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Jan 05: ALA seeks proposals for 2016-2017 diversity research grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach...

Jan 05: Brennan wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Lisa Brennan, middle school librarian at St. Christopher's School, an all-boy, JK-12 independent school in Richmond, Virginia, the 2016...

Jan 04: ALSC announces Building STEAM with Día mini-grant recipients

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 10 mini-grants to bolster  the implementation of Building STEAM with Día programs in public libraries. These grants were funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through a generous donation to ALSC. Día, also...

Jan 04: ALA awards deadline extended

CHICAGO — The deadline has been extended to Feb. 12 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the Equality Award, Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award, information Today Library of the Future Award and the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble...

Jan 04: YALSA opens proposals for 2016 symposium, Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper...

Dec 30: Multimedia & Technology Reviews selected as 2016 Louis Shores Award winner

BOSTON — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Multimedia & Technology Reviews as the recipient of the 2016 Louis...

Dec 30: Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)

BOSTON — The annual list of the most Outstanding Business Reference Sources was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of...

Dec 30: 2016 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners revealed

BOSTON — The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2016 selections of the Listen List Committee. The list was announced Sunday during the American Library Association’s Midwinter...

Dec 29: RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section selects annual list of Best Free Reference Websites

BOSTON —The  annual Best Free Reference Websites list was announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday.

The list made its first debut in the Fall 2015 issue of...

Dec 29: Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section experts

BOSTON — The annual list of Best Historical Materials was announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday.

The list recognizes the evaluation and effectiveness in...

Dec 29: Business reference experts select annual list of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

BOSTON — The annual Best of the Best Business Reference Websites list is hereby announced.

The list made its first debut in 2009 in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, and recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals...

Dec 29: 2015-2016 edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2015 - 2016 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library...

Dec 29: Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain to lead panel on creativity, innovation and transformation at Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON – Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder, director, and faculty chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will be a featured speaker, along with American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman and other ALA leadership, in a discussion on how library...

Dec 23: Forty student members qualify to assist during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23-28.

Established in 1973, the program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their...

Dec 22: Preparing for Today’s Job Market: the Search, the Application, and the Interview session to be presented during ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston

A session entitled Preparing for Today’s Job Market: the Search, the Application, and the Interview will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).  The session will be hosted by and held in the ALA JobLIST...

Dec 22: ALA president urges Michigan governor to veto bill prohibiting access to information

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman urges Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a campaign reform bill that would ultimately impact Michigan residents’ access to campaign information. Senate Bill 571 was passed on Dec. 16, with amendments from the House including a...

Dec 22: How to Get Your Bounce Back! Session to be presented during ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

A session entitled How to Get Your Bounce Back! will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).  The session will be hosted by and held in the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development...

Dec 22: Bowen and Richards awarded Margaret Edwards Trust Literacies Grant

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Elizabeth Bowen and Jasmine Richards as the recipients of its Margaret Edwards Trust Literacies Grant.

Both Bowen and Richards will receive a $5,000 grant to use towards improving or expanding the services and...

Dec 21: Choice now presents acclaimed bibliographic essays in LibGuide format

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, has launched a new section on its revamped www.choice360.org site, featuring Choice bibliographic essays in LibGuide...

Dec 21: How do you do YouTube?

Panel will discuss how libraries can leverage this versatile medium

Washington, D.C. – The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat...

Dec 21: Dantis named YALSA’s 2016 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Trixie Dantis, Teen Services Librarian at Arlington Heights (Illinois) Memorial Library, as its 2016-2017 Board Fellow. Dantis will start serving...

Dec 18: More storytime magic

CHICAGO— Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with “More Storytime Magic,” published by ALA Editions, an...

Dec 17: Meg Finney selected as an AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Meg Finney has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Finney and Hattie Garrow will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the...

Dec 17: New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities

Washington, D.C. – A new report explores the ways in which libraries throughout the nation are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress. Titled ...

Dec 17: The Perfect Gift! Exclusively for Librarians and Library Lovers!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) announces their newest fundraiser, a 2016 full size calendar, which highlights the spectacular Chicago Libraries, as well as the mission ASCLA proudly serves. ASCLA, may be the...

Dec 17: Seeing libraries as social learning centers: Rethinking library instruction

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting...

Dec 16: From glass half empty to glass half full: evaluating the current ebook environment

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago, major publishers refused to sell ebooks to libraries, no one knew how to download an ebook file, and the staffs of public libraries were hit with an unforeseen surge of patron interest in ebooks.  Now that the dust has settled and the ebook...

Dec 16: Lori Bell has been selected as Project Director to oversee revision of the 2011 Revised Standards and Guidelines

Lori Bell has been selected as Project Director to oversee revision of the 2011 Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

As project director, Bell will work with a team of professionals to revise...

Dec 16: ALA President urges Congress to reject controversial cybersecurity rider

Threat to Americans’ privacy shoehorned into omnibus spending bill

Washington, D.C. – Late last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan released the text of an enormous omnibus spending bill, passage of which is required to avoid a government shutdown....

Dec 16: 104 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on Native concepts of health and illness

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the 104 libraries that will host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries....

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