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Dec 03: 2014 Midwinter Meeting attendees invited to 'kitchen-table' type conversations

CHICAGO — In an invitation to 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling encouraged everyone to participate in the kitchen-table type conversations designed to be a step toward making ALA an innovation space where...

Dec 03: ALSC releases Tween Recommended Reads list

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year.

The Tween Recommended Reads list includes 25 titles...

Dec 02: ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90...

Dec 02: Greenway and Zevin added to Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Alice Greenway and Gabrielle Zevin have been added to the line-up for  United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Greenway and Zevin will join Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd...

Dec 02: LLAMA Midwinter Career Institute will focus on writing and editing skills

CHICAGO — Writing or editing a professional publication is a great way to build skills and advance your career.   Are you are interested in expressing your opinion, telling a story or sharing an experience?   Are you conducting research that you want to publish? Are you looking for new...

Dec 02: AASL sponsors Emerging Leaders Beth Ebenstein Mulch and Jillian Rudes

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2014 ALA Midwinter...

Dec 02: ReadersFirst on library e-book vendors and more at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In an ALA Masters Series Session at ALA Midwinter Meeting, members of ReadersFirst — a movement to improve e-book access and services for public library users — will...

Nov 26: Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA file brief in lawsuit challenging Arizona ethnic studies ban

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) yesterday joined with the American Library Association and several other library, education and free speech organizations in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...

Nov 26: Last week to apply for ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — This is the last week to nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Monday, Dec. 2. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards,...

Nov 25: Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling....

Nov 25: Nominations open for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

CHICAGO — Nominations are open  for the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

The initiative began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA president in 2007-2008 and...

Nov 25: Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time. A...

Nov 25: Join ALA and United for Libraries as a personal member by Feb. 28 and receive a free book

PHILADELPHIA — New United for Libraries personal members who join by Feb. 28 will receive their choice of “The Complete Library Trustee Handbook” or “Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.” Add United for Libraries to a current ALA personal membership, or join both ALA and United for...

Nov 25: Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA – The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013)....

Nov 25: Web scale discovery services examined in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive...

Nov 25: Call for International Poster Sessions

CHICAGO - The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions Committee invites you to submit poster session proposals on international themes -- share your best ideas and work with...

Nov 25: Nominations open for John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014...

Nov 25: Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their...

Nov 25: Call for International Papers and Projects Session

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled...

Nov 22: LLAMA Webinar addresses managing intergeneration teams

CHICAGO — Is managing your baby-boomer staff the same as managing millennials?  Not always!  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Talking about the Generations: communicating with and managing intergenerational teams,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on...

Nov 22: John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO - The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an...

Nov 20: RUSA institute arms generalists, researchers, librarians with tools for genealogical quests

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming professional development institute, “Genealogy Resources for Librarians,” sponsored by ProQuest, will address issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or...

Nov 19: Nation’s largest school librarian conference educates and inspires

Hartford, Conn. — Three-thousand inspired school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests left the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition ready to "rise to the challenge" of the profession. The largest conference dedicated solely to the...

Nov 19: Deadline extended for LIRT Librarian Recognition Award and LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award

CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) invites nominations for two new awards to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction.  The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will be presented to an individual librarian in appreciation for her/his contributions to the field...

Nov 19: Only two weeks left to nominate an individual or library for one of nine PLA awards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) award nomination deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. There are nine awards/grants to choose from that highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include...

Nov 19: A LITA guide to data management for libraries

CHICAGO — Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management is a...

Nov 19: Planning our future libraries: blueprints for 2025

CHICAGO — In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed. “Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025,” published by ALA Editions...

Nov 19: Experts offer best practices for institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of  "The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges,” edited by Pamela...

Nov 19: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Larry Brown

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of the Lafayette County & Oxford (Miss.) Public Library, designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Larry Brown (1951-2004) on Monday, Nov. 11.

Brown, award-winning author of “Joe” and “Big Bad Love,” was a...

Nov 19: Applications for Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends...

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