announces intent to nominate 2009-2010 ALA President Dr. Camila A. Alire to NCH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Dr. Camila A. Alire to the National Council on the Humanities.

Dr. Alire is dean emerita at both the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University...

Jul 03: Free webinar on using mobile services to bridge digital divide

CHICAGO — The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users...

Jul 03: Managing intellectual capital in libraries

CHICAGO — In the knowledge economy, professionals have to make decisions about non-tangible, non-monetary, and largely invisible resources. “Managing Intellectual Capital in Libraries: Beyond the Balance Sheet,” published by...

Jul 02: Records management for museums and galleries

CHICAGO — The systematic management of records is an important activity for “information organizations” such as museums and galleries but is not always recognized as a core function. Record-keeping activities are often concentrated on small groups of records, and staff charged with managing them...

Jul 02: Attend PLA’s webinar and learn how to utilize interactive screencasting technology to educate patrons

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on July 18, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Screentastic! Using Screencasting as a Reference and Customer Service Tool,...

Jul 02: ProgrammingLibrarian.org accepting submissions for 2013 editorial calendar

CHICAGO — ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, invites programming librarians from public, academic, school and special libraries of all sizes to submit proposals for articles and webinars to be included in the 2013...

Jun 27: Anne Enright, Robert K. Massie, first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s "The Forgotten Waltz" received the medal for...

Jun 26: E-books, school library resolution, privacy, book awards among highlights of ALA Annual Conference

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif, saw a unanimous resolution in support of  the value of school libraries passed by ALA Council, as well as discussions about e-books, privacy, library advocacy and other important issues...

Jun 26: Beyond the birds and the bees: what to do when teens talk sex in the library

CHICAGO — Teens often bring their questions about sex — or questions  “from a friend” — to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for "...

Jun 26: PLA and partner ICMA receive IMLS grant to design leadership training model for librarians

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library...

Jun 26: LLAMA webinar helps you recruit the very best employees

CHICAGO — Library managers, directors and deans may feel overwhelmed by choices in today’s economy as a single job posting attracts hundreds of applicants.  But how can you assure that you actually find the best person for the job?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will...

Jun 23: AASL announces 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the 2012 Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning. In its fourth year, the list of websites honors the top 25 Internet sites for...

Jun 22: ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® to partner

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO® DUPLO® are teaming up to celebrate the “builders of tomorrow.” Together, these two organizations are providing even more inspiration for storytime at home and at libraries.

At the...

Jun 22: ALA president responds to new Pew report on ‘Libraries, Patrons and E-books’

Washington, D.C. — Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding today’s release of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books.” The report examines the roles that...

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