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Sep 23: AASL member Deven Black receives inaugural school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Deven Black was named the 2013 Bammy Award recipient in the inaugural school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the...

Sep 20: Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-Out

CHICAGO — Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the...

Sep 18: ALA calls for leap forward in E-rate goals; streamlined program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate deployment of the high-capacity broadband needed to serve students...

Sep 17: LLAMA webinar helps with library security and safety

CHICAGO — When a simple “Shhh” isn’t enough, a knowledgeable approach to library security and safety can be a lifesaver.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Library Security: The Basics and Beyond” from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013...

Sep 17: Past President John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Past President John W. Berry has been appointed to a two-year term as the ALA's non-voting representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris (ALP).

The ALA established the...

Sep 17: Freedom to read under fire as attempts to ban books continue

CHICAGO — What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else disapproved of its content and had it removed from library shelves? Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, stresses the importance...

Sep 17: Up to 50 libraries to participate in year-long public innovation training

CHICAGO - Continuing the collaboration between The Harwood Institute and the American Library Association on The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, a three-day Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab designed especially for libraries kicks off a year of coaching and...

Sep 17: National Reading Group Month 2013 chooses Booklist again

CHICAGO - Booklist, the American Library Association's (ALA) review source, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National...

Sep 17: Disney Princess Belle celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month

Free Belle download available on Library Card Sign-up Month website

CHICAGO - This month, Disney Princess Belle joins the American Library Association to promote the most important school supply of all: a library card.

A free download featuring Belle is available...

Sep 17: 2014 Summer Reading Grant Applications now available

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering libraries the chance to apply for funds that will aid in the implementation of the library’s overall summer reading program. 

Courtesy of the Dollar General...

Sep 17: ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

BBC...

Sep 17: Farrell, Feldman seek 2015-16 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, are the candidates for the 2015-16 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

“Thank you for the...

Sep 16: Find your roots through easy-to-do genealogy

CHICAGO — A guide to the joys and rewards of preserving family history for posterity, “Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History,” by Janice Schultz, offers advice and...

Sep 16: Ganski named ACRL visiting program officer

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the 10-month appointment of Kate L. Ganski of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) as visiting program officer in support of the association’s...

Sep 16: Register now for 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is collaborating with other higher education associations to offer the 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Dec. 3-6, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. The discounted early-bird registration deadline...

Sep 16: An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking...

Sep 16: Registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses open

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for fall 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

This...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing...

Sep 13: ALSC now accepting applications for 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading...

Sep 12: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000...

Sep 10: LLAMA webinar will focus on library fundraising on the Web

CHICAGO — When fundraising for your Library, how do you effectively reach donors over the Web? The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “A Conversation about Websites for Library Fundraising: Perspectives from Duke University and the University of Texas”...

Sep 10: Carnegie-Whitney 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 10: Dec. 1 deadline for ALCTS 2014 publication awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two publication awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library...

Sep 10: ALCTS seeking 2014 innovation awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals and/or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2014 preservation awards nominations sought

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three preservation awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest...

Sep 10: Search begins for ALCTS 2014 professional recognition awards nominations

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership...

Sep 10: LITA Forum: early bird rates available through Sept. 15

CHICAGO — Don't miss your last chance to save up to $50 on registration for the 2013 LITA Forum “Creation, Collaboration, Community,” to be held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Louisville, Ky.

Don’t forget to book your room at the Hyatt by Oct. 7, 2013 to guarantee the...

Sep 10: ALCTS 2014 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.  The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award ...

Sep 10: Upcoming RUSA CODES Conversation: Asynchronous Readers Advisory

CHICAGO — Asynchronous readers' advisory is the subject of the next CODES Conversations, a listserv-based discussion hosted by the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA CODES), the home for adult readers' advisory within ALA.

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Sep 10: United for Libraries welcomes Kansas libraries as members

PHILADELPHIA — The State Library of Kansas has purchased United for Libraries membership for all 328 of the libraries in the state.

Kansas libraries will receive membership for both their boards of trustees and their friends group and/or foundation. In addition to the standard United for...

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