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Aug 16: There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes September 1


CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame want to remind you that there is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

All entries for the Step Up...

Aug 16: ALA resolution promotes library user confidentiality in self-service hold practices

NEW ORLEANS - The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in a resolution passed at its Annual Conference in New Orleans, urges all libraries that implement self-service holds to protect patron identity by adopting practices and procedures that conceal the library user’s personally...

Aug 16: RUSA’s fall online learning: health reference, spatial literacy, readers advisory and more

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) fall online learning schedule is now available and includes new courses on health reference and spatial literacy.

RUSA’s online learning opportunities are open to any interested participant. Topics are relevant to a...

Aug 16: Learn how to raise money through community partnerships in new ALA Editions eCourse

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Community Partnership: How to Raise Money and Build Relationships. Paul Signorelli, former director of staff training and volunteer services for the San Francisco...

Aug 16: Hannah Gomez named YALSA’s 2011 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the profession, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Hannah Gomez as its 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. She will attend Simmons...

Aug 16: Learn to integrate iPads and tablets in new ALA TechSource Workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services with Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

Spurred by the launch of the iPad,...

Aug 16: ALA Council endorses United Nations report

NEW ORLEANS – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) passed a resolution endorsing the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

The resolution was passed on June 28 at the ALA’s Annual Conference...

Aug 16: RUSQ article on vernacular literacy practices wins RUSA award

CHICAGO — The article "Describing Vernacular Literacy Practices to Enhance Understanding of Community Information Needs: A Case Study with Practical Implications" by Denice Adkins, Jenny S. Bossaller and Kim M. Thompson, is the 2011 Reference Service Press Award winner, an annual honor...

Aug 16: New ALA Editions Workshop challenges you to radically rethink the library collection

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Rethinking the Collection with Rick Anderson.

Managing an academic library collection amidst the ever-changing mix of...

Aug 16: Controlling costs during fiscal crises

CHICAGO — Libraries, like many other cultural institutions such as museums, art councils and theater groups, are looking for answers to the pressing problems of financial stability and, ultimately, survival. Published by ALA Editions, “...

Aug 15: ALA issues RFP for national salary surveys

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) seeks proposals to conduct a national Web-based salary survey for the 2012 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic. The survey is sent to directors and human resources staff in a random sample of both...

Aug 15: Voting now open in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at...

Aug 15: Take information literacy to the next level in YALSA’s "From 140 Characters to 10 Pages 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...

Aug 15: ALA announces 40 libraries to host “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible”

Traveling exhibition explores literary and cultural impact of King James Bible

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that 40 public and...

Aug 15: Suzanne Kaller receives RUSA award honors for outstanding public library business reference services

CHICAGO — Suzanne Kaller, business librarian at the Arapahoe Library District in Englewood, Colo., is the 2011 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, an annual award administered by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services...

Aug 09: Barbados and Taiwan join the Campaign for the World’s Libraries

@ your library campaigns launch in Jamaica and Poland

CHICAGO - The Library Association of Barbados (LAB) and Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) recently became the newest members of the Campaign for the World’s Libraries.

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Aug 09: ALSC offers Newbery/Caldecott Mock Elections digital download and webinar

CHICAGO - Newbery and Caldecott Award mock election programs are an ideal and fun way to: encourage children to read; enhance listening, discussion and communication skills; teach book examination skills; and foster appreciation of fine art and literature. Just in time for end-of-year election...

Aug 09: Learn how Google Apps can make your library more efficient in new ALA TechSource Workshop

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, "Using Google Apps for a More Efficient Library" with Suzann Holland. This two-day workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and 14.

Budget...

Aug 09: ALSC releases Fall 2011 online education schedule

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the new Fall 2011 Online Education Course schedule. ALSC is offering five courses, each of which begins September 26.

Each of the five courses addresses a different topic and includes ideas for...

Aug 09: Freedom to Read Foundation supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift of $1,000 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. 

ALA President Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President Roberta Stevens, ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan...

Aug 09: AASL designates Wednesday, September 28, 2011, as Banned Websites Awareness Day

CHICAGO – In an extension of the observance of Banned Books Week, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will highlight censorship awareness by designating Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, as Banned Websites Awareness Day. By doing so, it is AASL’s hope to bring attention to the overly...

Aug 09: YALSA’s journal wins fourth APEX Award

CHICAGO — For the fourth year in a row, Communications Concepts awarded Young Adult Library Services (YALS), the quarterly journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), an Award of Excellence, as part of the APEX...

Aug 09: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association continues support for the Spectrum Scholarship Program

CHICAGO - The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has announced a new level of support for the Spectrum Scholarship Program, providing more than $5,000 since the launch of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. 

ALA...

Aug 09: YALSA launches 2011 Teen Read Week™ Photo Contest

Teens can win an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers

CHICAGO — As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest (judged by 2011 Teen Read Week Spokesperson Jay Asher) and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young...

Aug 09: Bring your subject guides into the 21st century with new workshop from ALA Editions

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, "Creating Subject Guides for 21st-Century Libraries" with Buffy Hamilton, to take place at 4 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The subject guide has been a valuable...

Aug 09: Free webinar: An Introduction to the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO - Join us for a short webinar about the Certified Public Library Administrator Program from 2 - 2:30 pm CDT on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.  This 30-minute introduction to CPLA will help public librarians determine whether national certification should be...

Aug 09: Learn how to "Be a Great Boss" in new ALA Editions Workshop with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, "Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success" with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Are you a library...

Aug 09: AASL screens digital media documentary at national conference

CHICAGO – In conjunction with the appearance of Dr. Mimi Ito, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present two screenings of the documentary “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century” as part of its national conference program.

The documentary explores how...

Aug 09: ALA commends N.C. school librarian, winner of Coast Guard national leadership award

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) issues its congratulations to Chief Petty Officer Abigail Rainey Scrocco of Station Oak Island in N.C., this year’s recipient of the Coast Guard's Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.

Scrocco is a...

Aug 09: ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference

CHICAGO — Published by ALA Editions, “ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference” provides an annotated list of print and electronic biomedical and health-related reference sources...

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