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Apr 21: You're invited to a webinar on how to prepare a portfolio for the LSSC Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT April 26, The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a ...

Apr 20: Día 2011 book list is now available

CHICAGO - The 2011 book list to help libraries and families celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is now available. Containing more than 200 titles, the list...

Apr 19: Celebrate Earth Day @ your library

CHICAGO – This Friday is Earth Day (April 22), an opportune time to remind people in your community that libraries do their part when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling.

Here are just a few things that libraries across the country are doing to promote the library as a key...

Apr 19: “The Sabbath World” author Shulevitz speaking at upcoming Literary Tastes Breakfast

CHICAGO — Judith Shulevitz, author of the 2011 Sophie Brody Medal-winning title “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time,” will speak at the 2011 Literary Tastes Breakfast in New Orleans — an author event hosted by the Reference and...

Apr 19: Dan Savage Opening General Session speaker at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Dan Savage as the speaker for the Opening General Session at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Savage will appear from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday June 24, immediately preceding the All Conference Reception on the...

Apr 19: New online tool links AASL learning standards with Common Core

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of the "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database," a public, online database...

Apr 19: EBSCO Publishing provides major donation to the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant

Cape Coral, Fla. – The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced the receipt of its first corporate gift.  EBSCO Publishing, a leading content provider for libraries, has provided a very generous donation to support this newly-established grant.

Candidates for...

Apr 19: ALA supports broadband build-out to rural libraries in Universal Service Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) yesterday submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (PDF) in response to the Notice of...

Apr 19: RDA Toolkit enhancements

CHICAGO -- Starting this month, the Library of Congress’s Cataloger’s Desktop is not the only third-party product through which you can access RDA if you’re an RDA Toolkit subscriber; OCLC Connexion users who subscribe can now link from a displayed bibliographic or authority record to the RDA...

Apr 19: Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant established

Cape Coral, Fla. – Iris L. Hanney, information industry veteran and president of Unlimited Priorities Corporation, has announced the formation of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant.  Ms Hanney will serve as president of the grant’s board of directors, which consists of...

Apr 19: AASL's Distinguished School Administrators Award recipient “walked her talk” and improved student learning

CHICAGO – Donna Haye, district assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Atlantic City Board of Education, is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Distinguished School Administrators Award. Haye was nominated by school librarian...

Apr 19: School librarian stands against organized challenge, receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Dee Venuto, school librarian at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award.  Nominated by Hilda Weisburg, Venuto researched the motivations behind the challenges of three books on...

Apr 19: ALSC and PLA to offer Sneak Peek Webinar for upcoming Every Child Ready to Read® toolkit

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on May 4, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free Sneak Peek Webinar for the eagerly anticipated "Every Child Ready to Read...

Apr 19: Carnegie-Whitney Grant 2011 award winners

CHICAGO - The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Apr 19: Exemplary teacher-school librarian collaboration wins AASL award

CHICAGO – The “Medieval Narrative Project,” planned and presented by the school librarians and freshman/sophomore Social Studies team at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Ill., is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award...

Apr 19: Five choices for ALSC spring online courses

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has lined up five fantastic options for spring online learners. Spanning five to six weeks, these courses are designed for busy professionals or students who want passionate discussion guided by highly regarded instructors. ...

Apr 19: Comedian, actress and author Molly Shannon to keynote Annual Conference Closing General Session

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Molly Shannon from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 28th as the speaker for the Closing General Session at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Shannon, whose debut children’s book “Tilly the Trickster” will be...

Apr 19: Paula Poundstone and Andy Borowitz among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s “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!” featuring comedian, writer and ALTAFF national spokesperson Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 CDT on Sunday,...

Apr 19: Author Pam Muñoz Ryan stands up for school librarians in op-ed

CHICAGO - Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of such books as "The Dreamer" and a longtime advocate on behalf of school libraries, recently wrote an opinion piece on the value of school...

Apr 19: Director of Wikimedia Foundation to speak at ALA President’s Program

CHICAGO – Sue Gardner will join American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens at her President’s Program on Sunday June 26, 2011, to speak about one of the most popular Internet sensations of this decade. The program, titled “Wikipedia: Past, Present, and Future,” will be held...

Apr 19: ALA thanks U.S. Rep. Holt for introducing Workforce Investments Through Local Libraries (WILL) Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) has introduced a bill to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) to integrate public libraries into state and local workforce investment boards. 

The bill, the Workforce Investments Through Local Libraries (WILL) Act (H.R. 1616...

Apr 19: Upcoming ACRL e-learning on Web design, successful budgeting, embedded librarianship

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in spring 2011 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website at...

Apr 19: New from ACRL: Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data,” edited by Douglas...

Apr 19: Pass It On! Celebrate Preservation Week April 24-30

CHICAGO – Preservation Week marks its second anniversary April 24-30. Recognizing the critical role libraries play in preservation, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library...

Apr 18: ALA calls on Congress to restore support to libraries in FY2012 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – H.R. 1473, the budget bill that will fund the government through September 2011, includes across-the-board cuts that may deeply affect libraries of all kinds.

The bill, which cleared Congress Thursday night, includes a $28 million cut to the Institute of Museum and...

Apr 18: Drew Brees joins the Celebrity READ campaign

CHICAGO — Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, is the latest star to join the Celebrity READ Campaign. Developed in anticipation of the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans in June, the Drew...

Apr 18: New webinar added for Preservation Week

CHICAGO - Preservation Week (www.ala.org/preservationweek) is pleased to announce the addition of a new webinar.  Registration is now open.  The webinar is free...

Apr 18: YALSA teams with Gareth Hinds to “Picture It @ your library”

CHICAGO — Promote YALSA’s Teen Read Week™ at your library with new products from ALA Graphics, including both...

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