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Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:06

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando iniciativas de respuesta y recuperación de las bibliotecas afectadas por el huracán María, y el reciente terremoto en México con el Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA (ALA Disaster Relief Fund).   

AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration deadline approaching

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 20:12

CHICAGO – Only three weeks remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their registration prior to Oct. 12 save $50 over late/on-site rates for the conference, taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information, including a Make Your Case to Attend infographic can be found at

Creating a local history archive at your public library

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:14

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history.

New Workshop: Cataloging Judaica Resources

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:53

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica Resources with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. This workshop is a collaboration between ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

September 2017 update from the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:23

As the nation grapples with a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and white supremacist violence, public libraries are finding themselves, naturally, at the center of critical community conversations around inclusion, tolerance, and safety. It's timely that the PLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force began our work in earnest this summer at ALA Annual in Chicago.

ALA Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, library rebuilding efforts

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:44

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund.   

ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:46

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college or university, there are many academic libraries who are selectively adding textbooks to their collections. And the practice seems to be gaining momentum.

Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:32

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the state level.

ALA Recognition Awards and Grants

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:35

CHICAGO – Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadlines are Feb. 1, 2018. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit

Partnership supports renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:27

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and OCLC are pleased to announce a partnership to produce an update to OCLC’s 2008 report, “From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America,” which explored voter attitudes and perceptions about library funding.

Nation celebrates the power of words during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:36

CHICAGO – Libraries, bookstores and schools will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017, an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host dedicated events that focus on the dangers of censorship and celebrate the right to choose reading materials without restriction.

bibliotheca Sponsorship to Support GLBTRT

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:21

bibliotheca was proud to host the Diversity Wall installation at this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Visitors to the wall were encouraged to sign their name to a brightly colored brick indicating their support for diversity in our nation’s libraries.

RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Seeks Editor

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:20

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).

CCSS, OER, and more in new AASL webinar

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:42

CHICAGO – During a new webinar taking place Thurs., Sept. 28, at 6:00 p.m. Central, presenter Krista Welz will demonstrate a variety of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. Registration for “Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom” is now open at

Library staff gather virtually for discussion of national opioid crisis

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:20

CHICAGO -- From discarded needles in outdoor spaces to overdoses in bathrooms, public libraries in communities of all sizes are acutely impacted by the dramatic rise in opioid abuse. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years of age.

Amy Aldridge-Ritchey wins free AASL national conference registration, hotel and travel

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:35

CHICAGO – Amy Aldridge-Ritchey from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, recommended American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has won complimentary AASL National Conference registration, round-trip airfare, and a three-night hotel stay as the grand prize winner of the Share the Wealth campaign.

ACRL releases The Library Assessment Cookbook

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:23

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Assessment Cookbook,” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs. This new addition to the ACRL Cookbook series compiles lessons and techniques for academic librarians to adapt, repurpose, and implement in their libraries.

New Session–How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes Workshop

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:52

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

New eCourse/e-book bundle: Learner-Centered Pedagogy for Library Instruction

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:16

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse/e-book bundle, Learner-Centered Pedagogy for Library Instruction. Dani Brecher Cook and Kevin Michael Klipfel will serve as the instructors for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36
Certificate of Completion available upon request

ALA announces slate of Council candidates

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:50

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA Election:

Sedley Abercrombie, Lead Library Media Coordinator, Davidson County Schools, Denton, North Carolina

Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager, King County Library System, Issaquah, Washington