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Nov 09: AASL extends deadline for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition concurrent session proposals to 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, Dec. 7, in consideration of school library professionals living in states impacted by...

Nov 09: ALA-APA approves new certification option for Belmont College graduates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with Belmont College’s fully online...

Nov 09: AASL sponsors Roberts and Southworth as Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting in...

Nov 09: Terry Brooks joins Doig, Olsen and Ozeki in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —Bestselling author Terry Brooks will join previously announced authors Ivan Doig, Greg Olsen and Ruth Ozeki for the popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum that kicks Midwinter off from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.  Booklist Adult Books Editor Brad Hooper will...

Nov 09: American Library Association announces Emerging Leader participants for class of 2013

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 55 to participate in its 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.  Instituted under ALA Past President Leslie Burger, the program is designed to enable library staff...

Nov 06: Changes to online access to AACR2 coming April 2013

CHICAGO — Effective April, 1, 2013, online access to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed.  will be available exclusively through RDA Toolkit. Access to AACR2 will no longer be included in the Cataloger’s Desktop...

Nov 06: YALSA announces new Teens' Top Ten groups

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 16 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens.  These 16 groups will...

Nov 06: Diverse panel discusses “Culture of Learning” in online digital literacy forum Nov. 14

CHICAGO — Speakers from a range of settings and library backgrounds have been confirmed to participate in the  ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force program “Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep up with Digital Media and Technology” Google Hangout session moderated by OITP...

Nov 06: OITP, LITA extend deadline for cutting-edge technology nominations to Nov. 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are extending the deadline for submitting nominations for best library practices using...

Nov 06: United for Libraries to designate Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine a Literary Landmark in honor of L’Engle

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries will designate the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York a Literary Landmark in honor of Madeleine L’Engle on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Literary Landmark will be dedicated to recognize the church’s connection with L’Engle, a legendary...

Nov 06: Using social media to find collaboration, coordination and focus

CHICAGO — Web 2.0 jumpstarted librarians’ involvement with social media, and the use of Facebook, YouTube, blogs and other social media applications is now all but ubiquitous. But the turn is now toward management and consolidation. A detailed analysis of the whys of social media and the hows of...

Nov 06: New articles published in School Library Research

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of information literacy, professional development and collaboration and the impact of staffing levels on student achievement are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online...

Nov 06: AASL partners with Carnegie Science Center to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has partnered with the Carnegie Science Center: Girls Math & Science Partnership (GMSP) to inspire girls to see themselves in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through gaming and online activities....

Nov 06: PLA webinar offers ideas to revitalize the reference department

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m CST, Nov. 15, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present a live, one-hour webinar, "On Life Support, but Not Dead Yet! Revitalizing Reference for the 21st Century." The changing way that people...

Nov 06: A delicious way to network at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

CHICAGO — For Midwinter Meeting attendees interested in hitting the town and exploring Seattle over a great dinner with old and new conference friends, the Dine Around Seattle evening offers the perfect opportunity. Reservations for 10 have been secured at several local...

Nov 06: Young voters @ your library

CHICAGO — The library has long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, providing free and equal access to information for all people.

Adults across the country know that their library is a go-to resource when it comes to being a well-informed participant in the electoral process...

Nov 06: Guide to Reference voted Best Database in Best Professional Resource category

CHICAGO — Based on votes from librarians, readers of Library Journal and reviewers, Guide to Reference was selected #1 Best Database in Library Journal’s 2012 Best Professional Resource category. Guide to Reference is published by ALA Digital Reference and is...

Nov 05: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award

CHICAGO — Do you know of a library that has had a successful library financial development program?  Recognize this successful project with a nomination for the Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award funded by Gale Cengage, Inc. 

Since 1985, The Gale Cengage...

Nov 05: Pamela Thomas new ALCTS 'z687' editor

CHICAGO — Pamela J. Thomas, technical services librarian at Illinois Central College, is the new editor of   “z687: Creating the Future of Technical Services,” a series of digital publications from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).

“...

Nov 05: How Singapore took a global lead in library transformation—ALA Midwinter Masters session

CHICAGO — In a two-part ALA Midwinter Meeting Masters session - from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26,  - Katherina Lee and Lee Kee Siang from the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore will address changes that have led NLB to be considered a global leader in transformation....

Nov 02: Explore Chicago architectural landmark at Annual Conference and support Cultural Communities Fund

CHICAGO — Attendees of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago will have the opportunity to spend an evening exploring an original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, while supporting the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF).  Tickets will be available for a...

Nov 01: Applications open for 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program...

Nov 01: Taking the Library to the Street—Smitty and LiLi at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — “What do you get when you cross a librarian with a hot-rod shop?” In this unusual case that shatters stereotypes of libraries, librarians and literacy, you get a mobile initiative that delivers the library to people who may not know about or who have some obstacle to visiting libraries...

Nov 01: Peter Block on transformation and leadership in ALA President’s Program, Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —Peter Block, best-selling author of “Community:  The Structure of Belonging” and widely known for his work on community engagement and reconciliation, will facilitate an interactive discussion about the nature of real transformation and what kind of leadership is required to achieve it...

Oct 31: Webinar takes visuals from blah to aaah

CHICAGO —  “A picture is worth a thousand words!”  That old saying is widely spoken, but are you taking heed of all of the opportunities to promote your Library visually?  The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is...

Oct 31: Author David Wiesner to take part in 75th Caldecott anniversary Facebook Forum

CHICAGO — In November, three-time Caldecott Medal-winning author David Wiesner will participate in a Facebook Forum hosted by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

As part of the Forum, ALSC will interview Wiesner about his Caldecott award-winning books and take...

Oct 30: PLA’s upcoming webinar tracks the elusive library non-users

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on November 7, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “The Elusive Library Non-User: How to Find Out What Non-Users Want” with instructors...

Oct 30: Atyourlibrary.org celebrates International Games Day @ your library

CHICAGO – In honor of the fifth annual International Games Day @ your library, atyourlibrary.org will celebrate with a game of its own.

Starting on Saturday, Nov. 3, to coincide with International Games Day,...
Oct 30: AASL again a core partner in celebrating Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO  – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) again joins the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational associations and organizations in celebrating the second annual Digital Learning Day on Feb. 6, 2013. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration...

Oct 30: Tickets now on sale for Midwinter networking luncheon hosted by ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group in Seattle

CHICAGO - Tickets are now on sale for a networking luncheon at ALA’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle hosted by the Library Consultants Interest Group, one of the member interest groups of the...

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