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Apr 02: FTRF and GSLIS at Illinois announce intellectual freedom course and scholarship opportunities

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online...

Apr 01: June is GLBT Book Month™

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Month™ is an initiative of the American...

Mar 31: ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act

CHICAGO —  Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Section 1.IC34-13.9 of the Indiana Code) as passed by the Indiana General Assembly. The law is part of a disturbing trend of  “RFRA’s” that many states are passing to...

Mar 31: Charlene Li is Keynote Speaker at ASCLA President's Program

CHICAGO — Charlene Li, will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Join us for a special session...

Mar 31: danah boyd is keynote speaker at the Reference and User Services Association President’s Program

CHICAGO — danah boyd will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Program hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.

boyd is a visiting professor at...

Mar 31: 2015 Baber Grant awarded to Rider University project to evaluate teaching model in information literacy

CHICAGO – Sharon Q. Yang, Ma Lei Hsieh and Susan McManimon of Rider University are the 2015 winners of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “Experimenting with I-Learn Model and Its Impact on Students’ Learning.”

The...

Mar 31: Smithville's cooperative humanities project 'Enriching Education' wins 2015 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2015 Loleta D. Fyan Award to the Smithville Public Library’s project, “Enriching Education: Joining the Humanities with the Community of Learners.”

The Smithville Public Library, located in rural Texas, proposed an innovative...

Mar 31: eCourse and e-Book bundle: Intro to Web Service APIs

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and...

Mar 31: Demystify your video cataloging with an ALCTS preconference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practices Guides.” This all-day preconference — 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. — will provide an overview...

Mar 31: Nancy Kranich named the recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

CHICAGO — Nancy Kranich, special projects librarian and lecturer at Rutgers University, has been selected to receive the 2015 American Library Association Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.  This special honor is given annually to an individual for a “significant contribution to the...

Mar 31: Develop an instructional design plan: eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Instructional Design Essentials. Nicole...

Mar 31: Judith Wines is the recipient of the 2015 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award

CHICAGO – Judith Wines, director at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Community Library in Ravena, New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  This special recognition is given annually to a librarian whose “unusual...

Mar 31: United for Libraries to dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week

CHICAGO — In celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) United for Libraries will dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino of the Empire State Center for the Book and...

Mar 30: ALCTS preconference on managing digital and streaming media in academic libraries

CHICAGO — “Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and other Digital Content for Academic Libraries,” a preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media...

Mar 30: LLAMA thought leader webinars now archived

CHICAGO — Does this sound familiar?  You look at your calendar and a get a sickening feeling when you suddenly realize that the great webinar you’ve been looking forward to happened yesterday! Don’t worry, LLAMA’s got you covered. 

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA...

Mar 30: Apply by April 8 for 2015 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Applications for the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 9-13, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) are accepted through April 8, 2015.

The institute helps future library...

Mar 30: Delaware Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Delaware Library Association (DLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is the 2015 recipient of the Gerald Hodges...

Mar 27: IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation....

Mar 27: Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to April 30

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is April 30, 2015.

The survey collects information from public...

Mar 27: Innovations in library services to poor and homeless people, diversity in action ideas sought for 2015 ALA Diversity and 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 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the American Library Association's...

Mar 26: Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Boot Camp with Garcia and Nelson

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the always popular PLA Results Boot Camp “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs” with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson, Aug...

Mar 26: Sarah Lewis to be ALA President’s Program Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Art historian, critic, writer and “cultural powerhouse” Sarah Lewis is the featured speaker for ALA President Courtney Young’s President’s Program 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Lewis celebrates creativity, focusing on how it can...

Mar 26: California Library Association will host five preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The California Library Association (CLA) will host two preconferences on Thursday, June 25, and three preconferences on Friday, June 26, during the 2015 Annual Conference held by the American Library Association (ALA) in San Francisco, June 25-June 30. Registrants may view descriptions...

Mar 26: 2015 ALA elections are open

CHICAGO — Voting in the 2015 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 24 and March 26, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, May 1.  Note that the mailing...

Mar 25: 2015 ACRL tech wrap-up webinar

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an upcoming conference Webinar: ALA TechSource 2015 ACRL Technology Wrap-Up at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 3, 2015. An expert panel will provide an overview of the ACRL 2015 Conference from a technology perspective....

Mar 25: Present and future of e-Books, live webcast

CHICAGO — Join American Libraries for a new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour discussion on The Present and Future of e-Books, which airs live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 9. This free, streaming video...

Mar 25: ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation....

Mar 24: ALA, PLA release joint statement regarding ruling in support of Kentucky public libraries

CHICAGO — In April of 2013, Kentucky Circuit Courts ruled against the Campbell County Public Library and the Kenton County Public Library, a decision that would have resulted in the libraries losing property tax revenues dating as far back as 1979. Local library advocates appealed the ruling,...

Mar 24: NEH grants ALA $350,000 for book clubs for at-risk youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $350,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth.

The Great Stories Club funding will introduce more than 8,000 young adults to...

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