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Apr 26: School library leader receives AASL's Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Dr. Violet H. Harada is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978, the award, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time...

Apr 26: Branding @ your library – a success story

CHICAGO – In the fall of 2006, Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library Director Marcia Anderson was looking for a new way to promote the library to the local media. It was at the annual Minnesota Library Association's conference that she overheard a group of librarians discussing the Campaign for...

Apr 26: Registration open for 52nd Annual RBMS Preconference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the 52nd Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference. The 52nd Annual RBMS Preconference, "In the Hurricane's Eye: Challenges of Collecting in the 21st...

Apr 26: AASL funds two research teams focused on improving the school library profession

CHICAGO – The research teams of Mary K. Biagini and Rebecca Morris from Pennsylvania and Karla Krueger and Jean Donham from Iowa are the 2011 recipients of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Research Grant sponsored by Heinemann Raintree.

Biagini and Morris’s...

Apr 26: Register now and save on advocacy preconferences at Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans and save $25 off the combined...

Apr 26: Free webinar: introduction to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

CHICAGO - At 2 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, May 3, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer an hour-long webinar on LSSC and how it works. 

The presentation will explain...

Apr 26: New interactive website captures stories from library patrons and staff across the U.S.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy are pleased to announce the launch of LibrariUS, an initiative sponsored by the Public Insight Network at...

Apr 26: ALTAFF President’s Program to feature author Marilyn Johnson

PHILADELPHIA - The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the ALTAFF President’s Program, featuring best-selling author and library advocate Marilyn Johnson, from 10:30 a.m. to noon CDT on...

Apr 26: AASL reading grant recipient helps struggling readers through radio broadcasts

CHICAGO – Shanna Miles and her project the “Billionaire’s Book Club” is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone Publishers, this grant of $2,500 supports the planning and implementation of a unique and...

Apr 26: Learning and leadership in the library

CHICAGO — The best kind of learning is that which never ends — and a culture of training means that staff will be more flexible and responsive to new ideas and strategies, imperative in today’s libraries.

Using real-life examples of trainers who serve as leaders within libraries and...

Apr 26: Learn more about Preservation Week @ your library, April 24 – 30, in Visibility podcast

CHICAGO – Charles Wilt, executive director of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the ALA, discusses Preservation Week @ your library (April 24 – 30) in a podcast with Visibility @ your library.

Preservation Week @ your library is a...

Apr 26: 2011 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and one honorable mention for the 2011 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by...

Apr 26: Sir Terry Pratchett to speak at YALSA’s 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon in New Orleans

CHICAGO — Join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in honoring Sir Terry Pratchett, winner of the 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award for nine of his beloved novels, at the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon at noon CDT on June 25 at the ALA...

Apr 26: Camila Alire receives 2011 Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Joseph  W.  Lippincott Award. The award, founded in 1938, is given annually to an individual for distinguished service to...

Apr 26: Hear YA authors Bacigalupi, Christopher, King, Sedgwick and Teller at the 2011 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception

CHICAGO —American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees won’t want to miss the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Program and Reception, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), from 8 - 10 p.m. CDT on June 27 in...

Apr 25: Meet more than 25 popular authors at YALSA’s YA Authors Coffee Klatch in New Orleans

CHICAGO — Meet your favorite young adult authors over coffee at YALSA’s annual YA Authors Coffee Klatch, at 9 a.m. CDT June 26 in New Orleans, as part of the ALA Annual Conference. This year’s klatch will feature more than 25 authors whose books have won YALSA’s six awards or appeared on its...

Apr 25: Make over your library with YALSA’s May Teen Space Design webinar

CHICAGO — Looking for ways to spruce up your existing teen space? Or are you moving into a new building and need to redesign or plan something new? Join Kim Bolan Cullin as she discusses the latest in teen space planning and implementation in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (...

Apr 22: Get street smart with YALSA’s June 16 street lit webinar

CHICAGO — Street lit’s appeal extends well beyond urban teens! Find out more about this increasingly popular genre of literature and how to incorporate it into your library at the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) June webinar, Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers,...

Apr 22: Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s summer online course

CHICAGO - School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups, and how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out how in Navigating the Divide between...

Apr 22: Spring into learning with new Webinars-on-Demand from YALSA

CHICAGO — Looking for guidance into the latest topics in teen services? Look no further than YALSA’s Webinars-on-Demand! Previously recorded webinars, led by content experts selected by YALSA, are complimentary for YALSA members only and available for purchase for anyone else at...

Apr 22: A constellation of stars celebrates books and libraries

CHICAGO — In his new ALA Editions book “Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries,” American Libraries Editor-in-Chief Leonard Kniffel offers a compelling...

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...

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