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Jul 26: Registration for new online learning opportunities about screencasting, accessibility, closes July 28

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has registration open through Thursday, July 28 for its two new online learning offerings, “Introduction to Screencasting for Online Tutorials and Reference” and “Beyond Compliance: Assuring equitable access to library services for all...

Jul 26: 2011 LITA National Forum: early-bird rates through August 15

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association's (LITA) is offering early-bird rates through August 15, for the LITA National Forum, held Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, in St. Louis, Mo.

Just a few reasons why this year’s National Forum is not to be missed:

  • Dynamic...
Jul 26: 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Conference opens call for proposals

CHICAGO - The Steering Committee of the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) has announced an open call for program proposals for the conference scheduled for Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.   

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Gathering at the Waters:...

Jul 26: Alire named 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO--Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, has been named the 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree.  As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA...

Jul 25: Librarians and library supporters gather at Yolo County Library to support Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO—Librarians, Spectrum Scholars and alumni, library school students and library supporters came together to raise over $1,600 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent Dinner for Spectrum Scholars at the Yolo County (Calif.) Library.  Hosted by Patty Wong, county...

Jul 25: Finished with your beach book? Dive into new ALCTS publications

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), proudly announces the release of the following three titles:

Released in March 2011, "...

Jul 25: LITA announces Elisabeth Stewart-Marshall president-elect, new board members

CHICAGO - Elisabeth (Zoe) Stewart-Marshall, assistant director of Library Systems, User Services Development at OhioLINK, is the newly elected vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  Her...

Jul 25: LITA announces two upcoming online learning courses

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association is pleased to announce two upcoming Web education opportunities.  The Web course, “Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs” will be presented Aug. 22-26, and the webinar “Roadmap to JPEG2000” will be offered Sept. 13.

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Jul 21: LLAMA webinar will focus on succession planning and leadership development for the future

According to research conducted by the Library Journal, 40 percent of the nation's librarians will have retired by the end of this decade.  Are you ready???  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a new webinar on this topic featuring Dr. Paula M....

Jul 21: Induction Day @ your library

CHICAGO – Sunday was Induction Day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  By registering for Step Up to the Plate @ your library, you can help one of your library users win the chance to go to the Hall of Fame just like 2011 inductees, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyeven.

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Jul 21: Fall into the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – There’s something for everyone inside the new ALA Graphics fall catalog, full of fresh products designed to encourage readers of all ages.

More than a dozen new posters and bookmarks make their debut,...

Jul 21: IMLS awards grant to continue ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program

CHICAGO—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity for their project, “Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change.”  The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship...

Jul 20: Freedom to Read Foundation welcomes ruling to overturn ban on selling video games to minors

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), the First Amendment legal defense arm of the American Library Association (ALA), welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court's recent 7-2 decision to overturn a 2005 California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors.  FTRF joined...

Jul 20: Banned Books Week to feature Virtual Read-out in September

CHICAGO – This year, for the first time, readers from around the world will be able to participate virtually in Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct.1.  During this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week, readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting...

Jul 20: Volunteer to serve on an ALA or Council committee for 2012 - 2013

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, is encouraging members to volunteer for ALA and Council committees during the 2012-2013 appointment process. Sullivan is chairing both the Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees.

To...

Jul 19: “Learning Spaces: Cost-effective innovation” LLAMA webinar offered
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Jul 19: Storytellers to share their craft during AASL national conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce the lineup for its 5th Storytelling Festival, which will take place at the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis this October. Master storytellers Jerry Blue, Dianne de las Casas and...

Jul 19: While supplies last, Connect with your kids @ your library family guides, bookmarks available

CHICAGO - Connect with your kids@ your library, ALA’s new campaign that encourages parents to spend more quality time with their children at their library, is offering the popular family guides and bookmarks to libraries. There is a limited supply available.

The concise, easy to read...

Jul 19: New Members Round Table supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift of $1,000 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  

ALA President Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President Roberta...

Jul 19: Harry Potter @ your library

CHICAGO – Movie posters for the second installment of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” remind fans that “it all ends,” but a visit to the local library might yield some different thoughts.

Libraries are keeping the Harry Potter tradition alive with a variety of programs for...

Jul 19: 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 to AASL members in 2012. AASL’s 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research,...

Jul 19: ALA Public Programs Office extends “Visions of the Universe” traveling exhibit tour

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced that nine additional public libraries will host “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” a traveling exhibition developed in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public...

Jul 19: Free upcoming Booklist webinars on book groups, math and science, and top YA titles for fall

CHICAGO - Booklist’s free webinar series continues to attract crowds of attendees as editors host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives at least once a month on a variety of topics that offer immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for collection...

Jul 19: Beauregard-Keyes House designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF, in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes

PHILADELPHIA –  The Beauregard-Keyes House in New Orleans was dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Frances Parkinson...

Jul 19: Intellectual Freedom Round Table supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift of $500 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  

ALA President Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President Roberta...

Jul 18: Pre-registration is now open for PLA 2012

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now offering pre-registration for its upcoming conference, PLA 2012, taking place March 13-17 in Philadelphia.

This special service is designed to help registrants budget their conference costs,...

Jul 18: Free webinar: An introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

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 (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational...

Jul 14: Micquel Little receives 2011 RUSA interlibrary loan travel scholarship

CHICAGO — Micquel Little, access services librarian at St. John Fisher College, is the 2011 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) STARS/Atlas Systems...

Jul 14: PLA Results Boot Camp returns this October to the Nashville Public Library

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that it will be offering a sixth Results Boot Camp this fall from October 18-22 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library.

“Results Are What...

Jul 12: Nominating committee seeks candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2012 spring election.

The president-elect will serve a three-year term: as...

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