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Aug 30: Knowledge is Power products help promote Information Literacy Awareness Month

CHICAGO — “The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page.” —Anonymous

October is Information Literacy Awareness Month, a great time to honor teachers, librarians and other under-recognized shepherds who guide all ages through the abundant information available online and in...

Aug 23: Nominations now accepted for Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

Apply by Dec. 15 to receive $4,000, national recognition for program model

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary...

Aug 23: ALSC Morris Seminar applications now being accepted

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for its third biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  This invitational seminar supports and honors...

Aug 23: AASL provides networking opportunities during national conference

CHICAGO – During the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 15th National Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis, AASL will offer new and veteran attendees two special events focused on networking with their peers.

From 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26,...

Aug 23: Ten-year study shows increased need for academic libraries

CHICAGO - The need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased, according to a new study released by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics.

In "Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008," researcher Denise M. Davis analyzes data...

Aug 23: Kolderup to lead The Hub, YALSA’s YA lit blog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), named Gretchen Kolderup, teen services librarian at New Canaan (Conn.) Library, the member manager of The Hub, its young adult literature blog. Kolderup began her term as editor in August...

Aug 19: Teen Read Week™ publicity tools encourage teens to “Picture It @ your library”

CHICAGO – With Teen Read Week just around the corner, the American Library Association (ALA) is offering online resources to help public and school libraries publicize their activities.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and ALA’s Public Information Office (PIO)...

Aug 17: Library users encouraged to nominate librarians for 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Nominations are now open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries...

Aug 17: ALSC’s “Children and Libraries” honored with writing award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that its journal, Children and Libraries, (CAL) received a 2011 Apex Award for Publication Excellence.

Three Children and Technology columns from the 2010 volume year won an Award of...

Aug 16: ALA Council supports Out of School library programs

NEW ORLEANS – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) passed a resolution encouraging ALA members to tell their legislators, as well as local and national organizations and associations about the value to their library of Out of School library programs.

It also urges...

Aug 16: ALA Council continues opposition to use of Section 215 of Patriot Act and use of National Security Letters to violate reader privacy

NEW ORLEANS – The American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution continuing its opposition to the use of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and the use of National Security Letters to violate reader privacy.

In addition, the resolution calls for continuing to support...

Aug 16: There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes September 1


CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame want to remind you that there is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

All entries for the Step Up...

Aug 16: ALA resolution promotes library user confidentiality in self-service hold practices

NEW ORLEANS - The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in a resolution passed at its Annual Conference in New Orleans, urges all libraries that implement self-service holds to protect patron identity by adopting practices and procedures that conceal the library user’s personally...

Aug 16: RUSA’s fall online learning: health reference, spatial literacy, readers advisory and more

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) fall online learning schedule is now available and includes new courses on health reference and spatial literacy.

RUSA’s online learning opportunities are open to any interested participant. Topics are relevant to a...

Aug 16: Learn how to raise money through community partnerships in new ALA Editions eCourse

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Community Partnership: How to Raise Money and Build Relationships. Paul Signorelli, former director of staff training and volunteer services for the San Francisco...

Aug 16: Hannah Gomez named YALSA’s 2011 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the profession, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Hannah Gomez as its 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. She will attend Simmons...

Aug 16: Learn to integrate iPads and tablets in new ALA TechSource Workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

Spurred by the launch of the iPad,...

Aug 16: ALA Council endorses United Nations report

NEW ORLEANS – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) passed a resolution endorsing the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

The resolution was passed on June 28 at the ALA’s Annual Conference...

Aug 16: RUSQ article on vernacular literacy practices wins RUSA award

CHICAGO — The article "Describing Vernacular Literacy Practices to Enhance Understanding of Community Information Needs: A Case Study with Practical Implications" by Denice Adkins, Jenny S. Bossaller and Kim M. Thompson, is the 2011 Reference Service Press Award winner, an annual honor...

Aug 16: New ALA Editions Workshop challenges you to radically rethink the library collection

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Rethinking the Collection with Rick Anderson.

Managing an academic library collection amidst the ever-changing mix of...

Aug 16: Controlling costs during fiscal crises

CHICAGO — Libraries, like many other cultural institutions such as museums, art councils and theater groups, are looking for answers to the pressing problems of financial stability and, ultimately, survival. Published by ALA Editions, “...

Aug 15: ALA issues RFP for national salary surveys

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) seeks proposals to conduct a national Web-based salary survey for the 2012 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic. The survey is sent to directors and human resources staff in a random sample of both...

Aug 15: Voting now open in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at...

Aug 15: Take information literacy to the next level in YALSA’s "From 140 Characters to 10 Pages webinar"

CHICAGO — Social media has altered the information landscape by expanding the flow of information from books, newspapers and journals to instant reports from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. How can librarians help teens navigate these information streams and learn to separate the wheat from the...

Aug 15: ALA announces 40 libraries to host “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible”

Traveling exhibition explores literary and cultural impact of King James Bible

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that 40 public and...

Aug 15: Suzanne Kaller receives RUSA award honors for outstanding public library business reference services

CHICAGO — Suzanne Kaller, business librarian at the Arapahoe Library District in Englewood, Colo., is the 2011 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, an annual award administered by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services...

Aug 09: Barbados and Taiwan join the Campaign for the World’s Libraries

@ your library campaigns launch in Jamaica and Poland

CHICAGO - The Library Association of Barbados (LAB) and Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) recently became the newest members of the Campaign for the World’s Libraries.

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Aug 09: ALSC offers Newbery/Caldecott Mock Elections digital download and webinar

CHICAGO - Newbery and Caldecott Award mock election programs are an ideal and fun way to: encourage children to read; enhance listening, discussion and communication skills; teach book examination skills; and foster appreciation of fine art and literature. Just in time for end-of-year election...

Aug 09: Learn how Google Apps can make your library more efficient in new ALA TechSource Workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, "Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library" with Suzann Holland. This two-day workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and 14.

Budget...

Aug 09: ALSC releases Fall 2011 online education schedule

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the new Fall 2011 Online Education Course schedule. ALSC is offering five courses, each of which begins September 26.

Each of the five courses addresses a different topic and includes ideas for...

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