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ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

The cohort, selected through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.

National Library Week, April 13-19, celebrates the role of libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries across the country are continually changing to adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of the communities they serve.

Communities nationwide will celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014. This year’s theme is “Lives Change @ your library.”

Australia libraries promote @ your library campaign with Library Lovers Day

CHICAGO – The @ your library public awareness campaign has found success in the land down under.

A recent article in Information Today written by Victoria Anderson, a consultant in the Public Library Services branch of the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, documents the history of Library Lovers Day in Australia.

You can find the article by visiting http://www.infotoday.com/mls/sep11/Anderson-Library-Lovers-Day-in-Australia.shtml.

Author David Baldacci weighs in on e-books, library budget cuts in @ your library video

CHICAGO — Author David Baldacci, who wrote the best-seller “Absolute Power,” said he believes publishers will provide libraries with greater access to e-books in a video produced by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) for the ALA’s website for the public, atyourlibrary.org.

Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014

CHICAGO – Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.

Hartford (Conn.) Public Library hosts 'Right to Libraries' Declaration signing ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. — A ceremony declaring the right of all Hartford residents access to vibrant libraries in their communities was held at Friday at the Hartford Public Library.

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is the cornerstone document of the American Library Association’s Libraries Change Lives initiative to build sustained public support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public.

Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, Chicago Bulls two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Luol Deng has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines and on websites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.

Nominations open for the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – Nominations opened at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago for the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has provided ALA funding to administer the national award for an additional two years, through 2014. The New York Times will continue to support the award through ads in the newspaper and NYTimes.com. It also hosts an event for the winners in December.

PR Forum topic: 'Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding'

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, branding expert, NYU professor and Forbes.com blogger, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30,  McCormick Place Convention Center S40,on the topic:  “The $84 Question: Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding."

Copies of  Vinjamuri’s book, “Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands” will be raffled off.  All attendees will receive a copy of his  new novel, “Operator.”

Your first job @ your library

CHICAGO — It is graduation season, which means new graduates are out seeking that first full-time job. But where to begin the search? Graduates should take a look at the resources at their library.

Using the library to find a job after school is nothing new. Even President Obama credited the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library and its librarians for the resources he used to find his first community organizer position.

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