CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Brad Hooper of Booklist as the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award, which recognizes outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.
The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in reviewing materials for libraries.
CHICAGO — In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Librarians Build Communities (LBC), a Membership Initiative Group of the American Library Association (ALA), has organized a community blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Conference attendees are encouraged to join LBC in this life-saving event on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, from 10 a.m.
CHICAGO — ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
CHICAGO – ALA President Courtney L. Young recently invited attendees of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago to sign up for the “kitchen-table” conversations that have become an important channel for discussion among members of the ALA community (members, staff, and external allies). The focus of the 1.5-hour conversations at Midwinter is professional and leadership development.
CHICAGO — In an exceptionally strong, timely and varied cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts from across library-related fields offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, diversity and inclusion, literacy, technology and more.
CHICAGO – Combining self-published books and the power of libraries to influence readers, participants from the Illinois Soon to be Famous project will show how you can get a similar cutting-edge project started in your community in an ALA Master’s Series session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2.
CHICAGO — Gerald Holmes, reference librarian and diversity coordinator, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize him for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.
CHICAGO -- The ALA’s largest ever international professional development event wrapped up November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where more than 600 librarians gathered on-site at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first two-day SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians representing UAE, Syria, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia, Bahrain, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria and others joined together for networking and knowledge-sharing.
CHICAGO – Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes, and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. A lengthy continuum of organizations now seems to share many similarities with today’s libraries. In her ALA Masters Session, “Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise.