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Feb 13: Robert A. Seal named 2015 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Robert A. Seal, dean of university libraries at Loyola University Chicago, is the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession...

Feb 13: Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-...

Feb 13: YALSA’s 2015 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $40,000 in materials to libraries in Ohio, California and South Carolina

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Lorain City High School in Ohio the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway.

Due to the large volume of donations this past year, YALSA was able to name two...

Feb 13: AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab,...

Feb 12: ACRL 2015 awards record-breaking 179 scholarships

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has awarded a record-breaking 179 scholarships for the ACRL 2015 conference. Scholarships were awarded in six categories, including early- and mid-career librarians, support staff and Spectrum Scholar travel grants, amounting to...

Feb 12: ALA Council approves revised Standards for Accreditation

CHICAGO — The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved for adoption the 2015 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies on February 2 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in...

Feb 12: Roberta A. Kaplan, litigator in DOMA Defeat, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Kicking off the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, Roberta A. Kaplan will offer attendees a chance to hear how what she did--with the help of a band of supporters–extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. ...

Feb 11: ALSC Launches Advocacy Button Campaign

CHICAGO — At the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the launch of the...

Feb 11: Social media for creative libraries

CHICAGO — “Social Media for Creative Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explains how...

Feb 11: ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds today’s reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424) by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which will help...

Feb 10: In the Margins Book Award lists released

CHICAGO — The In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA), Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC) selected its top non-fiction and fiction winning titles as well...

Feb 10: Marian Royal Vigil wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Marian Royal Vigil in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Vigil’s name was drawn as the January winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share...

Feb 10: AASL webinar examines different perspectives of information literacy

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities in a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Emily Gover, “Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000...

Feb 10: 2015 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

CHICAGO – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2015 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, held Jan. 30- Feb. 3, 2015.

The bibliography consists of well written and illustrated...

Feb 10: 2015 Over the Rainbow list recognizes 78 quality GLBT fiction and non-fiction titles

CHICAGO – The 2015 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The bibliography features quality fiction and non-fiction...

Feb 10: 2015 Rainbow Books list highlights quality GLBTQ books for children and teens

CHICAGO – The 2015 Rainbow Books list, a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 30- Feb. 3 in Chicago.

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Feb 10: Be among the first group of libraries to implement PLA’s new performance measures

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for the Performance Measures Launch preconference on Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. PLA will convene representatives from up to 50 public...

Feb 10: Information needs analysis

CHICAGO—Analyzing and assessing the information needs of library users is key to the provision of effective service and appropriate collections in both face-to-face and virtual library services. The importance of information needs analysis is widely recognized by information professionals, but...

Feb 10: AASL webinar explores the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

CHICAGO – In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), participants will learn the unique ways school librarians can advocate for LGBTQ students through LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. Presented by Elizabeth Gartley, “Representation Matters: The School Librarian and...

Feb 10: YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Shari Lee for best article in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young...
Feb 10: Provide the basics your Trustees need with United for Libraries’ new ‘Short Takes for Trustees’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has debuted “Short Takes for Trustees,” a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries.

Topics in the...

Feb 10: Author Brad Meltzer to serve as 2015 Preservation Week Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Our nation’s history is at risk, as more than 1.3 billion priceless treasures held by public institutions are endangered due to ignorance about preservation.  Individuals also are not aware of the valuable role they play in preserving history through family heirlooms, records and...

Feb 09: 2015 Teen Tech Week™ grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Tech Week grant have been selected. A total of 20 recipients from a pool of 127 applicants were selected to receive Teen Tech Week grants of $1,000 each, funded by Best Buy, to support activities aimed at helping...

Feb 09: Longlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO — Forty-three books comprising the longlist for consideration for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie...

Feb 09: YALSA names 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The...

Feb 09: Putnam County Library receives 2015 Light the Way grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named Putnam County Library in Cookeville,...

Feb 06: American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows...

Feb 06: 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively...

Feb 06: Tate, Castellano and Lancaster receive YALSA’s Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2015 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Alicia Tate and Lisa Castellano. The Dorothy Broderick Student Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Lancaster. Each...

Feb 06: AASL joins the coalition for Future Ready Schools

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined the national movement for Future Ready Schools as a coalition partner. The Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready Schools effort with the support of the Leading...

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