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Jan 10: Register by January 13 and save on advocacy preconferences at Midwinter

CHICAGO – Room still available for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and save $25 off the combined registration (for the first ...

Jan 10: ALA becomes Authorized Provider of IACET Continuing Education Units

Prestigious Authorization Demonstrates Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning

CHICAGO  – The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded American Library Association the...

Jan 10: Early bird registration for PLA 2012 ends this Friday

CHICAGO — There are only a few days left to take advantage of early bird savings on registration for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 13...

Jan 10: Renowned author and media studies scholar, Henry Jenkins, anchors AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to welcome renowned author and media studies scholar Henry Jenkins as keynote speaker and primary facilitator of the 2012 Fall Forum. Author and editor of more than a dozen books on media and popular culture, Jenkins will...

Jan 10: Get your questions answered during an Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Facebook Forum

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 18, the Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), will host a live, hour-long Facebook Forum with guest Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, on the...

Jan 10: GLBTRT launches Stonewall Book Awards fundraising campaign

CHICAGO - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association has announced a new fundraising campaign to support the Stonewall Book Awards program, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books.    

Since Isabel Miller's...

Jan 10: ALA welcomes inclusion of digital literacy in FCC Lifeline and Linkup modernization proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes this week’s remarks of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Genachowski on the modernization...

Jan 10: Win $250 from YALSA for your great idea

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks innovative ideas from its members for its Great Ideas contest. Through March 16, YALSA will accept applications from YALSA members that help the association meet its strategic goals. YALSA seeks ideas that will:

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Jan 10: Steve Berry named Preservation Week 2012 national spokesman

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry has been named the first national spokesperson for Preservation Week (April 22-28, 2012).

Berry will make an appearance at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  He will keynote the Preservation...

Jan 09: Kausch named YALSA’s 2012 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Carrie Kausch, librarian at Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, Va., as its inaugural Board Fellow. Kausch will begin serving as board fellow in June 2012.

The YALSA Board Fellow program...

Jan 09: Renee Hobbs named as Fellow at ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has named Dr. Renee Hobbs as its most recent OITP Fellow. Her term extends through 2012.

Dr. Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education and is...

Jan 09: Discuss serving religious teens in YALSA’s January YA Forum

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will feature serving religious teens in its monthly YA Forum discussion, held for members this month at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa. Throughout the week, YALSA members are...

Jan 09: Through matching gift, YALSA raises more than $1,200 for needy teens

CHICAGO — After a December fundraising drive, the Young Adult Library Services Association raised more than $1,200 for the division’s Books for Teens initiative. YALSA’s goal was to raise $500 in December 2011 to trigger a...

Jan 09: Sue Polanka’s new volume on using and managing electronic books

CHICAGO — With their explosive sales and widespread availability over the past few years, e-books have definitively proven that they’re here to stay. In “No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic...

Jan 09: Garza de Cortés to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Oralia Garza de Cortés, past-president of REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and children’s literacy advocate, will deliver the Call to Action at the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration...

Jan 06: New Year’s resolutions @ your library

CHICAGO – When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we all know how difficult it can be to get them started, much less keep them going throughout the year. While resolutions are fresh in people’s minds, the library is a resource they can use to kick off the New Year right.

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Jan 03: Minnesota Library Association supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has announced its support of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift to the Spectrum Presidential Fundraising Initiative.  MLA has made a $750 contribution to the Initiative. 

ALA President...

Jan 03: ASCLA selects Babcock-Ellis as 2012 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Aimee Babcock-Ellis, librarian for the Drug Enforcement Administration, will serve as the 2012 Emerging Leader for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a...

Jan 03: ALA OITP hosts 'Online & Above the Radar: Ensuring the Use & Discoverability of Digital Collections' panel Jan. 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will continue the conversation about libraries increasing access to digitized materials with the panel “Online & Above the Radar: Ensuring the Use & Discoverability of Digital Collections” at the ALA Midwinter...

Jan 03: Improve your library instruction with ALA Editions eCourse with Paul Signorelli

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of Paul Signorelli's facilitated eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers . Signorelli, former director of staff...

Jan 03: 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...

Jan 03: ALA Editions offers new session of popular course on copyright for librarians

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

Jan 03: ACRL offers 2012 Scholarly Communications Road Shows

CHICAGO – Once again, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will take its popular scholarly communications workshop on the road to five locations in 2012. New this year, the curriculum is revised, and hosts will share part of the costs. Now titled “Scholarly Communication:...

Jan 03: Leonard Kniffel among featured authors at ALTAFF Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA at ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the Gala Author Tea, featuring former American Libraries Editor-in-Chief Leonard Kniffel, from 2 to 4 p.m. CST on Monday,...

Jan 03: Library Consultant Interest Group reviews 'Library Consultants Code of Ethics' draft in Dallas

CHICAGO -- The Library Consultant Interest Group -- a member group situated within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA-- invites independent librarians, library consultants, state library consultants of all types, regional library...

Jan 03: Whether you feel like print or online, the new Booklist subscription model offers it all

Booklist Publications is introducing a new subscription model effective Jan. 1, 2012, a combination of print and online access that promises to have a strong impact on streamlining collection development and readers’ advisory workflows. A...

Jan 03: ALA Annual Conference early bird registration & housing now open!

CHICAGO - The American Library Association looks forward to welcoming attendees to the 2012 ALA Annual Conference  in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26 to continue important conversations about the transformation of libraries, e-content and other key topics....

Dec 30: Ronald J. Jankowski named new membership development director

CHICAGO - Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for communications and member relations, has announced that Ronald J. Jankowski will be the new membership development director, effective Jan. 9, 2012.

Jankowski has a degree in communications from Columbia College and has earned...

Dec 29: 2011 Diversity Research honoree Alire to open DiversiTea

CHICAGO - The ALA Council Committee on Diversity, the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee and the ALA Office for Diversity will welcome Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita of the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries and 2011 Achievement in Library...

Dec 29: New Día brochure, webinars offered in January

CHICAGO - For 2012, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be releasing a new El día de los niños/El día de los libros brochure for parents and will also host a new round of...

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