Annual Conference

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant though Jan. 15, 2016.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must be first-time attendees and must be active in their public library Friends group. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

Seeking nominations and submissions for the 2016 RUSA Achievement Awards

CHICAGO — Beginning Sept. 1, 2015, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominations for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23–28, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

'All the Light We Cannot See,' 'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' win 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

SAN FRANCISCO —The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr won the medal for fiction, and “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson received the medal for nonfiction. The selections were unveiled during the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception.

2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—historic celebrations, future-focused work

CHICAGO — The celebratory energy fueling the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-June 30 in San Francisco gave an especially productive edge to the hard work accomplished by the 22,696 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 6,813 exhibitors) attending from all over the world.

AASL announces 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its seventh year, with 175 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

AASL announces 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its third year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

 
Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries (pdf) to guide a proactive policy shift.
 

American Library Association applauds marriage equality U.S. Supreme Court ruling

CHICAGO - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in support of marriage equality, a decision that will provide same-sex couples within the library community and throughout the country the legal right to marry without restrictions and with the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. 

NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear

 
SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
 

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