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Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

American Library Association president responds to Obama surveillance speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s remarks on the National Security Agency surveillance program:

Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Building Community through Making' free webinar series continues with 'Making Strategic Partnerships'

CHICAGO – ALA President Barbara Stripling’s second installment of the Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” will be “Making Strategic Partnerships,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Trustees” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Libby Post, president of Communication Services, will provide valuable information on advocacy and library campaigns. Since 2005, Post has worked with dozens of libraries to help them achieve financial stability and sustainability and has won 80 percent of the library campaigns she has headed.

Free webinar to kick off ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Community Building and Makerspaces' series

CHICAGO – ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins at 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Toolkit on starting an academic friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit to those looking to start a friends of the library group at a college, community college or university.

Free toolkit on starting a school library friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit geared toward school librarians looking to create a friends of the library group.

“Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries,” available at www.ala.org/united/friends, gives tips on gaining school support; raising the profile of the school library; generating excitement; establishing a friends group of parents, faculty and community members; creating a student friends group and more.

Going beyond book sales to raise real money for your library

CHICAGO — Like library users, library donors hail from all walks of life. Regardless of the scope or complexity of library fundraising, successful efforts are always about forging and strengthening relationships with the range of stakeholders throughout the community. In “Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library,” editor Susan Dowd and her team from Library Strategies, a consulting group of the Friends of St.

What are you worth? ALA-APA updates pay equity bibliography

CHICAGO - The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has updated its Pay Equity Bibliography. Initially created in 2003, the updated edition is an easy-to-use resource aimed at helping librarians and library workers understand what they are worth and then use that information to advocate for better pay in an effort to close the wage gap.

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