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Feb 25: Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award recipient named

CHICAGO — The Cedar Park (Texas) Public Library is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for...

Feb 25: Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -  Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she...

Feb 25: PLA awards recognize 13 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 13 2014 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor,...

Feb 25: Ann Patchett Book Hour, BIG IDEAS series, Spark Talks among additions at PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Conference is known for premier education, engaging author events, networking opportunities and bustling exhibits. This year there’s even more. The PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, Indianapolis, is...

Feb 25: Celebrate libraries on the move on National Bookmobile Day

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles bring the world to the communities they serve – from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 16, join the nationwide celebrations as libraries across the country will celebrate the vital services bookmobiles provide on the...

Feb 25: Lois Lowry to speak, Daniel Handler to present at President’s Program, 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner will be the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an...

Feb 25: Find the dollars with the new edition of 'The ALA Book of Library Grant Money'

CHICAGO — An all-in-one resource for researching library and school grants, “The ALA Book of Library Grant Money,” published by ALA Editions, is back in a new edition and more useful than...

Feb 25: Minnesota, Alabama, Florida libraries win 2014 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries:  Talahi Community School, St. Cloud, Minn.;...

Feb 25: Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire, Wis.) and the Friends of the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library were winners of United for Libraries’ 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each won $250, received a certificate, and were...

Feb 25: New United for Libraries toolkit available to Trustee members on insurance for libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries President Elect Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has written a toolkit on what Trustees and directors need to know about insurance for their library. The toolkit is available to United for Libraries members (personal...

Feb 25: RUSA issues Request For Proposal for branding initiative

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is soliciting proposals to oversee and implement the rebranding of RUSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and the home of the exclusive Notable Books List, which ultimately serves as the basis for the selection of...

Feb 25: McDonald, Wilson win BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO — Jennifer McDonald, youth services librarian at the Lafayette (N.Y.) Public Library and Carrie Wilson, teen services librarian at the Altadena (Calif.) Library District won the 2014 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a...

Feb 24: Next American Libraries Live covers the present and future of e-books

CHICAGO — Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Please tune in at...

Feb 24: Martin wins Frances Henne Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2014 Frances Henne Research Grant to Crystle Martin. This $1,000 grant, funded by VOYA magazine and administered by YALSA, will provide seed money for her research project, “Youth Library Services and Connected...

Feb 24: James Reilly receives Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

CHICAGO James M. Reilly, director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is the recipient of the 2014 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the...

Feb 24: COA announces accreditation actions taken at 2014 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Accreditation decisions

Initial accreditation status was granted to the following program, with the...

Feb 24: LLAMA webinar: Best Practices in Library Recruiting & Hiring

CHICAGO — Every library manager knows how important it is to hire the right person for a position.  But making that decision can sometimes feel like a huge gamble.  Learning how other managers are doing it successfully can turn that gamble into an almost certain win for you and your library....

Feb 24: ACRL seeks feedback on draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the...

Feb 24: HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Jenica P. Rogers

CHICAGO —The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Jenica P. Rogers, director of libraries, State University of New York Potsdam, to receive...

Feb 24: First Step Award to Chris Bulock

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Chris Bulock, electronic resources librarian at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, as the recipient of the 2014 First Step Award — A Wiley Professional...

Feb 24: Lu and Chambers article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Wen-Ying Lu, cataloging librarian, Access Services, San Mateo County Library (formerly of the University of Colorado, Boulder), and Mary Beth Chambers, director of catalog & metadata services, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, have been awarded the 2014 Edward Swanson...

Feb 24: Apply to become a member of the ACRL Immersion Program Faculty

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for new faculty for the ACRL Immersion Program. Now in its 15th year, the ACRL Immersion Program brings together academic...

Feb 24: Librarians as change agents: PLA conference sessions to teach public librarians to 'Turn Outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Public librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will offer...

Feb 21: Abron wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Dawn Abron, teen associate at Zion-Benton Public Library, the 2014 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient...

Feb 21: A LITA guide to makerspaces

CHICAGO — Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space...

Feb 20: ALA President Barbara Stripling's final 'Making' webinar installment focuses on library assessment and new ideas

CHICAGO – “What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities,” a free webinar focusing on academic, public and school libraries that are building community and supporting student and user success through making, will take place from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 5, 2014...

Feb 18: New exhibition, 'Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,' begins tour across United States

CHICAGO Fifty libraries, museums and other public sites across America will host a traveling exhibition, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, to explore the story of liberty and the American experience.  The exhibition is the...

Feb 18: Spring into learning with an AASL e-Academy online course

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for two of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy online courses. The self-paced courses Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian and BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!  begin...

Feb 18: Free Consulting Services available at PLA 2014

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up again to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the PLA 2014 Conference 12:...

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