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May 05: Ed McBride elected United for Libraries president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Ed McBride, executive director of library sales for SAGE, has been elected 2014-2015 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

McBride was formerly chief member engagement officer at LYRASIS, senior vice president of Cengage Gale’s Customer Resource Center and...

May 05: Jeff Steely elected LLAMA president-elect

CHICAGO – The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that Jeff A. Steely has been elected as president-elect. He is associate dean of libraries, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

After hearing of his election, Steely said, “I am delighted to have this...

May 05: Learn how to keep your library (and everyone in it) safe with PLA’s violence prevention webinar

CHICAGO – Public library staff, by their sheer nature of being “public,” are particularly vulnerable to encountering dangerous or difficult individuals. Learn how to identify potentially violent behavior as well as strategies to diffuse or, in the worst case, survive the situation in the hour-...

May 05: Library advocates to converge in Washington to protect libraries

Hundreds to gather in D.C. for 40th annual National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, hundreds of library supporters from across the country will meet with their members of Congress from May 5–6, 2014, to advocate for library funding during the American Library...

May 05: Ann Campion Riley elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO   Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and...

May 05: Preddy elected 2015-2016 AASL president

CHICAGO – Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, Ind., has been elected as the 2015-2016 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Preddy will serve as president-elect during 2014-2015 under AASL President Terri Grief.

Upon...

May 05: Medlar elected ALSC 2015-2016 president
CHICAGO Andrew Medlar, assistant commissioner for collections, Chicago Public Library, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 
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May 05: ACRL releases 'Snapshots of Reality'

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library...

May 05: PLA members elect Oehlke as president-elect; Huggins, Sass and Shorr to board

CHICAGO — Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Public Library Association (PLA). Oehlke acknowledged, “I am truly honored to have been elected. I am passionate...

May 02: Medical Library Association guide to reference sources in the health sciences

CHICAGO — Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, the new sixth edition of “Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, lists classic and up-to-the-minute print...

May 02: Feldman wins 2015–2016 ALA Presidency

CHICAGO Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, has been elected president of the American Library Association for the 2015-16 term.

Feldman received 5,184 votes, while her opponent, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries...

May 02: ALA councilors elected

CHICAGO 33 members have been elected as Councilors-at-Large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) for three-year terms. The terms begin at the conclusion of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and extend through the end of the 2017 ALA Annual...

May 02: ALA President Barbara Stripling's free webinar series continues with 'STEAM in Libraries'

CHICAGO — STEAM Learning, a framework for teaching across the multiple disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, is the focus for the next webinar in Barbara Stripling’s “Libraries Change Lives” series.  This free webinar will concentrate on introducing the STEAM...

May 01: Libraries working to bridge the cultural divide

CHICAGO Starr LaTronica, president, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, writes in the...

Apr 30: Miguel A. Figueroa to head ALA Center for the Future of Libraries

CHICAGO — Miguel A. Figueroa, former director of the ALA Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, has been named to head the new American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries.

As the first director of the new Center, Figueroa will be...

Apr 29: New AASL webinar promotes CCSS collaboration between school and public librarians

CHICAGO A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will explore the ways public librarians can become involved in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and support their school librarian colleagues. Presented by...

Apr 29: Share your print materials at LLAMA’s PR X-change in Las Vegas

CHICAGO Are you wondering how to put your back inventory of calendars, brochures, flyers, postcards, annual reports and other print collateral to good use?

Send in your printed promotional materials now to share with colleagues at the 2014...

Apr 29: LLAMA announces winners of ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association, and The International Interior Design Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards. This biennial competition honors international...

Apr 29: Mind-bending mysteries and thrillers for teens

CHICAGO— There are plenty of mysteries in teens' lives, including physical and emotional changes, uncertainty about the future, and feelings between people. Seen in this light, the appeal of mystery stories and thrillers for this age group makes perfect sense: through a progression of plot and...

Apr 29: ASCLA creates new consortial e-books interest group

CHICAGO The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, members have approved a petition to create the new interest group: Consortial E-books. 

The purpose of ASCLA’s Consortial E-books...

Apr 29: Yorkville Community School to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Yorkville Community School PTA, will designate the Yorkville Community School on East 88th Street in New York City a Literary Landmark in honor of Bernard Waber at 9:30 a.m....

Apr 29: AASL announces winners of School Library Month student video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), along with ProQuestAbrams, and SchoolTube, announces the winners of the "Lives Change @...

Apr 29: Marshall Breeding's 'Library Systems Report' to appear in May issue of American Libraries

CHICAGO — Marshall Breeding’s popular “Library Systems Report” will appear in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries. Marshall’s “2014 Library Systems Report” is an essential, comprehensive guide to the latest library systems trends and news, from company consolidations and sales...

Apr 29: John 'Mack' Freeman awarded 2014 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected John "Mack" Freeman, a public librarian in Georgia, as the seventh recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will provide...

Apr 29: Library security discussed on upcoming free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Regardless of the size or type of library, staff and patrons need to feel confident that their facility is welcoming and safe. Does your library have a clear plan for dealing with problem patrons and other security incidents? In the next broadcast of...

Apr 29: NJLA Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2014 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations award

CHICAGO The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is the recipient of the 2014...

Apr 29: United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Annual

PHILADELPHIA  – United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, S219, during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Jan Masaoka, director and editor in chief of Blue...

Apr 29: 'Hell or Richmond' by Ralph Peters wins the 2014 W.Y. Boyd Award

CHICAGO —  "Hell or Richmond" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books, is the winner of the 2014 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was...

Apr 29: American Library Association president to discuss digital readiness at National Press Club briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New research findings show that the digital divide is expanding, affecting far more than the disconnected—a growing percentage of Americans with advanced online access have insufficient levels of digital skills. Join education, government and library experts from 10:00–11:00 a.m...

Apr 28: ALA accelerates efforts on copyright and surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Adam Eisgrau, a veteran intellectual property and privacy policy lobbyist, today joins the American Library Association’s copyright and cybersecurity advocacy efforts to increase visibility for library issues on a national level.

As Congress takes renewed interest in...

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