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Jun 18: Learn how to engage young adults at ‘Teens on Boards, Oh Yes!’, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present  “Teens on Boards, Oh Yes! Library Boards, Friends Boards, and Engaging Teens” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at McCormick Place N427d at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A panel of speakers will share their experiences...

Jun 18: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 in McCormick Place S501bc at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics...

Jun 18: PR Forum topic: 'Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding'

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, branding expert, NYU professor and Forbes.com blogger, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30,  McCormick Place Convention Center S40,on the topic:  “The $84 Question: Why...

Jun 18: United for Libraries welcomes all 83 libraries in North Dakota as members

PHILADELPHIA — All 83 libraries in North Dakota are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the North Dakota State Library.

“The North Dakota State Library has enrolled the public libraries of the state in United for Libraries with the...

Jun 18: Helping library patrons become citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information and promote civic engagement. Join government experts at the 2013 Annual American...

Jun 18: ALA Task Force releases digital literacy recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force recently released its recommendations to advance and sustain library engagement in digital literacy initiatives nationwide. These...

Jun 18: Park wins Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Sung Jae Park as the winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Measuring Public Library Accessibility: A Case Study Using GIS,”...

Jun 18: AASL recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project, which established model school libraries across the United States. The project was a result of a $1.1 million grant funded by the Knapp Foundation of North...

Jun 18: Judith Platt, Sen. Russell Feingold win 2013 FTRF Roll of Honor Awards

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced that past FTRF president Judith Platt and former Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold are the recipients of the 2013 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Awards...

Jun 18: Susan M. Schnuer receives 2013 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's (ALA) International Relations Committee has chosen Susan M. Schnuer, associate director at the University of Illinois' Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, to receive this year's John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award .

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Jun 17: United for Libraries adds ‘Evaluating the Library Director’ course as part of Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA – The course “Evaluating the Library Director,” led by past ALA president Sarah Ann Long, has been added to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

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Jun 17: ALA joins others to support Treaty for the Blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association supports the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that would allow the lending of accessible content to print-disabled people around the world. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference that will finalize the treaty...

Jun 17: Weisburg’s career planner for school librarians

CHICAGO — In theory if not in practice, traditional school library career planning went something like this: get a degree, find a job, work towards tenure, then remain in the same district until retirement. If that was ever actually the case, it certainly isn’t any longer. School librarians know...

Jun 17: 'Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options...

Jun 17: LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group to host discussion on public speaking skills for librarians

CHICAGO — Public speaking is a vital skill for all librarians, but outreach and other events don’t always go quite as planned.  Everyone should be prepared to improvise and maintain their composure when faced with unexpected challenges.  Both novice and experienced librarians and library workers...

Jun 17: Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at Annual Conference, June 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four libraries recognized for their use of cutting-edge technologies in library services will share information on the development and impact of these services at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 30 in McCormick Place Convention...

Jun 17: Share your personal tribute to Dr. King at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invite attendees of ALA’s Annual Conference to record their reflections on how the work and legacy of Dr. King has inspired them...

Jun 17: Digital literacy tool website launches at Annual

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new online hub for digital literacy support and training will launch at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians who provide training or assistance with digital literacy in their libraries are encouraged to participate in the launch of...

Jun 17: Education technology trends and the role of the school librarian

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do trends in education such as "bring your own device," social networking and collaborative learning spaces influence how students learn and how educators teach? In what ways can school librarians take advantage of these technologies and the interest in using them in K-12...

Jun 17: 'Maintaining Teen E-Collections'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Would you like to build a robust teen collection for your library? In “Maintaining Teen E-Collections,” a new 2013 Annual ALA Conference program sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, participants...

Jun 17: 'The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies, how can your patrons use census figures which are now available? On Saturday, June 29, 2013, join officials from the U.S. Census Bureau during the session “...

Jun 17: Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference...

Jun 14: United for Libraries presents ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian’ at ‘Quirky Books for Quirker Librarians’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians” from 3 to 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at McCormick Place, S404a during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Join United for Libraries as great writers, including Josh Hanargarne, Stephen Kiernan,...

Jun 14: IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and...

Jun 14: ProgrammingLibrarian.org announces a guide for 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced its online guide to programs and events to be held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. To view the full list of recommendations, visit the guide at...

Jun 14: A new framework for rethinking information literacy

CHICAGO — Based on groundbreaking research undertaken by editors Jane Secker and Emma Coonan as part of the prestigious Arcadia Program at Cambridge University, UK, “Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework...

Jun 14: Twenty-six acclaimed authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading Stage features Ellen Hopkins, Sara Paretsky, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Matthew Quick, René Saldaña, Jr., Julia Sweeney and more!

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 26 critically-acclaimed and best-...

Jun 14: ALA joins others to demand civil liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress (.doc), calling for a...

Jun 14: Midwestern mystery authors featured at ALA Annual Conference

Discussion panel to feature Libby Fischer Hellman, Eric Lundgren and Peter Robertson

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present three emerging Midwestern voices as a part of Mystery Day on the PopTop Stage from 11 a.m. to noon on...

Jun 13: Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by...

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