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Sep 21: Learn how to ‘Weed Smart’ in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to make any weeding project a public relations dream. “Weeding Smart” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Oct. 2.

"Awful Library Books" co-authors...

Sep 21: ACRL seeks nominations for 2016 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

CHICAGO – Last year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) celebrated its 75th anniversary of advancing learning and transforming scholarship in the higher education community. A major part of this celebration included honoring the outstanding achievements of...

Sep 21: Longlist for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO — Forty books (20 fiction, 20 nonfiction) comprising the longlist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The...

Sep 17: How to become an embedded librarian

CHICAGO — Embedded librarianship is “not one size fits all,” yet many books on the subject treat it in a cold, objective manner that doesn’t adequately communicate how becoming an embedded librarian actually works in the real world.  But in “...

Sep 17: Standards guide for librarians now available as an EPUB

CHICAGO -- “The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment,” edited by NISO Executive Director Todd A. Carpenter, is now available in and e-book bundle. The bundle includes both a PDF file and an EPUB file, one of the many standards covered in the book. "The Critical...

Sep 17: Ignite Session proposals accepted through Oct. 9 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, always standing-room-only and high energy events. Session proposals are accepted now through the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Find out more...

Sep 16: A versatile handbook for storytime programs

CHICAGO — Librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can energize storytimes and curricula with “The Handbook for Storytime Programs,” published by ALA Editions. A companion volume to “...

Sep 16: ALA, FINRA Investor Education Foundation partner on Financial Literacy Research Project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) announced today that it will collaborate with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation on a research project in which ALA will survey U.S. public libraries about...

Sep 15: Booklist again selected by National Reading Group Month, Great Group Reads

CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book Association’s October...

Sep 15: Libraries, organizations commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month as part of ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ project

For inquiries or an interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), contact Theola DeBose, NEH's director of communications, at tdebose@neh.gov or 202-606-8255.

CHICAGO — More than 150 libraries, museums and...

Sep 15: PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO — Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an...

Sep 15: LITA fall online continuing education

CHICAGO — Immediate registration is available now for any of four webinars, or a...

Sep 15: Nominations will close Sept. 28 for 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that nominations for its prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award will close on Monday, Sept. 28. Library users nationwide can nominate their favorite librarians who have transformed lives and communities through...

Sep 15: RUSA announces new vice-president/president-elect, Alesia McManus

CHICAGO — Alesia McManus, director of the Howard Community College Library, Columbia, Maryland, has been elected the 2015-2016 RUSA’s new vice-president/president-Elect.

“For 20+ years, I have enthusiastically provided direction and leadership, through team-building, strategic planning...

Sep 15: Registration now open for PLA 2016 Conference in Denver

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver, are now open. For complete details, visit placonference.org.

The PLA 2016 schedule is packed with extraordinary...

Sep 15: ALA president responds to Pew Research Center study that highlights vital role of libraries in digital age

CHICAGO — Libraries are transforming as society stands at a critical juncture with regard to the changing information landscape and the skills needed to thrive in our digital world.   Libraries at the Crossroads...

Sep 15: ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let's Encrypt initiative

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom announced its sponsorship of "Let's Encrypt," a free, automated, and open certificate authority.   "Let's Encrypt" is   a service provided by the Internet...

Sep 14: ACRL releases 'Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes'

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes.” Edited by Irene M. H. Herold...

Sep 14: Registration open for the 2016 ALSC National Institute

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2016 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "Believe. Build. Become.," will be held Sept. 15-17, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C...

Sep 14: Gain a solid foundation in cataloging cartographic resources

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, Cartographic Resources with RDA: An Introduction, with Susan Moore. This workshop, which will last 90 minutes, is hosted live at 2:30...

Sep 11: For students, a survival guide to research

CHICAGO — Jumping head first into a research project is a surefire recipe for stress and confusion. But if you’re a newbie, how do you know where to begin, let alone where to go from there? Library instruction expert Monty L. McAdoo’s new primer “...

Sep 10: Deadline extended for 'Explore Earth,' 'Explore Space' and 'Explore Tech' traveling exhibition opportunities for public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, has extended the application deadline for three science...

Sep 09: Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open through Sept. 30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book ...

Sep 09: Best-selling author Josephine Angelini ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Josephine Angelini 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. Angelini will discuss female character...

Sep 09: Applications invited for ‘Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness’ traveling exhibition to libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices...

Sep 08: Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded...

Sep 08: Hage announces candidacy for 2017-18 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Michigan) Public Library, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association. 

Hage has been an ALA member since 1971.  She is the immediate past president of United for Libraries...

Sep 08: ALA 2016 Scholarship application now available

CHICAGO — If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available.  The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master's...

Sep 08: Popular workshop presents strategies for reaching patrons in their 20s and 30s with great programs

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular workshop, Building Great...

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