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Feb 11: Satellite sites make AASL Fall Forum an 'anytime, anywhere' experience

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum will emulate its “anytime anywhere learning” theme by offering nine satellite sites at locations across the country during the institute, which takes place Oct. 17-18. In addition to the main site in St. Louis, Mo.,...

Feb 11: ALA adopts resolution urging Congress to extend whistle-blower protections

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a resolution urging Congress to extend legal protections for whistle-blowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, as well as non-federal  employees working for civilian contractors.

Passed by the ALA...

Feb 11: ALA calls for passage, signing of the USA Freedom Act

CHICAGO — At the American Library Associations’s recent Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling upon Congress to pass — and the president to sign — legislation supporting the reforms embodied in the USA Freedom Act.

The act, introduced...

Feb 11: United for Libraries invites library foundation staff and board to join electronic discussion list

PHILADELPHIA Library foundation staff, board members, volunteers, etc., from all types of libraries are invited to participate in the United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to library Foundations.

Both those with expertise in library...

Feb 11: Anne R. Kenney wins 2014 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

CHICAGO — Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Named in honor of one of the...

Feb 11: Holliday and Rogers receive 2014 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year award

CHICAGO – Wendy Holliday, head of academic programs and course support at Northern Arizona University, and Jim Rogers, associate professor and director of the Intensive English Language Institute at Utah State University, have been chosen as the winners of the Association of College and Research...

Feb 11: YALSA names 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifetime Learners

PHILADELPHIA —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifetime Learners list. Revised every five years, this list is intended as a tool for several audiences:...

Feb 11: Patricia Glass Schuman named lifelong member of United for Libraries board

PHILADELPHIA  At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both...

Feb 11: YALSA partners with Best Buy for Teen Tech Week™ 2014

CHICAGO  —  The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced a partnership with Best Buy to support YALSA’s annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, Teen Tech Week.  

“This...

Feb 11: Azar Nafisi, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” the long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, will offer insights into her work, including her engagement in promoting literacy and reading books of...

Feb 11: YALSA seeks member manager for YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its acclaimed YALSAblog. The YALSAblog provides a virtual space to publish timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for...

Feb 11: YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Erica Gauquier and Jessica Schneider for best article in the previous volume of...
Feb 07: Talk About Innovation! TEDx @ your library

Free webinar to focus on library partnerships with TEDx to increase community participation

CHICAGO — ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives campaign continues with “Talk About Innovation! TEDx @ your library,” a free webinar...

Feb 07: BCALA announces winners of 2014 Literary Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announced the winners of the 2014 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African...

Feb 06: Author David Baldacci weighs in on e-books, library budget cuts in @ your library video

CHICAGO — Author David Baldacci, who wrote the best-seller “Absolute Power,” said he believes publishers will provide libraries with greater access to e-books in a video produced by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) for the ALA’s website for the public,...

Feb 06: @ your library video takes you behind the scenes at the ALA Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) 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  & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

An...

Feb 06: Explore data management, innovation, publishing and more with spring 2014 ACRL e-learning

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in spring 2014 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the...

Feb 05: Hayes, Jacobson and Swanson receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Tish Hayes, Terra B. Jacobson and Troy A. Swanson, all of the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) Library (Palos Hills, Ill.), have been named the 2014 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in...

Feb 05: Coutts named 2014 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

CHICAGO – Brian E. Coutts, professor and head of the department of library public services at Western Kentucky University, has been awarded the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The...

Feb 05: ALSC announces 2014 Notable Children's Recordings

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2014 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that...

Feb 05: Hepburn, Persichini, Schlachter and Marlin elected to ALA Executive Board

CHICAGO Peter D. Hepburn, Gina A. Persichini, Gail A. Schlachter and Mike L. Marlin have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 24...

Feb 05: ALSC names 2014 Notable Children’s Books

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2014 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality,...

Feb 05: Farkas, Hofer, Molinelli and Willson-St. Clair win 2014 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO — Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Wilson-St. Clair, all of Portland State University, have been selected to receive the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation Award for their work on the software...

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...

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