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Feb 04: Video contest challenges students to let loose their creativity

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2013 student video contest “Communities matter @ your library.” Contestants are urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/...

Feb 04: School librarians shine as part of Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO  — Digital Learning Day, taking place Feb. 6, is a nationwide celebration of teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, education experience.

Nine lesson plans featured as part of “...

Feb 04: ALA Council approves dues adjustment proposal

CHICAGO — On January 29th at its meeting in Seattle during the Midwinter Meeting, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved a dues adjustment proposal and directed that it be placed on the spring ALA ballot for membership approval.

If...

Feb 01: YALSA names 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages 12-...

Jan 31: 'Check In' to participate in a free webinar for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO–  Visit the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2013 Teen Tech Week™ website, www.ala.org/teentechweek, to take part in the annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library and receive free registration for...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

SEATTLE— The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. The list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented annually at...

Jan 31: YALSA names 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

SEATTLE– The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults ages 12-18 and is presented...

Jan 31: ALA Techsource welcomes back the popular tablets in libraries workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource is offering a new session of the popular workshop, "Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services" with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

Spurred by the launch of...

Jan 31: Learn how to bring patrons in with a great music collection

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces another session of its best-selling workshop, "Building a Music Collection that Brings People to Your Library" with Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon.

Despite the rise of digital music, CDs are...
Jan 31: Sue Polanka's e-books workshop back by popular demand

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource announces another session of its best-selling workshop, "Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library," with Sue Polanka.

With the recent explosion in the popularity of e-...

Jan 31: ALA President, Secretary Hillary Clinton sign 'Declaration of Learning'

Washington—On Wednesday, Jan. 30, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with twelve government agencies and organizations, to sign the “Declaration of Learning,” a statement that formally announces their partnership...

Jan 31: FINRA Investor Education Foundation and ALA announce $1.12 million in grants to support financial literacy

WASHINGTON—The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.12 million in grants to 14 recipients as part of the Smart investing@your library® initiative.
...

Jan 31: Knowledge Quest webinar aligns graphic novels to the standards

CHICAGO – In a new Knowledge Quest webinar hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), writer Katie Monnin will guide attendees through aligning graphic novels to various national standards, including the AASL learning standards and the Common Core State Standards. “...

Jan 29: 2013 Rainbow Books list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

SEATTLE – The 2013 Rainbow Books list, a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.

The...

Jan 29: Midwinter attendees hear about groundbreaking community engagement initiative, discuss future of libraries

SEATTLE - Librarians and library supporters gathered in Seattle from Jan. 25-29 to discuss ways that libraries can engage and transform their communities, as well as keep current on the issues facing public, school, academic and special libraries. Those topics included ebook lending, increasing...

Jan 29: Program proposals for Conversation Starters, Ignite Sessions and ALA Virtual Conference accepted through Feb. 17

CHICAGO - Your dynamic presentation might be the one that moves the needle forward for the profession.

Inspire others by submitting a proposal for one-hour "Conversation Starters" and five-minute "Ignite" sessions for 2013 ALA Annual...

Jan 29: 2013 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

 CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Walla Walla Community College Library, Walla Walla, Wash.;...

Jan 29: 2013 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

SEATTLE — The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2013 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, held Jan. 25-29, 2013.

The bibliography consists of well written and illustrated books...

Jan 29: 2013 Stonewall Book Awards Announced

SEATTLE – The 2013 Stonewall Book Awards were announced today by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works...

Jan 29: ALA will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®, a literacy initiative for adult English language...

Jan 29: 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL

SEATTLE - Linda Glaser and Adam Gustavson, author and illustrator of "Hannah’s Way," Louise Borden author of "His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg," and Deborah Heiligman, author of "Intentions," are the 2013 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the Mid-...

Jan 29: American Library Association announces 2013 list of Notable Videos for Adults

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2013 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15...

Jan 28: American Library Association announces 2013 youth media award winners

SEATTLE — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows...

Jan 28: 'In Darkness' wins 2013 Printz Award

SEATTLE — “In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake and published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers,has won the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Meeting,...

Jan 28: 2013 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

SEATTLE — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today during the...

Jan 28: Sheinkin wins 2013 Sibert Medal

SEATTLE — Steve Sheinkin, author of “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” was named the winner of the 2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2012. The award was announced today by the Association for...

Jan 28: David Díaz y Benjamín Alire Sáenz ganan premios Pura Belpré

SEATTLE — David Díaz, ilustrador de “Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert”; y Benjamín Alire Sáenz, autor de “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”fueron seleccionados como los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración Pura Belpré 2013, y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2013...

Jan 28: Demetria Tucker 2013 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

SEATTLE — Demetria Tucker is the recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 25 – 29 in Seattle.

“Through consummate...

Jan 28: Andrea Davis Pinkney, Bryan Collier win 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

SEATTLE — Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” and Bryan Collier, illustrator of “I, Too, Am America,” are the winners of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and...

Jan 28: Brilliance Audio wins 2013 Odyssey Award for The Fault in Our Stars

SEATTLE — Brilliance Audio, producer of the audiobook, “The Fault in Our Stars” won the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 – 29 in Seattle.

The...

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