American Library Association

ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

'Ideas + Community = Energy' — Lisa Bunker in ALA Masters session at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —  “The Library as a Catalyst for Innovation: Case Studies of Library Entrepreneurship Centers and Programming” is the latest addition to the ALA Masters Series at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Pima County Public Library’s Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker will talk about the Catalyst Café she founded, and how it lives up to the motto “Ideas + Community = Energy.” This ALA Masters session takes place from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Libraries Transforming Communities initiative

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities.

James McBride and band wrap up Midwinter with reading-inspired music

CHICAGO -- Wrapping up 2014 Midwinter in Philadelphia and revving up for Annual Conference in Las Vegas, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and bestselling author James McBride and his gospel quintet will have attendees on their feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel music.

'News You Can Use' — policy, research, statistics, technology at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Experts from across library-related fields will again offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more in the cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

Community Engagement, from aspirations to TEDx, at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In keeping with ALA’s ongoing commitment to increased engagement between libraries and the communities they serve, the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting offers several related sessions. From innovative uses of TEDx events to spark community conversations to a focus on turning outward and uncovering a community’s aspirations, some key sessions include the following.

2014 Midwinter Meeting attendees invited to 'kitchen-table' type conversations

CHICAGO — In an invitation to 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling encouraged everyone to participate in the kitchen-table type conversations designed to be a step toward making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

ReadersFirst on library e-book vendors and more at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In an ALA Masters Series Session at ALA Midwinter Meeting, members of ReadersFirst — a movement to improve e-book access and services for public library users — will introduce the organization to and talk about the tool they’ve developed to help libraries evaluate e-book vendors, the ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors.

Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling. “Talk About Innovation!  TEDx @Your Library” will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and will focus on innovative and engaging uses of TEDx in the library for community engagement. 

Digital Inclusion Survey for public libraries extended to Nov. 22

CHICAGO - Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.

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