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Jun 06: The latest assessment of public libraries and future employment

CHICAGO — Presenting the latest and most comprehensive assessment of public librarians’ education and career paths, “A Strong Future for Public Library Use and Employment” reports on a large-scale research project performed by...

Jun 06: Space still available for Advocacy Institute focusing on boomers, staff and students

CHICAGO – Space is still available for the “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011. Advanced registration is...

Jun 03: Celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature at the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO – The Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast from 7 - 9 a....

Jun 03: Lush, Galbo and Sankey awarded 2011 LITA Scholarships

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is announcing the awarding of the annual scholarships it sponsors jointly with three organizations:  Baker & Taylor, LSSI and OCLC, Inc. These scholarships are for master’s...

Jun 03: 2011 ACRL President’s Program innovation contest winners

CHICAGO –In conjunction with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) President’s Program at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the association sponsored a contest to identify exciting library innovation projects using teams to implement new ideas. Given the high...

Jun 02: ALTAFF releases toolkit for Friends groups on attracting and keeping baby boomer volunteers

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made available to ALTAFF’s Friends and Foundation personal and group members a new toolkit titled “Tapping Into the Biggest and Most Active...

Jun 02: Office for Information Technology Policy offers ‘perspectives’ on digitizing hidden collections in first publication of new series

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released the first publication of “OITP Perspectives” – a new publication series created to complement...

Jun 02: ALSC announces winners of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

Four winners were awarded the Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship, which is made possible by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. All four recipients will...

Jun 02: Free webinar: Introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, June 7, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar on LSSC and how it works. 

The...

May 31: AASL conference Ning builds community before, during and after national conference

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 15th National Conference and Exhibition will have a chance to build community and network before touching down in Minneapolis this October 27-30 thanks to the AASL 2011 Conference Ning located at...

May 31: AASL book discussion turns the page in anticipation of national conference

CHICAGO – As part of the countdown to the 15th National Conference and Exhibition Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis, the  American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a 10-week book discussion group on the One Book, One Conference read, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our...

May 31: Karl Marlantes receives 2011 W.Y. Boyd Literary Award

CHICAGO – "Matterhorn: A Novel of  The Vietnam War," by Karl Marlantes,  published by Atlantic Monthly Press and El León Literary Arts, is the winner of the 2011 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”
The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award...

May 31: Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in New Orleans

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference—an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute...

May 31: Get street smart with YALSA’s June street lit webinar

CHICAGO — Street lit’s appeal extends well beyond urban teens! Find out more about this increasingly popular genre of literature and how to incorporate it into your library at YALSA’s June webinar, Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers, hosted by Megan Honig.

Participants will...

May 31: Talk outreach to LGBTQ teens in YALSA’s June YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum next week on outreach to LGBTQ teens. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The...

May 31: Going mobile @ your library: How libraries can serve mobile phone users

Joe Murphy to speak at ALA PR Forum

CHICAGO – The proliferation of mobile phones and the advent of smart phones are changing the way people use information. Libraries can also take advantage of this new environment to showcase themselves.

Joe Murphy,...

May 31: School librarians identified as “go-to” person for digital content

CHICAGO – School librarians have been identified as the “go-to” people for digital content in a recently published report by the national education non-profit group, Project Tomorrow.  The report, “...

May 31: Pura Belpré Award celebrates 15th anniversary with "Quinces" celebración at Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) will  hold a gala of the Quinces for the Pura Belpré Award this year at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans...

May 31: Discover what interviewers are really seeking

CHICAGO - You have been invited for an interview and now it’s time to get ready! What do you need to do to prepare yourself to ace the interview and stand out from other candidates?  To find out, attend the ALA JobLIST Placement Center's session entitled, "What Are Interviewers Really Looking...

May 31: "Improving Your Odds: Great Job Hunting Strategies to Land the Job You Really Want"

CHICAGO - Are you planning a job change? Anticipating layoffs at your library? Looking for your first library position? Have you been in the job market for a while? Or, are you trying to help your library users with their job hunts? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should...

May 31: Tayari Jones among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "Celebrating Southern Writers" event at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Celebrating Southern Writers” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 25 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....

May 31: Learn "How to Be Successful When Searching for Academic Library Positions"

CHICAGO - If you are an academic librarian in search of either your first or another academic library position, you will want to attend the ALA JobLIST Placement Center's session entitled "How to Be Successful When Searching for Academic Library Positions - An Insider's Perspective" from 1:30...

May 31: New from ACRL: Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction,” edited by Cassandra Kvenild and Kaijsa Calkins of...

May 31: An updated guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2011 award and honor books, the new edition of “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions in...

May 27: Abigail McDermott receives LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

CHICAGO – Abigail McDermott, currently enrolled in the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, has been named the winner of the 2011 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of...

May 27: A complete handbook of interlibrary loan practices

CHICAGO—Collections are increasingly shared among libraries, and the new third edition of “Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook,” published by ALA Editions, gives library staff the tools...

May 25: Christopher M. Finan receives 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO – Christopher M. Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), longtime member of the Media Coalition and member and chair of the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship, is the recipient of the 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)...

May 25: Winners in ALA President Roberta Stevens’ Why I Need My Library teen video contest announced

CHICAGO–Of the 157 videos entered into the Why I Need My Library teen video contest, it was two original music videos that rose to the top, netting $3,000 in prize money from ALA for their creators’ libraries.

Danielle Driggers’...

May 25: New Jersey State Library shares its new initiative for job seekers with libraries nationwide

Access promotional tools through the Campaign for America’s Libraries website

CHICAGO – Posters, bookmarks and other free downloadable promotional tools  from  the New Jersey State Library’s “NJ works @ your library” initiative are now available for free download...

May 24: Advocacy Institute at Annual to focus on boomers, staff and students as vocal library supporters

CHICAGO – Space is still available for the “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 24. Advanced registration is...

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