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New Workshop—Tracking Technology Trends: Staying Current in a World of Information Overload

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:27

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Tracking Technology Trends: Staying Current in a World of Information Overload with Nicole Hennig. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:04

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host a virtual "town hall meeting" to discuss the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

YALSA’s 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs announced

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:28

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its list of 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

Teens can now vote for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:23

CHICAGO – Voting for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten official titles is now open.

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:00

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

New Tools, Support Advance Digital Skills Training in PLA Pilot Project

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:29

CHICAGO -- A new digital literacy pilot project made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) and Cox Communications (Cox) is hitting a critical milestone this summer as participating libraries kick off training events in their communities. 

New Iteration: Cataloging with RDA eCourse

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:38

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24 
Certificate of Completion available upon request 

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

Kumasi selected to present paper for YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at 2018 ALA Midwinter

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:49

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has chosen Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Associate Professor from Wayne State to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends Impacting YA Services session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Kumasi’s paper is entitled, “Doin’ the Knowledge: Using Hip Hop as Framework to Study Youth New Media Practices.” The Midwinter event will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

New Iteration: Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities eCourse

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:46

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24 
Certificate of Completion available upon request 

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will have an:

New Iteration: Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification eCourse

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:34

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification. Robert Bothmann will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request 

Learning Outcomes

New eCourse: Creating a Culture of Usability in Your Library

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:29

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Creating a Culture of Usability in Your Library. Krista Godfrey will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request 

Learning outcomes

After completing this eCourse, you will be able to

DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2017 Teens’ Top Ten voting

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:32

CHICAGO – Today the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced that DOGObooks, the largest website for kids and teens to review books, will host the voting site for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten.

For the fifth year in a row, DOGObooks is the host site where teens will go to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Voting by teens has grown significantly over the last couple of years and YALSA expects a record number of votes this year.

ACRL releases Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:56

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition” by Jason Puckett. Functioning as a thorough introduction to Zotero—from setting up to saving, organizing, and citing items, and ending with more advanced topics—as well as a guide to teaching Zotero, this is both a user’s guide to the tool and a handbook for understanding how different groups use it.    

United for Libraries to dedicate the Sonoma County (Calif.) Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 19:58

SANTA ROSA, California – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center will designate the Sonoma County Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

As a resident of Sonoma County for more than 40 years, Schulz (1922-2000) is remembered for bringing to life stories of the Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, who are seen through comic strips, books, television and the big screen.

Becoming an expert internet searcher

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:12

CHICAGO — In an environment where increasing amounts of information (and fake news) flood the internet on websites and social media, the information professional’s job is getting harder. It is important that they are skilled at finding and using the appropriate information and assisting users in working out what information they need and the best way of getting it.

New session: Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 14:41

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Lesley S. J. Farmer. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on:

ALCTS surveys electronic textbooks and other affordable course materials

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 20:05

CHICAGO — A College Board survey reports that a student’s average costs of textbooks for a year at a public four-year university is nearly $1,300. Equally worrisome is another study’s finding that two-thirds of students will skip using a textbook because of the cost. By offering and spotlighting affordable course materials, academic libraries can prove their value while helping to create a more equitable learning experience for students.

2018 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals - Deadline Extended

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 19:35

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018, has been extended to Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12:00 Midnight (Central).

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession, and submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. For the first time, proposals will be accepted through one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices.

ALA and affiliates issue joint statement on libraries and equity, diversity and inclusion

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 19:00

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association, The American Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and the Joint Council of Librarians of Color issued a joint statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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