New Web education offering from LITA

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available a new webinar, “Social Networking the Catalog: Community Based Approaches to Building Catalogs and Collections,” presented by Margaret Heller (Dominican University), to be held from 11 a.m. - noon CDT on June 7. This presentation will introduce the Read/Write Library Chicago, a new model for libraries that exists to illuminate and create connections between people, materials, and institutions in the city of Chicago.

Get tips on managing media with a free webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on May 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free live, hour-long webinar, “Managing Traditional and Social Media for Libraries,” covering the fundamentals of media planning and outreach—including social media—to prepare library staff to work with the media and generate attention that will support the library’s activities and advocacy efforts.

ALCTS presents two outstanding virtual preconferences in June

CHICAGO — Two virtual preconferences presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services take place in June prior to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,Calif.

AASL webinar presents the power of care in the school library program

CHICAGO — The June 12 Knowledge Quest webinar, hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will focus on caring and its place in the school library program. Presented by Olga Nesi, the webinar “The Transformative Power of Care,” will look at how showing care can make school library programs stronger and help them become the heart of the school community. The webinar will begin at  7 p.m. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Job advice workshop offered by ALSC on June 13

CHICAGO— On Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Central, ALSC will offer a free online workshop for all students interested in children’s services. Getting Your First Library Job: Showcasing Skills and Packaging Passion features advice from Thom Barthelmess, curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center, Dominican University and Alison O’Reilly, director, Cutchogue (N.Y.) New Suffolk Free Library.

AASL e-Academy continues the learning throughout the summer

CHICAGO — Register now for one or more of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  e-Academy courses scheduled through the end of summer. These four-week self-paced courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Registration and course information are available at www.ala.org/aasl/eacademy.

The upcoming course schedule includes:

AASL launches eCOLLAB

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new feature of AASL membership, eCOLLAB –Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community. This repository of AASL professional development provides members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their e-learning as well as to connect with others in the learning community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts, podcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as  the latest issue Knowledge Quest in an interactive PDF format.

'Engaging Communities through Controversy' webinar addresses intellectual freedom and 'Muslim and American' issues

CHICAGO — Join a conversation on “Engaging Communities through Controversy” at a free webinar from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 10, 2012, part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities initiative.

'Empowering Diverse Voices' webinar explores library leadership and diversity

CHICAGO —  The intersection of diversity and leadership will be the focus of a free webinar, “Library Leadership 2.0,” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday May 15, 2012.

Part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s “Empowering Diverse Voices” diversity leadership initiative, this free webinar will explore how diversity affects leadership in a new library work environment.  

Become an effective facilitator with help of upcoming ASCLA webinar

CHICAGO -- Managers and leaders from all types of libraries will benefit from the upcoming May 9 webinar “Being an Effective Facilitator,” hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA that cultivates leaders in librarianship with a wide variety of relevant webinars, workshops and online courses.