Public Programs Office

ALA, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announce ‘Exploring Human Origins’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is accepting applications for the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins.   

The exhibition seeks to create an opportunity for a wide spectrum of audiences to engage the complex field of human evolution research in ways that are understandable, fulfilling, captivating and relevant.

Deadline extended for ‘Shakespeare and His First Folio’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The application deadline for Shakespeare and His First Folio, a traveling exhibition offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), has been extended to Oct. 24.

Indianapolis middle school wins 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

CHICAGO — An Indiana middle school library has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for its work in creating an innovative genealogy program for eighth-graders.

Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis won the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming for its “R.O.A.D. (Research, Observe, Analyze, Discover) I Travel” unit, created in 2013 in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Historical Society.

ALA announces unique opportunity to host Shakespeare’s 1623 ‘First Folio’ in traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), invites applications for the traveling exhibition Shakespeare and His First Folio.

ALA conference sessions to teach library professionals to 'turn outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Library professionals are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to offer a series of sessions at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference that will help librarians leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The 2014 ALA Annual Conference will take place June 26 to July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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.

The Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library named the 2014 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library has been named the 2014 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

ALA Public Programs Office announces 25 libraries to host Dust Bowl traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — Twenty-five libraries across the country will host the traveling exhibition “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced.

Applications now accepted for school library program award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

To be considered, nominations must be received by the ALA Public Programs Office by April 18, an extension of a previous deadline. Applications and award guidelines are available at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward.

Sarah Ostman Appointed PPO Communications Manager

CHICAGO — Sarah Ostman joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) as communications manager on Feb. 18. Among Ostman’s responsibilities are managing and editing the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and newsletter, managing social media and handling media and communications needs for PPO grant projects, including the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.

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