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Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:17

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

Dr. Em Claire Knowles receives 2017 Beta Phi Mu Award

ALA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:09

CHICAGO — Dr. Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society.

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

ALA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:08

CHICAGO — The 13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

United for Libraries to host April 25 webinar on working effectively with Friends groups

ALA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:28

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on working with Friends of the Library groups, “With Friends Like These,” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 25.

Lesson plans and printable resources for literacy-based children’s programming

ALA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:19

CHICAGO — The all-in-one resource you’ve been clamoring for, R. Lynn Baker’s “Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K–5,” published by ALA Editions, presents a comprehensive package of literacy-based public library programming ideas designed for children in kindergarten through the early tweens.

Collecting, curating, and crunching data

ALA News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:11

CHICAGO — Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required. Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with over 30 years’ combined experience, “The Data Librarian’s Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian.

New workshop: Building Great Programs for Seniors

ALA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 20:05

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Building Great Programs for Seniors with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Building Great Programs for Seniors Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

AASL introduces the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

ALA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:29

CHICAGO – Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

New workshop: Understanding E-books

ALA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:14

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Understanding E-books: A Guide to Current Challenges and Future Possibilities with Mirela Roncevic. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Stephanie Graves wins ETS Achievement Award

ALA News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:47

CHICAGO--Stephanie Graves, Director of Learning & Outreach at Texas A&M University Libraries, was selected as the 2017 winner of the ETS Achievement Award, administered by the Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 21:28

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and download. In the PSA, Weir speaks to how school librarians empower learning by fostering experimentation and innovation. The PSA is available at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2017/psa.

Sex, brains, and video games

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:46

CHICAGO — How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of young people’s lives. Jennifer Burek Pierce’s greatly revised and updated book “Sex, Brains, and Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians” provides exactly that.

United for Libraries to dedicate Manila House a Literary Landmark

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:44

Washington, D.C. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Philippine Arts, Letters and Media Council (PALM); the Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC); the Rita M. Cacas Foundation, Inc. (RMCF), and the Toribio Family, will dedicate the fourth Literary Landmark in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 6 (3-5 p.m.), at the original site of the former Manila House (2440 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.).

Registration opens for AASL National Conference

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:15

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

Textile designer Franklin Habit to serve as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:58

CHICAGO – Textile designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, to pass on his knowledge of textile preservation during Preservation Week®, April 23 – 29, 2017, a time when librarians and library workers share expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and treasures. 

Shining a light on library workers for valuable contributions - National Library Workers Day, April 11

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:50

CHICAGO – With more than 4.1 million in-person visits made to libraries every day in the U.S., library workers play an integral role in connecting library users with information, technology and opportunities to help improve the quality of their lives. April 11 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

ALA News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:50

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, “The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook,” published by ALA Editions, includes everything libraries need to know about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this collection:

Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:04

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine.

Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2017 with free materials, ideas and more

ALA News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:40

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 12, join the nationwide celebrations for #NBD2017 as libraries across the country highlight the vital services bookmobiles provide on the sixth annual National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week. 

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

ALA News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:39

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.

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