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Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

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.

Mangan and Stephens receive 2016 Bechtel Fellowship

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.

ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center hosts an Open House/Job Fair during Midwinter Meeting in Boston

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.

Mark Kurlansky joins ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

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.

Esposito, Sexton, Shea and Wilson receive 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

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.

Second Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference attracts librarians from 20 countries

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.

Andre Dubus III with Nancy Pearl at 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker Session

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.

Stripling to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Barbara Kay Stripling, senior associate dean and assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 in room 205BC in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Registration for Deep Dive Sessions at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting now open

CHICAGO— Three immediately applicable topics kick off the first-ever ALA Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive half-day professional development courses in Boston: “We are all user experience librarians: Creating change from the trenches";  “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Libraries, Transforming Communities in Mid-Size Urban Settings"; and “Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with Free NASA Resources.” These Deep Dive programs will offer active, participatory learning in an intimate, interactive workshop-style setting, with a maximum attendance of 30 each, and participants

Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship".

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