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Dec 07: eCourse on Fundraising and Grantsmanship Starting

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Management of Technology course.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from Dec. 7,...

Dec 07: Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women to be presented during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — A session entitled Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women will be presented from 9 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).

Hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement...

Dec 07: RUSA Selects 2016 Spectrum Scholar for Internship

CHICAGO -- The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected Patricia Valdovinos, a 2016 Spectrum Scholar is seeking her MLIS degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. As an Intern with RUSA, Valdovinos will work for a year and a half with RUSA's vice-president/president...

Dec 07: 2016 Teen Tech Week™ focuses on STEAM and underserved teens

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) invites library staff to encourage teens to “Create it at your library” for Teen Tech Week™ 2016.

This year’s theme, “Create it...

Dec 03: Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes...

Dec 03: ALA, BISG announce results of new joint study on print, digital library usage

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) have released the results of their first joint research initiative, “Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?” Library patrons were asked about preferences for print or digital formats,...

Dec 03: 2016 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2016 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young...

Dec 03: Ten librarians named 2015 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award

Library users nominate favorites for prestigious national public service honor

NEW YORK – Ten librarians were honored today with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award for their exceptional public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives...

Dec 03: Mangan and Stephens receive 2016 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2016 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Bridgid Mangan and Wendy Stephens.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s...

Dec 03: 200 public libraries are measuring their true impact through PLA’s Project Outcome

CHICAGO – Since launching on June 26, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome has quickly met public library demand and desire for standardized performance measures by exceeding 200 library users in just six short months.

Project Outcome is dedicated to helping public...

Dec 03: American Library Association responds to Penguin Random House e-book licensing announcement

New York City – Responding to a Penguin Random House announcement today that it will implement perpetual access for all of its e-book titles and cap prices per title, the American Library Association (ALA) said it welcomes improvement in long-term access and pricing, but noted that the new cap...

Dec 03: Ask the preservation experts at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO —Ask the experts your preservation questions at the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Forum at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The PARS Forum will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center,...

Dec 02: Orange, California librarian chosen for national public service honor

Sylvia Cieply recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Sylvia Cieply, teacher librarian at the Otto A. Fischer School Library inside Orange County Juvenile Hall in Orange, California, will receive the I Love...

Dec 02: Perkinston, Mississippi librarian chosen for national public service honor

Shugana Williams recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Shugana Williams, librarian at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her...

Dec 02: Eastover, North Carolina librarian chosen for national public service honor

Leslie D. Koch recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Leslie D. Koch, school library media coordinator at Armstrong Elementary School in Eastover, North Carolina, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award...

Dec 02: Groton, Connecticut librarian chosen for national public service honor

Elizabeth G. Rumery recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Elizabeth G. Rumery, library director for the Avery Point Campus Library at the University of Connecticut in Groton, will receive the I Love My...

Dec 02: Denton, Texas librarian chosen for national public service honor

Doug Campbell recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Doug Campbell, library learning services librarian at the Willis Library at the University of North Texas in Denton, will receive the I Love My Librarian...

Dec 02: Anchorage, Alaska librarian chosen for national public service honor

Dona J. Helmer recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Dona J. Helmer, librarian at the College Gate Elementary School library in Anchorage, Alaska, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her...

Dec 02: New Haven, Connecticut librarian chosen for national public service honor

Diane Brown recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Diane Brown, branch manager of the New Haven (Connecticut) Free Public Library’s Stetson Branch, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her...

Dec 02: Granbury, Texas librarian chosen for national public service honor

Courtney P. Kincaid recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Courtney P. Kincaid, former library director of the Hood County Library in Granbury, Texas, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her...

Dec 02: Troy, Alabama librarian chosen for national public service honor

Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer, dean of university libraries at Troy (Alabama) University, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for his...

Dec 02: Kansas City, Missouri librarian chosen for national public service honor

April Roy recipient of the prestigious 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

    
NEW YORK – Today, April Roy, manager of the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library’s Lucile H. Bluford Branch, will receive the I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding...

Dec 02: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 156AB, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The popular, free Nuts...

Dec 02: Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition

                                 U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if  passed, and signed into law, will be the...

Dec 02: Learn to create out-of-this-world kids’ science programming at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session, “Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with Free NASA Resources,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in...

Dec 02: 2016 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best...

Dec 01: Forty-two public libraries selected to host Explore Earth, Explore Space and Explore Tech traveling exhibitions

CHICAGO — Forty-two public libraries from across the country will host science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

The exhibitions — Explore Earth: Our...

Dec 01: ‘Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities’ at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session about community engagement, “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities in Mid-Sized Urban Settings,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The...

Dec 01: ALA Midwinter: Author Catherine J. Ross to discuss how our schools teach lessons in censorship

CHICAGO — Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.  Yet public schools in the United States frequently censor student speech, especially controversial speech, often with the...

Dec 01: David Shannon to open the 2016 ALSC National Institute

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

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