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Apr 11: Betsy Appleton is 2011 ALCTS Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - Betsy Appleton, electronic resources librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has been selected as the ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2010-2011.  The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, ALCTS, sponsors one Emerging Leader who has chosen...

Apr 11: "And Tango Makes Three" waddles its way back to the number one slot as America’s most frequently challenged book

CHICAGO – Justin Richardson’s and Peter Parnell’s "And Tango Makes Three" tops the list of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.  The list was released today as part of the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report.

"And...

Apr 11: Job-seekers, entrepreneurs continue to turn to their local library for help: State of America's Libraries Report 2011

CHICAGO -  The Great Recession may have come to an end, but hard-pressed Americans continue to turn to their local libraries for help in finding a job or launching their own business.

This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the State of America’s Libraries, 2011...

Apr 11: Harmony Middle School Library wins Sara Jaffarian Award

CHICAGO - Harmony Middle School in Overland Park, Kan. is the recipient of the 2011 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced. The award will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,...

Apr 07: ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian now published biennially

CHICAGO - This is typically the season for the "ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic."  The survey publication schedule has been changed to a biennial edition.  This means the next issue will be published in 2012.  Directors and Human Resources staff for libraries that will...

Apr 06: Seeking National Library Workers Day stars in 14 states

CHICAGO - For those with an appreciative and/or competitive spirit, ALA-APA is hosting a contest with no prize other than the knowledge that your state celebrates its library workers publicly on National Library Workers Day (NLWD), Tuesday, April 12. 

Yet the following states have no...

Apr 06: Burnsville Public Library wins the Marshall Cavendish Excellence In Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Burnsville Public Library, in Burnsville Miss., is the recipient of the 2011 Marshall Cavendish Excellence In Library Programming Award.

This award, donated by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation, honors a...

Apr 06: St. Charles City-County Library District’s Imagine campaign awarded Gale top prize

The St. Charles (Mo.) City-County Library District has been named as the Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award recipient for 2011 for its Imagine campaign.  The campaign was created in 2009 with a project goal of $25,000 as a vehicle to cultivate donor interest for the St. Charles...

Apr 06: Update on the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO - The Certified Public Library Administrator Program has 41 graduates and more than 130 librarian candidates.  Learn why they participate in and what they get from the CPLA courses by joining them on a webinar about the Certified Public...

Apr 06: ALA announces 2011 winner of L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and its Copyright Advisory Subcommittee have named Peter Suber, JD, PhD., this year’s winner of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. 

The annual award recognizes contributions of...

Apr 06: Book-of-the-Month Club launches first-ever National Donate a Book Day in partnership with ALTAFF

NEW YORK - In celebration of 85 years of sharing the joy of reading, Direct Brands’ Book-of-the-Month Club is announcing the first-ever Donate a Book Day, beginning on Thursday, April 14 during National Library Week.

This “Day of Donation” is...

Apr 05: AASL and Figment.com celebrate School Library Month with teen writing contest

CHICAGO – In honor of the 2011 School Library Month theme, Create Your Own Story, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Figment.com have collaborated to present a month-long story writing festival for teens. Students 13 and up are...

Apr 05: Nicholas Carr to join book discussion at AASL national conference

CHICAGO –  “Is Google making us stupid?” Best-selling author Nicholas Carr will be on hand to discuss this tantalizing question and more during the AASL 15th National Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 27-30. Chosen as the conference-wide read for the One Book, One...

Apr 05: PLA delivers its inaugural Virtual Spring Symposium to more than 675 participants

CHICAGO — On March 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) offered more than 675 online attendees a full day of professional development during the first-ever PLA Virtual Spring Symposium. Participants...

Apr 05: Learn how QR Codes can benefit your library with PLA's upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on April 20, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Cracking QR Codes: What Are They and How Can They Help Your Library?” as part of PLA’s “...

Apr 05: The best programming ideas for building a culture of literacy through Día

CHICAGO — An annual celebration of children, families and reading since 1996, Children’s Day/Book Day, known as Día, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and...

Apr 05: Join the conversation in YALSA’s new YA Forum monthly discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — Beginning this week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, will host YA Forum, a monthly discussion just for division members. Each discussion will focus on a specific topic and will be moderated by an expert in the...

Apr 05: Teens choose Geek Out @ your library® for 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme

CHICAGO — Hundreds of teens voted for the 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme, selecting Geek Out @ your library® as their favorite with 62 percent of the vote. Using Geek Out @ your library, librarians will be able to build programs and events that highlight the expansive technology...

Apr 04: New AASL advocacy brochure series helps school librarians guide discussion with stakeholders

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents a new advocacy tool to help school librarians generate and guide discussions with stakeholders about quality school library programs. School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy...

Apr 04: How-To Handbooks help patrons get the most out of the library

CHICAGO — Part of library advocacy is reminding people of the wide range of resources and support their local library offers to help them address important issues. The new series of Library How-To Handbooks from ALA Editions does just that,  promoting...

Apr 04: AASL announces winners of Learning4Life student video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with Cisco, SchoolTube and Mackin, is proud to announce the winners of the "Learning4Life in My School Library" Student Video Contest.

Launched in December, the contest solicited videos detailing how...

Apr 04: Tough topics, graphic novels, multimedia and mysteries — free Booklist webinars in April

CHICAGO - Booklist’s free webinar series is growing rapidly, attracting crowds of attendees. Booklist editors host leading practitioners, authors and publishers’ representatives at least once a month on a variety of topics that offer immediate tips, tools, resources and new...

Mar 31: Season six of Step Up to the Plate opens to the public

CHICAGO – In celebration of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum have launched season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your...

Mar 31: For Money Smart Week @ your library, April 2-9, Mason-Crest donating "Junior Library of Money" set


CHICAGO - The American Library Association is pleased to announce that Mason Crest Publishers will be donating one of its new "Junior Library of Money" sets to one of...

Mar 30: NMRT and the Merritt Fund host reception at ALA Conference in New Orleans

CHICAGO - The ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund are collaborating to present a joint reception at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The NMRT Awards Reception and the Merritt Fund "Reception for a Cause" will be combined into one...

Mar 30: Registration open for international intellectual freedom meeting in Miami

CHICAGO - Registration is now open for “Intellectual Freedom in a Changing World,” a conference on international issues related to free access to information in libraries. The event will take place August 10-12, 2011 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in North Miami Beach, Fla.

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Mar 29: Celebrate nation’s library workforce during National Library Workers Day, April 12

CHICAGO - You type your search term into a search engine. You get 300,000 responses…now what?  Ask a librarian! Libraries don’t just offer the hardware, but also offer the expertise of librarians in helping teach people how to use the Internet and find the information they need quickly....

Mar 29: Step Up to the Plate @ your library opening day is only days away

 

Librarians: register now for free tools to promote the program locally

CHICAGO – Only a few days remain until season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library opens to the public, but there is still time for librarians to register for free tools to help...

Mar 29: Polls remain open until April 22 for ALA 2011 election

CHICAGO – Polls are still open for the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) election, in which members will choose their new president- elect and council members.

The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on April 22. The Election Committee will meet to certify the results on April 29...

Mar 29: ALA’s Michael Dowling discusses first ever Money Smart Week @ your library April 2 - 9

CHICAGO – Michael Dowling, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Chapter Relations Office, discusses the first-ever Money Smart Week @ your library (April 2 – 9, 2011) in a podcast on the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) blog, Visibility @ your...

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