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Sep 04: ALCTS and LITA create metadata standards committee

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), with the support of Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), have created a new joint committee focused on the broad range of metadata standards...

Sep 04: Search begins for ALCTS 2013 professional recognition awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership...

Sep 04: Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration

PHILADELPHIA  — The free webcast “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration” is now available from United for Libraries.

This 40-minute webcast gives libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote...

Sep 04: A complete toolkit for library marketing

CHICAGO — As libraries continue to fight for their survival amid growing expectations, competition from online sources and wavering public perceptions, effective marketing is increasingly becoming a critical tool to ensure the continued support of users, stakeholders and society as a whole....

Aug 30: Common Core State Standards—Booklist offers multiple resources

CHICAGO— A new educational initiative brings enormous challenges for everyone, especially the teachers and librarians charged with summoning the energy and creativity required to implement the changes. Continuing its commitment to finding new ways to support school and public librarians and...

Aug 29: ALCTS seeking 2013 innovation awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Aug 28: A LITA guide to managing electronic resources

CHICAGO — Electronic resource management encompasses much more than turning on and off resources and tracking usage. Presented by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), “Managing Electronic...

Aug 28: Social media in reference eCourse back by popular demand

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of its facilitated eCourse, Reference Through Social Media: Developing Standards, Guidelines, and Policies. Sarah Steiner will serve as instructor for a three-week...

Aug 28: Learn to design effective library websites in workshop with David Lee King

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA TechSource announces a new session of its workshop featuring David Lee King, Building the Digital Branch: Designing Effective Library Websites.

Every library needs a presence on the Web...

Aug 28: What is open source software and what can it do for your library? New eCourse

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Open Source Software for Libraries: How it Works; What it Can do for You, with Diane Kovacs and Diane Adler.

Open source software offers libraries the opportunity to...

Aug 28: The definitive textbook for students of information science

CHICAGO — Leading international scholars offer a global perspective on the discipline in “Introduction to Information Science,” published by Neal-Schuman Publishers and...

Aug 28: Transliteracy takes center stage at AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO — Gain a deeper understanding of transliteracy during AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum, Transliteracy and the School Library Program, taking place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C. Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David...

Aug 28: New School Library Research articles available online

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of subscription databases, serving students with special needs or the dynamics that inhibit and/or enable school libraries to contribute to educational agendas are now available online as part of the American Association of School...

Aug 27: Register now for 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with higher education associations to offer the 2012 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Nov. 27-30, 2012, in Dana Point, Calif. and Dec. 2-5, 2012, in Amelia Island, Fla. The...

Aug 27: Tilley selected to present paper for YALSA’s 'Trends in YA Event' at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — A Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Jury chose Carol Tilley, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends in YA Services session at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Tilley’s...

Aug 27: AASL and NCLE provide school librarians with literacy resources

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined 30 other stakeholder groups representing educational, school and community leaders in support of the new National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). As a result of this collaboration, AASL members have the opportunity...

Aug 21: YA author Scott Westerfeld to keynote closing session for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — Scott Westerfeld, author of the Leviathan series, will be the keynote speaker for the general closing session of the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services...

Aug 21: RUSA’s Health Information 101 course now offers IACET CEUs; next offering in September, 2012

CHICAGO — Beginning with the upcoming fall offering in September, 2012, the online course "Health Information 101" offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the...

Aug 21: New RUSA online course provides foundation in interlibrary loan practices in public, academic libraries

CHICAGO — The first offering of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) 101, a new online course offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 14,...

Aug 21: Survey results indicate salaries for librarians in 2012 flat – and in some cases lower

CHICAGO — According to results of the newly-released 2012 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic, with a less than 1 percent increase, salaries for librarians are basically flat. Survey responses from public and academic libraries in all 50 states and the District of...

Aug 21: NEH, ALA announce new funding opportunity, film title, webinars, deadline for Muslim Journeys Bookshelf


Cash grants up to $4,500 will be available in January to support “Let’s Talk About It” programming

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced updates to...

Aug 21: On anniversary of Hurricane Irene, Pitney Bowes Foundation provides $35,000 to help school and public libraries

CHICAGO —Thanks to a generous grant of $35,000 from Pitney Bowes Foundation, the American Library Association has distributed $3,500 in donations to 10 libraries.  Last year, Hurricane Irene caused widespread destruction and major flooding in the Northeast during the last week of August 2011. ...

Aug 20: ACRL funds 2012 Spectrum Scholar Charlotte King

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Charlotte King as its 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar. King will attend the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science...

Aug 20: Building and managing e-book collections

CHICAGO — Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry, “Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ...

Aug 17: Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA)...

Aug 17: Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA)...

Aug 15: Voting now open for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens (aged 12-18) to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at...

Aug 14: Libraries prepare for Library Card Sign-up Month 2012

CHICAGO – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and libraries are preparing for the promotion, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all....

Aug 14: Travel with ALA’s ASCLA division to Italy, including Amalfi Coast, National Library and Vatican Museum

CHICAGO — The itinerary is set for ASCLA in Italy in spring 2013 - -the third tour abroad hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

This trip...

Aug 14: LLAMA webinar helps you navigate through physical and virtual library planning

CHICAGO — The library of the future needs to be a vibrant learning hub and an intellectual crossroads where the physical and the virtual spaces connect.  The transition from a physical library plan into a blended service model requires a solid methodology.  The Library Leadership and Management...

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