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Oct 02: October 2012 online courses from RUSA: Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101

CHICAGO — The next sessions of Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101, two popular online courses offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), begin in mid-October; registration is now available for both individual participants and groups.

RUSA’s online learning...

Oct 02: AASL receives NCLE grant to create personal learning network

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has received a grant from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to create a personal learning network centered on the topic of its 2012 Fall Forum – transliteracy. The funding will be used support school librarians and...

Oct 02: Registration and housing now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are now open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.  Details will follow in the coming weeks; in the meantime, in addition to being in the popular city of...

Oct 02: Best-selling author and visionary Steven Johnson at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle can be ready for a presentation they won't forget, from Auditorium Speaker Steven Johnson, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. One of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture, Johnson will offer his...

Oct 02: AASL releases white paper on technology use in schools

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools.  The paper covers...

Oct 02: Friends of the Library groups recognized with United for Libraries’ Best Friends Awards

PHILADELPHIA —Nine Friends of the Library groups have received Best Friends Awards from United for Libraries.

Best Friends Awards are given to Friends groups for outstanding publicity and marketing materials that promote the group and its programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate...

Oct 02: Call for nominations: The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are being sought for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.  Nominations must be submitted to ALA's International Relations Office by Dec. 1.

The citation began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president...

Oct 02: Apply now for ACRL’s Immersion ’13 Program

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’13 Program. Complete program details and application materials are on the ACRL website.  The application...

Oct 02: Libraries and Online Learning: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO — Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership. Never has this partnership been more important or wide-ranging than in today's online environment.   “Libraries and Online Learning: A Powerful Partnership,”  a Midwinter Symposium from the Association for...

Oct 02: A comparative study of libraries and archives

CHICAGO — Despite the fact that they have different legal statuses, legal frameworks and operational workflows, some politicians and bureaucrats think that there is much to gain if libraries and archives work closely together or even merge. In “...

Oct 02: User studies for digital library development

CHICAGO — As the information environment becomes increasingly electronic, digital libraries have proliferated, but the focus has often been on innovations in technology and not the user. “User Studies For Digital Library Development,” published by...

Oct 02: Social media for academics

CHICAGO—“Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide” uniquely addresses the needs of academics, demonstrating how to use social media to benefit their teaching and research. This new book is edited by Diane Rasmussen Neal, a professor...

Oct 02: The core concepts of information organization management

CHICAGO — A significant step towards developing a body of management knowledge pertinent to the context of Library Information Science (LIS), “Management of Information Organizations,” published by...

Sep 28: An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. 

The open letter states:

It’s a rare thing in a...

Sep 28: American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Library Association (ALA) released new data to update “Diversity Counts,” a comprehensive study of gender, race, age and disability in the library profession. 

Using 2009-2010 American Community Survey analyses, new data reveals a small gain—from 11 percent...

Sep 28: Unlocking the educational potential of audiobooks for youth

CHICAGO — Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today’s “born digital” generation. Mary Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the...

Sep 28: Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s fall online course

CHICAGO — School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups, and how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out how in...

Sep 28: National Reading Group Month chooses Booklist again as sponsoring partner

CHICAGO — Booklist, the ALA’s review source, has been selected for the fifth year as a partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM),...

Sep 26: Bill Moyers calls out book censors for Banned Books Week

CHICAGO — Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the...

Sep 26: ALA partners in Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 3-5

CHICAGO —ALA is pleased to join the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference again as a partner. During this unique global conversation on the current and future state of libraries and celebration of innovation, ALA staff and members will share expertise and content in several sessions on the...

Sep 25: ALA President expresses deep concern and dismay about closure of Georgia Archives to the public

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan sent  the following letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal regarding the recent announcement to close the Georgia Archives to the public:

“As President of the American Library Association, with more than 60,000...

Sep 25: October webinars from ALCTS

Chicago — Now is the time to register for the October webinars from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Priced at $39 for ALCTS members and $49 for others, these webinars offer great value on timely topics.  Register now! 

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Sep 25: United for Libraries secures $75,000 from Neal-Schuman Foundation

Citizens-Save-Libraries grants will target 20 threatened communities for advocacy training

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has secured $75,000 from the Neal-Schuman Foundation to support library advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets. The Citizens-Save-...

Sep 25: Still time to apply for the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

CHICAGO — There is less than a week left to apply for the  2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National...

Sep 25: ACRL offering e-Learning scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars. Twelve e-Learning scholarships will be awarded – seven covering the registration cost...

Sep 25: AASL introduces new dues category for unemployed school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the addition of a non-salaried/unemployed dues category to its membership rates.  The new category, which includes librarians earning less than $25,000 per year or not currently employed, allows those...

Sep 25: PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the...

Sep 25: School librarians called to raise awareness of the impact of filtering on student learning

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in...

Sep 25: YALSA appoints Linda W. Braun editor of Young Adult Library Services

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Linda W. Braun as the member editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS).

“I'm thrilled that Linda Braun will be our new YALS editor, YALSA President...

Sep 25: Learn all about makerspaces in free webinar series

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource and Library Boing Boing are making available an exciting new series of free webinars, Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. In this series of four 60-minute...

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