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Feb 05: YALSA names 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks list...

Feb 04: ALA Midwinter Meeting attendance figures best in three years

CHICAGO More than 12,000 people passed through the doors of the Philadelphia Convention Center for the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

It was the best attended Midwinter Meeting since the 2011 event in San Diego, which drew more than 11,000...

Feb 04: Longlist for 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO Forty-four books comprising the “longlist” for consideration for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected from the most recent...

Feb 04: Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014

CHICAGO – Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.

As Honorary Chair, Blume will appear in print public service announcements (PSAs...

Feb 04: Karen Schneider Wins the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst For Change Award

CHICAGO – Karen G. Schneider, university librarian at Holy Names University, Oakland, Calif., is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. This award is given biennially to an individual for making positive changes in the profession...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The...

Feb 04: YALSA names 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 98 books was drawn from 175 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages...

Feb 04: ACRL releases 'Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment,” edited by Elizabeth Leonard and Erin McCaffrey.

The rise of online...

Feb 04: Hosting a Preservation Week® Event: a free webinar from ALCTS

CHICAGO Hosting an event in a discipline you are not too familiar with can be daunting. What topic do you choose? Who can you find to speak? What if someone asks a question after the event and you don't know the answer? The Preservation Week website is here to help! Join Donia Conn for...

Feb 04: LGBT Center of Raleigh Library receives 2014 Light the Way Grant

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library in Raleigh, N.C. is the recipient of the 2014 Light...

Feb 04: Micham wins 2014 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Laura Micham, Merle Hoffmann director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture and curator of gender and sexuality history collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Duke University, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the...

Feb 04: Grassian receives 2014 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Esther Stampfer Grassian, distinguished librarian (emerita), University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) College Library, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors...

Feb 04: ALSC and PLA receive award for Every Child Ready to Read®

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are proud to announce that Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, 2nd Edition was awarded...

Feb 04: Winter, spring, summer and fall in the story room

CHICAGO — Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through...

Feb 04: Two free webinars present the scientific and cultural story of our 'Marvel Moon'

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) are pleased to announce two free online learning opportunities for public and youth/young adult service librarians.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online sessions will acquaint audiences with NASA's...

Feb 04: Apply now for John Cotton Dana Award — eight $10,000 grants available

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 grants are...

Feb 04: ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Update (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Webinars on March 27th and April 30th are full.  An archived version will be available after the...

Feb 04: Four local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and...

Feb 04: Sharing poetry with children

CHICAGO — Since “Poetry Aloud Here!” was published, acclaimed by Booklist as “required reading for all children’s librarians,” poetry written for young people has continued to gain interest as an educational tool. Now, Sylvia...

Feb 03: Introverted leadership topic of ALCTS President’s Program in Las Vegas

CHICAGO — Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, an Atlanta-based author, international speaker and executive coach hailed as a “champion for introverts,” is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (...

Feb 03: Spider-Man™ creator Stan Lee, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™ and  hundreds of others, will...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2014 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. The list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented...

Feb 03: Accardi wins 2014 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Maria T. Accardi, coordinator of library instruction at Indiana University Southeast, is the winner of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The WGSS...

Feb 03: Application process now open for 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The application process for the 2014 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.) is now open, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural ALA Leadership Institute, and with support from...

Feb 03: YALSA names 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA The Young Adult library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2014 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young...

Jan 31: RUSA reveals Notable Books List winners in outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry

PHILADELPHIA — The expert readers advisory and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, have selected the winning titles for the 2014 Notable Books List—an annual literary award that identifies...

Jan 29: American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners

PHILADELPHIA — 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 Philadelphia.

A list of all the 2014 award...

Jan 29: America’s libraries are rung on ladder of opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address:

“President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused on many themes that form the basis of...

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