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Mar 24: Accepting sponsors for the ALA Emerging Leaders program

CHICAGO The ALA Emerging Leaders program has begun the process of preparing for the 2015 class of participants.  We are now accepting program sponsors.  Sponsorship means that an organization will provide financial support of at least $1,000 ($500 per conference) for...

Mar 21: New GiveALA Opportunities from ALCTS

CHICAGO – New GiveALA donations opportunities are now available for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  These new opportunities offer donors three distinct categories of giving:  new and ongoing initiatives, Preservation Week and supporting the good work of...

Mar 21: ASCLA award winners recognized for innovative contributions to populations with disabilities

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) 2014 Award winners have been selected. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievement within the library profession by librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements, including...

Mar 21: ALCTS virtual preconferences coming in June

CHICAGO Two virtual preconferences coming in June bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offers two virtual preconferences that are sure to guarantee a great experience.  Registration is open for...

Mar 21: 2014 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO Voting in the 2014 ALA elections is now open. Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique pass codes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, April 25...

Mar 20: Thousands of public library professionals depart Indianapolis with innovative skills to expand the role of library service

CHICAGO – Humorist and author David Sedaris brought PLA 2014, the nation’s largest public library conference, to a laugh-filled close. Nearly 8,000 librarians, library workers, exhibitors and supporters participated in five days of programs that explored the changing role of public libraries....

Mar 20: AASL introduces the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites members to apply for the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, a new addition to the organization’s prestigious awards program. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between...

Mar 19: Web metrics for library and information professionals

CHICAGO — The Web provides an opportunity to collect a host of different metrics, from those associated with social media accounts and websites to more traditional research outputs. David Stuart‘s “Web Metrics for Library and Information...

Mar 18: Promote yourself @ your library

CHICAGO – Looking for ways to promote your library and library services to your community? Check out the American Library Association's Campaign for America’s Libraries, @ your library brand.

The @ your...

Mar 18: Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library receives town funding with help from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library, one of 10 recipients of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully passed a warrant...

Mar 18: AASL and OLA want to hear school library stories

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) seek stories about parents and students who advocate for their school libraries. Stories shared will help AASL and OLA spread examples of parent and/or...

Mar 18: The Book Whisperer headlines AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer,” will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

In her popular book, “The Book...

Mar 18: Educator collaboration key to successful CCSS implementation

CHICAGO - A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals educators across the United States feel ill prepared to help their students achieve the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy. The report, Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to...

Mar 18: YALSA honors Kellie Tilton with Volunteer of the Year Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Kellie Tilton, administrative assistant of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee, with the Volunteer of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the...

Mar 18: Cooper and Oehlke stand for 2015-2016 PLA President

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, open on the morning of March 19 and remain open through 11:59 p.m. CT, April 25. This year in the PLA...

Mar 17: Kurz, Lechuga, Levin receive YALSA’s YA Advocacy Travel Stipends to attend National Library Legislative Day

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Robin Kurz, Lisa Lechuga and Sarah Levin as the recipients of stipends to attend ALA’s 40th annual National...

Mar 17: College & Research Libraries 75th anniversary issue voting now open

CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming celebration of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) is asking the journal’s readers to help...

Mar 17: Student loan forgiveness webinar now archived on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The archive of the webinar “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” is now available to view as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. Presented in collaboration with the...

Mar 17: Applications now accepted for school library program award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

To be considered, nominations...

Mar 17: Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Jane McGonigal will inspire 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees from the very first session of the conference about the myriad possibilities for serious games and gaming to help improve lives and be integrated into a variety of library programming. The world-renowned designer of...

Mar 14: 2014 ALA elections open March 19

CHICAGO — Voting in the 2014 ALA elections will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 19, 2014.  Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will notify voters by email,...

Mar 14: Apply now for ACRL Immersion Program Assessment, Intentional Teaching tracks

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites you to apply for its Immersion ’14 Program. The Immersion Program Intentional Teacher and Assessment Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Nov. 19-22, 2014, in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are being...

Mar 14: American Library Association presents Madison Award to NSA Oversight Group

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of...

Mar 13: NMRT award offers chance to attend Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The New Member Roundtable (NMRT) announces the Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award.

NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend a ticketed event of their choice at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The essay contest is open...

Mar 12: Maxwell’s Complete Handbook for RDA wins 2014 ABC-CLIO Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) proudly acknowledges Robert L. Maxwell as winner of the 2014 ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for "Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Resource Description and Access," published by ALA Editions...

Mar 12: YALSA’s 2014 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to three libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Yakima Nation Library in Toppenish, Wash., the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The libraries will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks and other...

Mar 12: MacMillan and Kirker’s baby storytime magic

CHICAGO — The first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy, and though many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, finding exciting materials that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Written by best-selling authors Kathy MacMillan and...

Mar 12: Reference sources for small and medium-sized libraries

CHICAGO — Focusing on new reference sources published since 2008 and reference titles that have retained their relevance, the new eighth edition of “Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries,” published by...

Mar 11: Slate for 2014 FTRF trustee election announced

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Nominating Committee has slated 11 candidates for the 2014 FTRF board of trustee election.  The FTRF Nominating Committee is composed of Robert P. Doyle, Eva Poole and Carol Brey-Casiano,...

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