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George Kendall new Booklist Editor and Publisher

ALA News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:53

George Kendall will join Booklist on June 10th, 2019 as its new Editor and Publisher. George has more than 20 years’ experience with a variety of publishers, including an extensive background in content strategy, digital innovation, web development, and team leadership.

Utah Library Association receives the 2019 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

ALA News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:43

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association is the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

Assessment strategies in technical services

ALA News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:43

CHICAGO — Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of “Assessment Strategies in Technical Services,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) edited by Kimberley A.

United for Libraries to present June 10 webinar on 'Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach'

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:35

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach” on Monday, June 10, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange on June 6 to focus on ‘Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians’

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:34

The ALA Chapter Relations Office, along with United for Libraries, will present a Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar on “Empowering Tru

Loudoun County Public Library wins ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:15

CHICAGO — The Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia) has been named the 2019 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program “Science On Tap.”

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

Jefferson Jr. and Swader win the 2019 ALA Equality Award

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:13

CHICAGO – Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Lorelle R. Swader are the 2019 recipients of the ALA’s Equality Award. They will both receive $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  The award is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Jefferson and Swader have both demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a focus on the rights of underrepresented library workers, exemplifying the spirit of promoting equality in the library profession.

Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds is the Opening General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:58

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old.

LITA AvramCamp, a 2019 ALA Annual Preconference

ALA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:44

Chicago -- Register now for this unique and affordable LITA workshop at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

LITA AvramCamp 2019
Friday June 21, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Washington Convention Center, Room 150A

Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

ALA News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:53

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports public middle or high school libraries that incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Thirty-thousand dollars in funding is available annually.

Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

ALA News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:51

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the locale by registering for one of the tours showcasing “Bourbon City.” A full listing of tours and registration rates can be found at national.aasl.org/cultural-tours.

The 2019 Cathleen Bourdon Award goes to Liz Bishoff

ALA News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:30

Liz Bishoff, is the 2019 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, presented by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Owner of Liz Bishoff Group LLC, Ms.

LITA Learnings: Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform

ALA News - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:32

Chicago -- Don't miss this new LITA webinar

Dewey Decibel podcast to host CSK Book Award winners at 2019 ALA Annual

ALA News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:35

CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Halse Anderson joins Colson Whitehead in 'Reading Dangerously' at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

ALA News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO — New York Times bestselling author and intellectual freedom advocate Laurie Halse Anderson will speak at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019.  Anderson, recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her young adult titles "Catalyst," "Fever 1793" and "Speak," has been recognized for her ongoing advocacy against censorship. 

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

ALA News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:23

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates:

Free webinar in June highlights voter education services in public libraries

ALA News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:51

CHICAGO – In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. 

Now available: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring Toy Story 4 characters

ALA News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:46

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

The Francis Joseph Campbell Award Goes to Kim Charlson

ALA News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 15:34

Kim Charlson, Executive Director, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library is the 2019 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award, given by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Ms. Charlson is being honored for her strong commitment to inclusion and empowerment, her tireless efforts on the passage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired, and her life-long passion for bringing the joy of reading to all.

ALA releases new Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

ALA News - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:56

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.


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