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Aug 02: AASL names Tonya Grant 2011 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) chose Tonya Grant as its 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. Grant is currently a student at the University of Georgia.

As an educator for the...

Aug 02: New eCourse from ALA Editions helps you educate your staff on copyright

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, "Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community." Lesley Ellen Harris, a copyright, licensing and digital property lawyer who works with the information...

Aug 02: AASL’s Exploratorium to showcase school library best practices

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is making available its lineup for the Exploratorium at the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition. With more than 40 individual learning stations, the...

Aug 02: Ten librarians win Teen Read Week™ Mini Grants from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the winners of its 10 Teen Read Week Mini Grants. The grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, give each winning library $1,000 to use for events,...

Aug 02: Stock up on fun children’s reading kits with PLA’s summer sale

CHICAGO — From now until Aug. 31, 2011, take 40 percent off three unique children’s reading kits from the Public Library Association (PLA). PLA and American Library Association (ALA) members can also use their ALA store discount of 10 percent, resulting in a 50 percent savings! Simply enter...

Aug 02: ARSL Conference to focus on positive growth of America’s rural and small libraries

CHICAGO – Join library staff, trustees and volunteers from small and rural libraries across the country as they gather for the 2011 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference in Frisco, Texas. The conference will be held from Sept. 8- 11 at the Dallas-...

Aug 02: Register now for 2011 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with a variety of higher education associations to offer the 2011 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2011 in Dana Point, Calif. and Dec. 4-7, 2011 in Amelia...

Aug 02: AASL to sponsor four Spectrum Scholars at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the attendance of up to four Spectrum Scholars at its national conference. The AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition will be held Oct. 27-30 in...

Jul 29: Take information literacy to the next level in YALSA’s social media and information literacy webinar

CHICAGO — Social media has altered the information landscape by expanding the flow of information from books, newspapers and journals to instant reports from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. How can librarians help teens navigate these information streams and learn to separate the wheat from the...

Jul 29: Discuss how to get your message heard in YALSA’s August YA Forum

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host its monthly discussion forum next week on communicating with key stakeholders. Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing...

Jul 26: Enjoy a unique Minneapolis experience with AASL national conference educational tours

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition are encouraged to sign up early for one of the exciting educational tours offered on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the conference, held Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis. More...

Jul 26: Get inspired to “turn the page” with AASL’s school tours at national conference

CHICAGO – Be sure to arrive early to the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition from Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis. The Wednesday and Thursday before conference will be dedicated to many learning and networking events, including school tours....

Jul 26: Add to your AASL national conference experience by adding a preconference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school librarians "turn the page" in their career with exciting preconference workshops geared toward school librarians and their programs. AASL's national conference will...

Jul 26: Spectrum and Knowledge River Scholars host Tucson fundraiser for Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO—The University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Scholars, Spectrum Scholars, REFORMA Tucson Chapter Members, SIRLS faculty and librarians and library supporters in Tucson (Ariz.) raised over $1,500 for the Spectrum Presidential Initiative through a recent fundraiser.  Organized by Spectrum...

Jul 26: Miami (Ohio) University chosen as site for 2012 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has chosen Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as the site of the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Peter Sís.

“The committee was extremely pleased by the...

Jul 26: Summer school is in session for intellectual freedom

CHICAGO - Librarians are facing the heat this summer. In addition to scorching temperatures across the country, librarians are also seeing how economic hard times can cause increases in challenges to intellectual freedom. With greater scrutiny on how tax dollars are spent, libraries often come...

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...

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