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Nov 29: Brad Meltzer named Honorary Chair of National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer has been named the 2012 Honorary Chair of National Library Week.

As the author of nine books and the host of the History Channel’s series, “...

Nov 29: ALTAFF and Library Journal team to offer ALTAFF members 40 percent off Patron Profiles

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is teaming with Library Journal to offer ALTAFF members a special deal on Patron Profiles, a digital online quarterly resource from...

Nov 29: ALTAFF to host Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 20 at the 2012 ALA Midwinter...

Nov 29: Laurie D. Borman is new American Libraries editor and publisher

CHICAGO - Don Chatham, associate executive director for ALA Publishing, has announced that Laurie D. Borman will be the new editor and publisher of American Libraries publications, effective Dec. 5, 2011.

Borman has a degree in journalism from Indiana University and brings to...

Nov 29: Proposal deadline extended for the ALA Research Series

CHICAGO - The ALA Office for Research & Statistics has extended the book proposal deadline for the peer-reviewed ALA Research Series. The new deadline date is Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

The ALA Research Series expands the knowledge base of library research by...

Nov 29: Davis, Mosley named BCALA Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO -- The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) has selected Angiah Davis, reference librarian at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, and Derek Mosley, archivist and assistant director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the...

Nov 29: AASL survey shows students and families have increased access to school library resources

CHICAGO - According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), technology acquisitions in school libraries across the nation appear to be leveling, while remote access to school library databases is rapidly increasing.  Data was collected as part of AASL’s...

Nov 29: Cozy up with learning! New Webinar-on-Demand from YALSA

CHICAGO — Looking for guidance into the latest topics in teen services? Look no further than YALSA’s Webinars-on-Demand! Previously recorded webinars, led by content experts selected by YALSA, are complimentary for YALSA members and available for purchase for nonmembers at...

Nov 29: Emily Hamstra is 2012 RUSA Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Emily Hamstra, learning librarian at the University of Michigan’s Shapiro Undergraduate Library, has been selected as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program...

Nov 29: School librarians help provide needed digital citizenship skills

CHICAGO – According to supplemental questions asked as part of the 2011 School Libraries Count! (SLC) national longitudinal survey of school library programs conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), an overwhelming majority of schools across America are including...

Nov 29: ALSC online courses start January 16

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the new ALSC Online Education - Winter 2012 schedule. ALSC is offering four courses, each of which begin Jan. 16.

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Nov 29: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library to digitize College & Research Libraries archive

CHICAGO – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has launched a project to digitize the complete back contents of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) official scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries (C&RL). The...

Nov 29: Young adult author Ally Carter added to the Author Lunch series at PLA 2012

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of the Young Adult Author Lunch with Ally Carter to the PLA 2012 Conference schedule from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. PLA thanks...

Nov 29: Tips for what to do before (and after) retirement

CHICAGO — Retirement holds many questions for librarians, and it’s never too soon (or too late) to start asking them. Published by ALA Editions, “Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians...

Nov 28: New workshop will show how to build a user-friendly library site in 10 steps

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, 10 Steps to a User-Friendly Library Website with Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson.

A clean, well-designed website can mean the difference between an...

Nov 28: Workshop with Sarah Houghton and Paul Signorelli on Web analytics for librarians

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new session of the popular workshop Web Analytics for Librarians: Informing Decisions Through Web User Data with Paul Signorelli and Sarah Houghton. This workshop will take place in two parts on...

Nov 22: Media focus shines on National Gaming Day @ your library

CHICAGO - As hundreds of libraries across the country celebrated the fourth annual National Gaming Day @ your library on November 12, a variety of media outlets took notice and highlighted the programs and events happening in their own communities.

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Nov 22: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award 2012

CHICAGO - Do you know of a library that has had a successful library financial development program?  Recognize this successful project with a nomination for the Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award funded by Gale Cengage, Inc. 

ALA is currently...

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...

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