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Jul 19: ALA, PLA presidents release joint letter to halt closure of Sunland Park (N.M.) Community Library

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan and Public Library Association President Eva Poole distributed a joint letter to members of the Sunland Park (N.M.) City Council to urge that it take library service off the chopping block, as the council attempts to reduce the...

Jul 19: The fundamentals of managing reference collections

CHICAGO — Whether a library’s reference collection is large or small, it needs constant attention. Carol A. Singer's book “Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections,” published by ALA...

Jul 17: By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated...

Jul 17: New free webinar: Introducing the Book as iPad App

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource is offering a new free webinar, Introducing the Book as iPad App. At 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 23, its expert panel will provide an overview of the ALA Annual Conference from a technology perspective. Registration for...

Jul 17: ALCTS awards Transforming Collections micro grants

CHICAGO — Transforming Collections micro grants have been awarded to two projects: preserving digitally published open access works and digitizing a foundation collection in health sciences. The micro grants of $1,500 each were given to the University of Maryland Baltimore County library and the...

Jul 17: Free LLAMA webinar gives practical tips for entry-level interviews

CHICAGO — While there is a lot of information out there about how to write a good resume and cover letter, there is much less on how to do well in an interview, especially advice written since the recession started. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free...

Jul 17: AASL awards season opens with more than $50,000 in opportunities

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) prestigious awards program will offer more than $50,000 in awards in 2013 to AASL members. AASL’s 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research,...

Jul 16: Collaboration, leadership and Response to Intervention examined in new School Library Research articles

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of the process of teacher/school librarian collaboration, the role of the school librarian as a leader in technology integration and the function of school librarians in Response to Intervention (RtI) are now available online as part of...

Jul 16: The role of faculty in teaching research processes

CHICAGO — Successful information literacy requires a multi-pronged effort by everyone coming into contact with students, including faculty. “Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers,” published...

Jul 16: AASL seeks proposals for concurrent sessions at the AASL 16th National Conference in Hartford, Conn.

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the American Association of School Librarians 16th National Conference and Exhibition. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov.15 and Saturday, Nov. 16. The...

Jul 13: Young Adult Library Services wins fifth APEX Award

CHICAGO — Communications Concepts honored Young Adult Library Services (YALS), the quarterly journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) with its fifth Award of Excellence from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

YALS was recognized in the...

Jul 13: Hackley Public Library dedicated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF in honor of Verna Aardema Vugteveen

PHILADELPHIA — ALTAFF partnered with Friends of the Hackley Public Library on Tuesday, June 12, to dedicate Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich., as a Literary Landmark in honor of award-winning children’s author and storyteller Verna Aardema Vugteveen (1911-2000).

More than 220...

Jul 13: Federal school literacy grants available for school librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL...

Jul 10: ALA president responds to Forbes.com post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a  recent Forbes.com post about the value of a library...

Jul 10: ALA president responds to Forbes.com post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a recent Forbes.com post about the value of a library...

Jul 10: Nominations now open for 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library...

Jul 10: Be calm, cool and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO – Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Aug. 6 - Aug. 31, 2012. Registration and...

Jul 10: ALA Council resolution opposes voter restrictions

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution opposing voter restrictions.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting...

Jul 10: ALA Council resolution proclaims value of school libraries, librarians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution in support of school libraries.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., directs the ALA to lead the association in “addressing the urgent need for...

Jul 10: ALA-APA recognizes Three Rivers Community College and Doña Ana Community College graduates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with the Three Rivers Community College, in Connecticut, and with the New Mexico’s State University-Doña Ana Community College.  This agreement will allow...

Jul 10: Looking beyond avatars, trolls and puppets in digital communities

CHICAGO — Making the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication, “Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets” explores the communities that use digital platforms,...

Jul 10: Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web...

Jul 10: COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Information...
Jul 10: Still time to become an Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — There’s still time to apply to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program.  Get program details and apply now. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3, 2012.

The ...

Jul 06: The 2012 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott awards guide

CHICAGO — What book was honored with a Newbery Award in 1931? Or awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1957? In 1974? Last year? Updated to include the 2012 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor...

Jul 06: First releases from Huron Street Press share ALA content and message with general readers

CHICAGO — Huron Street Press, a new publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), has released its first three titles. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and...

Jul 03: Library Copyright Alliance: Kirtsaeng case threatens library lending

WASHINGTON, DC—The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—today filed an...

Jul 03: Booklist editors in conversation with authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer, ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand as part of the annual ALA Virtual Conference (July 18 and 19, 2012),  Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will host 30-minute author lunches, interviewing popular and thought-provoking authors...

Jul 03: Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration with a webinar from ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA — ALTAFF will host a webinar, “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration,” from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 24.

This free webinar will give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27...

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