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Sep 14: Courses in genealogy, business reference, readers’ advisory offered this fall from RUSA

CHICAGO—Registration is now open for the fall 2010 offerings of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) popular classes Genealogy 101, Business Reference 101 and Readers’ Advisory 101.

The next offerings of these courses will be held:

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Sep 14: Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes to deliver Arthur Curley Lecture

CHICAGO — Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction winner Richard Rhodes will deliver the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Rhodes is sponsored by Random House.

Rhodes will speak on Saturday, Jan. 8, 4:00 -5:00 p.m. PST...

Sep 14: ALA Haiti Relief Fund reaches $25,000; more needed

CHICAGO - Thanks to recent donations from individuals and groups such as the Cub Scout Pack 77 of Ridgewood, N. J., the Staff Organization of the Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Public Library and the Library Association of the City University of New York, the American Library Association has raised...

Sep 14: Applications now available for nine PLA awards

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 PLA Awards. Members can nominate their colleagues and libraries for PLA Awards through Dec. 1, 2010.

This year PLA is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library...

Sep 13: Card your library users this September

Atyourlibrary.org is looking for photos of library fans showing off their “smartest card”

CHICAGO – During the month of September, ask your library users to show off the most valuable card in their wallets – their library card.

In celebration of Library...

Sep 13: LLAMA Midwinter Institute reveals the mysteries of mentoring

CHICAGO - Are mentors all they’re cracked up to be?  Can you find professional success and growth without one?  Do you have what it takes to be an effective mentor? Dr. Julie Todaro will help you answer these questions and many more during “The Mysteries of Mentoring:  The Perfect Mentor and...

Sep 13: New blog shares real-time news, resources from national study of public library technology & funding

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics is launching a new blog that will share real-time news, findings and customizable resources from the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study.

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Sep 13: EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The meeting, which takes place Jan. 7-11, 2011, offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with...

Sep 13: American Library Association Quran Read Out grabs the attention of local media

CHICAGO –   On Sept. 11, 2010, the American Library Association (ALA) and guests from Chicago Islamic organizations participated in a Quran Read Out. The reading event was in response to a Florida pastor’s threat to burn the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  ...

Sep 13: Booklist chosen again as partner for National Reading Group Month

CHICAGO—Booklist, the American Library Association’s review source, is proud to have been selected again as a partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s...

Sep 13: ALA/ERT/Booklist Author Forum-literary fiction panel
CHICAGO—Best-selling authors will gather in San Diego this winter at the American Library Association ALA/ERT/Booklist Author Forum to participate in an exciting literary fiction panel.
 
David Levithan, Stewart O’Nan, Armistead Maupin and ...
Sep 13: Libraries urged to participate in national study of Internet use in libraries

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources...

Sep 10: AASL pre-Midwinter institute hones school librarians' leadership skills

CHICAGO – School librarians looking to strengthen their leadership skills are encouraged to attend the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) pre-Midwinter Institute, ...

Sep 10: AASL offers "team of three" discount to attend Fall Forum 2010

CHICAGO – School librarians are encouraged to register their "team of three" for only $599 for the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2010 Fall Forum. IN FOCUS: The Essentials for 21st-Century Learning will be held Nov. 5-6 in Portland, Ore....

Sep 10: Take advantage of YALSA’s lowest registration rates for the YA Lit Symposium by Sept. 17

CHICAGO — Librarians, educators, authors and fans of young adult literature won’t want to miss the biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5-7, at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Marriott, hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (...

Sep 10: Do more with less at YALSA’s Oct. 21 passive programs webinar

CHICAGO — Shrinking budgets and staff reductions create a number of challenges for librarians, not least of which is offering engaging programs with less staff and money. School and public librarians can learn how to stretch their resources through passive programming in YALSA’s October webinar...

Sep 10: Teen Read Week registration closes Sept. 20

CHICAGO — Registration for Teen Read Week™, the annual celebration of teen literacy sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) ends on Sept. 20. Teen Read Week 2010 is held Oct. 17-23 and will...

Sep 10: Polls close Sept. 17 for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO —Through Sept. 17, teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual Teens’ Top Ten poll at www.ala.org/teenstopten, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

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Sep 10: "Fundamentals" web courses from ALCTS this fall

CHICAGO - Register now for the popular “Fundamentals” Web courses beginning in October offered by The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Coming are the Fundamentals of Acquisitions course, the Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, the new...

Sep 10: E-forums from ALCTS this fall

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces two e-forums for this fall. ALCTS e-forums provide opportunities for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works...

Sep 10: Being an effective technology mentor for young people

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age...

Sep 09: ACRL releases Value of Academic Libraries report

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report.” Developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University, this valuable resource reviews the quantitative...

Sep 09: Fall webinars announced by ALCTS

CHICAGO - Fall webinars from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) bring to your desktop a wide range of topics from RDA to institutional repositories and Sears Subject Headings to digital preservation. Priced for affordability ($39 for ALCTS members, $49 for...

Sep 09: Freedom to Read Foundation awards seven Judith Krug Fund grants for Banned Books Week events

CHICAGO – The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, is  awarding grants to seven organizations in support of “Read-Out!” events during...

Sep 08: ALSC announces exceptional websites for children

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has added recommended websites to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of...

Sep 08: An updated historical survey of YA literature

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to...

Sep 07: Booklist kicks off the fall and school year with timely new content

Booklist has had a busy summer. In September, librarians will find new features and events on their desks (Booklist print) or desktops (Booklist Online), all designed to streamline collection development and reader’s advisory at the same time as offering behind-the...

Sep 07: ALCTS seeking 2011 Innovation Awards nominations

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 07: Deadline extended for ASCLA professional development proposals

CHICAGO—The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, Sept. 20, for proposals for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) 2011 Virtual Convergence—a series of professional development webinars that will be held in January 2011 immediately following the ALA...

Sep 07: @ your library website highlights new content on Louis Armstrong, Library Card Sign- up Month, a library for your health and ‘how the library helped me during tough economic times’

CHICAGO - New content that highlights two new books about the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, Library Card Sign-up Month, a library for your health and ‘how the library helped me during tough economic times’ is featured this week on...

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