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Apr 20: Learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in your library. “Building and Operating Your Digital Media Lab” will take place on May 4 at 1:00 p.m. Central....

Apr 19: 2016 Banned Books Week grants offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund

CHICAGO — For the seventh year, the Freedom to Read Foundation is offering grants to support a wide variety of engaging, provocative and fun events commemorating Banned Books Week.

Applications are open for the 2016 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund ...

Apr 19: Fifty public libraries selected to host 'Thinking Money' traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, has announced 50 public libraries that will host a new traveling exhibition, Thinking Money.

Money...

Apr 19: Jarrett Dapier receives the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Jarrett Dapier is the recipient of the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

In March 2013, students took to the streets to protest the order issued by Chicago Public Schools (CPS)...

Apr 19: Hilda Weisburg receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Hilda Weisburg, retired school librarian and editor of “School Librarian's Workshop,” is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the...

Apr 19: Stephanie Hewett Rous receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Stephanie Hewett Rous, school librarian at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, N.C., is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides funding for the creation...

Apr 19: United for Libraries to host Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Bestselling writers Shari Lapena, Lisa Fenn, Thomas Mullen, Susan Mallery and Imbolo Mbue, along with...

Apr 19: ACRL becomes key dissemination partner for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition

CHICAGO; AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has joined the network of partners behind the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition. Since the inaugural report in 2014, the academic and research library-focused edition of the NMC Horizon Report series has...

Apr 19: Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries, receives 2016 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Sheila Umberger, director, Roanoke Public Libraries, which is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. The...

Apr 18: ALSC Cancels 2016 National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to HB 2

CHICAGO - The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C.

The cancellation is a response to the passage last month...

Apr 18: Bibliotecas de la nación apoyarán el progreso de la diversidad y la tolerancia el 30 de abril, 20mo aniversario del “Día”

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CHICAGO – Durante veinte años, las bibliotecas han conectado a los niños con el alfabetismo gracias al “Día”, programa...

Apr 18: New AASL toolkit brings the power of the school library to preservice principals and teachers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) released a new toolkit in response to a concern that future principals and teachers are often unaware of the positive impact that school librarians and school library programs can have on student achievement. The freely available ...

Apr 18: New ALCTS monograph spotlights collaborative stewardship of collections

CHICAGO — Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.  As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and...

Apr 15: Caroline B. Sinkinson Selected as 2016 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Caroline B. Sinkinson, teaching and learning librarian at The University of Colorado, Boulder as the 2016 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.  The...

Apr 15: LIRT Announces the Winner of the 2016 Innovation in Instruction Award

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo’s Milne Library at the ALA...

Apr 14: Kino Lorber to create scholarship for future media librarians

New York City - Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., today announced its collaboration with the Video Roundtable (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) in creating a scholarship for future media librarians. The scholarship is to be given once a year to a Masters degree...

Apr 14: Deborah D. Levitov wins The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Travel Award

CHICAGO — The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Travel Award of the Retired Members Round Table will be presented to Deborah D. Levitov of Lincoln, Nebraska, at the RMRT program at 1 p.m. Sunday in Orlando, Florida, during the American Library Association Annual...

Apr 14: 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published...

Apr 13: PLA 2016 draws more than 8,000 to Denver for nation’s largest public library conference

CHICAGO – More than 8,000 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and supporters gathered in Denver and online from April 5 – 9 for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference. As the nation’s largest public library conference, PLA 2016 explored the library’s evolving role in...

Apr 13: ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code”
 
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.
 
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Apr 13: Libraries to Congress: Carve House Judiciary ECPA reform bill in stone now
 
The following statement was issued by the American Library Association upon passage by the House Judiciary Committee of the Chairman’s Substitute Amendment to the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 699.  It may be attributed to ALA President Sari Feldman:
 
"Passage...
Apr 13: ACRL releases The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans,” edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak.

“The Discovery Tool...

Apr 13: ALA launches Public Policy Advisory Council
 
As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library...
Apr 13: Practical tips for facilitating research

CHICAGO — Information professionals have a key role to play in facilitating the development of researchers who are able to operate confidently and successfully in the information world. Grounded in current theory and informed by practitioners from around the world, “...

Apr 12: YALSA awarded IMLS Grant to help rural, small, and tribal libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has been awarded $305,085 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the...

Apr 12: Andrea Catania-Stephenson receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Andrea Catania-Stephenson, school librarian at El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, California, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and...

Apr 12: 'Brotherhood' project from G. W. Carver Middle School receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Deborah Floyd, Stephanie Stargardt and Joshua Forbes from G. W. Carver Middle School in Chester, Virginia, are the recipients of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award for their collaborative project “Brotherhood, A Novel: Making...

Apr 12: Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's...

Apr 12: Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE Publishing

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE Publishing, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Poundstone is a frequent panelist for NPR’s “...

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