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Nov 22: ALA calls for Penguin Group to restore e-book access to library patrons

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Penguin Group (USA), announced it was discontinuing the lending of new e-book titles to library patrons.  In addition, library patrons with the Amazon Kindle e-reader will no longer be able to check-out any Penguin titles from libraries.

American...

Nov 22: Long named REFORMA Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, has selected Alicia Long, library assistant at the State College of Florida and a recent MLIS graduate from the University of South Florida, for the 2012 ALA Emerging...

Nov 22: Eleven preconferences offer in-depth public library education at PLA 2012

CHICAGO –Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have the opportunity to get a head start on professional development before the conference is fully underway. On March 13 and 14,...

Nov 22: Abrams named 2012 ALSC Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced Ingrid Abrams of the Brooklyn Public Library as its representative in the 2012 Emerging Leader program.

As a children’s...

Nov 22: Applications for ALTAFF’s National Friends of Libraries Week Awards due Dec. 1

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is accepting applications for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards through Dec. 1, 2011.

National Friends of Libraries Week, which this year was held Oct. 16-22, offers a two-fold...

Nov 22: Reach tween readers with YALSA's graphic novels webinar

CHICAGO —  Tween readers have shown a healthy appetite for graphic novels, but finding age-appropriate materials for middle schoolers can be difficult! Find out how you can build a great graphic novel collection for your middle grade readers in YALSA’s Dec. 15 webinar, “Graphic Novels and Teen...

Nov 21: Semantic Web/Linked Data experts address ALCTS symposium

CHICAGO -  “Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: Positioning Our Catalogs to Participate in the 21st Century Global Information Marketplace,” the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium, brings together the leading experts in the fields of linked library data and the Semantic Web from 8:30 a.m. to 4...

Nov 21: ACRL offering e-Learning scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars. Fifteen e-Learning scholarships will be awarded, 10 covering the registration cost...

Nov 21: An eye-opening look at graphic novels in the school library

CHICAGO— Many educators now agree that graphic novels inform as well as entertain, and to dismiss their educational potential is to throw away a golden opportunity to reach out to young readers. “Graphic Novels in Your School Library...

Nov 17: Lifelong learning @ your library

CHICAGO –  Libraries are synonymous with lifelong learning. In today’s tough economy, the spotlight shines on the services libraries offer to job seekers, but libraries remain a place of lifelong learning for all, including library staff. 

As part of its Online @ your library...

Nov 17: ALA alarmed at seizure of Occupy Wall Street library, loss of irreplaceable material

CHICAGO -The People’s Library, a library constructed by the New York Occupy Wall Street movement, was seized in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, by the New York Police Department during a planned raid to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park. The library held a collection...

Nov 17: Jamal Joseph to keynote 13th annual Arthur Curley Lecture

CHICAGO – Author and activist Jamal Joseph will deliver the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  Joseph will speak at 4 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Dallas Convention Center.

In the 1960s, Jamal Joseph...

Nov 15: School library leaders provide 30-second insights in new video podcast series

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to present its new video podcast series 30 Second Thought Leadership:  Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community.  The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and practical advice...

Nov 15: Conversations on transforming libraries are highlights of ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Two afternoons of deep conversation about the evolving needs of our communities and how we can transform libraries and librarianship to meet their challenges will take place at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting. Hosted by ALA President Molly Raphael, the conversations will be a...

Nov 15: YALSA publishes fall issue of Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO - The fall 2011 issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is now available at yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. This special issue is focused on the...

Nov 15: Chan named as Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO -- The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s (APALA) Scholarships and Awards Committee is proud to announce Tina Chan, reference and instruction librarian at the State University of New York, Oswego, Penfield Library as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Asian/Pacific American...

Nov 15: New session of Teaching Information Literacy to College Students eCourse begins in January

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of Joanna Burkhardt's facilitated eCourse on Teaching Information Literacy to College Students. Burkhardt, professor and head librarian at the University of Rhode...

Nov 15: Applications due Dec. 1 for YALSA member awards and grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), offers more than $90,000 in grants and awards each year to its members to travel to ALA conferences, to support collection development, to honor outstanding contributions to...

Nov 15: AASL sponsors Gutierrez and Kelly as Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join 75 of their peers as the fourth year of the program kicks off at the ALA 2012...

Nov 15: Improve your library instruction with five-minute assessment: New workshop with Sarah Steiner

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner.

When you’ve got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled...

Nov 15: New from ACRL: 'International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success'

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Succes...

Nov 15: Adam Goodman and James Hilton featured speakers at ALCTS Virtual Symposium

CHICAGO - “Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today's Libraries,” an ALCTS Virtual Symposium, launches Jan. 9, 2012 with Dr. Adam Goodman and ends Jan. 13, 2012 with Dr. James Hilton.  These thought-provoking presentations from outstanding content leaders focus on important aspects...

Nov 15: PLA sponsors Emerging Leader and public librarian Heather Beverley

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Heather Beverley, children’s librarian and technology/young adult consultant at Cook Memorial Public Library District (Ill.) as its representative for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

The Emerging Leaders...

Nov 15: Champion Connections empower diverse voices

CHICAGO - The most successful careers are built on the help and support of generous colleagues — peers who collaborate and support growth, mentors who help develop specific skills and champions who recommend and advocate involvement at the next levels of leadership.   As part of 2011-2012 ALA...

Nov 15: The fundamentals of small public library management

CHICAGO — Anyone at the helm of a small public library knows that every little detail counts. But juggling the responsibilities that are part and parcel of the job is far from easy. “Small Public Library Management,” published by...

Nov 15: Refresh your library’s existing teen services with YALSA’s pre-Midwinter workshop

CHICAGO — Find out how you can give your library’s standard teen services an easy-to-implement boost at YALSA’s Innovations in Essential Teen Services half-day workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, in Dallas. Join YALSA for easy updates on providing...

Nov 15: Erica Findley named ALCTS 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - Erica Findley, digital resources/metadata librarian at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2012.  The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, ALCTS, sponsors one Emerging Leader who has chosen...

Nov 15: ALTAFF and ALA Conference Services to sponsor Spotlight on Adult Literature at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor a Spotlight on Adult Literature from 2 to 4 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Exhibit Hall...

Nov 15: CALA sponsors Li and Kyauk as 2012 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) has selected Yuan Li, scholarly communications librarian at Syracuse University Library, and Chris Kyauk, CALA Spectrum Scholar and intern at the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders...

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