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Susan Yutzey wins a year of free AASL membership

5 hours 55 min ago

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Susan Yutzey has won a free year of AASL membership. Yutzey's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Lori Lee to AASL, Yutzey has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

DigitalLearn.org Year in Review

7 hours 2 min ago

CHICAGO – Twenty-seventeen was a busy year for DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills. DigitalLearn.org offers a collection of tutorials on a wide range of subjects through video-based learning modules with narration at a fourth-grade reading level, the majority of which are available in both English and Spanish.

OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

8 hours 37 min ago

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries,” this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials and reconsideration requests.

A guide to books on the experience of immigrant children and teens

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:24

CHICAGO — From its earliest days, the American experience has encompassed immigrants. But in our current atmosphere of political polarization, is it any wonder that many immigrant children feel excluded and isolated? In fact, research shows first- and second- generation immigrant children and teens can be at risk of experiencing identity crisis, self-depreciation, and low self-esteem due to intergenerational and intercultural conflicts.

January Project Outcome webinar focuses on measuring outcomes from library partnerships

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:40

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar intended to help libraries plan for collaborative outcome measurement when working with partner organizations. This webinar, Working with Partners: How to Plan for Collaborative Outcome Measurement, will be held 1 – 2 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Jan. 31. 

AASL introduces National School Library Standards implementation grant for Affiliates

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:02

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly announces the launch of the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. Three grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded annually to AASL Affiliate organizations for the planning and execution of an event, initiative or activity focused on the implementation of the new AASL National School Library Standards.

AASL opens nominations for Social Media Superstars

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:45

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is delighted to announce the return of its social media recognitions, which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession. Such superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school communities by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely with stakeholders via a variety of social media channels.

ACRL releases Financial Management in Academic Libraries: Data-Driven Planning and Budgeting

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:10

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Financial Management in Academic Libraries: Data-Driven Planning and Budgeting” by Robert E. Dugan and Peter Hernon, which explores the connection between financial management and accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, and demonstrates how to capture them in a realistic, data-supported budget.

ALA recognizes public library administrators with Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:32

CHICAGO — Applications are due by March 1 for the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award for Innovation, and Service to Community and Profession.

Nominations open for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:25

CHICAGO  Many of us know those special librarians who invest their time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship. They are the ones taking risks to further the cause of the industry and working tirelessly for change within library organizations. They are the ones inspiring their colleagues to excel and encouraging others to accomplish the impossible. If you know a librarian who has brought about significant, constructive change in our profession, nominations are now open for the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.

Sally Yates announced as opening session speaker at PLA 2018 Conference

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:22

CHICAGO -- Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates will join the lineup of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association announced today. She will headline the conference's Opening Session, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 21. 

New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:52

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Homelessness and the library: an empathy-driven approach

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:30

CHICAGO — Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group.

Member discount for PLA 2018 Conference expires Jan. 19

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:00
Full-conference rate of only $280 available to PLA and PaLA members 

Recipients of YALSA’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award announced

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:22

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has selected Chair of the 2018 Printz Award Committee, Angela Carstensen, the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Blogging Team, and Molly Wetta as recipients of its 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.

The award acknowledges the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of YALSA during a given service year.

New iteration: Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians eCourse

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:54

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic Reference Skills for Non-Reference Librarians. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 12, 2018.

New iteration—Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship eCourse

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:48

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 12, 2018.

New eCourse—Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:38

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Grand Literary & History Tour of Ireland - Book Now!

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:45

CHICAGO - Pack your bags! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites you to join us for a grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018!

Abron to serve as new Teen HQ member manager

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 17:42

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Dawn Abron, Creative Space/Teen Services Coordinator at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, IL, as the new member manager for its teen programming database, Teen Programming HQ.

Abron will serve a one-year term now through January 2019.

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