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Jan 31: Winner of 2011 Loleta D. Fyan Grant announced

CHICAGO - Mary Mann and Terry O’Connor, in partnership with the Lac du Flambeau Public Library, have been awarded the 2011 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for a proposal entitled “Revitalizing Libraries in Indian Country: The Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Research Center.” The project team proposed to create a...

Jan 31: New from ACRL: Decision-Making in the Absence of Certainty

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Decision-Making in the Absence of Certainty: A Study in the Context of Technology and the Construction of the 21st Century Academic Library” by S. David Mash. “...

Jan 28: American Library Association President Roberta Stevens applauds reverse decision on Connecticut film screening

CHICAGO – Last week, the Enfield (Conn.) Public Library, threatened with loss of library funding from its Town Council and mayor, canceled a screening of Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko” in the library.  Following vigorous debate and strong statements of intellectual freedom...

Jan 28: ALA-APA call for certification, publishing and fundraising committee volunteers

CHICAGO - American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Molly Raphael has extended the deadline for the call for nominations to 2011-2012 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2011 Annual...

Jan 28: How to be a frugal librarian

CHICAGO — Fewer employees, shorter hours, diminished collection budgets, reduced programs and services—all at a time of record library usage. In “The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times,” published by ALA Editions,...

Jan 25: Southern State Community College wins 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Public awareness campaign showcases “Create your own story @ your library®” theme

CHICAGO - Southern State Community College library of Hillsboro, Ohio, is the winner of the 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.
 
The $3,000...

Jan 25: Registration open for 2011 Arbuthnot Lecture in St. Louis

CHICAGO - On Friday, April 15, 2011 bestselling children’s author Lois Lowry will give the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in St. Louis. The event begins at 7 P.M. and will take place in the Main Reading Room of the St. Louis County Library (SLCL).

The...

Jan 25: ALSC awards Bechtel Fellowships to Penny, Kaplan

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded two 2011 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowships to Victoria Penny and Allison G. Kaplan.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a month or more reading...

Jan 25: Be a great boss
CHICAGO — To help library managers improve their skills and acumen, renowned speaker and trainer Catherine Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-study guide to the dynamic role of being a boss. Organized in 52 modules, “Be a Great Boss: ...
Jan 25: Venable wins RUSA’s Zora Neale Hurston Award

CHICAGO — Theresa Venable, librarian at the Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm’s Langston Hughes Library, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Venable was chosen for her work in...
Jan 25: Two awards highlight notable contributions to Public Libraries journal
CHICAGO—The Public Library Association (PLA) has recognized three authors in the 2011 Public Libraries Feature Article Contest. The contest awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of ...
Jan 25: Create an engaging and user-friendly library website with tips from PLA’s upcoming webinar
CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Feb. 23, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Creating a User-Centered Website for Your Library,” as part of PLA’s...
Jan 25: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift of $1,000 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  

ALA President Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past President Dr. Camila Alire,...

Jan 25: PLA 2011 award winners represent excellence in public libraries
CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of eight awards, honoring the best in public library service and innovation.
 
The...
Jan 25: ACRLMetrics now available at introductory pricing

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of ACRLMetrics, a new online service to support evidence-based decision making. Developed by Counting Opinions, it provides unprecedented access to the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics...

Jan 21: Two Friends groups win ALTAFF’s National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Friends of the San Benito County (Calif.) Free Library and Friends of the Ennis (Texas) Public Library were recognized for winning the 2010 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) during the...

Jan 20: Using storytelling for effective library leadership
CHICAGO—Just as literature often enhances learning, the power of storytelling can be very effective when applied to leadership and management. In the new ALA Editions book, “Organizational...
Jan 18: ASCLA webinar series launched, registration still open for last sessions

CHICAGO — Today, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) launched the inaugural Virtual Convergence, a four-day webinar series offering affordable online learning for a broad variety of librarians and library types.

The Virtual Convergence was designed to...

Jan 18: Federal & Armed Forces Libraries Round Table supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO - The Federal & Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support of the Spectrum Scholarship Program through a gift of $500 to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  

ALA President Roberta Stevens, Immediate Past...

Jan 18: Three libraries win $40K in materials in YALSA’s 2011 Great Books Giveaway

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Oakhurst Middle School in Clarksdale, Miss., as the winner of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The library will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other...

Jan 18: Coaching library staff for peak performance
CHICAGO — Experienced librarian and coach Ruth Metz outlines a focused and results-oriented plan for achieving the best results from staff members in “Coaching in the Library: A Management Strategy for Achieving Excellence.”...
Jan 18: Easily integrate technology into your library with YALSA’s winter online course

CHICAGO - Technology is part of the everyday life experience for most teens — and by integrating it with standard teen services, librarians can better serve and support teens’ learning needs. Find out how in...

Jan 18: New ALA Editions workshop: How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget

ALA Editions announces a new online workshop, Readers' Advisory: How to Balance Your Library’s Reading Budget, with Neal Wyatt and Joyce Saricks.

The modern librarian likely has a never-ending to-read pile, which translates into a readers’ advisory mess and an out-of-control readers'...

Jan 18: Winter e-Learning from ACRL

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

Jan 18: Registration continues for ALSC online courses

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego might be over, but the momentum of the event can continue with online courses from the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). This winter, ALSC is offering four courses designed to expand, enliven and...

Jan 18: ALSC announces 2011 Notable Children's Books

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2011 list of Notable Children's Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and...

Jan 18: ALSC announces 2011 Notable Children’s Videos

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2011 list of Notable Children’s Videos.  The list includes videos for children 14 years of age and younger that exhibit especially commendable quality, show respect for...

Jan 18: College Options @ your library

CHICAGO –Each January, the Onslow County (N.C.) Public Library invites college-bound students and their parents or guardians to learn about “College Options @ your library.”

The library, in partnership with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free service of the...

Jan 18: ALSC names 2011 Notable Children’s Recordings

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2011 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that...

Jan 14: ALA Diversity Office calls for 2011-2012 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services...

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