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May 19: COA calls for comment on second draft of revised standards

CHICAGO — The second draft of the revision of the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Science, based on comment since December 2013, is now available for review and final comment through Oct. 24, 2014, at the...

May 15: ALA prepares to help protect the Open Internet

Washington, D.C.—Today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re-opens one of the most important rulemakings to affect America’s internet users and the libraries that support free public access and communities of researchers and learners. American Library Association (ALA)...

May 15: Lois Lowry to be joined by Jeff Bridges at ALA President’s Program, Annual Conference

CHICAGO Legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry will be joined by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges at Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the...

May 15: ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates

CHICAGO The Nominating Committee for the 2015 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2015 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no...

May 13: LLAMA webinar shows how data promotes interdepartmental partnerships

CHICAGO While many academic libraries host external campus departments, it is less common for libraries to work with these departments to create and offer integrated services.  Careful planning is critical to their success and includes not only communication among...

May 13: LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done in “...

May 13: United for Libraries to present '3D Printers & Library Policies' at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries will present “3D Printers & Library Policies” 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference. The program will be co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Office for Intellectual...

May 13: United for Libraries to host ‘Isn’t it Romantic?’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries will present “Isn’t it Romantic?”, an author panel featuring romance writers, 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Popular romance authors Shelley Coriell, Deborah Coonts, Jeaniene Frost,...

May 13: Evanovich and Rae join lineup for ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by SAGE

PHILADELPHIA — Stephanie Evanovich and Issa Rae will join the lineup of authors at United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us," sponsored by SAGE, featuring standup comedian and...

May 13: Library associations select Robert Oakley scholarship winner

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Carla Myers the 2014 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research...

May 13: ALSC releases 2014 Summer Reading Lists

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released three Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. 

Lists are available for K-8 students. Each is...

May 13: Celebrate the best in GLBTQ literature at the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch

CHICAGO — Join the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and award winning authors in celebration of the very best in GLBTQ literature at the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch, held during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The 2014 Awards Brunch will take place...

May 13: Rachel Hendrick named Choice operations manager

Middletown, Conn.Rachel Hendrick has been named operations manager of Choice, effective immediately. The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publication of the Association of College...

May 12: ALSC past-president donation to support additional 2014-2015 ALSC Spectrum Scholar
CHICAGO – Ellen Fader, past-president (2005-2006) of The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has provided a generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship. Her contribution will support a student through the 2014-2015 school term, cover a follow-up grant for a Spectrum Scholar...
May 12: The 2014 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2014 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2014 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers...

May 12: Celebrate 45 years of excellence in children’s literature at the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate 45 years of the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African-American experience at the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book...

May 12: Celebrate mobile library services during Bookmobile Saturday 2014

CHICAGO – Every day, bookmobiles bring the world to the communities they serve, extending library programs, services and much more beyond the library’s physical walls. Bookmobile Saturday, a series of programs and events highlighting the critical services bookmobiles provide, will be held on...

May 12: Participate in the 2014 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM14)

CHICAGO — ALA members have an online forum that gives them a chance to be heard - Virtual Membership Meetings. 

Virtual Membership Meetings (VMM) provide an important way for personal members to affect what ALA does. All ALA personal...

May 12: Medeiros elected ALCTS President for 2015-2016

CHICAGO — Norm Medeiros, associate librarian for collection management and metadata services, Haverford College  (Pa.), has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

He previously...

May 09: AASL webinar provides the recipe for connecting research and the CCSS

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will demonstrate how research - done correctly - will touch almost every one of AASL's “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and the "anchor standards" in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Presented...

May 09: Public librarians and the CCSS webinar now archived in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO The archive of the webinar “The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students” is now available to view as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar explores the...

May 09: Candice Mack elected for 2015-2016 YALSA presidency

CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Candice A. (Wingyee) Mack as the division’s next president-elect. Mack will begin her term as president-elect in June 2014, becoming president for one year in...

May 09: Cyberbullying and graphic novels covered in new issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO – Summer reading, library services to teens, cyberbullying, comics and graphic novels are topics explored in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 4: May 2014) of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (...

May 09: New AASL publication develops school library collections for the 22nd century

CHICAGO – The newest publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Developing Collections to Empower Learners,” examines collection development in the context of today’s shift toward digital resources, while emphasizing the foundational beliefs of the school library...

May 09: AASL invites program proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for preconference workshops and concurrent sessions to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The preconference...

May 08: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and...

May 06: Five win election to Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

CHICAGO Five members of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) were elected to two-year terms on the board of trustees in the annual FTRF election.  Current FTRF President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. was re-elected to the...

May 06: United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

PHILADELPHIA —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) accepted the 2014 Public Service Award, given by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on May 5 during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C. He was introduced by Vermont State Librarian...

May 06: ALA Office for Diversity extends deadline for research grant proposals

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity has extended its deadline for proposals for its 2014 Diversity Research Grants from April 30 to May 16, 2014.  Applicants must be current ALA members, and 2014 proposals may concentrate on any diversity...

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