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Jan 27: YALSA announces 2014 Alex Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2014 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist...

Jan 26: RUSA announces 2014 Outstanding Reference Sources List

PHILADELPHIA — The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2013 have been named to the 2014 Outstanding References Sources list. Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the...

Jan 26: RUSA's 2014 Reading List winners revealed: Librarians' top picks in genre fiction

PHILADELPHIA—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selections for the 2014 Reading List as well as the short lists and read-alikes.

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit...

Jan 26: RUSA's 2014 Listen List announces outstanding audiobook narration award winners

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) serving expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, has announced its selections for the 2014 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration juried list....

Jan 26: Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown wins RUSA's Zora Neale Hurston Award for leadership in promoting African-American literature

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown as its selection for the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston Award.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award is an achievement award given by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA....

Jan 26: Francine Graf selected as RUSA's Louis Shores Award winner for excellence in book reviewing

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected Francine Graf, managing editor of Choice magazine, as the 2014 winner of the Louis Shores Award.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization...

Jan 26: 'Like Dreamers' wins RUSA's Sophie Brody Medal winner for achievement in Jewish literature along with two honorable mentions

PHILADELPHIA — The winner of the 2014 Sophie Brody Medal is "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation" by Yossi Klein Halevi, published by HarperCollins.

The Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and...

Jan 26: 'Mammals of Africa' named RUSA's Dartmouth Medal winner for distinguished reference publication; also named two honorable mentions

PHILADELPHIA – The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced "Mammals of Africa" as the 2014 Dartmouth Medal award winner. The Dartmouth Medal, established in 1974, honors the creation of a reference source of outstanding quality and significance. The award is given to the...

Jan 25: Susan Roman receives 2014 ALSC Distinguished Service Award

PHILADELPHIA – Susan Roman is the 2014 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

Roman received a Ph.D....

Jan 25: Holley wins YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)  awarded the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award to Pam Spencer Holley. The $2,000 award, given every other year, recognizes a YALSA member who has...

Jan 25: Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals accepted through Feb. 18 for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour "Conversation Starters" and five-minute "Ignite" sessions. Session proposals are accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014....

Jan 25: 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Illinois Central College Library, East Peoria, Ill.; Lafayette...

Jan 25: Tim Bucknall named 2014 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), is the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research...

Jan 22: Try out Google Glass at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that's worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass...

Jan 22: ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming...

Jan 22: 2014 ALA Annual Conference registration and housing now open

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2014 Annual Conference, June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of 9:a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan.13, 2014...

Jan 21: Promoting African American History Month: Lifetime Network and ALA

CHICAGO — The Lifetime Network and the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries are working together to promote African American History Month by encouraging television viewers to experience the inspirational story of Gabby Douglas.

Lifetime’s "The Gabby Douglas...

Jan 21: News Know-how digital supplement highlights the achievements of ALA’s groundbreaking news literacy project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has released a digital supplement focusing on the two-year News Know-how news literacy project.

The project, which was conducted in 2012 and 2013 by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) using grant funds provided by the Open...

Jan 21: McDonald named YALSA’s 2014 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Nicola McDonald, senior librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, as its 2014-2015 Board Fellow. McDonald will begin serving as board fellow on June 30...

Jan 21: AASL celebrates School Library Month with spokesperson Jeff Kinney

CHICAGO – Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson for the 2014 observance of School Library Month. Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School...

Jan 21: 'Powerful' on-demand learning offered on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – With the addition of the newly archived webinar “Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) eCOLLAB continues its tradition of offering relevant on-demand professional development for school librarians. ...

Jan 21: Google leadership to detail book search lawsuit at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Librarians applauded last November when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database by calling Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? What impact will the Google...

Jan 21: The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "...

Jan 21: Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how...

Jan 21: Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the...

Jan 17: Leading to the Future: Innovative Interfaces sponsors 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in...

Jan 17: Keene Public Library awarded 2014 Maureen Hayes Award

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Keene (N.H.) Public Library.

The award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, is...

Jan 17: American Library Association president responds to Obama surveillance speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s remarks on the National Security Agency surveillance program:

“After months of calling for more government transparency and...

Jan 14: Participate in an international travel/service trip to Costa Rica

CHICAGO — Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is...

Jan 14: Freedom to Read Foundation hosts memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be hosting a memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman, the librarian and jeweler who passed away shortly before the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.  The reception will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in room...

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