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Explore assessment, managing change, fighting fake news with the Framework, more in summer 2017 ACRL webcasts

ALA News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:54

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

June 2017

Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:55

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at Annual Conference. The session will take place Monday, June 26th from 8:30-10:00am in room W176a in McCormick Place.

Participate in YALSA’s “Top Ten” Summer Learning Programs Contest

ALA News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:44

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

ALA News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:39

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017 during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

Author Elizabeth White to Present in ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center

ALA News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:42

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host author Elizabeth White on Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Elizabeth White, author of Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, will discuss the hidden financial plight of many baby boomers and the pressure to act like everything's OK when everything is not OK.


ACRL releases Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning

ALA News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:51

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning,” edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. This is a detailed and thorough examination of technology that’s emerging now, and how to incorporate it into your library to help the students and researchers of both today and tomorrow. 

ALSC Releases Comforting Reads for Difficult Times Booklist

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:31

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released a new booklist called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times. This list includes titles meant to help children understand and heal from challenging situations like the death of loved ones, unexpected moves, catastrophic illness, and more.

Jim Rettig receives the 2017 Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Award

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:28

CHICAGO — The Retired Members Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of The Norman Horrocks-Rowman & Littlefield Press Annual Conference Award is Jim Rettig.  

Emil Ferris among featured authors at United for Libraries’ ‘First Author’ panel at ALA Annual

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:45

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Emil Ferris (“My Favorite Thing is Monsters”) will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ “First Author, First Book panel from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Joining Ferris will be C. Morgan Babst, Devin Murphy, Sarah Shoemaker, and Gregory Scott Katsoulis. A book signing will follow. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

United for Libraries to present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:43

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. This year's theme will be board development. Speakers will include:

ACRL program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:10

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

For the first time, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2017 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries community engagement training opportunity

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:30

The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced their fifth annual training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 18 to 20, 2017, at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and specialty libraries — are encouraged to participate.

Trump Administration’s budget using wrong math when it comes to libraries

ALA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:06
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement:   “The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries.    “To those who say that the nation cannot afford federal library funding, the American Library Association, American businesses and millions of Americans say emphatically we cannot afford to be without it.    

IMLS funds $500,000 research project to study characteristics and outcomes of library public programming

ALA News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:51

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has received a $512,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute and Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a research project to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library public programming.

New Workshop: Build a Great Team

ALA News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:32

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

AASL seeks program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:10

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 21 – 26 in New Orleans, La. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

AASL seeks proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions. All programs should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL standards and strategic plan.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Closing General Session Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:52

In 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and U.S. Senator from New York.

The collection is all around

ALA News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 18:19

CHICAGO — Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might otherwise overlook.

ALA condemns FCC vote to undermine net neutrality protections, vows to defend open internet

ALA News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:39

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) condemned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s vote on Thursday that begins undoing strong net neutrality protections. If the 2015 Open Internet Order is weakened, the FCC Chairman will undermine safeguards demanded by millions of Americans and affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to ensure equitable access to and distribution of online information and services for all.


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