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Join YALSA’s summer reading site and gain access to resources, including a FREE webinar

CHICAGO — Summer is in full bloom, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is celebrating by providing libraries and educators with a great summer reading program resource. Librarians and educators can now access a free webinar called Demonstrating Impact through Teen Summer Reading.

Authors, speakers, and program finalized for 2013 ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Continuing last year’s theme of Mapping Transformation, 2013 ALA Virtual Conference’s two-day program (July 24 and 25) is finalized, including high-profile authors for lunchtime conversations. Sessions offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

United for Libraries adds ‘Evaluating the Library Director’ course as part of Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA – The course “Evaluating the Library Director,” led by past ALA president Sarah Ann Long, has been added to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

“Evaluating the Library Director” covers understanding the importance of an annual evaluation of the library director, planning to evaluate, methods of evaluation, tools and other approaches, additional considerations and avoiding common problems.

LLAMA webinar presents road map for facilities design

CHICAGO — The bricks and mortar of libraries are seemingly permanent, yet the activities and services they are designed to deliver have been radically transformed in recent years. More change is on the horizon as the digital era progresses and libraries respond to the shifting needs of their users. 

ALSC kicks off registration for summer 2013 online courses

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) opened registration for summer 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, July 15, 2013.

Participants in online courses consistently respond that they would be very likely to register for another course offered by ALSC. ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. For more information, please visit:

ALA 101: An Intro for Elected Round Table (RT) Leaders

CHICAGO — So you’ve been elected a Round Table (RT) leader—what’s next? Plan to attend this FREE, one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. Central time on Thursday, June 13, 2013, to gain answers and insights on your role as an elected Round Table leader.

Do you have questions about where Round Tables fit in ALA? What you can and cannot do as a Round Table leader? How to schedule meetings and programs? What other sorts of activities and issues will come up in your RT during the next year? What type of budgetary actions and information are required of a RT treasurer?

LITA Web Course available: Getting Started with GIS

CHICAGO — LITA is pleased to announce the availability Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Ontario.

Free PLA webinar highlights self-publishing at the public library

CHICAGO – The advent of online self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to connect authors and readers in their communities. Learn more about the potential of this during PLA’s free webinar, “Publishing at the Public Library: Become a Community Publishing Portal,” at 1-2 p.m. Central time on June 18.

Suggestions for making the most of Annual Conference offered in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go, returns 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 6. An expert-led panel will offer suggestions for how they’re going to make the most of attending the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, highlighting a bevy of events and booths to add to your Conference Scheduler.

New ASCLA webinar provides practical tools for increasing usability and accessibility of websites

CHICAGO — “Accessibility is Usability,” a new webinar hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), will tackle Web accessibility and its strong connection to usability and will also discuss adaptive technologies, how to write accessible website code and how to check a website for accessibility.


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