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Oct 18: 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory
CHICAGO - Need additional financial assistance? The 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give...
Oct 18: How to stop house teardowns, architecture as a tool for social change and Lauren Myracle interview featured on @ your library.org website

CHICAGO - An article about the blight of house teardowns and how you can stop them by Wanda Urbanska, how architecture is changing lives on five continents and an interview with Lauren Myracle, author of  "ttyl" and "tttn," are featured at  ...

Oct 18: YALSA, WWE® kick-Off WrestleMania® XVII Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launches this...

Oct 18: Teens choose “Catching Fire” as their favorite book in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — Teen readers across the country chose “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a...

Oct 18: Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes teams with YALSA to celebrate Teen Read Week

CHICAGO —Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes, author of "A Girl Named Mister," is lending her influential voice to this year’s Teen Read Week, held Oct. 17-23 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in a video created just for...

Oct 18: Teen Read Week™ 2010 brings Books with Beat to teens, Oct. 17-23

CHICAGO –  Thanks in part to events like Teen Read Week, October 17 – 23, teen books now enjoy unprecedented critical success and popularity. In addition, library use has skyrocketed in the past two years, with many teens and their families taking...

Oct 17: Norman Horrocks, influential library leader, dies

CHICAGO - Norman Horrocks, 82, OC, PhD, FCLIP, professor emeritus School of Information Management, Dalhousie University and longtime ALA member leader, died Oct. 14. He was born in Manchester, England on Oct. 18, 1927 and died in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

According to his family, Mr....

Oct 15: LITA offering Web course on mashups and APIs

CHICAGO - LITA announces the availability of a new Web course: Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs, presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries. The course will be held 10 a.m. - noon CST from Nov. 15-19, 2010, with...

Oct 14: Two exciting authors for Midwinter 2011 Sunrise Speaker Series
CHICAGO - Start off the Saturday and Sunday of the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Diego with two bestselling authors at the ALA Midwinter Sunrise Speaker Series in January.  
 
Oct 14: Registration open for 2011 Midwinter genealogy institute

CHICAGO—Librarians seeking genealogy reference skills or those hoping to aid their personal family history research can now register for “Genealogy Happens! At the Genealogy Reference Desk,” a 2011 Midwinter institute offered by the American Library Association genealogy experts, the...

Oct 14: New from ACRL - The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century,” edited by Scott Walter...

Oct 13: AASL survey results show lagging economy hit high poverty schools the hardest
CHICAGO – According to the results from the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2010 School Libraries Count! survey, the educational resources of students in high poverty schools have been most affected by last year's economic downturn. Overall survey results show that school...
Oct 12: Free Frontline Advocacy webinar to teach library staff how to promote the value of libraries everyday

CHICAGO – Learn how to empower all levels of library staff to become better advocates for their libraries and themselves by joining American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Camila Alire for a free “Frontline Advocacy” webinar from 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST on Friday, Oct....

Oct 12: Celebrate cultural heritage @ your library

CHICAGO - October marks the conclusion of both Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and the beginning of Polish Heritage Month. Public libraries are among the first American institutions immigrants turn to for help in learning how to read, write and speak English.

The American...

Oct 12: Office for Information Technology Policy names new directors

Washington, D.C. – The ALA Washington Office today announces two staff appointments in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Larra Clark will serve as the new director of the Program on Networks and Associate Director of the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st...

Oct 12: AASL awards season opens with more than $50,000 in opportunities
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) prestigious awards program will offer more than $50,000 in awards in 2011 to AASL members. AASL's 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research,...
Oct 12: ALSC, YALSA launch new youth literacy program with grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO - The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $210,000 to two divisions of the American Library Association. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) will receive funding to support Everyone Reads @ the Library, a new...

Oct 12: ALA, AASL joins Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media in support of first-annual National STEM Video Game Challenge

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) are joining the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media, in partnership with sponsors AMD Foundation, Entertainment Software Association and Microsoft, to support the...

Oct 12: ProgrammingLibrarian.org debuts new look, added features
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has debuted an updated look and enhanced features for its website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org. Designed for librarians who...
Oct 12: Learn to lead a productive discussion

Midwinter Institute introduces essentials of discussion facilitation 

CHICAGO – The art of discussion facilitation will be the topic of a day-and-a-half institute presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, held Jan. 6 and 7 at...

Oct 11: Resources on how to fight bullying, volunteer opportunities for teens and Toni Morrison's thoughts on libraries featured on @ your library.org website

CHICAGO - An article about the scourge of bullying and how you can fight it, volunteer  opportunities for teens at libraries and video featuring  Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, author of “ Beloved,”  are featured at  www.atyourlibrary.org this week....

Oct 11: Loleta D. Fyan grant call for proposals
CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president from 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library...
Oct 11: Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals
CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an...
Oct 08: Nominations sought for prestigious research award

CHICAGO - Nominations are invited for the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations...

Oct 06: GLBTRT compiles “Speaking OUT Against Bullying” resources

CHICAGO - In response to recent tragic events involving GLBTQ teens, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has compiled “Speaking OUT Against Bullying,” a list of resources for kids in trouble and the people who care about them...

Oct 06: OITP seeks cutting-edge technology practices for 2010

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is  once again soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched...

Oct 06: ALTAFF survey for Friends groups extended to Oct. 29

PHILADELPHIA – ALTAFF is conducting a survey for Friends groups at http://altaff.countingopinions.com through Oct. 29, 2010.

All Friends groups - including groups that are already Friends Group Affiliates - who complete the survey...

Oct 06: 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant available

CHICAGO -Members of ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 23 – 28, 2011 in New Orleans.

Want to read about the ALA experiences of last year's winners? Take a...

Oct 05: Marc Chagall’s America Windows, family literacy program, New York Comic Con, new blog post from Likely Stories featured on @ your library.org website

CHICAGO —The reinstallation of Marc Chagall’s magnificent America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago, a national  family literacy program that reaches out to low income families, the New York Comic Con Convention and a post from the Likely Stories blog are featured at...

Oct 05: Consulting Toolkit workshop expected to sell out again at 2011 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will again offer the full-day workshop “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant” at the upcoming 2011 Midwinter Meeting...

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