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Apr 24: 'Pacific Glory' wins the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award

CHICAGO — “Pacific Glory” by P.T. Deutermann, published by St. Martin’s Press, is the winner of the 2012 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a...

Apr 24: AASL President recognizes Senator Jack Reed with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Carl Harvey has selected Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island as the recipient of the 2012 Crystal Apple. The honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact...

Apr 24: Advocate for libraries on a national level by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day on April 24

PHILADELPHIA – Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on April 24, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it...

Apr 24: Joint Conference of Librarians of Color welcomes author and activist Jamal Joseph

CHICAGO - Author, director and activist Jamal Joseph will join the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo., as the closing general session speaker. 

In the 1960s, Jamal Joseph exhorted students at...

Apr 24: YALSA launches new sponsorship program

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its new sponsorship program at www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/sponsors.

“The sponsorship process is a simple...

Apr 23: Paula Poundstone and Lizz Winstead among the featured authors at ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,...

Apr 23: University of Michigan’s Ilana Barnes wins business librarian travel grant for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Ilana Barnes, circulation supervisor and reference assistant at the University of Michigan Kresge Business Administration Library and a student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, is the 2012 recipient of the...

Apr 23: May is Mystery Month at Booklist

CHICAGO — Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. But there is now an additional array of related content accessible in a variety of formats to sign up and look out for.

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Apr 23: Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library wins the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library as the winner of the 2012 H.W. Wilson Staff Development Grant, for its innovative concept of a hands-on staff training program entitled “Petting Zoo.” 

This annual award,...

Apr 23: AASL Innovative Reading Grant awarded to Kristine Klopp

CHICAGO — Kristine Klopp’s  project,  “Square Off for Reading!,” is the 2012 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, this grant of $2,500 supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for...

Apr 23: New resource helps potential attendees communicate benefits of ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Making the case for time off and support for travel and expenses to attend a conference, especially in times of tight budgets and reduced staff, requires a solid understanding of the potential benefits to the workplace, to a supervisor and to colleagues. A new resource—...

Apr 23: Sharon Coatney receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO — Sharon Coatney is the 2012 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978 and sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of...

Apr 23: AASL joins CoSN in release of report on mobile technologies and social media

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of...

Apr 23: Albany High School educators win AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The “EDSET Research Poster Session and Podcast Project” team from Albany High School in Albany, Calif., is the 2012 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award.  The team – consisting  of Sara Oremland, school librarian, Darren...

Apr 23: Innovation, thought leaders and technology—ALA Annual Conference offers inspiring range of options

CHICAGO — Innovation, thought leaders and technology are keys to transformation, and the 2012 ALA Annual Conference delivers on all those fronts. Energizing, transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups and high-profile speakers are lined up to spark creativity and...

Apr 20: Derek Attig to serve as American Library Association’s Google Policy Fellow

Washington, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Derek Attig, a doctoral student at the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as the organization’s 2012 Google Policy Fellow. Attig will spend 10 weeks this summer at the ALA office in Washington, D.C...

Apr 20: Forty-five must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s May webinar

CHICAGO — Summer reading is right around the corner, and this webinar will offer a crash course in the books you need to know to lure teens into the library this summer. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., for...

Apr 20: Make two clicks for advocacy with YALSA’s Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map on NLLD

CHICAGO — Can’t make it to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, can offer you a way to advocate for teen library services with just two clicks of a mouse: the Tweet...

Apr 20: Protecting intellectual freedom in public libraries

CHICAGO — There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. Published by ALA Editions, “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your...

Apr 20: ALA election closes April 27

CHICAGO — The 2012 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m.  CDT on Friday, April 27. If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so! If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process. In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting...

Apr 20: ACRL establishes four new discussion groups

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the establishment of four new discussion groups, which were approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  The new discussion groups and their charges are as follows:

The...

Apr 19: The power of storytelling in your job search - a free online chat

CHICAGO — How many times have you heard the words, "Tell me about yourself"?   Did you know that this interview question is a fantastic opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from other candidates?  Did you know that powerfully written accomplishment statements on your resume can help you...

Apr 19: YALSA opens program proposals for 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will accept proposals for programs for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Proposals may be submitted through May 31 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/...

Apr 18: ALA, ALTAFF announce new Joint Trustee Membership program with chapters

Following up on the success of joint membership programs for library students and support staff, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of...

Apr 18: The latest on e-books, digital content, digital literacy in libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Sparking innovation around e-books and digital content in libraries, a wide range of transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups, high-profile speakers and updates from ALA leadership about their ongoing e-book dialog with publishers will mark the 2012 ALA...

Apr 18: Be part of book award history at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will take place at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Attendees at the event will be the first to hear which two authors win the...

Apr 17: Librarians promote reading by participating in World Book Night

CHICAGO — Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading,  printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone...

Apr 17: Libraries empower Americans to Choose Privacy from surveillance

CHICAGO – In today’s digital world, nothing is private. Every keystroke, every Web search and every email is recorded. Whether through social media, credit cards, GPS, biometrics or even coupons, emerging technologies have made it possible for organizations and government agencies to monitor the...

Apr 17: Registration for ASCLA’s online course “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities” closes Thursday, April 19

CHICAGO — Registration is open through close-of-business on Thursday, April 19 for “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities,” an online course offered by the ...

Apr 17: AASL announces winners of School Library Month video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce the winners of the "You Belong @ Your School Library" Student Video Contest.  The contest solicited videos illustrating why the school library is (either physically or virtually) the place to be. Forty-two...

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