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Dec 16: Fifteen preconferences offer a head start on learning at PLA 2014

CHICAGO – Before the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference gets underway in Indianapolis in March, eager learners can take advantage of in-depth, full and half-day preconferences on March 11 and 12.

Take a look and you’ll see there’s something for everyone!

For...

Dec 16: PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2014

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for two library professionals to win their way to the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less)...

Dec 16: ASCLA seeking nominations for 2014 achievement, service and leadership awards

CHICAGO — The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is accepting nominations for its 2014 awards, including the Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, the Exceptional Service Award, the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award and the...

Dec 16: RUSA Achievement Awards: Some nomination deadlines extended to Dec. 23

CHICAGO – The nomination deadline has been extended to Dec. 23, 2013 for several annual awards offered by the Reference and User Services Association, with the exception of the BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, which has a deadline of Jan. 31...

Dec 11: Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries

An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “How Americans value public libraries in their communities,” a...

Dec 10: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO — The deadline has been extended to Feb. 3 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award, Beta Phi Mu Award, Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award, Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, HW...

Dec 10: What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space?

CHICAGO — A cutting-edge text capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers, “Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas,” published by...

Dec 10: Becoming an Internet search expert

CHICAGO — Formerly titled “The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook,” the new fourth edition of the bestselling “Expert Internet Searching” is Phil Bradley’s no-nonsense guide to the tools for finding the right information more...

Dec 10: Registration open for Winter 2014 ALSC Online Courses

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for the Winter 2013 ALSC online courses....

Dec 10: AASL national conference is on-demand on eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Hartford, Conn., on Nov. 17, but the learning and conversation continues on AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB. A selection of recorded concurrent sessions and...

Dec 10: Holiday shopping made easy with RUSA’s literary tastes

CHICAGO — Need a gift for the book lover in your life? Check out the annual lists of outstanding fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, ...

Dec 10: ALCTS/bepress Digital Commons Midwinter Symposium focuses on public access to federally funded research

CHICAGO — “Here There Be Dragons:  Public Access to Federally Funded Research,” a Midwinter Symposium co-presented by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and bepress Digital Commons offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex issues surrounding the...

Dec 10: Free webinar to kick off ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Community Building and Makerspaces' series

CHICAGO – ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins at 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

The December webinar, “Community Engagement...

Dec 10: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Sarah Josepha Hale

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the trustees of the Richards Free Library in Newport, N.H., designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Sarah Josepha Hale on Saturday., Nov. 23.

Hale (1788-1879) was a prominent 19th century editor who...

Dec 09: 2014 ALSC Penguin Young Readers Group Award winners

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to JoAnna Schofield, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron, Ohio; Rikki Unterbrink, Amos Memorial Library, Sidney, Ohio; Amanda Yother, Putnam County Library, Cookeville,...

Dec 09: YALSA announces 2014 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 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between...

Dec 09: COA calls for comment on proposed changes to 2008 Standards

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has issued a call for comments on the proposed revision to the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies. Comments will be accepted from Dec. 6, 2013, through...

Dec 09: ACRL President Trevor Dawes to host forum on financial literacy at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia for the forum “Financial Literacy: Why Students Need Librarians to Get Involved.”  Hosted by...

Dec 06: Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and ALA open applications for new graphic novel grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation opened applications today for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. The collaboration extends graphic...

Dec 04: Music programming for primary grades

CHICAGO — Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. “Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades,”...

Dec 04: Playful storytelling through folktales

CHICAGO — A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In “Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling,” published by...

Dec 04: YALSA names 2014 William C. Morris Award finalists

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2014 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will...

Dec 03: The John Cotton Dana Award accepting online entries

CHICAGOThe American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management...

Dec 03: Gaming circles the world during ALA's International Games Day

CHICAGO — On Saturday, Nov. 16, libraries around the world on all seven continents celebrated games and gaming for the American Library Association’s International Games Day @ your library. This event occurs on the third Saturday of each November as a way to reconnect communities through their...

Dec 03: 'News You Can Use' — policy, research, statistics, technology at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Experts from across library-related fields will again offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more in the cluster of “...

Dec 03: Community Engagement, from aspirations to TEDx, at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In keeping with ALA’s ongoing commitment to increased engagement between libraries and the communities they serve, the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting offers several related sessions. From innovative uses of TEDx events to spark community conversations to a...

Dec 03: LITA Web course available: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is announcing the availability of Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 6, 8, 10, and 13...

Dec 03: LITA offering two full-day workshops in Philadelphia

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two Midwinter Workshops from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in Philadelphia.

"Strategic Social Media: Creating Library Community Online" will be presented by Doralyn Rossmann, Scott Young, Angela Tate and...

Dec 03: 2014 Midwinter Meeting attendees invited to 'kitchen-table' type conversations

CHICAGO — In an invitation to 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling encouraged everyone to participate in the kitchen-table type conversations designed to be a step toward making ALA an innovation space where...

Dec 03: ALSC releases Tween Recommended Reads list

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year.

The Tween Recommended Reads list includes 25 titles...

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