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Nov 15: New from ACRL: 'International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success'

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Succes...

Nov 15: Adam Goodman and James Hilton featured speakers at ALCTS Virtual Symposium

CHICAGO - “Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today's Libraries,” an ALCTS Virtual Symposium, launches Jan. 9, 2012 with Dr. Adam Goodman and ends Jan. 13, 2012 with Dr. James Hilton.  These thought-provoking presentations from outstanding content leaders focus on important aspects...

Nov 15: PLA sponsors Emerging Leader and public librarian Heather Beverley

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Heather Beverley, children’s librarian and technology/young adult consultant at Cook Memorial Public Library District (Ill.) as its representative for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

The Emerging Leaders...

Nov 15: Champion Connections empower diverse voices

CHICAGO - The most successful careers are built on the help and support of generous colleagues — peers who collaborate and support growth, mentors who help develop specific skills and champions who recommend and advocate involvement at the next levels of leadership.   As part of 2011-2012 ALA...

Nov 15: The fundamentals of small public library management

CHICAGO — Anyone at the helm of a small public library knows that every little detail counts. But juggling the responsibilities that are part and parcel of the job is far from easy. “Small Public Library Management,” published by...

Nov 15: Refresh your library’s existing teen services with YALSA’s pre-Midwinter workshop

CHICAGO — Find out how you can give your library’s standard teen services an easy-to-implement boost at YALSA’s Innovations in Essential Teen Services half-day workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, in Dallas. Join YALSA for easy updates on providing...

Nov 15: Erica Findley named ALCTS 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - Erica Findley, digital resources/metadata librarian at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2012.  The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, ALCTS, sponsors one Emerging Leader who has chosen...

Nov 15: ALTAFF and ALA Conference Services to sponsor Spotlight on Adult Literature at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor a Spotlight on Adult Literature from 2 to 4 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Exhibit Hall...

Nov 15: CALA sponsors Li and Kyauk as 2012 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) has selected Yuan Li, scholarly communications librarian at Syracuse University Library, and Chris Kyauk, CALA Spectrum Scholar and intern at the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders...

Nov 14: ALSC releases new Día website

CHICAGO - To better serve the growing population of libraries offering events for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) released a new Día...

Nov 14: Apply for 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant

CHICAGO – The deadline to apply for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant has been extended to Jan.31, 2012.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries...

Nov 11: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational ...

Nov 11: Congratulations to LITA members selected as 2012 Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board of Directors is pleased to congratulate Jodie Gambill and Tasha Keagan on being selected to participate in the ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders Program and on being selected for LITA sponsorship.  LITA sponsorship includes a $1...

Nov 10: Art appreciation @ your library

CHICAGO – Libraries have long been places dedicated to the arts of reading, thinking and writing. Today many libraries are providing their users with instruction, resources and space to expand their knowledge and explore all types of artistic pursuits.

Here are just a few examples of...

Nov 09: New eCourse will show you how to build library websites with WordPress

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse on Using WordPress to Build Library Websites. Amanda Goodman and Polly-Alida Farrington will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Jan. 16,...

Nov 09: New ALA Editions Workshop will kick off a year of professional development for managers

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Be a Great Boss: The Kickoff to Your Year of Learning with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk.

Whether you are a new or veteran manager or supervisor, you can take charge of...

Nov 08: LLAMA mentoring program applications are now available

CHICAGO - The LLAMA Mentoring Committee has begun recruiting mentors and mentees for the July 2012-June 2013 year. The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

For mentors, it is a chance to...

Nov 08: ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group seeking members

CHICAGO — The Youth Services Consultants Interest Group, a new member group hosted by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, is now online and accepting new members.

Youth services consultants and any state...

Nov 08: Small but powerful forum to discuss rural library advocacy

CHICAGO – Join rural library leaders in a conversation about advocacy, leadership and the newly revised   “Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library,” at a special forum during the...

Nov 08: Fagin, Henk, and Loeb at ALA Midwinter on building the OWS 'People's Library'

CHICAGO - The new ALA Masters Series kicks off at ALA Midwinter with an exciting special session led by three of the People’s Library builders. “A Library occupies Occupy Wall Street” is a Special Masters session on Saturday,...

Nov 08: Refresh your customer service skills with PLA's upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Fully Engaged Customer Service at Your Library” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly ...

Nov 08: Submit proposals for ACRL 2013

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2013 Conference to be held April 10 -13, 2013, in Indianapolis.  Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due May 11, 2012. Cyber Zed Shed presentation,...

Nov 08: Rockstars wanted! Nominations accepted thru Dec. 15 for ASCLA’s 2012 awards

CHICAGO — The 2012 awards offered by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) are an excellent chance to recognize colleagues, institutions or particular programs for their contributions to ASCLA and the areas of librarianship in which they serve.

The...

Nov 08: AASL pre-midwinter institute helps school librarians create a powerful program

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages school librarians to attend the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute, Tools for Transforming Your School Library Program, taking place prior to the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting.  AASL’s full day institute will be held Friday, Jan...

Nov 08: Making public life more hopeful - Rich Harwood at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Rich Harwood, described as “one of the great thinkers in American public life,” is the featured speaker in ALA President Molly Raphael’s President's Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. Over the past 20 years, Harwood has become a leading...

Nov 08: Nomination period open until Dec. 15 for RUSA achievement awards and travel grants

CHICAGO — There’s a little more than a month left to nominate yourself - -or someone else -- for one of the many achievement awards and conference travel grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the division of ALA representing...

Nov 07: 2012 class of Emerging Leader participants announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders participants for the 2012 class have been selected.  Seventy-seven individuals were chosen to participate in this year’s program.  The 2012 class marks the sixth year of existence for the program.

Instituted under ALA...

Nov 04: Libraries promote National Gaming Day with fun and games @ your library


CHICAGO - On Saturday, Nov. 12, more than 1,200 libraries across the country will showcase gaming programs and services as part of the American Library Association's (ALA) National Gaming Day @ your library. Here are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing....

Oct 31: LLAMA webinar helps you keep your library safe and secure

CHICAGO - Just when everything in your library is running smoothly, along comes an unruly patron who seems strangely threatening. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “A Person of Interest: Safety and Security in the Library” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. CST on...

Oct 31: Nation’s largest school librarian conference comes to a close

Minneapolis– International mobile technology expert Dr. Mimi Ito brought the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis to an end. More than 3,000 school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests discussed key issues that...

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