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Apr 30: 'Cain at Gettysburg' wins the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

CHICAGO— "Cain at Gettysburg" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books, is the winner of the 2013 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war...

Apr 30: Spring has sprung @ your library

CHICAGO — Whether spring means a thorough house cleaning, preparing a home garden or simply enjoying the season,  librarians are planning programs that suit library users' preferred springtime activities.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are planning to...

Apr 30: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that...

Apr 30: Carbondale Public Library wins 2013 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO - The Carbondale (Ill.) Public Library has been named the 2013 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.  The award, donated by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, is given in recognition of a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming.

The...

Apr 30: Las bibliotecas de la nación les rendirán homenaje a las culturas

“El día de los niños/El día de los libros”se celebrará el 30 de abril"

CHICAGO -  Los expertos en demografía pronostican que en el año 2050, los afroamericanos, los asiáticos de las islas del Pacífico, los latinos/hispanos y los indígenas norteamericanos conformarán la...

Apr 30: Nation’s libraries celebrate cultures

El día de los niños/El día de los libros(Children’s Day/Book Day) April 30

CHICAGO - Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.  April 30 is El...

Apr 29: ACRL 2013 draws more than 4,800 to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — NPR’s Maria Hinojosa brought ACRL 2013 to a close, as more than 4,800 library staff, exhibitors, speakers and guests from 50 states and 19 countries met from April 10 – 13 at the Indiana Convention Center to discuss the changing role of academic libraries.

Themed “Imagine,...

Apr 29: Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Results Boot Camp with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a unique opportunity for extended, interactive professional development with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson at the PLA Results Boot Camp: “...

Apr 29: United for Libraries names Johnson and Mull ALA Trustee Citation recipients

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries has named G. Victor Johnson and Beverly Mull as recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for...

Apr 29: Ross Mathews added to the line-up of United for Libraries’ 'The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE'

PHILADELPHIA – Ross Mathews of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has been added to the line-up for “The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The full...

Apr 29: Join the celebration of quality children’s and young adult literature at the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast from 7 – 9:30 a...

Apr 29: Roy to present 2013 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO - Dr. Loriene Roy, professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will deliver the 2013 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Monday, July 1 during ALA’s 2013 Annual...

Apr 29: Joseph Landor and Judy Russell receive AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award

CHICAGO – School librarians Joseph Landor and Judy Russell are the recipients of the 2013 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award. Sponsored by Follett Software Company, the $1,500 award...

Apr 29: Two school library research projects awarded AASL Research Grants

CHICAGO — Two school library-related research projects, “The Principals’ Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians in Teaching and Learning Case Study” and "Bark If You R.E.A.D. in School Libraries: Can School Librarians with Therapy Dogs...

Apr 26: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. Along with a...

Apr 26: Janis Ian helps wrap up 2013 Annual Conference and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian will be helping 2013 Annual Conference attendees wrap up in Chicago and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ian appears as part of Wrap Up/Rev Up from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, July 1 in McCormick Place S100....

Apr 25: Learn to make your customer service the best it can be

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions presents a new session of its exciting workshop,  How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service with Laurie Brown. This 90-minute session will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013....

Apr 25: A self-guided planner for team-building

CHICAGO—With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever.  Building on the model of her bestselling book “Be a Great Boss: One Year to...

Apr 25: LinkedIn for Librarians - new workshop

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Linkedin for Librarians with Kim Dority. This two-part workshop will take place at ...

Apr 25: Introduction to social media eCourse back by popular demand

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a session of our facilitated eCourse, Social Media Basics: Engaging Your Library Users. Paul Signorelli, former director...

Apr 25: Racial and gender inequalities in YA literature covered in new issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO – Multiracial identities, gender stereotypes and questionable young adult literature cover art are topics explored in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 3: April 2013) of the...

Apr 25: Pattuelli and Lopatovska win the 2013 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO - M. Cristina Pattuelli and Irene Lopatovska are the winners of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “E-reading in the Academy: Investigating Adoption and Use of E-...

Apr 25: Doctorow, Lowry, Ness, Roth—stellar Booklist Books for Youth Forum, 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Cory Doctorow, Lois Lowry, Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth are the star-studded panel for “Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia,” the Booklist Books for Youth Forum at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. These unmissable, best-selling, award-winning authors will...

Apr 25: Using movement to connect preschoolers with books

CHICAGO — Librarians and educators can shake up storytimes, help children stay healthy and encourage a lifelong love of reading with Julie Dietzel-Glair’s easy-to-use resource “Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through...

Apr 24: Learn improv fundamentals with Second City Communications - a Learning Round Table preconference

CHICAGO - Basic communication and listening skills are the foundation for a successful business, yet people rarely have the opportunity to grow and develop their communication skills. 

Those attending the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference will get such an opportunity by...

Apr 23: ALA Election closes April 26

CHICAGO - The 2013 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 26  If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so!  If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to...

Apr 23: Shakespeare @ your library

CHICAGO – It seems appropriate that the Bard of Avon's birthday should take place during the same month we celebrate National Poetry Month. It is no surprise that libraries across the country are celebrating the 449th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Rock Island (Ill.) Public Library...

Apr 23: Office for Intellectual Freedom debuts new website, programming resources for Choose Privacy Week 2013

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom has launched its new website for Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association's (ALA) annual event that highlights the importance of personal privacy rights in an era of pervasive surveillance...

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