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May 17: ALA’s Exhibits Plus and Exhibits Supreme packages grant access to ALTAFF programs at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering an affordable way to attend ALTAFF events at the...

May 17: Registration open for 2011-2012 WrestleMania® Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — Registration is open for the seventh annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE® and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Librarians and educators who register have the opportunity to win $2,000...

May 17: Thirty AASL members receive grants to attend first conference

CHICAGO– Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will receive a $750 travel grant to attend their first AASL National Conference. The grants are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB). The AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition...

May 17: Gillian Engberg appointed new editorial director, Books for Youth, Booklist Publications

CHICAGO - Booklist has a new Books for Youth editorial director, announced by Editor and Publisher Bill Ott on May 13. Gillian Engberg brings extensive expertise in children’s and young adult literature to the role, having started with...

May 17: Bell wins ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant to Dottie Howard Bell, a Trustee of the Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport...

May 17: Learn to Evaluate and Implement Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library in new workshop

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CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan...

May 17: ALA: Department of Education withdraws federal support for school libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was zeroed out under the Department of Education’s allocation for FY2011 funding (PDF), released today.

Improving...

May 16: Twenty-six acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading stage features Mark Doty, Daniel Handler, Tayari Jones, R. Zamora Lindmark, Nalini Singh and more!

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 26 critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors and poets on...

May 16: ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host open house during Annual Conference in New Orleans

CHICAGO - As part of its continuing effort to help job seekers retool their skills and prepare for job searches in the current economy, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an Open House from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Sunday, June 26 in the Placement Center during the American Library...

May 16: Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates nine candidates

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program congratulates the nine new graduates who have completed the program since January and the 139 librarian candidates who...

May 10: ALTAFF awards 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2011 Public Service Award to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington,...

May 10: The Library Support Staff Certification Program recognizes library assistant graduates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with three Library Assistant Training programs that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and...

May 10: Día 101 webinar available for purchase from ALSC

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recently announced that the archived webinar, Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros...

May 10: ALSC offers webinar on family programming in a tough economy

CHICAGO - At noon CDT on Friday, May 13, 2011, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be hosting a webinar, "Family Programs on a Shoestring @ your library."

Taught by...

May 10: ALTAFF and Algonquin Books to sponsor "From Writer to Reader" panel at BookExpo America

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), together with Algonquin Books, will sponsor “From Writer to Reader,” a panel featuring author Naomi Benaron and her editor Kathy Pories, at 10...

May 10: Registration now open for 2011 LITA National Forum

CHICAGO - Registration is available for the 2011 LITA National Forum, "Rivers of Data, Currents of Change," to be held Sept 29- Oct. 2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in downtown St. Louis. Visit www.lita.org/forum to register....

May 10: ALTAFF to sponsor advocacy programs at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor several programs focused on advocacy at the ALA Annual Conference, including “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and...

May 10: New from ACRL: Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog,” edited by Nancy Fried Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva and...

May 10: ALA’s Ilovelibraries.org and National Geographic Entertainment partner on "The First Grader"

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has announced a promotional partnership with National Geographic Entertainment connected with National Geographic's new narrative feature film, "The First Grader."  The...

May 10: ALTAFF names Mosley and Hargett 2011 Trustee Citation award winners

PHILADELPHIA –  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Dave Hargett (posthumously) and Rose Mosley the 2011 ALA Trustee Citation award winners.

The ALA Trustee Citation,...

May 10: Honorary member nominations open

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to...

May 10: PLA now accepting applications for ConverStations at PLA 2012 Conference

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting ConverStation (neé Talk Table) applications for the PLA 2012 Conference to be held March 13-17, 2012, in Philadelphia. Applications may be submitted through an online form...

May 10: YALSA appoints Sandra Hughes-Hassell editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor and coordinator of the school library media program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina...

May 09: Diversity in action @ Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected presentations for the 2011 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. - 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 25 in the Special Events Area in Hall G at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center.  

The chosen...

May 09: Rojeski named 2011 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International Grant winner

CHICAGO – Mara Degnan Rojeski, social sciences liaison librarian at Dickinson College, has been selected to receive the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

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May 09: ALCTS President's Program features Paul Courant

CHICAGO -  Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, Harold T. Shapiro collegiate professor of public policy, Arthur F. Thurnau professor, professor of economics and professor of information at the University of Michigan, will be the...

May 09: Nominating committee seeks candidates

The ALA 2012 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2012 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large.

The nominating committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large...

May 05: ALA announces winner of 2011 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Alison Kenney, a business owner from Marblehead, Mass., is the winner of the 2011 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. The award, which is given to a non-librarian...

May 05: Free webinar available on how to prepare a portfolio for the LSSC Program

CHICAGO -At 2 p.m. CDT May 10, The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a portfolio.

The...

May 03: Brad Meltzer: Don't close the book on libraries

CHICAGO - Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of “The Inner Circle” and host of the History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer Decoded,” wrote an opinion piece in the...

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