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The 2020 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards guide

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:19

CHICAGO — Newly updated to include the 2020 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. A trusted guidebook for quick reference and collection development, it’s also a useful resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory.

AASL opens call for Knowledge Quest and School Library Research Editorial Board members

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:05

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school library professionals to serve on the Knowledge Quest and School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Boards. These publications move the profession forward by highlighting school library best practices and emergent research in the field. For more information and the application, visit www.ala.org/aasl/app.

George Eberhart retires as American Libraries senior editor

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 13:09

CHICAGO—American Libraries Senior Editor George Eberhart will be retiring from the American Library Association on June 8 after more than 23 years with American Libraries and another 10 years (1980–1990) with the Association for College and Research Libraries. We wish him well in his retirement and are grateful for his accomplishments at American Libraries, especially in creating, curating, and editing the AL Direct e-newsletter since January 2006 and the Latest Library Links news blog since 2015.

AASL opens call for 2021 AASL National Conference Committee members

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:50

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a dynamic group of school library professionals to serve on the 2021 AASL National Conference Committee. The conference, taking place October 21-23, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. AASL members may apply at www.ala.org/aasl/app.

Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: A Year in the Field

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 14:55

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) launched Project Outcome for Academic Libraries in spring 2019. A year later, we are pleased to announce the publication of a report on its development and first year of use in the field.

Survey: Libraries examine phased building re-opening, prepare summer programs

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:26

CHICAGO—Most years, June marks a shift for students from classroom learning and research to summer vacations, internships, and packed public libraries for reading and learning programs. This year is different, and libraries are rising to the challenge.

Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine continue partnership with new digital literacy, citizen science tools

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:09

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) are working together to support health literacy by promoting the importance of digital literacy in health and wellness.

PLA’s COVID-19 webinar series highlights need for sharing, new ideas

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:33

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) recently wrapped up its free webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, which included six webinars that took place between March 26 and April 23, 2020. The webinars covered topics of immediate need to the field, such as addressing the digital divide, managing anxiety, and responding to community needs through innovative solutions and services. More than 9,000 public library professionals registered for the series.

Three manuscripts awarded AASL Research Grants

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:00

CHICAGO – Three manuscripts authored by five researchers have been awarded 2020 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Research Grants by the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the grants recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. Each grant consists of a $350 award and the opportunity to present the paper at the 2021 AASL National Conference. 

Recipients of the 2020 AASL Research Grants are:

ALA Executive Board stands with BCALA in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:54

CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

AASL Partners with StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect and Bring Individuals Together

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 17:24

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is partnering with StoryCorps to launch StoryCorps Connect. The new free platform allows Americans to conduct and record StoryCorps interviews remotely. AASL encourages school librarians to utilize the technology to support learners in connecting with others amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the process, to contribute to the creation of a unique first-person historical record of this unprecedented crisis.

Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:17

CHICAGO – The Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group (WLA-SLIG) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.

2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Recipients Announced

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 17:57

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT).

Missouri Association of School Librarians receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 16:47

CHICAGO – The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.

ALA Editions releases free PDF of coloring pages, writing prompts, and uplifting quotes

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:52

CHICAGO — Library workers everywhere continue to serve their communities in countless innovative ways. Take some time out for yourself with “Stay Well, Stay Inspired,” a free PDF of relaxing activities published by ALA Editions. Featuring excerpts from “Check This Out!

AASL holds virtual membership meeting June 2

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 18:46

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m. Central. To RSVP, visit www.ala.org/aasl/vmm20. The membership meeting requires no official vote of AASL membership, so all school library professionals are invited to attend. 

Vermont School Library Association receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 18:23

CHICAGO – The Vermont School Library Association (VSLA) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.

ALA partners with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to donate 6,000 book sets to libraries

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:19

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to partner with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to distribute 6,000 women’s suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country. Public and school libraries are encouraged to apply for the book sets by June 15, 2020.

ALA Executive Board stands with APALA in condemning xenophobia, racism

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 14:50

CHICAGO — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning xenophobia and racism.

The ALA Executive Board endorses APALA’s March 13 statement, in which it “unequivocally denounce[d] the rise in racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans in wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus)."

Association of Indiana School Library Educators receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:26

CHICAGO – The Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.

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