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Jan 27: Engaging teens with digital media: Creating stories and games

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week...

Jan 27: PLA to offer two preconferences and a BIG IDEAS event for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconferences and a new BIG IDEAS...

Jan 26: AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired...

Jan 26: PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals for the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

PLA welcomes all proposals designed to be educational, thought-provoking and engaging for...

Jan 26: Hendershot wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Peggy Hendershot, youth information specialist at the Johnson County Library, Blue Valley Branch, the 2015 MAE...

Jan 26: Learn how a very small library created programs with huge success in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to hear how the director of a small library in Texas was able to lead positive change for her library and its growing community. “Passion and Partnership: How a Very Small Library...

Jan 26: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA  – United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at McCormick Place West, W185bc during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers...

Jan 26: AASL webinar examines the effects of school libraries on students' test performance

CHICAGO – Participants will explore national education data sets and learn about major predictors of student performance during a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Denice Adkins, “Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library: What the...

Jan 26: ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information...

Jan 23: ALSC’s Día Family Book Club program named 2014 USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award winner

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award for their Día Family Book Club Program. ALSC President Ellen Riordan will accept this award from...

Jan 23: LLAMA webinar helps you use staff competencies effectively

CHICAGO As popular as they are, staff competencies can still seem too confusing or cumbersome for many...

Jan 22: New calendar and committee for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO -- A new committee is getting a head start on selecting the prestigious 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awards that reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. The new committee has been...

Jan 22: Chrissie Devinney wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Chrissie Devinney, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Devinney’s name was drawn as the December winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ...

Jan 21: Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix,...

Jan 20: Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of...

Jan 20: American Library Association hosts two-day blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Librarians Build Communities (LBC), a Membership Initiative Group of the American Library Association (ALA), has...

Jan 20: IRS officials to discuss library tax form program at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Want to comment on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax form delivery service? Discuss your experiences obtaining tax forms for your library at “Tell the IRS: Tax Forms in the Library,” a session that takes place during the 2015 American Library...

Jan 20: Author signings, ARCs and more at 'Spotlight on Adult Literature' at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor “Spotlight on Adult Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the McCormick Place West Exhibit Hall at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Participating publishers will host book and...

Jan 20: Experts to explore library policies and 3D printing at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Technological developments in 3D printing are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems. As this cutting-edge technology becomes more common in libraries, what do librarians need to know? Join a panel of information professionals...

Jan 20: Experts to discuss national library public policy at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Library and policy leaders will discuss Policy Revolution!, an initiative to advance national policy for libraries, during the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “What is a Policy Revolution! Anyway?,” takes place from 1:00 to 2:30...

Jan 20: Speakers to explore library funding options at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Thinking about new funding sources for your library? Join leaders from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) when they discuss federal library funding resources at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “All Eyes on...

Jan 20: Panel of ebook policy experts to address 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss the best ways for libraries to bring together authors and readers in the digital age at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The...

Jan 20: Politicos, professors and press to populate panel discussion of what new Congress means for libraries at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, academia and the press will explore the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The session...

Jan 16: Recipients of 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant announced

CHICAGO – Recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant have been announced. Seven winners and one runner-up were chosen.

The recipients are as follows with the runner-up denoted with an asterisk:

  • Brandt...
Jan 14: ALA task force seeks your input on equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series...

Jan 13: Application deadline extended: Apply to win $3,000 to promote your library

CHICAGO — The application deadline for the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant has been extended to Monday, Jan. 26.

Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Scholastic Library Publishing National...

Jan 13: Cartoonist Jeff Smith highlights FTRF Midwinter fundraiser

CHICAGO — Jeff Smith, creator of the BONE comic book series, will be the featured speaker at the 9th annual Freedom to...

Jan 13: ALA joins Canadian Library Association and Toronto iSchool to offer 'Library Advocacy Unshushed' MOOC

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is proud to announce its partnership with the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” beginning...

Jan 13: A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration and the Exhibit Hall make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  The ALA Store...

Jan 12: Attend the ALA Presidential Candidates' Forum at Midwinter

The 2015 election for ALA president-elect will be a rare event, with four candidates vying for the position!  Become an informed voter by attending the ALA Presidential Candidates’ Forum from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Chicago at McCormick Place, W375e/Skyline....

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