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Sep 27: ALA President warns of dangers of censorship in Huffington Post article

CHICAGO - American Library Association President Molly Raphael reminded readers of The Huffington Post of the importance of Banned Books Week, warning about attempts...

Sep 27: YALSA wins BoardSource Innovation Prize

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, won the Innovation Prize at the BoardSource Leadership Forum, which is funded through support from Prudential and the Prudential Foundation.  YALSA was one of 40 organizations that competed...

Sep 27: Write your public library’s e-book program with the help of PLA’s new webinar series

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association is pleased to introduce “Public Librarian's...

Sep 27: New Web course from ALCTS on collection assessment

Chicago - Beginning Oct. 31, 2011, a new "Fundamentals" Web course will debut from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  "Fundamentals of Collection Assessment" is a six-week online course which introduces the fundamental aspects of...

Sep 27: Rebecca Vnuk joins Booklist as new editor, reference and collection management

 CHICAGO — Readers’-advisory expert Rebecca Vnuk joins Booklist Publications in October as editor for reference and collection management. Vnuk will have responsibility for all print and electronic reference reviews in Booklist, as well as...

Sep 27: EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. The meeting takes place Jan. 20 - 24, 2012, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with...

Sep 27: PLA 2012 Conference bookended by exciting keynote speakers

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is counting down to its biennial conference, PLA 2012, March 13-17, in Philadelphia.

The conference will get off to an inspiring start as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. takes the stage at the Opening...

Sep 26: Whoopi, penguins join Banned Books Read-Out

CHICAGO – Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg and the authors of the most challenged book in the United States–the story of male penguins raising a baby penguin–have joined the virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that is taking place on YouTube as part of the...

Sep 26: Eye-opening insights into college libraries and student culture

CHICAGO — How do college students really conduct research for classroom assignments? In 2008, five large Illinois universities were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Grant to try to...

Sep 23: LITA/Library Hi Tech Award nominations sought

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of...

Sep 22: Senate committee clears appropriations bill with funds for school libraries, level support for Library Services and Technology Act

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill yesterday with at least $15 million designated for school libraries. The bill also level-funds the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $189 million.

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Sep 21: 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 competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (ALA...

Sep 21: Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant increases funding through individual donations

Cape Coral, Fla. – The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has received a number of donations from individuals currently active in the information community.  These donors all were influenced at some point in their careers through interaction with Bob Asleson, late founder...

Sep 21: Write now, right now for Library Worklife

CHICAGO - Interesting people, programs and ideas are needed as contributors to Library Worklife. Distributed monthly by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today's Leaders covers issues that are important...

Sep 20: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ your library

CHICAGO – Libraries have long reflected the communities they serve. Responding to the fastest growing population in the United States, libraries across the country work to meet the need of their Latino populations.

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, which...

Sep 20: ALA announces slate of Council candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council:

 

Mustafa Abbas Abdelwahid, Director of Libraries, Auburn Research Library, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB...

Sep 20: Nominations sought for 2012 RUSA achievement awards

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the many achievement awards and conference travel grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

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Sep 20: Austin to present paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting Young Adult Services event at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Jeanie Austin, project coordinator for Mix IT Up! at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will present her paper, "Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Libraries,"  at YALSA’s Trends Impacting Young Adult Services event,...

Sep 20: Learn all about the Printz Award in YALSA’s Secrets of the Seal online course

CHICAGO - For more than a decade, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has honored the best books for teens with the Michael L. Printz Award. Librarians and educators can learn how the committee deems a book Printz-worthy and how to entice teens to read award-winning titles in...

Sep 20: Presidential task force to focus on school library programs

CHICAGO — To combat increased reports of threats to school library instructional programs, ALA President Molly Raphael has launched a Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries.  This task force will lead a campaign addressing the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, as well...

Sep 20: ASCLA accepting nominations for 2012 service, leadership, achievement awards

CHICAGO - The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is now accepting nominations for its 2012 awards, including the Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, the Exceptional Service Award, the Cathleen...

Sep 20: New ALA Editions workshop to teach how collaborating with teens builds better programs

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs with Jennifer Velásquez .

Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as...

Sep 20: Four Spectrum Scholars to attend AASL national conference

CHICAGO –The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the attendance of four Spectrum Scholars at the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis, Oct. 27-30.

AASL will sponsor the...

Sep 20: New eCourse to teach Web design basics for librarians

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse on the basics of Web design for librarians. Diane Kovacs, a librarian and experienced online instructor, will serve as the instructor for a six-week facilitated eCourse...

Sep 20: Booklist chosen again as partner for National Reading Group Month

 CHICAGO - Booklist, the American Library Association’s review source, is proud to have been selected for the fourth year as a partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s National Reading...

Sep 20: One week left to take advantage of AASL11 advance registration pricing

CHICAGO –  The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 15th National Conference and Exhibition ends Sept. 29. Turning the Page will be held Oct. 27-30. Registration and...

Sep 20: Workman’s Book Lover’s Calendars available to ALTAFF members at more than 80 percent off

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, makes Book Lover’s Page-A-Day calendars, published by Workman, available to its members at a greatly reduced price.

ALTAFF group and...

Sep 20: AASL releases updated website on recruitment to school librarianship

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has published a revamped website focused on the recruitment of potential school librarians. Developed to provide information to those interested in joining the profession as well as those seeking to recruit people to the profession...

Sep 20: New eCourse will show how to build library websites with Drupal

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse on using the Drupal content management system to build library websites. Sean Fitzpatrick, a librarian and Web developer specializing in Drupal, will serve as the instructor...

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