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Apr 23: Office for Intellectual Freedom debuts new website, programming resources for Choose Privacy Week 2013

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom has launched its new website for Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association's (ALA) annual event that highlights the importance of personal privacy rights in an era of pervasive surveillance...

Apr 23: United for Libraries to lead Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 8

PHILADELPHIA— Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 8, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and...

Apr 23: YALSA, WWE® crown 2013 WRESTLEMANIA® 29 Reading Challenge champions

CHICAGO Dianna Nielsen, Harneek Kapoor and Kenyan Gustafson were crowned national champions in the WrestleMania® 29 Reading Challenge on April 6, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and WWE®.

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Apr 23: Jenna Nemec-Loise receives YALSA’s YA Advocacy Travel Stipend to attend National Library Legislative Day

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Jenna Nemec-Loise as the recipient of a stipend to attend ALA’s...

Apr 23: Scott Bacon receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Scott Bacon, principal of Blue Valley high school in Stilwell, Kan., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Distinguished School Administrators Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award honors a school administrator who has made worthy...

Apr 23: Scott Middle School educators win AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The “Make a Difference” research project team from Scott Middle School in Lincoln, Neb., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Highsmith, the $2...

Apr 23: Learn to deliver transformative arts programming for older adults at 2013 ALA Annual Conference workshop

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, Inc., will present a day-long preconference workshop during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, based on Lifetime Arts' Creative Aging Public Libraries Project....

Apr 23: PLA webinar brings urban fiction in from the street and onto the public library shelf

CHICAGO – The street lit genre is rapidly growing with both authors and fans. Get an introduction to this popular style during the hour-long webinar “Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries,”...

Apr 22: Audiobooks and information literacy explored in new SLR articles

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of the use of audiobooks with struggling readers and high school students’ information literacy skills are now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL)...

Apr 22: LLAMA webinar will feature Elliott Shore discussing change management

CHICAGO - Change has become a way of life for librarians due to technology and the ever-changing information needs of our users. How do we as library managers and leaders handle change effectively and efficiently for ourselves and those we lead, while ensuring that good communication is...

Apr 22: Everyday HR for academic library staff

CHICAGO — From the dean or director to student assistants, every academic library employee is subject to a number of complicated, confusing and intertwined employment policies and procedures. Many of these are required by law or governed by federal or state regulations; other policies or...

Apr 22: Kent Oliver to speak at United for Libraries’ Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, “Intellectual Freedom & Accompanying Library Policies,” from noon-1:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The traditional luncheon presented by United for...

Apr 22: Jeanette Smith receives the 2013 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Jeanette C. Smith, the grants/university relations officer at the New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces, has been selected to receive the 2013 American Library Association Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.  This special honor is given annually to an individual...

Apr 22: John Cotton Dana public relations awards announced

CHICAGO —  Eight libraries were selected for the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award, honoring outstanding library public relations and marketing with a $10,000 award and plaque.  This award has been given continuously since 1946 and is sponsored by EBSCO...

Apr 22: YALSA announces 2013 Teens’ Top Ten nominations

CHICAGO — The nominees for the annual Teens’ Top Ten have been announced today in honor of Celebrate Teen Literature Day by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Nominations are posted every year on Celebrate Teen Literature Day...

Apr 22: ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes about the state of school libraries in the Huffington Post

CHICAGO — As school libraries celebrate National Library Week (April 14 - 20) and School Library Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan expresses her concern about current and future challenges in...

Apr 22: Hear Mark Frauenfelder on maker innovations at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Mark Frauenfelder, prolific author, founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and founder of Boing Boing, will update 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees on the latest maker innovations in a special session from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

After offering a brief and...

Apr 22: Octavia Spencer closes ALA Annual Conference on a lively note

CHICAGO — Octavia Spencer has recently been busy, appearing on "30 Rock" and writing her first novel, in addition to her other star turns. Attendees will find out more when she appears as keynote speaker at the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on...

Apr 22: Achieving transformational change in academic libraries

CHICAGO—While academic libraries frequently undergo periods of strategic change, “Transformational Change” may be seen as fundamentally different. Often representing cultural change on a deep level, it may be traumatic for individuals. But organizationally, such change...

Apr 22: United for Libraries joins LLAMA to host preconference on ‘Raising $: Process and People’ at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — United for Libraries will join LLAMA in hosting the preconference “Raising $: Process and People” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago...

Apr 22: Celebrate Preservation Week next week

CHICAGO — Celebrate Preservation Week April 21-27.  Get involved.  Find a library with an event.  Check out the toolkit.  Like us on...

Apr 22: Attend the talks you voted for at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting for 36 “Conversation Starter” talks and “Ignite” sessions has determined which are added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and...

Apr 19: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for...

Apr 19: ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for...

Apr 16: Nation observes National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO – The tightening of belts across the U.S. has almost everyone looking for ways to cut costs.  With entertainment being one of the first targets, your local library is driving to the rescue – literally – as bookmobiles are racing into...

Apr 16: Librarians help spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night, April 23

CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland,...

Apr 16: Do you know who is tracking you? Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

CHICAGO – In an era of "Big Data," someone is tracking your every move.  Whether it's your location, your phone calls, your Facebook posts, your purchases or the websites you visit, your daily activities are monitored, recorded, collected and stored.  But all too often, you can't tell...

Apr 16: Nicola Wilson receives the 2013 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Nicola Wilson the 2013 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $100 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library...

Apr 16: Learn the basics of digital media labs during PLA preconference at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 28, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present the introductory preconference,...

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