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Mar 29: Ideas for building community connections, diversity in action initiatives sought for 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites proposals for the 2012 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and...

Mar 29: YALSA highlights young adult reading on Support Teen Literature Day

CHICAGO — On April 12, 2012, librarians all across the county are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day at their library to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens.

Sponsored...

Mar 29: ALSC invites applications for 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture with Michael Morpurgo

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2013 event featuring well-known children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo.

The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual...

Mar 28: YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award grants to 20 libraries

CHICAGO  — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the winners of its Summer Reading Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Twenty libraries are receiving $1,000 to...

Mar 27: National Library Week: You belong @ your library

CHICAGO — From snapshot days to visual poetry events, libraries are gearing up and reminding people across the country and in their communities that during National Library Week and throughout the year the place you belong is at your library.

Here are just a few programs that...

Mar 27: Deadline to submit sponsorship form for Emerging Leaders program fast approaching

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is still accepting sponsors for the 2013 class of Emerging Leaders.  A completed...

Mar 27: FTRF announces competition for 2012 Banned Books Week grants

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for the 2012 Judith Krug Fund Banned...

Mar 27: Clifford Lynch named 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

CHICAGO – Clifford Lynch has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award...

Mar 27: Registration open for YALSA’s 2012 YA Lit Symposium

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) opened registration for its third Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 2–4, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members; registration is available at...

Mar 27: AASL webinar presents co-teaching as an essential skill tool for school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present the next of its Knowledge Quest webinar series at 7 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The series explores topics related to the editorial theme of the most recent Knowledge Quest, and each...

Mar 27: AASL’s School Library Month webinars focus on programming and advocacy

CHICAGO – Created with the busy school librarian in mind, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present short, on-demand professional development focused on improving and advocating the school library program during School Library Month. The 2012 theme, You belong...

Mar 27: ALTAFF to host Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations 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 “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 22 at the 2012 ALA Annual...

Mar 27: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Committee seeks jury applicants

CHICAGO — The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) Library Building Awards Committee of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) is seeking nominations and applications for jurors for the 2013 Library Buildings Award competition.  Jointly sponsored by the American Library...

Mar 27: PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president...

Mar 27: Last week to participate in AASL’s School Libraries Count! survey

CHICAGO — To participate in the American Association of School Librarian’s 2012 “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal survey, participants must enter their data by the March 30 deadline. The survey gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will...

Mar 27: Virtual Library Legislative Day on April 24 encourages library advocates to contact Congress from home

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...

Mar 27: Raising scholarship funds with the Rock Bottom Remainders at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO— By day, they’re authors. Really famous authors. But once a year they shed their pen-and-pencil-clutching personas and become rock stars, complete with roadies, groupies and a wicked cool tour bus.

The ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash proudly welcomes the Rock Bottom Remainders...

Mar 26: Wu, Senior and Feldmann win RUSA business reference research grant

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) has selected research proposals from Kerry Wu and Heidi E.K. Senior and Louise Mort Feldmann as recipients of the...

Mar 26: Spectrum Scholarship Program promotes LIS doctoral studies with new webinar series

CHICAGO —As part of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change, a diversity recruitment program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Spectrum Scholarship Program will present a series of four webinars exploring opportunities for doctoral studies in library...

Mar 26: LLAMA preconference explores issues in leadership

CHICAGO — Are you ready to lead? In these turbulent times, well trained leaders are in demand more than ever.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “What is Leadership?” a half-day preconference, from 1 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the American Library...

Mar 26: Transform your library: ASCLA online learning promotes accessible library services for all users

CHICAGO — Upcoming online learning opportunities from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will prepare your library to reach all of its users—including the blind, visually impaired and other people with disabilities, as...

Mar 26: Reference giant Robert Kieft wins RUSA’s 2012 Mudge Award for reference librarianship excellence

CHICAGO — Robert Kieft, Ph.D., college librarian at Occidental College, is the distinguished recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award — the highest...

Mar 23: John Irving introduces his 13th novel to ALA Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO — Best-selling author John Irving appears in the Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. He will introduce attendees to his 13th and latest novel, “In One Person,” due to be published in May...

Mar 23: Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to April 16

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is April 16, 2012.

All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are...

Mar 23: Vote in the 2012 ALA elections on your smartphone!

CHICAGO — Did you know that you can vote in the 2012 ALA elections on your smartphone and other mobile devices? You are no longer tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere – in line at the grocery store, on the bus, at the hairdresser! (But we do ask that you...

Mar 22: Beverly P. Lynch receives the 2012 Melvil Dewey Medal Award

CHICAGO — Beverly P. Lynch, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, is the winner of the 2012 Melvil Dewey Medal Award, sponsored by OCLC. The prestigious honor, given in recognition of creative leadership of high order...

Mar 22: Lyn Hopper receives the 2012 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO — Lyn Hopper, strategic planning consultant and former assistant state librarian in Georgia for library development (retired), is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. This award is given biennially to an individual for...

Mar 21: Best-selling author Picoult and daughter team up for President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO— Best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer will appear as part of the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at ALA Annual Conference from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. The mother-daughter author team...

Mar 21: Join The Hub for the first Best of the Best Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — The Hub, the teen literature blog published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will host the Best of the Best Reading Challenge beginning April 1 and running for three months. Participants will be challenged to read as...

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