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Jul 31: Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology-trainer course in September

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and...

Jul 30: ALCTS offers exciting new guides and webinars for “Sudden Selectors”

CHICAGO — Library professionals suddenly tasked with selecting resources in new and unfamiliar subject areas have two new books and webinars to help them from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

ALCTS Publishing has released two new guides:...

Jul 27: 'Socialize' AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum and win!

CHICAGO —  Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum are invited to pin, tweet and post their way into a drawing for an autographed copy of keynote speaker Henry Jenkins’ book “Convergence Culture.” To enter, attendees are asked to share their excitement...

Jul 27: $20 or less: Craft on the cheap with YALSA’s August webinar

CHICAGO — Crafting programs are a mainstay of teen services at the library but the supply costs can add up! But there are some creative ways to extend the teen services budget — a little glue and a lot of innovation—and ensure that teens can have fun making a variety of projects at your library...

Jul 27: Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association chosen as site for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association in Rochester, N.Y. as the site of the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture...

Jul 27: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library

CHICAGO — Many libraries and museums have already adapted to the current information climate and work with Google, Facebook, Twitter and iTunes to deliver information to their users—but not all.  In “Google This! Putting Google and Other Social...

Jul 25: AASL Fall Forum Ning opens the transliteracy conversation

CHICAGO — All are invited to become a part of the conversation on the range of skills comprising the concept of transliteracy, the focus of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum, by joining the new AASL 2012 Fall Forum Ning...

Jul 25: AASL joins nearly 3,000 organizations to make voice of nondefense discretionary programs heard

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and others from the nondefense discretionary (NDD) community have delivered a letter to Congress urging leaders to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD...

Jul 24: There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes Sept. 8

CHICAGO — With the Major League Baseball season more than halfway over, now is a great time to remind library users that there’s still time to win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

As part of the...

Jul 24: Save $5 on professional development and collection development books from YALSA this summer

CHICAGO — Stock up on professional development this summer with a sale on three of the best-reviewed titles from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and ALA Editions! These three titles, written by teen services experts, offer practical guidance on all things teen at the library...

Jul 24: Find outstanding program evaluation tools and more in 'The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual' from YALSA

CHICAGO — Summer reading programs are in full swing across the country—just in time for library staff to appreciate the helpful evaluation materials in "The Complete Summer Reading Program Manual: From Planning to Evaluation," ...

Jul 24: An all-in-one 'Reference reference'

CHICAGO — As Carolyn M. Mulac writes in the introduction to her new book “Fundamentals of Reference,” the purpose of the work “is to present an outline of the big picture that is reference.” Published by...

Jul 24: Learn to build programs for teens, by teens in new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library with Jennifer Velásquez.

Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as the one in...

Jul 24: Applications due Aug. 1 to edit YALSA’s award-winning quarterly journal

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS), and its online companion. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1....

Jul 23: Nominations sought for the best curriculum based apps

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting nominations for its new Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition. Nominations are being solicited for apps that encourage...

Jul 23: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO — This September, Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion Troy Polamalu will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up...

Jul 23: A dazzling array of new products debut in the Fall 2012 ALA Graphics Catalog

CHICAGO — With more than 25 new products and the entire backlist of available items, the latest ALA Graphics catalog (PDF) is a complete resource guide. Featuring the new...

Jul 23: PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back...

Jul 20: LITA offering two Web courses in August

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available two Web Courses: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library and Getting Started with GIS,...

Jul 20: On-Demand Webinars from PLA let you learn when you want, where you want

CHICAGO — On-Demand Webinars from the Public Library Association (PLA) offer affordable, anytime access to archived PLA webinars. Nearly 20 webinars are currently available, with more being added each month. Current topic...

Jul 20: Nominating committee continues to seek candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Nominating Committee reminds all interested ALA members that the deadline for completing the candidate biographical form is quickly approaching – the form will close on Aug. 17.  The committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2013 spring...

Jul 20: Registration closes July 31 for the 2012-2013 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — Registration will end July 31 for the 2012-2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Register your library at www.ala.org/wrestlemania for the ninth annual challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a...

Jul 19: ALA, PLA presidents release joint letter to halt closure of Sunland Park (N.M.) Community Library

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan and Public Library Association President Eva Poole distributed a joint letter to members of the Sunland Park (N.M.) City Council to urge that it take library service off the chopping block, as the council attempts to reduce the...

Jul 19: The fundamentals of managing reference collections

CHICAGO — Whether a library’s reference collection is large or small, it needs constant attention. Carol A. Singer's book “Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections,” published by ALA...

Jul 17: By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated...

Jul 17: New free webinar: Introducing the Book as iPad App

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource is offering a new free webinar, Introducing the Book as iPad App. At 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 23, its expert panel will provide an overview of the ALA Annual Conference from a technology perspective. Registration for...

Jul 17: ALCTS awards Transforming Collections micro grants

CHICAGO — Transforming Collections micro grants have been awarded to two projects: preserving digitally published open access works and digitizing a foundation collection in health sciences. The micro grants of $1,500 each were given to the University of Maryland Baltimore County library and the...

Jul 17: Free LLAMA webinar gives practical tips for entry-level interviews

CHICAGO — While there is a lot of information out there about how to write a good resume and cover letter, there is much less on how to do well in an interview, especially advice written since the recession started. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free...

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