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Jan 20: Business reference experts select annual list of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

ATLANTA—The annual Best of the Best Business 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 Atlanta on Sunday.

The list made its first debut in 2009 in...

Jan 19: ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grant

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 issues...

Jan 19: ACRL and Choice Launch New App

CHICAGO; MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - The Association of College and...

Jan 18: Choice Presents POV Videos of Staffer's First ALA Conference

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT -  Choice digital media coordinator Mark Derks will chronicle his first attendance at an ALA conference, the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, later this month in a series of video clips to be posted via the ...

Jan 18: ALCTS celebrates 60 years in 2017

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving...

Jan 17: Google experts to introduce new coding curriculum CS First in hands-on session at 2017 Midwinter Meeting

WASHINGTON — Google education experts will provide a hands-on coding session to introduce Google’s recently released coding curriculum, CS First, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta.

“The view from Google: What’s happening in coding and computational thinking?” is a...

Jan 17: 2017 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners announced

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Miami Dade College – Learning Resources, Miami; Columbia...

Jan 17: Glass, McMillan, and Margaret Edwards Award Committee awarded 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Traci Glass, Chair of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Dawn McMillan, member of the 2016 YALSA Symposium Marketing and Planning Taskforce, and the Margaret Edwards...

Jan 17: Matthew Quick among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Matthew Quick (“The Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Lisa Wingate, Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall and Emily Fridlund at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by...

Jan 17: Vaughan wins YALSA’s 2017 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 Lauri Vaughan, upper school campus librarian at The Harker School, Upper School Campus in San Jose, CA, the 2017...

Jan 17: City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

PLA resources support public libraries in advancing community concerns

CHICAGO — Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new...

Jan 17: Angela Reynolds receives 2017 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2017 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Angela Reynolds.

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a...

Jan 17: ALCTS announces new mentoring program

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional...

Jan 13: ALA joins observance of National Day of Racial Healing

Chicago -  On Jan. 17, the American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in the observance of the National Day of Racial Healing.  The day will provide an opportunity for the ALA to broaden and deepen its commitment to social...

Jan 13: ACRL releases Curating Research Data two-volume set

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the two-volume “Curating Research Data,” edited and authored by Lisa R....

Jan 13: Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show” named recipient of Zora Neale Hurston Award

ATLANTA--Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and author of Born a Crime, was...

Jan 13: New Workshop: Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Lesley S. J. Farmer. This workshop will last consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place at:

  • Wednesday,...
Jan 12: ALA honors OverDrive as a lead Library Champion at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The American Library Association will honor OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, for its ongoing financial support of the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.

OverDrive will be recognized as a lead Library Champion as the...

Jan 12: Emily Sheketoff announces retirement after more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office

After more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office, Emily Sheketoff has announced her retirement effective May 15.

During her tenure, Ms. Sheketoff has been at the forefront of issues involving libraries at the national level, such as advocating for new provisions in the...

Jan 12: Managing the successful school library

CHICAGO — To ensure their libraries survive and thrive, school library managers need to be both responsive and proactive. Looking past the day-to-day operations of a school library, “Managing the Successful School Library: Strategic...

Jan 12: ACRL receives Delmas Foundation grant for RBMS Conference scholarships

CHICAGO - The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the...

Jan 11: ALA to host Town Hall: Library Advocacy and Core Values in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO – Library professionals from across America and the world will gather in Atlanta, Georgia for discussions on the future of library service, technology trends, advocacy, information policy, professional and leadership development, intellectual freedom and diversity, equity and inclusion. ...

Jan 11: Strategies for becoming a reflective librarian and teacher

CHICAGO — Too much of the time our attempts at achieving a work/life balance instead amount to a rigid compartmentalization of the different parts of our lives. But the very qualities that make us human, including our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, are the keys to making us better...

Jan 11: ACRL to host Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-...

Jan 10: AASL Celebrates 2017 School Library Month with spokesperson Andy Weir

CHICAGO – Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month...

Jan 10: Joint Council of Librarians of Color hosts events to support 2018 conference

CHICAGO — The Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. (JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of the American Library Association (ALA) ethnic affiliates, is pleased to announce two exciting events during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta,...

Jan 10: ODLOS Town Hall at Midwinter to explore identity and healing in challenging times

CHICAGO — Numerous shootings, sexual assaults, attacks in the legislation against the rights of GLBT communities and an election that continues to challenge our identity as a country have defined these difficult times. As librarians, we continue to advocate and fight for the communities we serve...

Jan 10: EBSCO awards five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians a $1,500 scholarship to attend the 2017 ALA...

Jan 10: United for Libraries, ALA Conference Services present ‘Spotlight on Adult Literature’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services will present “Spotlight on Adult Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center Exhibit Hall at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Participating publishers will host...

Jan 10: Equipping librarians to code: ALA, Google launch ready to code university pilot program

WASHINGTON - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS...

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