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Jun 04: Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the...

Jun 03: Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to...

Jun 03: Reference, technology and adult literature featured in RUSA programs offered at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Seeking conference programming covering reference, reference technologies and the best books for adult readers? Look no further than the program slate for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

This year’s RUSA programs offer...

Jun 03: Be part of the ALA/People to People library tour to Costa Rica

CHICAGO - For 50 years People to People’s Citizen Ambassador Delegations have been providing rewarding professional opportunities by taking your career out of the office and into the world.

Now, People to People, in collaboration with the...

Jun 03: Free PLA webinar highlights self-publishing at the public library

CHICAGO – The advent of online self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to connect authors and readers in their communities. Learn more about the potential of this during PLA’s free webinar, “...

Jun 03: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards announced - celebrating 50 years

CHICAGO — In honor of the 50th anniversary of the awards, The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected six recipients to receive the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.  Biennially, representatives from ALA and AIA gather to celebrate the...

May 31: Erin McKean at ALCTS President’s Program in Chicago

CHICAGO — Erin McKean, founder of Wordnik.com and the former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical...

May 31: ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program presents Think with Your Eyes!

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) invites you to the 2013 Charlemae Rollins President’s...

May 29: International Crime—award-winning crime fiction authors at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Wolf Haas, Bayo Ojikutu, Zane Lovitt and Mark Billingham make up the not-to-be-missed “International Crime from Independent Publishers” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. These lauded...

May 29: USCIS panel discussion to highlight immigrant civic integration efforts in local libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — During this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will convene a panel discussion to explore the important role public libraries play in serving immigrant communities throughout the United...

May 29: Suggestions for making the most of Annual Conference offered in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go, returns 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 6. An expert-led panel will offer suggestions for how they’re...

May 29: An updated study of the information society’s continuity and change

CHICAGO — What is information? Who are the information rich and who are the information poor? How can there be equality of access for users in the light of the political, economic and cultural pressures that are placed upon information creators, gatherers and keepers? Set against a broad...

May 28: Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in Chicago co-sponsored by ASCLA and PLA

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants...

May 28: Thirty AASL members receive grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant in order to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing,...

May 28: AASL congratulates newly recognized NCATE-accredited programs

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) would like to congratulate the 12 programs recently granted AASL and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recognition.  National recognition is awarded to education master’s programs in school librarianship...

May 28: Registration closing soon for Business Reference 101 preconference offered by RUSA

CHICAGO — New business librarians and reference generalists won’t want to miss “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship,” a 2013 preconference hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA); registration...

May 28: Fourth edition of ALA glossary includes latest technology-related terms

CHICAGO — The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases — and there are so many floating around that even just reading an article in a professional journal can bewilder experienced librarians, to say nothing of those new...

May 24: Interactive advocacy sessions to be focus of Advocacy Corner at ALA Annual Conference; will highlight library PAC’s, roles of trustees and Friends

CHICAGO – Interactive advocacy workshops, discussions and presentations focused on critical advocacy topics are the focus of The Advocacy Corner, to take place in the Membership Pavilion at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Topics range from political action committees, budget...

May 24: Fourth edition of ALA glossary includes latest technology-related terms

CHICAGO— The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases—and there are so many floating around that even just reading an article in a professional journal can bewilder experienced librarians, to say nothing of those new to...

May 23: Explore YA and more at ‘Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!’ at ALA Annual, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present “Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at McCormick Place N227a at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Some of the most interesting books are designed for young adults, but people of...

May 23: Archival preservation—a seminal work now fully updated

CHICAGO — Access to archival material, the documentary heritage of people all over the world that gives them their identity and ensures their rights, is dependent on the survival of fragile materials: paper, parchment, photographic materials, audiovisual materials and, most recently, magnetic,...

May 23: Jennifer Gallant receives Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award

CHICAGO — The ALA Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Gallant has been chosen to receive the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award. The $1,000 Award, sponsored by Scarecrow Press, was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Dr....

May 22: New American Libraries supplement examines future of ebook lending

Washington, D.C.—Leading library practitioners and experts discuss promises and “Faustian bargains” of ebooks in the new American Libraries digital supplement Digital Content:...

May 21: Experience a taste of Poland with EMIERT and PALA at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table and the Polish American Librarians Association for a Taste of the Town, featuring a visit to the Polish Museum of America and family-...

May 21: Ghada Elturk wins 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, is the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biannually, the award recognizes a librarian for outstanding achievement and...

May 21: Explore outreach services during Bookmobile Saturday 2013 @ ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Libraries are extending their resources beyond their walls and into the communities they serve every day. Bookmobile Saturday, June 29, during ALA’s Annual Conference, gives attendees the opportunity to learn, gain inspiration and network. Learn about the trends, model practices and...

May 21: Amanda Meeks wins 2013 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship from Freedom to Read Foundation

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named Amanda Meeks as the sixth recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will...

May 21: Applications being accepted for 2014 class of ALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders.  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the...

May 21: Meet the 2013 Emerging Leaders at the Friday poster session and reception

CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago are invited to meet the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28. The ALA 2013 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the...

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