CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians applaud the passage of S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill is the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years opens up use of federal funding to effective school library programs. The bill now moves to President Obama to sign into law.
AASL President Leslie Preddy and ALA President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement regarding today’s developments:
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 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.
CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2016 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Bridgid Mangan and Wendy Stephens.
CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 during the ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16). Employers are invited to come and engage in conversations with conference attendees. There is no cost to participate.
CHICAGO – Bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky joins documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams in conversation with Donna Seaman, Booklist Editor for Adult Books, at the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges and pleasures of telling true stories. The popular Forum will take place 4 - 5:15 pm, Friday, Jan.
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Elizabeth Esposito, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, New York; Kristel Sexton, Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Kelly Shea, Paoli Library, Paoli, Pennsylvania; and Caryn Wilson, Three Rivers Public Library, Three Rivers, Michigan.
CHICAGO — Around 300 librarians gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 10-12 for the second SIBF/ALA Library Conference, ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event. Librarians from UAE, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, India, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan and other countries participated in the three days of programs, training and lively networking, in both Arabic and English with translation provided.
CHICAGO – 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees in Boston will have the chance to join a lively conversation between bestselling author Andre Dubus III and Nancy Pearl at an Auditorium Speaker session held from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.