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Aug 09: Free webinar: An Introduction to the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO - Join us for a short webinar about the Certified Public Library Administrator Program from 2 - 2:30 pm CDT on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.  This 30-minute introduction to CPLA will help public librarians determine whether national certification should be...

Aug 09: Learn how to "Be a Great Boss" in new ALA Editions Workshop with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, "Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success" with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Are you a library...

Aug 09: AASL screens digital media documentary at national conference

CHICAGO – In conjunction with the appearance of Dr. Mimi Ito, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present two screenings of the documentary “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century” as part of its national conference program.

The documentary explores how...

Aug 09: ALA commends N.C. school librarian, winner of Coast Guard national leadership award

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) issues its congratulations to Chief Petty Officer Abigail Rainey Scrocco of Station Oak Island in N.C., this year’s recipient of the Coast Guard's Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.

Scrocco is a...

Aug 09: ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference

CHICAGO — Published by ALA Editions, “ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference” provides an annotated list of print and electronic biomedical and health-related reference sources...

Aug 09: ALSC names Robina Button 2011 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) chose Robina Button as its 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. In September, Button will begin her first semester at the University of Illinois-Champaign.

As a high school biology teacher and a part-time youth service librarian...

Aug 08: University of Michigan librarians host second annual fundraising dinner for Spectrum

CHICAGO - Librarians at the University of Michigan raised over $1,500 for Spectrum Scholarships at the 2nd Annual Ann Arbor Spectrum Presidential Initiative fundraiser.  The event was organized and sponsored by Shevon Desai, Karen Downing, Helen Look, Martin Knott, Alexandra Rivera...

Aug 05: ACRL seeks Standards for Libraries in Higher Education training proposals

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) seeks proposals for the design, development and delivery of a versatile and modular curriculum to support the use of the association’s forthcoming revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). The complete request...

Aug 05: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for the LSSC Program

CHICAGO - The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate their competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (...

Aug 02: Freedom to Read Foundation announces six Judith Krug Fund grants for Banned Books Week events

CHICAGO - Following 2010's very successful inaugural effort, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce grants to six organizations in support of events during...

Aug 02: Summer vacation @ your library

CHICAGO – As August hits and the temperature rises, the place to spend quality family time and cool off is @ your library.

Here are a few examples of what libraries are doing to create cost-effective and entertaining family programs for library users this summer.

Students in...

Aug 02: Spectrum Scholars host San Diego fundraiser for Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO — San Diego-area Spectrum Scholars, librarians and library supporters came together to raise more than $1,300 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser.  Organized by Spectrum Scholar Alanna Aiko Moore with assistance from Scholars Pearl Ly, Laura Tamanaha,...

Aug 02: Reception at Los Angeles Public Library raises funds for Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO — Margaret Donnellan Todd, county librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library; Gary E. Strong, university librarian, UCLA; Catherin Quinlan, dean, USC Libraries; and Martin J. Gómez, city librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, raised more than $3,000 for the Spectrum Scholarship...

Aug 02: AASL names Tonya Grant 2011 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) chose Tonya Grant as its 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. Grant is currently a student at the University of Georgia.

As an educator for the...

Aug 02: New eCourse from ALA Editions helps you educate your staff on copyright

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, "Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community." Lesley Ellen Harris, a copyright, licensing and digital property lawyer who works with the information...

Aug 02: AASL’s Exploratorium to showcase school library best practices

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is making available its lineup for the Exploratorium at the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition. With more than 40 individual learning stations, the...

Aug 02: Ten librarians win Teen Read Week™ Mini Grants from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the winners of its 10 Teen Read Week Mini Grants. The grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, give each winning library $1,000 to use for events,...

Aug 02: Stock up on fun children’s reading kits with PLA’s summer sale

CHICAGO — From now until Aug. 31, 2011, take 40 percent off three unique children’s reading kits from the Public Library Association (PLA). PLA and American Library Association (ALA) members can also use their ALA store discount of 10 percent, resulting in a 50 percent savings! Simply enter...

Aug 02: ARSL Conference to focus on positive growth of America’s rural and small libraries

CHICAGO – Join library staff, trustees and volunteers from small and rural libraries across the country as they gather for the 2011 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference in Frisco, Texas. The conference will be held from Sept. 8- 11 at the Dallas-...

Aug 02: Register now for 2011 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with a variety of higher education associations to offer the 2011 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2011 in Dana Point, Calif. and Dec. 4-7, 2011 in Amelia...

Aug 02: AASL to sponsor four Spectrum Scholars at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the attendance of up to four Spectrum Scholars at its national conference. The AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition will be held Oct. 27-30 in...

Jul 29: Take information literacy to the next level in YALSA’s social media and information literacy webinar

CHICAGO — Social media has altered the information landscape by expanding the flow of information from books, newspapers and journals to instant reports from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. How can librarians help teens navigate these information streams and learn to separate the wheat from the...

Jul 29: Discuss how to get your message heard in YALSA’s August YA Forum

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum next week on communicating with key stakeholders. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing...

Jul 26: Enjoy a unique Minneapolis experience with AASL national conference educational tours

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition are encouraged to sign up early for one of the exciting educational tours offered on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the conference, held Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis. More...

Jul 26: Get inspired to “turn the page” with AASL’s school tours at national conference

CHICAGO – Be sure to arrive early to the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition from Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis. The Wednesday and Thursday before conference will be dedicated to many learning and networking events, including school tours....

Jul 26: Add to your AASL national conference experience by adding a preconference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school librarians "turn the page" in their career with exciting preconference workshops geared toward school librarians and their programs. AASL's national conference will...

Jul 26: Spectrum and Knowledge River Scholars host Tucson fundraiser for Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO—The University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Scholars, Spectrum Scholars, REFORMA Tucson Chapter Members, SIRLS faculty and librarians and library supporters in Tucson (Ariz.) raised over $1,500 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser.  Organized by Spectrum...

Jul 26: Miami (Ohio) University chosen as site for 2012 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as the site of the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Peter Sís.

“The committee was extremely pleased by the...

Jul 26: Summer school is in session for intellectual freedom

CHICAGO - Librarians are facing the heat this summer. In addition to scorching temperatures across the country, librarians are also seeing how economic hard times can cause increases in challenges to intellectual freedom. With greater scrutiny on how tax dollars are spent, libraries often come...

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