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Jun 19: PLA’s guide to film programming for public libraries

CHICAGO — Screening movies is a fun, engaging way to bring people of all ages into the library, and “Film Programming for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, offers the tools to make...

Jun 19: Sue E. Graves selected for the 2014 Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Sue E. Graves of Front Royal, Va., has been named as the 2014 Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship recipient.

The $1,500 scholarship was established through a generous donation by Marks’...

Jun 19: Angela D. Price selected the 2014 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Angela D. Price of Memphis, Tenn., as the 2014 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient.

The scholarship was named for a longtime ALA staff member who directed the ALA Conference Services Office for ...

Jun 19: Alice Krebill receives the 2014 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has named Alice Krebill of Bozeman, Mont., as the 2014 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor...

Jun 19: Elizabeth L. Lieutenant selected for the 2014 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Elizabeth L. Lieutenant of Hyattsville, Md., as the 2014 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a...

Jun 19: ACRL seeks feedback on revised draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the revised draft of the association’s...

Jun 18: Apply for YALSA’s 2014 Maker Contest

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, (ALA) invites libraries with brilliant summer “maker” programs to apply for its 2014 Maker Contest.

The idea behind the contest is to encourage “making” during the summer months...

Jun 17: USCIS and ALA Committee on Literacy session to highlight library service to immigrants at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will participate in a panel discussion to explore practical ways libraries are assisting immigrants in a session entitled, “U.S. Citizenship Starts at Your Library: Success Stories for Serving Immigrants in...

Jun 17: ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids
CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
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Jun 17: A handbook for organizing exhibitions

CHICAGO — Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, “Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives and Museums,” published by...

Jun 17: 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights

CHICAGO — Seventy-five years ago at the 1939 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council adopted the Library’s Bill of Rights, echoing the spirit of a document from the Des Moines Public Library in 1938. This document, refreshed in 1944, 1948, 1961, 1967, 1980 and 1996,...

Jun 17: A landmark examination of rare books and special collections

CHICAGO — From cuneiform, coins and codices to prints, drawings, photographs and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artifacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history...

Jun 17: 36 participants selected for second ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Thirty-six mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s second four-day immersive leadership development...

Jun 17: New from ACRL – 'The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook,” edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.

“The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook...

Jun 17: Seven strategies for creating career opportunities

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Seven Strategies for Creating Career Opportunities with Kim Dority. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on...

Jun 17: A guide to data sources for reference

CHICAGO — “The Reference Guide to Data Sources,” published by ALA Editions, takes the guesswork out of locating the best sources of data, a process more important than ever as the data...

Jun 17: Betsy Lobmeyer receives inaugural Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO Betsy Lobmeyer and her project “Charlie’s Ever Warming Blankets” Children in Poverty, is the inaugural recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald...

Jun 17: Guide to reference in medicine and health

CHICAGO — Drawn from the extensive database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012, “Guide to Reference in...

Jun 17: Time to reskill: An action plan for literacy

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Literacy will sponsor a discussion of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey and its ramifications for libraries during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  The session will be...

Jun 17: United for Libraries to present programs for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA  – United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Friends, Trustees and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, S219, during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Jan Masaoka, director and editor in chief of Blue...

Jun 17: United for Libraries to host ‘Hot Books from Small Press’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Hot Books from Small Press” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, N218, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Join Robert Dawson, Adele Griffin and Russ Kick as they discuss their latest books....

Jun 17: ALA welcomes open Internet bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) is rallying librarians to support the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014, a bill that would prohibit paid prioritization over the Internet. Introduced today by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the...

Jun 16: What you need to know about graphic novels

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, What You Need to Know About Graphic Novels with David Serchay. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on...

Jun 13: Using the Library of Congress as a teaching resource

CHICAGO — With nearly 142 million items and one of the largest bodies of high-quality, digitized content available, the Library of Congress (LOC) is an enormously useful resource for librarians and teachers. Yet it remains a mystery to many. “...

Jun 13: Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts to join David Warlick at AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts, leaders in the school library profession, will join David Warlick as presenters at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 Fall Forum.  Taking place Oct. 17-18, School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape...

Jun 13: American Library Association supports makerspaces in libraries

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special) are increasingly transforming their library spaces, resources and programming to offer makerspaces that provide opportunities for library patrons to engage with others in hands-on learning and creation.

Reflecting...

Jun 11: Over-filtering in schools and libraries harms education, new ALA report finds

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to...

Jun 10: AASL releases Senior/Capstone Project survey results and executive summary

CHICAGO – Results of a survey undertaken by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Senior Project/Capstone Project Task Force are now available as part of an executive summary detailing the completion of the group’s work. The results and summary are available on the AASL website at...

Jun 10: ALA applauds second circuit affirmation of fair use

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) the ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that providing a full text search database and providing access to...

Jun 10: Explore outreach services at Annual Conference
CHICAGO – Join the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) for two panel discussions on providing library services to underserved and underrepresented populations at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Both panels will take place from 8:30 - 10 a.m. and 10:30 - 11:30 a.m...

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