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May 05: Free webinar available on how to prepare a portfolio for the LSSC Program

CHICAGO -At 2 p.m. CDT May 10, The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a portfolio.

The...

May 03: Brad Meltzer: Don't close the book on libraries

CHICAGO - Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of “The Inner Circle” and host of the History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer Decoded,” wrote an opinion piece in the...

May 03: Gail Guidry Griffin elected 2011-2012 ALTAFF vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA – Gail Guidry Griffin, Trustee at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La., has been elected 2011-2012 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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May 03: Talking points available for ALA Virtual Library Legislative Day

PHILADELPHIA – Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it...

May 03: New RUSA online course teaches basics of spatial literacy, GIS, online mapping

CHICAGO — “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping,” a new online course offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), is now open for registration and will be offered May 16-June 3.

Through podcasts and hands-on assignments, participants in “Introduction...

May 03: ALTAFF awards 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will award the 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) during National Library Legislative Day activities in...

May 03: Eleanor Brown and Nevada Barr among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the Gala Author Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 27 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Gala Author Tea...

May 03: Pat Hawthorne chosen LLAMA vice president/president-elect for 2011-2012

CHICAGO - The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) has elected Pat Hawthorne as vice president/president-elect for 2011-2012. Hawthorne is the director of research & learning services for the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, a...

May 03: ACRL adopts new Plan for Excellence

CHICAGO - The Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has adopted a new Plan for Excellence for the association. Developed over the course of the past year by the board, with continuous input from the ACRL membership, the Plan for Excellence takes the...

May 03: ALA, NEH announce five libraries to present outstanding program models at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that five public libraries will receive travel stipends in order to present their exceptional public program models at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New...

May 03: May is Mystery Month at Booklist

CHICAGO - Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. But there is now an additional array of related content accessible in a variety of formats to sign up and look out for. 

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May 03: Stacey A. Aldrich elected ASCLA vice president

CHICAGO—Stacey A. Aldrich, state librarian of California, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

Prior to becoming the state librarian of California, Aldrich was the deputy state librarian. She has also...

May 03: Bell elected ACRL vice president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  He will become president-elect following the 2011 ALA Annual...

May 03: ALA names honorary member

CHICAGO – Yohannes Gebregeorgis was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association (ALA) in action taken by the ALA Council at the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting, held January 7 to 11 in San Diego.  Honorary Membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of...

May 03: Advanced sales for Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit begin

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are proud to announce the opening of advanced sales for “Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) @ your library® 2nd Edition” at the ALA Store. The product is scheduled to be available in June...

May 03: PLA members choose new president and board members and approve dues increase in 2011 elections

CHICAGO – Eva Poole, director of libraries for the Denton (Texas) Public Library has been elected the 2012-2013 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Poole will become PLA president-elect at the conclusion of the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference this June...

May 03: ALCTS preconferences in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Three exciting and highly informative preconferences are being offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  You can register by going to the...

May 03: Bookmobile Sunday focuses on importance of mobile outreach services

CHICAGO – Mobile delivery services are evolving to meet the needs of 21st century patrons.  Bookmobile Sunday at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference provides attendees with opportunities to learn, network and be inspired.  Learn about the issues, technologies and best practices that are...

May 03: ALA guide to economics & business reference

CHICAGO—Published by ALA Editions, “ALA Guide to Economics & Business Reference” focuses on key print and electronic sources. Readers will find information on:

  • Business...
May 03: Talk budgets and funding in YALSA’s May YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly YA Forum discussion this week on Defending and Stretching Your Budget in its space in ALA Connect. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to...

May 02: Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie elected ALSC 2012-2013 president

CHICAGO - Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie, professor, Kent (Ohio) State University, School of Library and Information Science, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

"I am...

May 02: North East Independent School District named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – North East Independent School District (NEISD) is an American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of...

May 02: Pine Grove Middle School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Pine Grove Middle School, located in East Syracuse, N.Y., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet...

Apr 29: Henrico County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools is an American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2011 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the...

Apr 29: Ballard elected AASL president, 2012-2013

CHICAGO – Susan D. Ballard, director of library media and technology for the Londonderry (N.H.) School District, has been elected the 2012-2013 AASL President.  Ballard will serve as president-elect during 2011-2012 under AASL President Carl A. Harvey II.

Ballard has served as the...

Apr 29: Jack Martin wins 2012-2013 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Jack Martin as the division’s next president-elect. Martin will begin his term as president-elect in June 2011, becoming president for one year in June 2012...

Apr 29: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO - 34 members have been elected as councilors-at-large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and extend through the end of the 2014 Annual Conference held in Las...

Apr 29: Sullivan wins 2012-13 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant, has been elected to the 2012-13 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Sullivan defeated Susan Stroyan, information services librarian at the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington...

Apr 26: Learn how to build a great library website in ALA TechSource workshop

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA TechSource will be offering David Lee King's workshop Building the Digital Branch this June....

Apr 26: Libraries set the stage for individuals of all ages to choose privacy

National public awareness campaign, now in its second year, helps library patrons discuss and understand privacy rights today

CHICAGO – Do young people in America care about privacy? Prevailing conventional wisdom may suggest that children and teens...

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