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ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2021 Notable Films for Adults list

ALA News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 18:48

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2021 list of Notable Films for Adults, a list of 12 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent releases that make a significant contribution to the world of film. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

Twenty additional 2020-2021 Spectrum Scholarships funded by anonymous donor

ALA News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:55

CHICAGO — Upon assuming the role of executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) last year, Tracie D. Hall prioritized the association's strategic focus on digital and information access; equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and the LIS workforce; and the preservation of library services. As a 1998 recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship and former director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Hall immediately went to work in her leadership role, confronting racism and focusing on action.

New York Times's 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones to serve as 2021 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

ALA News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 14:52

CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been appointed as the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021, celebrated April 25-May 1, 2021.

AR Tools for Library Instruction webinar presented by LIRT

ALA News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 16:00

CHICAGO — This ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Webinar is presented by the LIRT Teaching Learning and Technology Committee.

Learn more about augmented reality (AR) tools and best practices you can use to enhance instructional experiences in your library at this FREE webinar! Attendees will learn about a variety of tools for implementing AR and the pros and cons of each. Could AR based instruction work in your library? Discussion will include a variety of areas in which AR can provide unique and engaging experiences.

LRRT call for submission for the Jesse H. Shera Awards 2021

ALA News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 15:56

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2021 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the 2021 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair, prior to the Annual Conference.

RUSA Achievement Awards - Call for Nominations!

ALA News - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 16:05

There are so many people doing good work; this is a chance to make sure they get the national recognition they deserve. RUSA is seeking nominations for the 2021 Achievement Awards!

Please take a look at the award summaries below with these questions in mind:

United for Libraries Learning Live monthly sessions to kick off with ‘Fighting Budget Cuts and Finding Funding’ Jan. 26

ALA News - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 17:10

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is launching a monthly online program for members, “United for Libraries Learning Live,” which will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month through 2021. The first program, “Fighting Budget Cuts and Finding Funding,” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Eastern.

ALA to announce youth media awards from virtual conference

ALA News - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 15:22

Parents, publishers await announcements of the best of the best in materials, media for youth

CHICAGO — Parents, children’s and young adult authors, illustrators, and publishing groups are waiting in anticipation for the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements.

RSC publishes glossary for RDA

ALA News - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 11:57

CHICAGO — The four-year RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project included a major expansion of the standard to align RDA: Resource Description and Access with the IFLA Library Reference Model, which is the conceptual basis of RDA. This expansion included the addition of several new entities and hundreds of new elements.

Library champion Sen. Jack Reed spotlights library advocacy at ALA Midwinter Virtual

ALA News - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:28

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will participate in ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits virtual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT. Sen. Reed will join a conversation with ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., about opportunities and challenges for libraries in the 117th Congress.

YALSA names 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA News - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:54

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

ALA Executive Director names 13 leaders to ALA Business Advisory Group

ALA News - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:31

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Executive Director Tracie D. Hall has appointed 13 members to the newly revived ALA Business Advisory Group. Well recognized for their individual achievements, this group of advisors comes from libraries, civic life, technology, and academia and bring the power of their collective expertise to supporting ALA’s business development. They are:

Last Chance to Register for the January 18 Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects Course from Core

ALA News - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 14:45

The Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects course introduces students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. It provides an opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library.

Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will:

Application Period Open for 2021 ALA GameRT 'Game On!' Grants

ALA News - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:59

CHICAGO — The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the Game On! grants $500.00 will be available to be awarded either as one grant of $500 or two of $250 each to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.

How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 Webinar

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 15:52

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will present the free webinar 'How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19' on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central). This webinar was originally scheduled in November 2020. Anyone who previously registered will not need to register again. Others may register now.


How to Thrive in Uncertain Times Complimentary Webinar

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 15:39

As part of our efforts to support library workers during these difficult times, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host a free webinar entitled, How to Thrive in Uncertain Times on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 12:15 – 1:15pm (Central). Register now, as space is limited.


Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges in this Core Webinar on April 6, 2021

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:29

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures, will present the webinar, "Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges."
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 1:00 -2:00 pm, Central Time. 

Rural and tribal libraries across the US helped create the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit, a free, self-service guide for rural and tribal libraries to understand and improve their

Discover the Role Human Behavior Plays in Designing Your Library with this Core webinar on February 23, 2021

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:16

This webinar discusses the different behavior and work patterns we have observed over our 30+ years of designing for libraries and public spaces as well as some of the best solutions for addressing those patterns.

Get a Crash Course in Library Leadership & Management in this Core webinar on February 17, 2021

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:07

Are you a new library manager? Feeling overwhelmed, lost, or like you need some support?

Gain the Tools to Assess and Rewrite Operational Library Policies in this Core webinar on February 10, 2021

ALA News - Wed, 01/13/2021 - 13:56

This webinar presents a high-level introduction to operational policies, why they need to be assessed on a regular basis, one way of assessment using the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, and why) approach, and the basics of writing or rewriting operational policies.  The primary audience for this webinar is librarians,


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