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Apr 22: John Cotton Dana public relations awards announced

CHICAGO —  Eight libraries were selected for the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award, honoring outstanding library public relations and marketing with a $10,000 award and plaque.  This award has been given continuously since 1946 and is sponsored by EBSCO...

Apr 22: YALSA announces 2013 Teens’ Top Ten nominations

CHICAGO — The nominees for the annual Teens’ Top Ten have been announced today in honor of Celebrate Teen Literature Day by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Nominations are posted every year on Celebrate Teen Literature Day...

Apr 22: ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes about the state of school libraries in the Huffington Post

CHICAGO — As school libraries celebrate National Library Week (April 14 - 20) and School Library Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan expresses her concern about current and future challenges in...

Apr 22: Hear Mark Frauenfelder on maker innovations at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Mark Frauenfelder, prolific author, founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and founder of Boing Boing, will update 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees on the latest maker innovations in a special session from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

After offering a brief and...

Apr 22: Octavia Spencer closes ALA Annual Conference on a lively note

CHICAGO — Octavia Spencer has recently been busy, appearing on "30 Rock" and writing her first novel, in addition to her other star turns. Attendees will find out more when she appears as keynote speaker at the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on...

Apr 22: Achieving transformational change in academic libraries

CHICAGO—While academic libraries frequently undergo periods of strategic change, “Transformational Change” may be seen as fundamentally different. Often representing cultural change on a deep level, it may be traumatic for individuals. But organizationally, such change...

Apr 22: United for Libraries joins LLAMA to host preconference on ‘Raising $: Process and People’ at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — United for Libraries will join LLAMA in hosting the preconference “Raising $: Process and People” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago...

Apr 22: Celebrate Preservation Week next week

CHICAGO — Celebrate Preservation Week April 21-27.  Get involved.  Find a library with an event.  Check out the toolkit.  Like us on...

Apr 22: Attend the talks you voted for at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting for 36 “Conversation Starter” talks and “Ignite” sessions has determined which are added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and...

Apr 19: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for...

Apr 19: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for...

Apr 16: Nation observes National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO – The tightening of belts across the U.S. has almost everyone looking for ways to cut costs.  With entertainment being one of the first targets, your local library is driving to the rescue – literally – as bookmobiles are racing into...

Apr 16: Librarians help spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night, April 23

CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland,...

Apr 16: Do you know who is tracking you? Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

CHICAGO – In an era of "Big Data," someone is tracking your every move.  Whether it's your location, your phone calls, your Facebook posts, your purchases or the websites you visit, your daily activities are monitored, recorded, collected and stored.  But all too often, you can't tell...

Apr 16: Nicola Wilson receives the 2013 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Nicola Wilson the 2013 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $100 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library...

Apr 16: Learn the basics of digital media labs during PLA preconference at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 28, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present the introductory preconference,...

Apr 16: ALSC announces Summer Reading book lists for K-8th grade

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created three Summer...

Apr 16: YALSA’s 2013 Teen Read Week™ site goes live

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Read Week 2013 website www.ala.org/...

Apr 16: YALSA instructional kits available now to help public and school library staff connect with teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is making Young Adults Deserve the Best instructional kits available for purchase through the ALA Store. 

Young Adults Deserve the Best is a training...

Apr 16: Keith Curry Lance receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO — Keith Curry Lance is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978 and sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of...

Apr 16: Enjoy dinner and book talk with authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Libba Bray and Shane W. Evans are set to appear at a premier author event taking place during the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Conn.  At the Author Banquet on Nov. 15, conference attendees will enjoy a delicious meal and learn of the inspiration behind...

Apr 16: AASL eCOLLAB’s learning space continues to grow with a new archived webinar

CHICAGO - Writer Margaret Sullivan builds library spaces for 21st-century learners in the archived webinar “Envisioning New Library Spaces” now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development...

Apr 16: AASL seeks proposals for new flash webinar series

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks proposals from current personal AASL members for a new series of monthly hot topic webinars. The webinars are designed to bring members tips and tricks from their peers in a fast format. Each will feature four presenters...

Apr 16: Dollar General recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO — American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Susan Ballard has selected Dollar General as the recipient of the 2013 Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL...

Apr 16: 2013 Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO - Araba Dawson-Andoh is the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

The Bogle Memorial Fund and the...

Apr 16: IRRT Announces recipients of the 2013 ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO - The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces three recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2013. These awards recognize the following exemplary services.

  • The ...
Apr 16: The Whole School Library Handbook 2

CHICAGO — A new edition of an ALA bestseller, “The Whole School Library Handbook 2,” published by ALA Editions, remains an indispensable all-in-one resource for everything related to the...

Apr 15: United for Libraries to present ‘Journey of a Young Adult Book – From Writer to Reader’ at Book Expo America

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries and Algonquin Books will present “Journey of a Young Adult Book: From Writer to Reader” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 in Room 1E16 at Book Expo America.  

Jennifer Brown, interim director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street...

Apr 15: United for Libraries to host webinar on ‘Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.

This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the...

Apr 15: State of America’s Libraries Report 2013

Libraries play a responsive role as budgets are cut, book challenges increase, ebooks present new challenges

CHICAGO — Libraries and library staff continue to respond to the needs of their communities, providing key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking...

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