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Oct 06: School librarian’s role in Senior/Capstone Projects examined in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will demonstrate the school librarian’s integral role in Senior/Capstone Projects - research-oriented courses driven by student interest rather than curricular mandates.  Presented by a...

Oct 06: LLAMA webinar identifies core competencies of assessment

CHICAGO Do you know what skills are needed to obtain or succeed in a library assessment position?  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) can help you find out.  LLAMA’s Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section (LLAMA-MAES) will present “Core...

Oct 06: Digitization examined in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Digitization is not the future of libraries, it’s the present. Whether your institution is a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for today’s librarian.  “Digitization and...

Oct 03: ACRL announces Immersion ’15 Programs

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Information Literacy Immersion ’15 Program. The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the...

Oct 03: Applications now being accepted for 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

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

The grants extend graphic novels...

Oct 03: 2014 revision of RDA: Resource Description and Access Print now available

CHICAGO — The newest print accumulation of RDA: Resource Description and Access is now available. RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2014 Revision contains:

  • A full accumulation of RDA—the...
Oct 03: New resource for school library conversations

CHICAGO – A new digital magazine issue, featuring articles from prominent members of the profession, showcases the way school libraries and school librarians transform learning. “School Libraries Transform Learning,” an American Libraries digital supplement produced in partnership with...

Oct 01: ALA Endowment Fund passes $40 Million

CHICAGO On behalf of the American Library Association (ALA) Endowment Trustees, Senior Endowment Trustee Rod Hersberger announced that the value of the Association’s long-term investments reached $40.2 million on Aug. 31, 2014. The Endowment achieved its last major...

Oct 01: ALA encouraged by E-rate momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the fiber gap facing the majority of the nation’s 16,400 public libraries and the communities they serve. ALA President Courtney Young today released the following...

Oct 01: Registration, housing now open for 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, which offers the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions,...

Oct 01: LIRT Accepting Applications for Librarian Recognition and Innovation in Instruction Awards

CHICAGO The American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) invites nominations for two awards to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. 

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will...

Sep 30: United for Libraries’ Literary Landmark™ for Lynn Riggs rededicated

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries’ Literary Landmark for Lynn Riggs was re-dedicated in partnership with Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) on Sept. 5 in Claremore, Okla.

Originally dedicated in 2003 and placed at the Claremore Public Library, the Literary Landmark plaque was...

Sep 30: American Dream Starts @ your library grant allows California library system to expand ESL classes

CHICAGO –  Through an American Dream Starts @ your library grant awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the American Library Association, the Riverside County (Calif.) Library System has been able to expand ESL classes for adult learners.

In this countywide program,...

Sep 30: Deadline extended to Oct. 13 to apply for The American Dream Starts @ your library grant funding

Grants available to libraries to fund programs and resources for adult English language learners in Dollar General communities

CHICAGO – Monday, Oct. 13, is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing...

Sep 30: AASL member Elissa Malespina receives 2014 school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Elissa Malespina was named the 2014 Bammy Award recipient in the school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the...

Sep 30: ACRL 2015 preconferences announced

CHICAGO — Registration is now available for preconferences to be held prior to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” in Portland, Ore.  ACRL is offering six...

Sep 30: ALA President Courtney Young selects 22 chapters to participate in career development facilitator training

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young will partner with ALA Chapters to provide training for a national cohort of 22 librarians from a cross section of libraries to become certified Career Development Facilitators (CDF).  President Young stated, "I am grateful for...

Sep 30: Janes announces candidacy for 2016-17 ALA presidency

CHICAGO – Joseph Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2016-17 presidency of the American Library Association. 

Janes has been an ALA member since 1982.  He served on the ALA...

Sep 30: Get beyond deadlock with free 'Naming and Framing' webinars

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life will offer a free webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.

The series — “Naming and Framing Public Issues” — will...

Sep 29: 2015 Building STEAM with Día mini-grants available

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting mini-grant applications from libraries interested in developing and implementing a Building STEAM with Día program.

Intended...

Sep 29: ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,” (pdf) a new educational campaign that will explore the public...

Sep 26: Porcaro announces candidacy for 2016-17 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and Technological Discovery at the New Jersey City University Guarini Library, Jersey City, N.J., has filed as a petition candidate for the 2016-17 presidency of the American Library Association.

Porcaro has been an ALA member since 2004...

Sep 26: YA author R.L. Stine to keynote closing session for YALSA’s 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — R.L. Stine, author of the Fear Street series, will be the keynote speaker for the general closing session of the 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services...

Sep 26: LaRue, Todaro seek 2016-17 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — James LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colo., and Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services at Austin (Texas) Community College, are the candidates for the 2016-17 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

LaRue has been an ALA member since 1994 and...

Sep 26: ALA announces slate of council candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2015 ALA Election:

Joann Absi, Media...

Sep 24: It's here! Celebrate Banned Books Week!

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals...

Sep 23: Quiz promotes Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

Which banned book are you?

CHICAGO — Take the new online “Which Banned Book Are You” quiz and find out which banned or challenged book best fits your personality...

Sep 23: PLA Leadership Academy application deadline of Sept. 30 is almost here

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will accept applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community through Sept. 30. This special event, held March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., will...

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