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Oct 14: Free access to Booklist’s first-ever digital edition

CHICAGO — To celebrate the publication of its first digital edition, Booklist will offer open access to its Oct. 15 issue Spotlight on First Novels for a limited time. Both subscribers and non-subscribers will have...

Oct 14: ALCTS offers two symposia at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2016

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents two symposia on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

“Re-envisioning ‘Technical Services’ to Transform Libraries: Identifying Leadership and...

Oct 14: ALA president urges senators to join Wyden, Paul and Sanders in opposing CISA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Underscoring the dangers of a bill that would seriously threaten privacy and civil liberties, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA) urged members of the U.S. Senate to join Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in...

Oct 14: New research highlights libraries’ expanded roles

From health insurance seekers to students, libraries leverage expertise, digital services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of our nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries provide programs to help identify health insurance resources and also training to...

Oct 13: Literary world builder Rae Carson ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition.  Carson will discuss...

Oct 13: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, from noon - 1 p.m. Central on Nov. 12. This is part of LLAMA’s ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of...

Oct 13: New survey results point to what’s working in state standards implementation

CHICAGO — According to findings in Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation, a new report out from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), the secret to implementing state standards and creating change in schools is building the shared...

Oct 13: ALA awarded IMLS grant for IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowships

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $50,000 grant will be used to provide 50 $1,000 scholarships to help...

Oct 13: Seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and...

Oct 13: Management of Technology course starting soon

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Management of Technology course.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on sequential Mondays from...

Oct 12: United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 18-24

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in...

Oct 12: ASCLA seeks Project Director for Revised Standards for Libraries Serving People who are Blind or Handicapped

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is soliciting proposals for the position of Project Director for the Revision of the Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network...

Oct 09: Storytellers to tell tall tales at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Cordi, Jim Flanagan and Lyn Ford will appear at the Thursday night festival and...

Oct 09: Is digital different?

CHICAGO — Transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago, the digital environment is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more resources become available online and computers and supporting networks become more...

Oct 09: Library Support Staff Resource Center available

CHICAGO — A Library Support Staff Online Resource Center is now available through the American Library Association (ALA).  This newly-revised website is designed to provide resources of...

Oct 08: PLA opens video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2016

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has just opened a contest for two library professionals or library students to win their way to the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second...

Oct 08: Applications now being accepted for 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The grants extend...

Oct 07: Nominees sought for 2016 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996...

Oct 07: Free webinar: Using door-to-door marketing for library card sign-ups

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) for a free webinar to learn about a new and innovative way to increase library card sign-ups all year long, not just during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. The webinar, "Increase Your Reach: Using Door-to-Door Marketing for Library...

Oct 05: Workshop will teach how to improve your library using the five phases of project management

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Improve Your Library Using the 5 Phases of Project Management with Robin M. Hastings. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday...

Oct 05: New workshop with Loida Garcia-Febo: Serving Spanish Speakers in the Library

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Serving Spanish Speakers in the Library, with Loida Garcia-Febo. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015....

Oct 05: Learn how to prevent and treat bed bugs in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. “...

Oct 05: Popular workshop offers introduction to cloud computing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, Cloud Computing for Librarians: An Introduction, with Krista Godfrey. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on...

Oct 02: Research drives educators of school librarians at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Research and data driven practice will be the focus of sessions from the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations will...

Oct 02: Follett continues support of school library professionals

CHICAGO – Follett continues to support school library professionals and ongoing learning with its sponsorship of the opening general session speaker at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs will open the conference, taking place...

Oct 02: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by...

Oct 02: Win a grant from YALSA to attend ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando

CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) who will be first time attendees of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, can apply for a grant to offset travel expenses.

A total of three grants are available. Baker and Taylor is sponsoring two...

Oct 02: YALSA launches Teen Programming HQ website

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Programming HQ website.

The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop shop for library staff to...

Oct 02: New eCourse: Rethinking social media to organize information and communities

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces an exciting new eCourse, Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Nov....

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