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May 24: Advocacy Institute at Annual to focus on boomers, staff and students as vocal library supporters

CHICAGO – Space is still available for the “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 24. Advanced registration is...

May 24: Every Child Ready to Read® launches new website

CHICAGO - In anticipation of the release of the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® 2nd Edition Toolkit, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have launched an updated and redesigned Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) website,...

May 24: ALA organizational and corporate members now have access to ALA-APA Library Salary Database

CHICAGO - ALA organizational and corporate members now have instant access to the most comprehensive and accurate source for library employee salary information from trusted sources -- the American Library Association Office for Research and Statistics and ALA-Allied Professional Association (...

May 24: Tahlequah Public Library designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF, in honor of Wilson Rawls

PHILADELPHIA –  The Tahlequah (Okla.) Public Library was  designated a Literary Landmark in honor of Wilson Rawls by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Woodrow Wilson Rawls (1913-1984...

May 24: Freedom to Read Foundation announces 2011 board of trustees election winners

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 board of trustees election, held in April.  Six trustees were elected to two-year terms, beginning in June: Helen Adams, Jonathan Bloom, Chris Finan, Christine Jenkins, Herbert Krug and Candace...

May 24: Mike Blasenstein and Mike Iacovone to receive Immroth Award

CHICAGO – Mike Blasenstein and Mike Iacovone have been named recipients of the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT).

The Immroth Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the...

May 24: Interview Dance Steps: Making the Right Moves to Land the Right Job

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Interview Dance Steps: Making the Right Moves to Land the Right Job" from 3:30 - 5 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 26 during the ALA Annual...

May 24: Experience-Based Interviewing: How to Respond to Interview Questions that Move You to the Top of the Short List

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Experience-Based Interviewing: How to Respond to Interview Questions that Move You to the Top of the Short List" from noon - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 during the ALA Annual Conference in...

May 24: PLA to offer free library leadership webinar on June 8

CHICAGO - At 1 p.m. CDT, June 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present “New Lessons in Library Leadership,” a free one-hour webinar.

Moderated by Luis Herrera, San Francisco city...

May 24: Bob Graham among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s "First Author, First Book" event 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 “First Author, First Book” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 26 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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May 24: ALA JobLIST Placement Center sponsors session on networking at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Networking in a Tough Economy: Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand and Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired" from 1:30 - 3 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 26 during the...

May 24: Friends of the Library groups recognized with ALTAFF's Best Friends Awards

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has recognized eight Friends of the Library groups with Best Friends Awards.

ALTAFF’s Best Friends Awards are given to Friends groups...

May 24: Catherine Larson receives Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant

University of Illinois student to attend 2011 ALA Annual Conference

Cape Coral, Fla. – The board of directors of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced this year’s award recipient.  The winning essay was submitted by Catherine Larson, a...

May 24: New Jersey State Library wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces, in cooperation with ALA President Roberta Stevens and President-elect Molly Raphael that the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) is the...

May 24: Join the celebration! Stonewall Book Awards mark 40th anniversary

CHICAGO –Since 1971, the Stonewall Book Awards have honored exceptional books that represent the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate the 40th...

May 23: Wedgeworth to explore past, future of library literacy programs at 2011 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO – Dr. Robert Wedgeworth, a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB), former executive director of the American Library Association and president of ProLiteracy Worldwide, will present a vision of library literacy services in the 21st century at the...

May 23: YALSA appoints Megan Honig editor of Young Adult Library Services

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Megan Honig as the member editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS).

“I believe in challenging ourselves as librarians to meet the diverse, complicated...

May 23: Authors, illustrators discuss “Trickster” graphic novel and honoring cultures

CHICAGO – In Native American folklore, the Trickster can take many forms – coyotes, rabbits, even landscapes. In “Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection” (Fulcrum Publishing, 2010), editor Matt Dembicki worked with illustrators and Native American storytellers to bring...

May 23: Fresh Voices for Teen Readers and What’s New in Audiobooks—free Booklist webinars in June

CHICAGO - Booklist’s free webinar series has grown rapidly, attracting crowds of attendees. Booklist editors regularly host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives on a variety of topics that offer immediate tips, tools, resources and new ideas for...

May 18: Find out what hiring committees want and enjoy a free snack

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Inside an Interview: Understanding What Hiring Committees Want" from noon - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the American Library Association’...

May 18: LITA President’s Program to explore broadband issues

CHICAGO – The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President’s Program, entitled Building the Future: Addressing Library Broadband Connectivity Issues in the 21st Century will take place 4 - 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in New Orleans at the Morial...

May 18: University of Kansas receives H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant

CHICAGO –  The American Library Association is pleased to announce that the University of Kansas Libraries in Lawrence, Kan. is the 2011 recipient of The H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant.  Their successful proposal, Enhancing Service and Engagement Through Understanding Staff...

May 18: Learn the secrets to finding a job working for the federal government

CHICAGO - The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will sponsor a session entitled "Working for the Federal Government: Jobs You Can Get with Your MLS/MLIS" from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

There are about a dozen new jobs announced...

May 18: A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market

CHICAGO — The hard truth during these tough economic times is that many seasoned librarians are losing their jobs, and many recent LIS graduates are having a tough time finding one. Being unemployed is potentially devastating; without a clear, well-thought out game plan and considerable...

May 18: An open letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District on the defunding of school librarians

To Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent;  Dr. Judy Elliott, Chief Academic Officer;  Ms. Monica Garcia, Board President; and all members of the Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District:

The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)...

May 17: ALA and PLA announce partnership with America’s Promise Alliance

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and one of its divisions, the Public Library Association (PLA), are partnering with the America’s Promise Alliance (APA), the largest bi-partisan alliance dedicated to the support and development of...

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...

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