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ALA releases template for state, local library action opposing Macmillan eBook embargo

ALA News - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:56

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and its public library division, the Public Library Association (PLA), added a new tool to resources available for state library chapters and local library boards to speak out against new planned restrictions for library eBook lending.

ALA urges libraries to partner with National Voter Registration Day

ALA News - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 11:40

** Sign up by September 12 to receive free promotional resources **  
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Library Association (ALA), a Premier Partner of National Voter Registration Day, encourages libraries to sign up to observe the unofficial holiday on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Libraries that sign up by Thursday, September 12, will receive a toolkit of free promotional materials such as posters and stickers, and opportunities for training.
 

AASL selects seven school administrators to serve on its School Leader Collaborative

ALA News - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:53

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has selected seven school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. The “AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning” is a two-year initiative that aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. This initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning. Support for the initiative is provided by OverDrive Education.

Members of the collaborative include:

United for Libraries to host live webinar '2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends and Foundations Need to Know'

ALA News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:10

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends and Foundations Need to Know,” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Gavin Baker, assistant director of government relations at the American Library Association, will lead the webinar.

Choice white paper encourages libraries to develop and implement a marketing outreach strategy

ALA News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:56

MIDDLETOWN, CT. – Choice today announced the publication of the fourth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This paper, their second marketing-focused publication “Implementing Marketing Plans in the Academic Library: Rules, Roles & Definition,” offers a practical definition of library marketing and examines why it’s integral to successful operations and strong fiscal support.

New AASL Standards publications focus on leadership, lessons, and collection development

ALA News - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:47

CHICAGO – New publications from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions expand on AASL's "National School Library Standards" to build practitioners' leadership skills, provide compelling and authentic lessons, and introduce key components that influence collection development. 

Books in the AASL Standards-Based Learning Series include: 

DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2019 Teens’ Top Ten voting; voting now open

ALA News - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:31

CHICAGO, IL – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced that for the seventh year in a row, DOGObooks will host the voting page for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten.

LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management

ALA News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:10

LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management

 

Simple tools for wrangling data

ALA News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:35

CHICAGO — Data manipulation and analysis are far easier than you might imagine—in fact, using tools that come standard with your desktop computer, you can learn how to extract, manipulate, and analyze data (and metadata) of any size and complexity.

AASL Announces Best Digital Tools Recognition

ALA News - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 15:09

CHICAGO – In 2020, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will launch a new recognition, the AASL Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The new list will combine AASL's annual Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning into one comprehensive list. The application for the new recognition will open September 2, 2019, at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/best.

Reminder: Call for applications for inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program

ALA News - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:03

The American Library Association reminds members of its call for applications for its inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program.  Click here for more information about the application process.  Please note that you must login as an ALA Member to access the application.

72 time-saving guides for library marketing

ALA News - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:43

CHICAGO — You know you need to get the word out. But where do you start? How do you keep track of everything? Don’t work harder—work smarter. The key is to stay organized and focused through solid project management skills, and at the heart of it all lies an efficient workflow. Amanda L.

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

ALA News - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:10

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals!

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series. All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:
- Management and leadership
- Buildings and equipment
- Human resources

Still Accepting Applications for Emerging Leaders Program - Deadline August 30

ALA News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:24

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019. Apply now.

Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online

ALA News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:52

Register for the upcoming webinar titled "Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online" scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 offered by the Reference and User Services Association

RUSA offers course on Mastering Emotional Intelligence

ALA News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 11:59

Register now for the upcoming Mastering Emotional Intelligence course being offered by the Reference and User Services Association.

YALSA announces new, month-long teen celebration, TeenTober

ALA News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 09:44

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s new, month-long celebration will be named TeenTober and will take place every October. In June, a naming contest was held for the celebration and teens across the nation voted and selected “TeenTober” as their top choice. The winning name was submitted by Cailey Berkley from Franklin Avenue Library in Des Moines, IA.

Freedom to Read Announces Fall 2019 Course Scholarship Recipients

ALA News - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 14:07

Monica Cammack and Joann Elmiger are the recipients of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarship. The recipients will receive funding toward intellectual freedom courses at San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana Champaign. 

Freedom to Read Foundation announces five recipients of 2019 Banned Books Week event grants

ALA News - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:48

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) awarded five $1000 grants to nonprofit institutions in support of 2019 Banned Books Week events (September 22-28, 2019) an annual event celebrating the Freedom to Read. The grants, a project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, support a wide range of read-outs, displays, discussions, performances, and other educational initiatives that will engage communities in dialogues about censorship and the freedom to read.

Public Library Association condemns Macmillan Publishers library lending model

ALA News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 17:23

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has joined its parent organization in denouncing Macmillan Publishers’ new library eBook lending model.

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