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Mar 21: Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity"

Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity" at ALA's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Sunday, June 26th, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries...

Mar 21: Results of community engagement initiative shared in Libraries Transforming Communities case studies

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released five case studies detailing the experiences of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, a group of public libraries that spent 18 months engaging their communities and taking a leadership role in driving...

Mar 21: Nation’s library workers transforming lives, communities - Celebrate National Library Workers Day April 12

CHICAGO – Our nation’s library workers provide an invaluable public service to our communities by connecting library users with the books, information and critical technology resources they need to thrive in the digital age. April 12 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to show...

Mar 18: Megan McDonald speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 celebration of School Library Month, is now available. In the PSA, McDonald speaks to how school librarians transform...

Mar 18: 2016 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO - Voting in the 2016 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 15 and March 17, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique ballot URL and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the...

Mar 17: ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2016 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced their fourth annual training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will...

Mar 17: ALSC announces new Graphic Novels Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released three new Graphic Novel Reading Lists. These lists are offered in the ranges of kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6...

Mar 17: ALSC announces Día Turns 20 mini-grant recipients

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 20 mini-grants to libraries across the country in honor of Día’s 20th anniversary.  Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) was envisioned by children’s book...

Mar 17: Accepting Career Counseling Appointments for Annual Conference in Orlando

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 - 26, 2016 during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement and Career...

Mar 16: Transform your National Library Week — celebrate National Library Week 2016 with new promotional activities and tools

CHICAGO — It’s a fact. Your library changes the lives of people in your community, school and campus every day. The American Library Association (ALA), in honor of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, wants you to share your stories of how libraries do just that.

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Mar 16: Jacqueline Woodson to Present Closing Session at 2016 ALSC Institute

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced that award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson will present the Closing General Session at the...

Mar 15: Dr. Annabel K. Stephens receives 2016 Beta Phi Mu Award

CHICAGO — Dr. Annabel K. Stephens, associate professor emerita of the School of Library and Information Science at The University of Alabama, has been selected as the recipient of the American Library Association's 2016 Beta Phi Mu Award. This annual award, consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-...

Mar 15: Tracey Wong is the Recipient of the 2016 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO — Tracey Wong, a school library media specialist for the Daniel Webster Magnet School in New Rochelle, New York, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This special recognition is given annually to the librarian...

Mar 15: Nancy Bolt named the recipient of the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO – Nancy Bolt, of Nancy Bolt & Associates and retired Colorado State Librarian, is the 2016 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 of...

Mar 15: Robert Newlen receives the Melvil Dewey Medal

CHICAGO — Robert R. Newlen, chief of staff at the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2016 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which ...

Mar 15: ALSC donates $5,000 to REFORMA Children in Crisis Project

CHICAGO — Since 2014, REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, has mobilized its Children in Crisis Project in response to the thousands of refugee children...

Mar 15: ALSC dona $5,000 al Proyecto de Niños en Crisis de REFORMA

CHICAGO — Desde 2014, REFORMA, la Asociación Nacional para Promover Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Información para los Latinos e Hispanohablantes, ha movilizado el proyecto de niños en crisis en respuesta a los miles de niños refugiados que a menudo llegan solos a lo largo de la frontera sur de...

Mar 15: Michelle Reed wins the 2016 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — Michelle Reed has been named the 2016 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled “Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights & Access.” The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that could lead to an improvement in...

Mar 15: Steven A. Knowlton receives the 2016 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Steven A. Knowlton the 2016 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning...

Mar 15: Applications due April 15 for 2016 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO – Applications for the 2016 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 8-11, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) will be accepted through April 15, 2016. The institute is designed to help future...

Mar 15: AASL bridges dues for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due May 2...

Mar 15: 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Selection Committee announced

The 2017 committee is starting work on selecting titles for the longlist for these prestigious awards, now in their sixth year. Since 2015, the shortlist announcements are being made in October (for books published during that calendar year) and winner announcements in January at the ALA...

Mar 15: Transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, will be a 2016 ALA Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker on Monday, June 27, 8:30-9:30 am. At the age of five and with the support of her parents, Jennings transitioned to life as a girl...

Mar 11: First Step Award to Melanie Church

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant...

Mar 10: 2016 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected four winners and one honorable mention for the 2016 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an...

Mar 10: OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of ALA’s 2016 James Madison Award

“An effective and inspired champion for public access to government information”

Washington, D.C. -- American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-...

Mar 10: ALA JobLIST receives WEDDLE’s 2016 User’s Choice Award

CHICAGO – ALA JobLIST, the online career center for job seekers and employers in library and information science and technology, has been voted a 2016 User’s Choice Award winner in WEDDLE’s Media Group’s annual survey of job seekers, recruiters, and employers.

WEDDLE’s Media Group, whose...

Mar 09: Mark your calendar: Preservation Week begins April 24

CHICAGO —Sunday, April 24 kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week®, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)....

Mar 09: An update of ALA Neal-Schuman’s definitive text on metadata

CHICAGO — Metadata remains the solution for describing the explosively growing, complex world of digital information, and continues to be of paramount importance for information professionals. Marcia Lei Zeng and Jian Qin’s thorough revision of their benchmark text “...

Mar 09: ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent...

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