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Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

Free webinar series on building effective library advocacy campaigns

CHICAGO –  The American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy is offering a free webinar series designed to teach attendees how to create, market and implement effective advocacy campaigns for libraries.

Beginning Thursday, July 14th, and occurring each Thursday through Aug. 4, the Library Campaign Training Institute will cover a host of topics, with a different focus each week.  These 90-minute sessions include:

South Carolina State Library chosen as site for 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture

ORLANDO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the South Carolina State Library and the city of Columbia, South Carolina to serve as the host site for the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson. The lecture will be held in the spring of 2017.

ALSC announces winners of 2016 Bound to Stay Bound Books, Melcher Scholarships

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced six scholarship winners for the 2016-2017 academic year.

2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Libraries Transform, and We Stand With Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida — With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary.

2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 28 presentations for the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at the Orange County Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.  

ALA seeks nation’s favorite librarians for 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The ALA is accepting nominations now through Sept. 19 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

Christopher Murphy named Publisher for ALA Editions

Christopher Murphy has joined ALA as the Publisher for ALA Editions. Chris will be responsible for managing the acquisitions, production, marketing and sales functions of the book publishing imprint of ALA’s Publishing Department. ALA Editions includes the MLIS textbook line, ALA Neal-Schuman. He will report to Don Chatham, Associate Executive Director and Head of the Publishing Department.

Support Minority and Women Owned Businesses in Orlando

Looking for places in the Orlando area to grab a bite or do some shopping in between programs and meetings at the 2016 Annual Conference?  As you prepare for your trip, add this list of minority and women owned businesses: http://www.ala.org/offices/minority-and-women-owned-businesses-orlando

This list was created by the Orange County Library and ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. 

Conversation Starters, Ignite Sessions, and Poster Sessions announced for 2016 Annual Conference

Offering special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what’s working in their libraries and beyond, Poster Sessions,  Conversation Starters, and Ignite Sessions for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference have been confirmed.

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