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Dec 04: A 'Star Wars'-themed party with authors Chris Alexander and Tom Angleberger at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Best-selling authors Chris Alexander and Tom Angleberger will host a Star Wars-themed Wrap Up/Rev Up party at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Monday, January 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m., wrapping up the Seattle event and revving up...

Dec 04: Alternatives to a four-year college degree

CHICAGO — As college tuitions soar and the job market tightens, many young adults are questioning whether or not they should go to college. For those interested in diving directly into the workplace, “...

Dec 04: Key stakeholders selected to attend YALSA’s Teens & Libraries Summit

CHICAGO — Fifteen applicants  have been selected to attend the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA)  Teens & Libraries Summit, Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle.

The Summit, part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project,  will feature two days of...

Dec 04: Holiday gift and adult reading recommendations from RUSA's expert RA librarians

CHICAGO — The readers’ advisory and collection development librarians from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) can help you with the book lovers on your 2012 holiday shopping list; the division offers a multitude of annual literary awards...

Dec 04: ALA to host webinar on digital literacy and libraries

CHICAGO — As the technology landscape continues to evolve rapidly, every information professional must be prepared to teach meaningful digital skills to their communities. But how do librarians and educators keep up with the continual stream of new advancements?

To facilitate a...

Dec 04: YALSA announces 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalists

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between...

Dec 04: Celebrate excellence in adult reading and reference at RUSA Midwinter Book and Media Awards Reception

CHICAGO — All ALA Midwinter Meeting participants are invited to celebrate the winners of numerous adult reading and reference awards and build their 2013 to-be-read lists at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming ...

Dec 04: The transformed library

CHICAGO — A wide-ranging survey that takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, “The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution,” published by ...

Dec 04: ACRL launches new Immersion track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator

CHICAGO — Registration is now available for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) new Information Literacy Immersion Program Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator track.  Complete program details and registration materials are available on the...

Dec 03: Loleta D. Fyan Grant call for proposals

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Dec 03: Line-up announced for Innovative Advocacy in Action Institute at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In a changing landscape, libraries and library communities are rethinking the way they advocate for funding and services. “Innovative Advocacy in Action: An Advocacy Institute Discussion” at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, will showcase some of these new efforts from around the country...

Nov 30: Steve Berry spokesperson for 2013 Preservation Week

CHICAGO — The Preservation Week adventure continues with New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry as National Spokesperson for Preservation Week for 2013 (April 21-27).  

Author of 10 novels, including seven Cotton Malone books, Berry’s latest work was published last spring, “The...

Nov 29: J. A. Jance among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Pacific time at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesca Ballroom, on Monday, Jan. 28 at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The...

Nov 29: ALA-APA Networking Reception and Fundraiser

CHICAGO —The  Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) of the American Library Association presents its first-ever fundraising event.  From 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA-APA will host...

Nov 29: Nominations sought for prestigious research award

CHICAGO — Nominations are invited for the 2013 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  The deadline for nominations...

Nov 29: AASL executive director receives outstanding achievement award

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), was recognized with an outstanding achievement award by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) during its 2012 annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Nominated by the...

Nov 28: Lisa Genova announced as Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer, 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Neuroscientist-turned-novelist Lisa Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction by using her immense knowledge of how the brain works in her novels. ALA Midwinter attendees have a chance to hear this unique, popular and moving author at the 2013 Arthur Curley Memorial...

Nov 28: Jump-starting a career as a digital librarian

CHICAGO — The skills of digital librarianship are more crucial than ever, and these same skills are in high demand outside the field, from tech startups undertaking digitization projects to digital humanities centers bringing together professors, computer scientists and information technologists...

Nov 27: ACRL seeks 'Standards for Libraries in Higher Education' workshop presenters

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library...

Nov 27: Maker Monday makes ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Maker Monday debuts at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, offering a day of events and activities to help you get informed and involved in the latest from the makerspace movement. It also provides a chance for successful programs to share their stories. Maker Monday...

Nov 27: AASL webinar looks at making the most of professional learning communities

CHICAGO — School library professionals are encouraged to register for the new Knowledge Quest webinar, “Making the Most of Professional Learning Communities” taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 12, 2012. Hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the webinar...

Nov 27: Learn to reach reluctant readers with YALSA’s December webinar

CHICAGO — Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal, librarian at Western High School in Huntington, Calif. and past member of YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee, for a webinar discussion...

Nov 27: ALA launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

CHICAGO —As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are...

Nov 27: New edition of Cassell and Hiremath’s keystone reference services text

CHICAGO — Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, the new third edition of “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction,” by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, published by ...

Nov 27: Archived AASL webinar reveals how data can be used to support school library programs

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent webinar, “The Power of Data,” is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar, presented by Dr. Sandra...

Nov 26: Caroline Kennedy named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2013

CHICAGO — Caroline Kennedy has been named the 2013 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), according to the American Library Association. During National Library Week and throughout the month of April, libraries of all types—public, school, academic and special-- hold...

Nov 26: Caroline Kennedy in conversation at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - ALA Midwinter Meeting offers a special opportunity to hear the widely admired Caroline Kennedy in conversation with ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling on Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am. Kennedy is well known as the best-selling author of 10 books on American history, politics...

Nov 26: Lead, publish and teach with ALCTS

CHICAGO  - Do you really know what opportunities there are to be involved in your association?  Have ever thought about publishing some of your ideas?  Wanted to know how you could be one of the webinar presenters?  Now is your chance to find out.

“Lead, Publish, and Teach with ALCTS!”,...

Nov 26: Worlds of learning revealed in new AASL webinar on transmedia storytelling

CHICAGO — The place of transmedia in learning will be examined in a new webinar offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 11, 2012, “Worlds of Learning with Inanimate Alice” will explore how transmedia storytelling exemplifies...

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