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Jul 08: The academic library administrator's field guide

CHICAGO — The daily administration of an academic library often leaves you needing quick advice on the topic at hand. Bryce Nelson, an experienced administrator writing from first-hand knowledge, delivers such advice in “The Academic...

Jul 08: Linked Data for libraries, archives and museums

CHICAGO — Libraries, archives and museums are facing up to the challenge of providing access to fast-growing collections while managing constrained budgets. Key to this is the creation, linking and publishing of good quality metadata, which allows library collections to be discovered, accessed...

Jul 07: Applying user experience (UX) design to your library

CHICAGO — Every decision you make affects how people experience your library. “Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library,” published by ALA TechSource,...

Jul 01: 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—thousands of engaged attendees, lively programs and events

CHICAGO — 18,626 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 5,607 exhibitors) from around the world joined energetically in the shared endeavor of “Transforming our libraries, ourselves” at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas. Attendees...

Jul 01: ALA encourages next step in E-rate improvements

Today, the American Library Association participated in an E-rate press call moderated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and was joined by several education and digital learning advocates. More than 4 million people visit America’s public libraries each day, and high-capacity...

Jul 01: 'The Goldfinch,' 'The Bully Pulpit' win 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

LAS VEGAS –The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt received the medal for fiction,...

Jul 01: Vermont State Librarian testifies about the importance of open Internet at Senate hearing

BURLINGTON, Vt.—Today, Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid voiced (pdf) the concerns of our nation’s libraries about the importance of an open Internet at a...

Jun 29: Winners of the first annual Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the two winners of the first Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday on-site at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The grants, funded by Will and Ann Eisner Family...

Jun 28: AASL releases white paper outlining research agenda

 CHICAGO – The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available for view and...

Jun 28: Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO – Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy in Detroit and Rowe Elementary School in Rowe, Mass., are the recipients of the 2014 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy...

Jun 28: AASL Crystal Apple awarded to Marlene Woo-Lun

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President, Gail Dickinson, has selected Marlene Woo-Lun as the recipient of the 2014 Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact...

Jun 28: AASL announces 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development...

Jun 28: AASL announces 2014 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2014 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The list of 25 apps provides new technology resources for school librarians and their teacher...

Jun 27: PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: ALA to discuss new directions for digital content at Annual Conference
 
LAS VEGAS—The ebooks conference session “ALA and Moving Ahead with Digital Content” will now take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255/257. Previously, the session was...
Jun 26: ALA applauds Simon & Schuster nationwide expansion of library ebook lending

WASHINGTON—On the first day of its 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomes news (pdf) from Simon & Schuster that it will convert its...

Jun 25: American Library Association applauds ruling in two civil liberties cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fourth Amendment when they ruled in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie that officers of the law must obtain warrants before they can search the...

Jun 24: Explore the American Dream @ ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Since 2008, The American Dream Starts @ your library® grant initiative has supported English language learner programming in over 100 libraries in 24 states.  Learn about the opportunities and challenges libraries encounter as they provide innovative literacy services in their...

Jun 24: Applications/nominations invited for C&RL editor

CHICAGO Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research...

Jun 24: LLAMA webinar explores new methods of collecting building use data

CHICAGO As the use of library space evolves rapidly, collecting building use and space data has become crucial for all types of libraries.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Beyond the Gate and Counting: Collecting and Organizing...

Jun 24: Conway's article on digital imaging error wins 2014 Shera prize

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Paul Conway as the winner of the 2014 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article “Preserving Imperfection: Assessing The Incidence of Digital Imaging Error in...

Jun 24: ALA awards 50 Spectrum Scholarships

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity awarded 2014-2015 Spectrum Scholarships to 50 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 850 Spectrum Scholarships.

In the 2014...

Jun 24: Indianapolis middle school wins 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

CHICAGO — An Indiana middle school library has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for its work in creating an innovative genealogy program for eighth-graders.

Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis won the 2014...

Jun 24: Michael L. Peterson selected for the 2014 ALA Century Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Michael L. Peterson of Blackfoot, Idaho as the 2014 Century Scholarship recipient.

The $2,500 scholarship funds services or accommodations for a library school student with disabilities admitted to an...

Jun 24: ProQuest broadens commitment to Spectrum Scholarship Program

Library and information science education funding supports building diverse workforce

CHICAGO and ANN ARBOR, Mich. June 25, 2014 – Libraries serve as the foundation for lifelong learning in our society, but as...

Jun 24: Lauren Stamm chosen for the 2014 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Lauren Stamm of Allen Park, Mich., as the 2014 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in library...

Jun 24: Comic book legend Stan Lee named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four, will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Lee has donated his image to a print...

Jun 24: Now accepting nominations for the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community...

Jun 24: New from ACRL – ‘The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work’

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work,” edited by Nicole Pagowsky and...

Jun 20: Samuel Dodson receives the 2014 Peter Lyman Memorial Scholarship

CHICAGO The American Library Association and SAGE announced Samuel Dodson as the recipient of the 2014 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media.  A recent graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Dodson will begin a duel Master of Archival Studies and Master of...

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