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Mar 23: ASCLA offers exclusive preconferences at 2015 Annual

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering three preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. With three exclusive programs, ASCLA strives to offer something of...

Mar 23: Free webinar to explore innovations in ELL community engagement

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will host a free webinar highlighting successful and replicable programs and services geared towards English language learners. The webinar, “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community Engagement” will be held from 12...

Mar 23: Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstores, joins 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — Cathy Langer, lead buyer for the independent Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver, Colorado, joins the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction selection committee. She was chosen by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to represent independent...

Mar 23: Scott Bonner awarded the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO – Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri, has been selected as the recipient of the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, will co-present Bonner with the prize with ...

Mar 23: 2015 Paul Howard Award for Courage recipient named

CHICAGO — Nathan Scott of the Strozier Library at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage.  The $1,000 award and citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual who has...

Mar 23: RUSA offers two outstanding preconferences; Intellectual Property and ILL Data Storm

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is offering two preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Don’t miss these exclusive RUSA programs, Intellectual Property for Entrepenuers and ILL Data Storm – Practical Assessment, which promise to...

Mar 20: Goebel wins 2015 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Nancy Goebel, head librarian at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, is the winner of the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship. The...

Mar 20: ALCTS Preconference focuses on cataloging special formats for the child in all of us using RDA and MARC21

CHICAGO — “Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21,” a preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will  provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of a variety of children's materials.  Join your...

Mar 20: Phelps wins 2015 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Connie Phelps, librarian, services department, chair at the University of New Orleans, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-...

Mar 20: #TumblrTalk: Workshop starting soon

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop #TumblrTalk: Creating and Curating Your Tumblr with Kate Tkacik. This 90-minute workshop is hosted live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

A...

Mar 19: Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.―A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―...

Mar 19: ALCTS offers five exciting Preconferences at Annual in San Francisco

CHICAGO — Five exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Real World Linked Data to Cataloging for Kids, there is a preconference that meets...

Mar 19: Taking appointments for photo shots at ALA 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — During the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be offering all attendees the opportunity to have a “headshot” photo package created.  Any attendee can sign up in advance for an appointment with ALA’s conference photography team to have a...

Mar 18: Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2015.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups...

Mar 18: ALCTS virtual preconference coming in June

CHICAGO — A virtual preconference coming in June will bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) virtual preconference is sure to guarantee a great experience. ...

Mar 17: Accepting appointments for career counseling at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — During the upcoming American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions.  Confidential sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and 9 a.m. - 11 a...

Mar 17: 2015 Carnegie Whitney Grant winners announced

CHICAGO — The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. ...

Mar 17: Bound To Stay Bound Books continues support of school library advocacy

CHICAGO – Bound To Stay Bound Books (BTSB) continues its support of school libraries and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) through its sponsorship of school library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming...

Mar 17: Guide to Reference to cease publication

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing, in collaboration with the Guide to Reference Editorial Review Board, is discontinuing Guide to Reference. The subscription website will continue to operate and be updated through Jan. 31, 2016 but...

Mar 17: David Walker receives 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

CHICAGO — David Walker has been named the winner of the 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Emerald Group Publishing and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award that recognizes outstanding...

Mar 17: New eCourse for the non-reference librarian

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference...

Mar 16: LLAMA announces 2015-2016 thought leader webinar series

CHICAGO — What makes a good library leader?  As libraries change rapidly, the old rules may not apply anymore.  In fact, the best leaders today are often those who defy tradition and embrace innovation.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a series of free...

Mar 16: Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2015 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 127 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart...

Mar 16: ACRL releases New Roles for the Road Ahead

CHICAGO — As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays...

Mar 16: YALSA opens program proposals for 2016 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, June 23 - 28, 2016. Proposals may be submitted through June 1 via this...

Mar 16: Cultural heritage information

CHICAGO — Featuring contributions by 17 leading academics from around the world, “Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides an overview of the various challenges and contemporary...

Mar 16: Joshua Davis among featured speakers at United for Libraries President’s Program

CHICAGO — Joshua Davis, author of “Spare Parts” (now a major motion picture), will be a featured speaker at the United for Libraries President’s Program, “From Cover to Screen - Books to Movies,” at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, June 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Join...

Mar 13: 2015 ALA elections open March 24

CHICAGO — Voting in the 2015 ALA elections will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 24, 2015.  Between March 24 and March 26, the ALA will notify voters by e-mail, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of their ballot, members...

Mar 13: Senator Cornyn to receive 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, March 13, 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James...

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