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Nov 08: Create engaged and motivated staff with help from PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Staff are the cornerstone of any successful library. Learn how to maximize this incredible resource with the upcoming webinar, “Creating Engaged and Motivated Staff: From Expectations to Excellence,” presented by...

Nov 08: Katy DiVittorio named ALCTS Emerging Leader for 2014

Chicago — Katy DiVittorio, serials acquisitions specialist at Auraria Library, Denver, Colo., has been selected as the ALCTS sponsored Emerging Leader for 2013-2014.  The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) sponsors one...

Nov 08: Registration for 2014 ALSC National Institute opens November 11

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that registration for the 2014 ALSC National...

Nov 08: ALSC names Soraya Silverman-Montano as 2014 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced Soraya Silverman-Montano of the Las Vegas Clark-County (Nev.) Library District as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leader program. Silverman-Montano is currently the Young People’s Library Librarian at the...

Nov 08: Upcoming PLA webinar highlights public library and school partnerships for literacy

CHICAGO — When it comes to teaching children how to read, both libraries and schools are crucial educators. What happens when you combine the literacy power of libraries and schools? Find out during the one-hour webinar, “...

Nov 08: Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2014 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to Spectrum Scholars LaToya Devezin, Claudia Flores, Gloria Jertberg, William Langston, Sarah Hashemi Scott, Eimmy Solis,...

Nov 08: Reinventing the library for online education

CHICAGO— Have changes such as cloud computing, search engines, the Semantic Web, and mobile applications rendered such long-standing academic library services and functions as special collections, interlibrary loans, physical processing, and even library buildings unnecessary? Can the academic...

Nov 07: ALA urges swift action on E-rate reforms

Residential-level bandwidth unacceptable for modern library services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association urges the Federal Communications Commission to swiftly reform the federal E-rate program so that our nation’s learners are connected to high-...

Nov 06: Emerging Leader participants for Class of 2014 announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected 56 people to participate in its 2014 class of Emerging Leaders.  The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA...

Nov 05: There is still time to apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — The deadline for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant has been extended to Dec. 6, 2013.  The grant is open to all types of libraries seeking to share their stories...

Nov 05: AASL seeks hosts for Fall Forum satellite sites

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking...

Nov 05: New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and...

Nov 05: Mobile app keeps AASL13 information at attendees’ fingertips

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition can plan their conference schedule at home or on the go with the new AASL13 Mobile App.  The app and companion registration dashboard syncs user data so updates to a schedule...

Nov 05: First module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy now available

CHICAGO - The first module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy helps librarians with a critical component of making the library an empowering place for the entire community.

The new tutorial “Positive Interactions: Making the...

Nov 05: Submit proposals for ACRL 2015 conference

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2015 conference to be held March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference and workshop proposals are due...

Nov 05: 'Children and Libraries' to go quarterly, add digital format

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce significant upgrades to "Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children" (CAL). Beginning with Volume 12 in...

Nov 05: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

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...

Nov 05: Kate Tkacik selected as NMRT's 2014 Emerging Leader recipient

CHICAGO - The New Members Round Table (NMRT) announced Kate Tkacik as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program. Tkacik is currently working as a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago.

She received her MLIS from Dominican University...

Nov 05: Last call: Submit your nomination for Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services by Nov. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t delay: submit your nomination for use of cutting-edge technology in library services now! As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting...

Nov 04: Loleta D. Fyan 2014 Grant - proposals due by Dec. 20

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 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Nov 04: Freedom to Read Foundation opens nominations for 2014 trustee elections

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the April 2014 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections.  Five...

Nov 04: Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming...

Nov 04: ALCTS president named interim director

CHICAGO — Genevieve Owens, president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), has been named interim director of The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library (WRL).  The WRL Board of Trustees has...

Nov 04: American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom defends free access to information

CHICAGO — The following is a statement issued by American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Barbara Jones regarding Internet filtering practices in U.S. libraries:         

“Librarians have a special role in our democracy to safeguard everyone's access to...

Nov 04: Applications for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards due Dec. 2

PHILADELPHIA – Applications for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards are due Dec. 2, 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). Application materials are available at...

Nov 04: AASL launches national surveys on the branding of school librarianship

CHICAGO – In order to provide a refreshing and inspiring image of school librarians and school library programs, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched two national surveys to examine the brands of the profession. The surveys will determine what the brands “school...

Nov 04: ALA welcomes USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association is rallying librarians to support the USA Freedom Act, a bill that will improve the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection. The USA FREEDOM Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and PATRIOT Act...

Nov 01: ACRL releases '2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics'

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of...

Nov 01: Matthew Quick, 'Silver Linings Playbook' author, introduces 'Girlbrarian' at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Hello, Librarians—it’s me, Matthew Quick . . .” In this short video, the bestselling author (also known simply as Q) of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” thanks librarians for “all that you do for the...

Oct 29: ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — 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 Dec. 1. 

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

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