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Jan 21: The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "...

Jan 21: Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how...

Jan 21: Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the...

Jan 17: Leading to the Future: Innovative Interfaces sponsors 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in...

Jan 17: Chesterfield County Public Library awarded 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Chesterfield (Va.) County Public Library.

This grant is designed to...

Jan 17: Keene Public Library awarded 2014 Maureen Hayes Award

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Keene (N.H.) Public Library.

The award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, is...

Jan 17: American Library Association president responds to Obama surveillance speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s remarks on the National Security Agency surveillance program:

“After months of calling for more government transparency and...

Jan 14: Participate in an international travel/service trip to Costa Rica

CHICAGO — Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is...

Jan 14: Freedom to Read Foundation hosts memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be hosting a memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman, the librarian and jeweler who passed away shortly before the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.  The reception will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in room...

Jan 14: Steve Sheinkin to present Opening Session at 2014 ALSC Institute

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that award-winning author Steve Sheinkin will present the Opening General Session at the...

Jan 14: ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Philadelphia at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan.27, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

The ALA will provide a free live webcast of the announcements, courtesy of...

Jan 14: Applications now available for ACRL Assessment in Action learning community

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 100 teams to participate in the second year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student...

Jan 14: LLAMA leadership development seminar helps you discover your leadership style

CHICAGO — When you think of a leader, who comes to mind?  Mahatma Gandhi?  Nelson Mandela?  Steve Jobs? What about you?   Do you see yourself as a leader?  Or can’t you imagine ever being a director?  Everyone has the potential for leadership, but it can be intimidating.  There are many...

Jan 14: Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who...

Jan 14: Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store in the Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your...

Jan 14: Every Child Ready to Read® named finalist for Opening Minds Innovation Award

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have been named finalists for the Opening Minds Innovation Award for Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, 2nd...

Jan 14: ACRL sponsors new 'Interactive Open Educational Resources' book

CHICAGO  – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its sponsorship of the publication by Jossey-Bass of “Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding,...

Jan 14: A LITA guide to WordPress for libraries

CHICAGO — More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system, making it ideal for many libraries’ websites. “The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA...

Jan 14: Creating a digital media space for today's teens

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens with Corey Wittig. This workshop will consist of two 60-minute sessions and take place at 2 p.m....

Jan 14: ALA troubled by court’s net neutrality decision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling on Verizon v. FCC:

“The American Library Association is extremely disappointed with today’s...

Jan 14: ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say...

Jan 14: 2014 LLAMA career institute to feature seven writers and editors

CHICAGO — Join the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) in Philadelphia to learn from seven colleagues who are writing and editing professionally. The second LLAMA Career Institute – Writing & Editing: Developing Career Skills and Building Your Professional...

Jan 09: FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association announce $1.19 million in grants to public libraries to support financial literacy

CHICAGO — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.19 million in grants to 17 recipients as part of the Smart investing @ your library® initiative.

Smart investing @ your...

Jan 08: YALSA’s new report is a call to action for the library community to meet the needs of 21st century teens

CHICAGO — As part of the year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens effort, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a report, “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action,” providing...

Jan 07: Tour Spain in the spring: ASCLA hosts monumental fundraising trip

CHICAGO — Bienvenidos a España! Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) March 26 - April 4, 2014 for a grand library tour of Spain!

Destinations for this Spanish adventure include Barcelona, Seville and...

Jan 07: EBSCO awards five scholarships for librarians to attend 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In co-sponsorship with American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians a $1,500 scholarship to attend the 2014 ALA...

Jan 07: ALA to announce the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media

CHICAGO — Children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and publishing groups are waiting in anticipation for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements. The ALA will announce 18 awards at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 27 from the Pennsylvania Convention Center's...

Jan 07: Robert L. Maxwell’s handbook for RDA

CHICAGO — A guided tour of the new, unified cataloging standard from respected authority Robert L. Maxwell, “Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21,” published by...

Jan 07: Highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show in upcoming American Libraries Live

CHICAGO — The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most important technology events in the world. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, knowing what goes on at CES is essential. In a special 30-minute episode of...

Jan 07: PLA’s webinar series shows how to get started with strong fundraising and development skills

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is launching a three-part Development and Fundraising Webinar Series beginning Jan. 22. This special series features three weekly webinars designed to provide public...

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