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May 21: New Augusta South Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — New Augusta South Elementary School, located in Indianapolis, is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school...

May 21: Mystery writers reveal all at ‘Shoot Between the Lines’ at ALA Annual, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present ‘Shoot Between the Lines: Mystery Writers Reveal All’ from 3 - 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 30 at McCormick Place N128 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Don’t have a clue? Come to this program and hear from Jeff Abbott, John Dufresne,...

May 21: Booklist Online launches Booklandia—Where YA Books Live, free e-Newsletter

CHICAGO — Booklandia—Where YA Books Live has just joined the roster of popular Booklist Online e-newsletters. This new free bimonthly newsletter will keep subscribers updated on trends in YA literature through a mix of original feature articles and selected Booklist ...

May 21: AASL extends deadline for SLR editor search

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the application deadline for the volunteer editor/co-editor position for its peer-reviewed online research journal, School Library Research (SLR). Applicants...

May 21: Sharon McQueen's "The Story of ‘The Story of Ferdinand’’ wins the 2013 Dain Award

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Phyllis Dain Library History Award.

The 2013 recipient is Sharon McQueen for her dissertation entitled “The Story of ‘The Story of Ferdinand’: The Creation of a Cultural Icon.”

The dissertation...

May 21: Mary Page chosen ALCTS president-elect

CHICAGO – Mary Page, associate director for collections and technical services at the University of Central Florida is the newly elected president-elect of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Page’s term begins at the end of the ALA 2013 Annual Conference...

May 21: ASCLA hosts tour of Cook County juvenile detention center and library at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Gain insight into the world of juvenile corrections and juvenile correctional librarianship by attending a tour of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and library at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, co-hosted by the Association of...

May 21: A LITA guide to technology for small and one-person libraries

CHICAGO —  For those working in a small library, particularly one that may have little technical support, a foundational knowledge of technology is crucial. Written for librarians, library staff and administrators at libraries serving populations of 15,000 or less, “...

May 21: PLA opens Special Registration for PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now offering Special Registration for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. This is an (extra) early registration period for general...

May 21: BYOL! New online course from AASL helps participants 'bring your own lessons'

CHICAGO — During BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!, the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) newest e-Academy course, participants will learn about AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and how best to integrate them into a lesson plan. The...

May 21: Using diversity in YA literature to open the doors of reading

CHICAGO—The full spectrum of diversity extends far beyond race, ethnicity, and celebrations of cultural pride. Surveying the landscape, “Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading,” published by...

May 21: NEH, ALA announce 125 grants to support 'Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys' programs

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced that  125 libraries and state humanities councils will receive...

May 21: Harvard innovation education fellow Tony Wagner opens AASL national conference

CHICAGO — Education innovator and thought leader Tony Wagner will headline the opening general session at the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference and Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. His presentation will draw on his more than 25...

May 21: Swan Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Swan Valley High School, located in Saginaw, Mich., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school library...

May 21: Coteaching reading comprehension strategies in elementary school libraries

CHICAGO — Time-strapped educators may wonder whether partnering with school librarians can realistically improve students’ scores, but studies show that collaboration improves overall effectiveness in increasing students’ reading comprehension. As part of the U.S.-wide drive to improve test...

May 20: 'Get Out the Library Vote' free webinar to showcase techniques for successful ballot campaigns

CHICAGO — Join the ALA Office for Library Advocacy for a free webinar focused on planning and conducting successful library ballot measures on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 2 – 3 p.m. Central time.

This informative session will include case studies from libraries that have recently won at...

May 20: Library services for youth with autism spectrum disorders

CHICAGO — Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. “Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” published...

May 20: The addition of the UMB Rewards Credit Card significantly expands ALA’s Affinity/Member Value Programs (MVP)

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and UMB CardPartner (cardpartner.com) have launched the American Library Association affinity Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card, expanding its Affinity/MVP Programs for ALA members.

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May 20: Eight librarians receive literacy scholarship and $1,000 to attend PLA 2014

CHICAGO – Eight public librarians who demonstrated their involvement in exceptional literacy programs have received the Innovations in Literacy Scholarship from the Public Library Association (PLA). Recipients will be awarded $1,000 for...

May 20: New AASL publication presents the best of instructional partnerships

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) expanded its Best of Knowledge Quest (KQ) series with the release of “Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership.” Edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard, the book brings together seminal articles to support pre...

May 17: ALA to host 'Your Library Journey, Brand and Career' webinar June 11

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement Center will host "Your Library Journey, Brand and Career" from noon - 1 p.m. Central on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. National workplace expert, former Fortune 500 Human Resources executive and new-Millennium career advisor Liz Ryan will...

May 14: Register for the June 6 Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM13)

CHICAGO — ALA President Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and the Committee on Membership Meetings (COMM) invite all ALA personal members to register for and to...

May 14: Karen Williams elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO — Karen Williams, associate university librarian for research and learning at the University of Minnesota, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2013 ALA...

May 14: ALA to host career development facilitator training

CHICAGO — The American Library Association will host Career Development Facilitator (CDF) training sessions at its headquarters in Chicago, June 26 - 27, 2013.  The deadline to register is Friday, June 14, 2013.

As a public librarian,...

May 14: Diane Bruxvoort elected president-elect of the Library Leadership and Management Association

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Diane Bruxvoort has been elected as president-elect. She is senior associate dean, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, Gainesville, Fla.

After hearing of her...

May 14: Donald Weise to keynote 2013 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch

CHICAGO — Donald Weise, founder of Magnus Books, will keynote the 2013 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch, a celebration of the very best in LGBT literature on Monday, July 1 during the American Library Association (ALA)...

May 14: Poole, Neal lead group of six elected to Freedom to Read Foundation board

CHICAGO Eva Poole, president of the Public Library Association and chief of staff of the District of Columbia Public Library, and Jim Neal, ALA treasurer and Columbia University Librarian, were the top two vote getters in the...

May 14: PR Forum 2013: The $84 Question: Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, brand expert and New York University (NYU) professor, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30.

In January 2013, Mr. Vinjamuri wrote a two-part post about...

May 14: 2013 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award winner announced

CHICAGO — Karen Doerksen, MLIS degree candidate at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies, has been named the winner of the 2013 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris...

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