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Jan 17: American Library Association invites President Obama on a school library tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association commends the first family for its service to a school library on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  On Monday Jan. 16, ...

Jan 17: Huron Street Press furthers ALA’s mission to the public

CHICAGO — Taking ALA Publishing beyond its traditional market of library and information professionals, the American Library Association announces the launch of a new publishing imprint, Huron Street Press. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all...

Jan 17: IRRT supports Emerging Leader Valeria Gallo-Stampino

CHICAGO - IRRT is delighted to announce that Valeria Gallo-Stampino has been selected as the 2012 IRRT candidate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program.  Valerie will receive a small award from IRRT to assist with the program costs.

Valeria currently...

Jan 17: Two AASL committees turn White House petition for school libraries into teachable moment

CHICAGO - Utilizing Carl Harvey’s petition for school libraries on WhiteHouse.gov as a teachable moment, the AASL Advocacy and Legislation Committees have developed a wiki site for high school librarians to raise awareness of the historical roots of the petition process.  The site, located at...

Jan 17: Friends of the Library groups: Fill out ALTAFF’s survey for a chance to win

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey for Friends of the Library groups. The survey can be accessed at http://www....

Jan 17: YALSA Academy launches on YouTube

CHICAGO — YALSA Academy, a new online educational video initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association, launches on Jan. 17 at www.youtube.com/yalsa1957. The channel offers free training videos on popular, practical professional...

Jan 17: Start the conversation at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting, Dallas

CHICAGO - Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas in the Exhibits Hall at Booth # 1835, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out...

Jan 17: ALCTS announces upcoming continuing education events

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) offers a wide variety of online continuing education opportunities through e-forums, webinars and Web courses.  Below is a list of upcoming events for the winter and spring.  New courses, additional details,...

Jan 17: Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award named for Mike Morgan and Larry Romans

CHICAGO- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association has unveiled a new name for the newest Stonewall Book Award: the Stonewall Book Awards-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.  In recognition...

Jan 11: An invaluable guide to where the money is

CHICAGO — Sometimes a grant can make the difference between maintaining or cutting services, especially at a time when no institution is immune from the budget crunch. Completely overhauled since its last edition, “The ALA Book of...

Jan 11: Book Links magazine's 2011 top 30 titles for K–8 classrooms and libraries

CHICAGO - Book Links magazine announces the annual annotated Lasting Connections list, spotlighting the editors’ selections of the 30 best 2011 picture books, novels and informational titles for K-8 libraries and classrooms. Lasting Connections is considered an essential collection...

Jan 10: Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano opens Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

CHICAGO - Emmy® winner and author Sonia Manzano will open the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

Manzano was named one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Español for her work playing Maria on "Sesame Street," a...

Jan 10: ALA, Tribeca Film Institute present 'America’s Music,' film viewing and discussion series for libraries

Apply by March 14 to receive a $2,500 programming grant

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce America’s Music: A Film...

Jan 10: New workshop will show how to serve deaf patrons

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library with Kathy MacMillan, a new two-part workshop that will take place on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 and 29, 2012.

MacMillan, librarian and certified American Sign...

Jan 10: Learn to integrate iPads and tablets into library services: New session of popular workshop

CHICAGO - By popular demand, 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.

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Jan 10: An active exhibit floor at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - For those attending ALA Midwinter Meeting Jan. 20-24 in Dallas, carving out some dedicated time for the Exhibits Hall is highly recommended, with its 430 exhibiting organizations, PopTop stage and “Spotlight on Adult Literature” ...

Jan 10: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long ...

Jan 10: Register by January 13 and save on advocacy preconferences at Midwinter

CHICAGO – Room still available for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and save $25 off the combined registration (for the first ...

Jan 10: ALA becomes Authorized Provider of IACET Continuing Education Units

Prestigious Authorization Demonstrates Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning

CHICAGO  – The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded American Library Association the...

Jan 10: Early bird registration for PLA 2012 ends this Friday

CHICAGO — There are only a few days left to take advantage of early bird savings on registration for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 13...

Jan 10: Renowned author and media studies scholar, Henry Jenkins, anchors AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to welcome renowned author and media studies scholar Henry Jenkins as keynote speaker and primary facilitator of the 2012 Fall Forum. Author and editor of more than a dozen books on media and popular culture, Jenkins will...

Jan 10: Get your questions answered during an Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Facebook Forum

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 18, the Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), will host a live, hour-long Facebook Forum with guest Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, on the...

Jan 10: GLBTRT launches Stonewall Book Awards fundraising campaign

CHICAGO - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association has announced a new fundraising campaign to support the Stonewall Book Awards program, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books.    

Since Isabel Miller's...

Jan 10: ALA welcomes inclusion of digital literacy in FCC Lifeline and Linkup modernization proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes this week’s remarks of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Genachowski on the modernization...

Jan 10: Win $250 from YALSA for your great idea

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks innovative ideas from its members for its Great Ideas contest. Through March 16, YALSA will accept applications from YALSA members that help the association meet its strategic goals. YALSA seeks ideas that will:

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Jan 10: Steve Berry named Preservation Week 2012 national spokesman

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry has been named the first national spokesperson for Preservation Week (April 22-28, 2012).

Berry will make an appearance at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  He will keynote the Preservation...

Jan 09: Kausch named YALSA’s 2012 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Carrie Kausch, librarian at Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, Va., as its inaugural Board Fellow. Kausch will begin serving as board fellow in June 2012.

The YALSA Board Fellow program...

Jan 09: Renee Hobbs named as Fellow at ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has named Dr. Renee Hobbs as its most recent OITP Fellow. Her term extends through 2012.

Dr. Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education and is...

Jan 09: Discuss serving religious teens in YALSA’s January YA Forum

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will feature serving religious teens in its monthly YA Forum discussion, held for members this month at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa. Throughout the week, YALSA members are...

Jan 09: Through matching gift, YALSA raises more than $1,200 for needy teens

CHICAGO — After a December fundraising drive, the Young Adult Library Services Association raised more than $1,200 for the division’s Books for Teens initiative. YALSA’s goal was to raise $500 in December 2011 to trigger a...

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