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Nov 03: Deborah Giaconia wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Deborah Giaconia in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Giaconia’s name was drawn as the October winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) new ...

Nov 03: Freedom to Read Foundation opens nominations for 2015 trustee elections

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the April 2015 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections. Six positions on the FTRF board of trustees will be filled in the election to be held April 1 –...

Oct 31: AASL President Terri Grief to present in United Arab Emirates

CHICAGO – Terri Grief, the president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will discuss the school library program’s impact on student learning at the inaugural Sharjah International Book Fair/American Library Association (ALA) Conference. Taking place Nov. 11-13, 2014, in...

Oct 31: Bredberg, Long, Morefield, Thompson receive Penguin Young Readers Group Award
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Emily Bredberg, Lakeside Elementary School...
Oct 30: YALSA announces winners of its 2014 Maker Contest

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its 2014 Maker Contest.

Over the summer, libraries were encouraged to implement ‘making’ activities into their summer reading and learning...

Oct 30: ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez reports on Fiscal Year 2014 year end budget results

The following statement was issued by ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez.

Dear colleagues:

I wanted to update you on the year end results for Fiscal Year 2014 as reviewed by the Budget Analysis Review Committee (BARC), Finance and Audit Committee and the Executive Board meetings in...

Oct 28: Open Access discussed in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share...

Oct 28: Registration open for Winter 2015 ALSC online courses

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for Winter 2015 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Three of the courses being offered this semester are...

Oct 28: ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO – Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Dec. 1. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit...

Oct 28: Apply now for $5,000 ALA award for library programming excellence

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for its 2015 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

The $5,000 award, supported by ALA’s Cultural...

Oct 28: Readers’ advisory for historical fiction

CHICAGO — Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. Jennifer S. Baker’s new book, “...

Oct 27: Ben Bizzle on Award-Winning Marketing, Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Ben Bizzle will encourage attendees to “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library” in an ALA Masters Series session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. Compelled to change the perception of the library as an antiquated institution,...

Oct 27: ALA welcomes Adobe action; greater attention to reader privacy concerns

Today, Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, co-chairs of the American Library Association (ALA) Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), released the following statement regarding the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software update:

"Librarians have long been guardians of and advocates for reader...

Oct 24: LLAMA webinar presents new model for interviewing as a recruitment tool

CHICAGO — For many academic institutions that do full-day, on-site interviews of librarian candidates, the interview process is a grueling one that is intended to...

Oct 24: LLAMA Midwinter Career Institute explores project management

CHICAGO Congratulations, your boss has just handed you a new project. So what do you do now?  LLAMA’s latest Career Institute, Project Management for Librarians: Planning for Success, will help you answer that question. The full-day institute...

Oct 22: ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host etiquette luncheon during Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an etiquette luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in...

Oct 22: 'Stop Running on Empty' session to be held during ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host a session entitled, "Stop Running On Empty!: How to Build Up Your Physical and Emotional Reserves" from 11 a.m. -...

Oct 22: Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality...

Oct 21: Human Rights Activist, Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer, 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Award-winning human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want...

Oct 21: Learn to improve book annotation writing skills in new RUSA webinar

CHICAGO — A new webinar from the Reference a­­nd User Services Association (RUSA) will teach readers how to improve their book annotation writing skills. “Book Annotations: Short and Snappy Made Easy” is presented by two team members from NoveList, Shauna Griffin, MLS, and Rebecca Honeycutt, MLS...

Oct 21: Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to...

Oct 21: Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO — Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, staff from public libraries throughout the country have been working hard to provide access to information about the law while educating their communities about how implementation affects...

Oct 21: AASL webinar helps school librarians evaluate school library collections

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will help school librarians in this increasingly digital age to evaluate and demonstrate the value of their school library’s collection. Presented by Sue Kimmel, “Counting on What We Have: Evaluating School Library...

Oct 21: ALA and ACRL respond to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible "fair use" of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although...

Oct 21: United for Libraries celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 19-25

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries is coordinating the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.

Friends of the library groups all over the country are celebrating by promoting the group in the community, hosting special events,...

Oct 21: Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah...

Oct 21: New edition of Weisburg and Toor’s best-selling guide for school librarians now available

CHICAGO — As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and...

Oct 21: New guide celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience, the fifth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards,”...

Oct 21: Free webinar series teaches libraries to 'turn outward' and lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free webinar series designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring positive change to their communities.

Led by educators from...

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