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Jul 24: An all-in-one 'Reference reference'

CHICAGO — As Carolyn M. Mulac writes in the introduction to her new book “Fundamentals of Reference,” the purpose of the work “is to present an outline of the big picture that is reference.” Published by...

Jul 24: Learn to build programs for teens, by teens in new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library with Jennifer Velásquez.

Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as the one in...

Jul 24: Applications due Aug. 1 to edit YALSA’s award-winning quarterly journal

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS), and its online companion. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1....

Jul 23: Nominations sought for the best curriculum based apps

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting nominations for its new Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition. Nominations are being solicited for apps that encourage...

Jul 23: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO — This September, Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion Troy Polamalu will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up...

Jul 23: A dazzling array of new products debut in the Fall 2012 ALA Graphics Catalog

CHICAGO — With more than 25 new products and the entire backlist of available items, the latest ALA Graphics catalog (PDF) is a complete resource guide. Featuring the new...

Jul 23: PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back...

Jul 20: LITA offering two Web courses in August

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available two Web Courses: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library and Getting Started with GIS,...

Jul 20: On-Demand Webinars from PLA let you learn when you want, where you want

CHICAGO — On-Demand Webinars from the Public Library Association (PLA) offer affordable, anytime access to archived PLA webinars. Nearly 20 webinars are currently available, with more being added each month. Current topic...

Jul 20: Nominating committee continues to seek candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Nominating Committee reminds all interested ALA members that the deadline for completing the candidate biographical form is quickly approaching – the form will close on Aug. 17.  The committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2013 spring...

Jul 20: Registration closes July 31 for the 2012-2013 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — Registration will end July 31 for the 2012-2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Register your library at www.ala.org/wrestlemania for the ninth annual challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a...

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...

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