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Improve your library instruction: Assessment in five minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in 5 Minutes  with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for library staff

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

Engage teens with digital media

CHiCAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 2, 2015.

How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Social media for creative libraries

CHICAGO — “Social Media for Creative Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explains how librarians and information professionals can use online tools to communicate more efficiently, teach new skills and market and promote their services faster, cheaper and more effectively. Based on his popular book “How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library,” Phil Bradley has restructured and comprehensively upd

Information needs analysis

CHICAGO—Analyzing and assessing the information needs of library users is key to the provision of effective service and appropriate collections in both face-to-face and virtual library services. The importance of information needs analysis is widely recognized by information professionals, but currently there is little substantive, detailed work in the professional literature devoted to this important topic.

American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander, is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Library learning goes online, live webcast

CHICAGO — Online learning is changing the way schools work. From elementary to graduate school to continuing education—online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library instruction with online tools? How do we create standards in the face of technology that is constantly changing?

Top 250 LGBTQ books for teens

CHICAGO — Written by experts on the subject and addressed to teen book buyers, “Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens,” identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out and the search for community. Spotlighting the best gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and questioning books written for teens, Michael Cart and Christine A.

LITA guide explores usability and the mobile web

CHICAGO — Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets.

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