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Oct 11: Free webinar presents findings of Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource and the ALA Office for Research & Statistics will co-sponsor with WebJunction the Nov. 1 webinar 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Results, Trends, and Resources.”

The Public Library Funding and...

Oct 10: Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is pleased to present this Midwinter Symposium: “Libraries, Linked Data and the Semantic Web: Positioning Our Catalogs to Participate in the 21st Century Global Information Marketplace” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday...

Oct 10: Loleta D. Fyan Grant call for proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant.  Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Oct 10: LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program.  Sponsored by LITA and...

Oct 10: Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to...

Oct 10: ALSC releases Children’s Graphic Novel Core Collection

CHICAGO - Graphic novels are exploding in popularity. This sometimes misunderstood type of book is a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format and it is different from book-length collections of comic strips or wordless picture books. 

In recognition of the...

Oct 06: "It’s everybody’s job" to report challenges

CHICAGO – On the heels of Banned Books Week this year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom is kicking off a new awareness campaign to increase the reporting of challenges to library materials.

“We estimate that only 20 to 25 percent of challenges...

Oct 06: OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving...

Oct 05: LITA Scholarships in library and information science

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for three Scholarships:

LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by Baker & Taylor)

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Oct 04: ALA supports Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Contest

CHICAGO – The American Library Association, through a new relationship with Sterling Epicure, publishers of “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook,” is supporting “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Contest” that is being...

Oct 04: Recognize your library’s donors with ALTAFF's Major Benefactor Citation

PHILADELPHIA  –  To recognize individuals, families or corporations that have made major gifts to libraries, the  Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awards the Major Benefactor Citation.

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Oct 04: AASL kicks off new Knowledge Quest webinar series with complimentary webinar

CHICAGO – To mark the launch of the expanded Knowledge Quest website, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the first of its Knowledge Quest webinar series complimentary to all attendees.  This new series of webinars will explore topics related to...

Oct 04: ALA 2012 scholarship online application now available

CHICAGO - Scholarship money is available for future librarians.

ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and...

Oct 04: Wisconsin teen wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand prize

CHICAGO – Twelve-year-old Kelsey Willems will soon be on her way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., thanks to the resources at her school library and some quality family time with her father.

In the grand prize drawing for the Step Up to the...

Oct 04: RDA Toolkit virtual events offer new ways to engage

CHICAGO - ALA Publishing's Digital Reference is introducing two new ways to learn about RDA Toolkit and prepare for implementation of RDA: Resource Description and Access. These free and open virtual events are designed to help introduce users to RDA Toolkit, keep up to date with changes and...

Oct 04: Deadline extended for National Library Week Grant

U.S.libraries of all types encouraged to apply for $3,000 to support National Library Week activities

CHICAGO – Your library has something for everyone.This National Library Week, celebrate the ways your library provides a place where...

Oct 04: ALCTS extends free webinar registration for LIS students and faculty

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that LIS students who are student members of the American Library Association may again this year register for any ALCTS webinar free of charge.   

Students who wish to take...

Oct 04: Make QR codes work at your library with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — You see them everywhere now: a blocky, black-and-white tag in the corner of an ad, on a book and even on products at your local shop. What is that thing? It’s a QR code! To learn how you can effectively use “that thing” at your library, join the Young Adult Library Services...

Oct 04: Call for proposals for the ALA Research Series

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Research & Statistics invites book proposals for the peer reviewed ALA Research Series.

The ALA Research Series expands the knowledge base of library research by publishing accessible and practical analysis that addresses topics of...

Oct 04: AASL heads to Washington for congressional briefing

CHICAGO – On Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, representatives of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present a congressional briefing to advocate for the inclusion of the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act in the upcoming Elementary and Secondary...

Oct 04: ACRL e-Learning call for proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting proposal submissions for the ACRL e-Learning program. Submissions are being accepted for live webcasts and asynchronous online courses. Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by Nov. 1, 2011...

Oct 04: The conversation starts here . . . Midwinter registration and housing now open

CHICAGO - Registration and housing for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20-24, 2012 in Dallas, are open as of Monday, Oct. 3.

The 2012 Midwinter Meeting...

Oct 03: American Libraries launches E-Content blog

CHICAGO — Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog...

Oct 03: Get the scoop on STEM in YALSA’s YA Forum discussion this week

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will feature Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in its monthly YA Forum discussion, held for members this month at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa. Throughout the week...

Sep 30: ALA Editions offers free webinar: Tactics for Library Job Hunting in a Tough Market

CHICAGO - Hone your job-hunting skills in a free interactive webinar with Jeannette Woodward, author of "A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market" (ALA Editions). As a seasoned administrator with experience in both academic and public libraries, Woodward will focus on the application...

Sep 27: New ASCLA online course educates all library staff about services to library users with disabilities

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities,” a new online course offered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library...

Sep 27: ASCLA encourages member participation in newly-formed interest groups

CHICAGO — Members of both ALA and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) are invited to become members of newly established interest groups within the association and make a difference in the library profession.

ASCLA’s membership represents four core...

Sep 27: Explore the world @ your library

CHICAGO - Libraries allow users to experience new cultures and explore distant countries every day. Whether it is through a book on the art of China or learning to sing a song in French during a multicultural sing-a-long, libraries really bring their users the world.

Here are just a...

Sep 27: ALTAFF publications available to members at a major discount

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is making two publications, "The Complete Library Trustee Handbook" and "Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends," available to its members...

Sep 27: AASL releases position statement on diversity in the organization

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a position statement on diversity in the organization. “This position statement is a welcomed testament to AASL's commitment to diversity,” said Pauletta Bracy, chair of the task force that drafted the statement. “It...

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