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Jun 25: Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO — Herald Whitaker Middle School in Salyersville, Ky., and Joplin High School, in Joplin, Mo. are the recipients of the first catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General...

Jun 24: Apply for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is encouraging libraries to apply for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway. Libraries can now apply for the giveaway through Sept. 1. More information about the grant and how to...

Jun 24: Science instruction and pre-service librarian and teacher instruction examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO — Two new research articles are now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). "School Library Research offers research...

Jun 24: New from ACRL: Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians,” written by Christopher V. Hollister of the University at Buffalo.

The “Handbook of...

Jun 24: Cardenas-Dow named 2013 ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program leadership moment contest winner

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are pleased to announce that Melissa Cardenas-Dow, outreach/behavioral sciences librarian at the University of Redlands Armacost Library, has been selected as the...

Jun 21: Steiner named C&RL social media editor

CHICAGO - Sarah Steiner of Georgia State University (GSU) has been appointed to the post of social media editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL), a new position created by the C&RL editorial board and the ACRL Publications Coordinating...

Jun 21: Dr. Mark Edwards, 2013 Superintendent of the Year and digital revolutionary, to speak at AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO — Mark Edwards, the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year and recent host to President Obama during the announcement of the White House’s ConnectED initiative, will speak at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL)...

Jun 21: Developing language and literacy through storytimes

CHICAGO — Recognizing that informed, caring adults are critical to supporting early literacy development, “Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy,” published by...

Jun 21: Burke’s fourth edition of 'The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion'

CHICAGO— Booklist wrote that the third edition of “The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff,” by John J. Burke, “truly succeeds in elucidating the complexities of library technology and...

Jun 21: Authors, speakers, and program finalized for 2013 ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Continuing last year’s theme of Mapping Transformation, 2013 ALA Virtual Conference’s two-day program (July 24 and 25) is finalized, including high-profile authors for lunchtime conversations. Sessions offer starting points for...

Jun 20: 'Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff into Federal Advocacy!' at ALA Annual, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff into Federal Advocacy!” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 30 at McCormick Place S103a at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Jeffrey...

Jun 20: RDA and serials cataloging

CHICAGO — Serials and continuing resources present a variety of unique challenges in bibliographic management, from special issues and unnumbered supplements to recording the changes that a long-running periodical can experience over time. “...

Jun 19: Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on...

Jun 19: American Library Association (ALA) 2011-12 Annual Report highlights initiatives, milestones

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2011-12 Annual Report, an overview of the association’s initiatives and accomplishments on behalf of the library profession.

The report highlights the key initiatives...

Jun 18: Learn how to engage young adults at ‘Teens on Boards, Oh Yes!’, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present  “Teens on Boards, Oh Yes! Library Boards, Friends Boards, and Engaging Teens” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at McCormick Place N427d at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A panel of speakers will share their experiences...

Jun 18: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 in McCormick Place S501bc at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics...

Jun 18: PR Forum topic: 'Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding'

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, branding expert, NYU professor and Forbes.com blogger, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30,  McCormick Place Convention Center S40,on the topic:  “The $84 Question: Why...

Jun 18: United for Libraries welcomes all 83 libraries in North Dakota as members

PHILADELPHIA — All 83 libraries in North Dakota are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the North Dakota State Library.

“The North Dakota State Library has enrolled the public libraries of the state in United for Libraries with the...

Jun 18: Helping library patrons become citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information and promote civic engagement. Join government experts at the 2013 Annual American...

Jun 18: ALA Task Force releases digital literacy recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force recently released its recommendations to advance and sustain library engagement in digital literacy initiatives nationwide. These...

Jun 18: Park wins Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Sung Jae Park as the winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Measuring Public Library Accessibility: A Case Study Using GIS,”...

Jun 18: AASL recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project, which established model school libraries across the United States. The project was a result of a $1.1 million grant funded by the Knapp Foundation of North...

Jun 18: Judith Platt, Sen. Russell Feingold win 2013 FTRF Roll of Honor Awards

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced that past FTRF president Judith Platt and former Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold are the recipients of the 2013 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Awards...

Jun 18: Susan M. Schnuer receives 2013 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's (ALA) International Relations Committee has chosen Susan M. Schnuer, associate director at the University of Illinois' Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, to receive this year's John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award .

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Jun 17: United for Libraries adds ‘Evaluating the Library Director’ course as part of Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA – The course “Evaluating the Library Director,” led by past ALA president Sarah Ann Long, has been added to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

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Jun 17: ALA joins others to support Treaty for the Blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association supports the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that would allow the lending of accessible content to print-disabled people around the world. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference that will finalize the treaty...

Jun 17: Weisburg’s career planner for school librarians

CHICAGO — In theory if not in practice, traditional school library career planning went something like this: get a degree, find a job, work towards tenure, then remain in the same district until retirement. If that was ever actually the case, it certainly isn’t any longer. School librarians know...

Jun 17: 'Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options...

Jun 17: LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group to host discussion on public speaking skills for librarians

CHICAGO — Public speaking is a vital skill for all librarians, but outreach and other events don’t always go quite as planned.  Everyone should be prepared to improvise and maintain their composure when faced with unexpected challenges.  Both novice and experienced librarians and library workers...

Jun 17: Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at Annual Conference, June 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four libraries recognized for their use of cutting-edge technologies in library services will share information on the development and impact of these services at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 30 in McCormick Place Convention...

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