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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 justice in equity, diversity and inclusion.  

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 Every Student Succeeds Act, lobbying for the Library Services and Technology Act, and fighting for privacy of library patrons.

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

Hartman and Huff awarded YALSA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Angela Hartman and Sara Huff its 2017 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend.

The travel stipend, worth up to $1,000 each and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow both recipients to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Sally Gardner Reed, United for Libraries present a guide to working with Friends groups

CHICAGO — Executive Director of United for Libraries and former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., Sally Gardner Reed has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate.

Learn how to easily measure your patron outcomes and community impact in free PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will be introducing libraries to its latest field-driven initiative, Project Outcome, through a free webinar, Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome, on January 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central. Project Outcome is a FREE online toolkit offering an innovative and easy-to-use platform for public libraries to measure the impact of their programs and services.

Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly revised and refreshed, the second edition of “Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource from grant writing pros Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H.

RUSA, United host discussion on library advocacy best practices at Midwinter

CHICAGO—In partnership with United for Libraries, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is hosting “Are you a Proactive or Reactive Advocate? Best Practices from Academic and Public Library Supporters,” an engaging discussion on best practices for library advocacy at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

PLA releases first Project Outcome Annual Report

 
CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual Report. Access the 2016 Annual Report to analyze survey results, learn what patrons benefited from most, and see what Project Outcome and participating libraries did in the first year to make Project Outcome a success.
 

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