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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...

Dec 29: Two weeks to register for ALSC online courses

CHICAGO - In two weeks, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) begins a new semester of online courses, but there is still time to register. ALSC is offering four great courses, and all of these are open for registration. Courses start Monday, Jan. 16. 

ALSC’s online...
Dec 29: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO - The deadline has been extended to Feb. 1 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award, Beta Phi Mu Award, Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award,  Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, Ken...

Dec 29: ALSC, PLA offer Every Child Ready to Read webinar

CHICAGO - Following the release of the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Second Edition, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library...

Dec 27: Updated Great Early Elementary Reads bibliography released

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has revised the popular bibliography “Great Early Elementary Reads,” which features recommended book titles for beginning readers.

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Dec 27: ALSC's Great Websites for Kids relaunches with fresh new design

CHICAGO - Great Websites for Kids (GWS) (www.ala.org/greatsites), the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) online website directory, has been completely redesigned. The updated site boasts a fresh and colorful kid-friendly look and...

Dec 27: Last chance to apply for summer reading and teen internship grants from YALSA and Dollar General

CHICAGO — Librarians seeking funding for summer reading programs aimed at teens or to hire teen interns to support summer reading programs can apply for one of two grants distributed by YALSA and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due Jan. 1 for:

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Dec 27: Last chance to help YALSA give books to teens with a matching gift

CHICAGO — YALSA’s Books for Teens program raises funds to provide teens in low-income communities access to high-quality, recently published, age-appropriate books. If YALSA can raise $500 during the month of December, a generous benefactor has agreed to donate an additional $500. Just a few...

Dec 21: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults seeks papers on 21st-century literacies

CHICAGO —The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (yalsa.ala.org/jrlya), a peer-reviewed, open-access quarterly research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association, seeks papers for its Spring 2012 issue on...

Dec 20: LLAMA leadership development seminar will focus on new librarians

CHICAGO - The Leadership Development Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free panel discussion on “Recruitment, Retention and Mentoring of New Librarians” from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 in the Dallas Convention Center, Room...

Dec 20: Booklist announces prestigious 2011 Top of the List selections

CHICAGO - Booklist magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association, has announced its Top of the List winners for 2011. The eight winning titles were chosen from the annual Editors’ Choice selections as the best books and media of 2011.

“From a dog who became...

Dec 20: ALA, Fetzer Institute announce 30 public libraries to host Building Common Ground programs

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute selected 30 public libraries to host a series of programs as part of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative, which is supported by the...

Dec 20: New webinar: How to influence with story

CHICAGO - Facts and figures may be the staples of organizational life, yet it is storytelling that reaches people’s hearts.  ALA TechSource will cosponsor with WebJunction the January 10 webinar “Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy...

Dec 20: 2012 ASCLA conference programs focus on the future: technology, collaboration, innovative outreach programs and leadership
CHICAGO -- Any librarian concerned about what the future holds for libraries won’t want to miss the outstanding lineup of ALA Annual Conference programs hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

This year’s program topics highlight the...
Dec 20: Neal-Schuman Publishers to join ALA Publishing

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael and Neal-Schuman President Patricia Glass Schuman today announced that on Dec. 23, 2011, Neal-Schuman Publishers will become part of ALA Publishing.

Neal-Schuman Publishers, founded by John Vincent Neal and Patricia...

Dec 20: Innovative topics relevant to public, special librarians are focus of 2012 ASCLA preconferences

CHICAGO - Registration for three half-day preconferences covering mission-critical library topics--library services for the print-disabled, public library partnerships with correctional facilities and successful library marketing and development strategies, all hosted by the...

Dec 20: Free webinar: How to prepare a portfolio for 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 competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer...

Dec 20: Get ready for summer reading with YALSA’s January webinar

CHICAGO — With three carefree months of no school, no homework, long days and warm nights,  the summer is the perfect time to get teens reading! Jumpstart your summer reading program planning process in an hour long webinar from YALSA on Jan. 19, 2012. Join Charli Osborne for a discussion of...

Dec 20: Author Steve Berry keynotes Preservation Week 2012 kickoff

CHICAGO – New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry keynotes the kickoff for Preservation Week 2012 (April 22-28) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  Mr. Berry will speak at the ALCTS Forum from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Convention Center, room A201/202.

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Dec 20: RUSA Annual Conference programs to cover cutting-edge topics relevant to all types of libraries

CHICAGO--The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host technology and future-focused programs at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, tackling topics such as mobile technology, e-books, readers' advisory in the digital age,...

Dec 20: View 2011 I Love My Librarian Award ceremony, interviews with award winners

CHICAGO - A video of the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony has been posted on Atyourlibrary.org. You can view remarks made by keynote speaker Caroline Kennedy and Vartan Gregorian,...

Dec 14: Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting: A Forum

CHICAGO - Library job hunters face distinctive challenges in today’s market, calling for new approaches. These are addressed in a free Jan. 4, 2012 webinar, “Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job...

Dec 13: Eat, drink, network with reference colleagues at RUSA Membership Social

CHICAGO- - Kick off the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes and learn more about RUSA.

The social is one of...

Dec 13: Applications for ALTAFF Trustee awards due Dec. 30

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation and the ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Grant.  Applications for both...

Dec 13: Caroline Kennedy tells librarians their work is “truly life-changing” at I Love My Librarian Award ceremony

CHICAGO - Last week, Caroline Kennedy, in the keynote speech at the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times  I Love My Librarian Award ceremony in New York City, saluted librarians for their courage, dedication and vision.

The event, which was part of the Carnegie Corporation’...

Dec 13: ALA conducting new survey about librarians and privacy

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is inviting librarians and library workers across the country to participate in a survey that will measure librarians' attitudes about privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 

The...

Dec 13: AASL announces upcoming online courses

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launches three winter courses for its AASL e-Academy starting in January 2012. Designed to isolate and strengthen problem areas, the four week courses will assist school librarians in developing the...

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