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Sep 06: Teen Read Week highlights importance of “reading for the fun of it”

CHICAGO — With so many options for entertainment and the increased amount of schoolwork in the teen years, busy and distracted young adults often overlook reading for pleasure. Teen Read Week™, an annual literacy initiative from the Young Adult Library Association, reminds teens that reading...

Sep 06: Talk Banned Books Week in YALSA’s September YA Forum discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum this week on Banned Books Week. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The forum will...

Sep 06: Celebrate Olympian Week with Lost Hero products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO — As the inescapable popularity of Rick Riordan’s young adult fiction has shown, mythology can animate imaginations of every age. Celebrate Olympian Week, Oct. 4–10, with Lost Hero products from ALA Graphics and join the...

Sep 02: Bundle for 2012 ALA Midwinter and Annual, Pre-Midwinter event registration open

CHICAGO - Registration is now open for the most cost-effective way to attend both Midwinter Meeting (Jan. 20-24 in Dallas) and Annual Conference (June 21-26, Anaheim, Calif.) in 2012. Register before Sept. 30 to save on both and find travel,...

Sep 02: Millsap, Stripling seek 2013-14 ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Gina J. Millsap and Barbara K. Stripling are the candidates for the 2013-14 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Millsap is the Chief Executive Officer of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka, Kan. She is nationally known for presenting on...

Sep 01: Nominations open through September 12 for 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Library users have until Sept. 12 to nominate a librarian for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Ten librarians will win $5,000 and receive national recognition.

Librarians can download tools to promote the award locally on...

Aug 30: Collection-development resources, strategies and tips — free Booklist webinars in September

CHICAGO - Booklist editors host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives at least once a month in webinars on a variety of topics offering immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for collection development and readers’-advisory work. The webinars are...

Aug 30: Four weeks left to take advantage of AASL11 advance registration pricing

CHICAGO –  The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 15th National Conference and Exhibition ends Sept. 29. Turning the Page will be held Oct. 27-30. Registration and program information can be found at...

Aug 30: Strategize with social media @ your library in YALSA’s September webinar

CHICAGO — Social media is here to stay. Whether your library regularly communicates with teens through Facebook, Twitter or a blog or if you are just establishing such a presence, a social media policy is a key to your success. To learn how a social media policy can help you reach teens and...

Aug 30: ALCTS continuing education events for fall

CHICAGO - ALCTS, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, offers a wide variety of online continuing education opportunities through webinars, Web courses and e-forums. Below is a list of upcoming Web courses and webinars for fall. Additional details and registration...

Aug 30: New ACRL e-Learning on service learning, embedded librarianship, eXtensible Catalog

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2011 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at...

Aug 30: FINRA Investor Education Foundation lends support to the Campaign for America’s Libraries

CHICAGO — The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign about the value of libraries and librarians, has received a grant to publicize the impact of libraries and librarians from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation.  The...

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...

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