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Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 21:44

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.

AASL announces 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 20:05

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its fifth year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

AASL announces 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 20:04

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The annual list honors 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its ninth year, with 225 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

New Workshop: Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:39

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons with Paige Alfonzo. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place on:

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons Workshop

New Session: How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:55

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service with Laurie Brown. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

American Library Association expands program to help libraries get "Ready to Code”

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:58
CHICAGO — On Thursday, the American Library Association announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S.

ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Offering Free Services and Workshops

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 21:33

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be bustling with activities during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In addition to having career counseling, resume review assistance, and an onsite photographer, the Center is also hosting several special activities which are listed below. You don’t have to be actively looking for a job to benefit from the services and workshops.  The Center will be located in McCormick Place, Hall F2, Level 3. Use the escalator by room W196 for easy access.

 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES:

Learn about Contextual Inquiry, after ALA Annual

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:13

Chicago -- A new LITA web course, Contextual Inquiry: Using Ethnographic Research to Impact your Library UX, begins, July 6, 2017, shortly after ALA Annual. Use the excitement generated by the conference to further explore new avenues to increase your user engagement. The contextual inquiry research methodology helps to better understand the intents and motivations behind user behavior.

Meet the 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders at a Poster Session during ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:22

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago are invited to meet the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception  on Friday, June 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room W196b. The ALA 2017 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the poster session. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:32

CHICAGO – Two Louisiana schools, Galvez Primary School located in Prairieville and Denham Springs High School located in Denham Springs, are the recipients of the 2017 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Scott Turow and Kate White among authors at United for Libraries’ mystery panel at ALA Annual

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:01

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors” on Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W185a.

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest books and their lives as writers. A book signing will follow. This program will be oderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

Learner-centered pedagogy

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:50

CHICAGO — Today’s emphasis on metrics and personalization make evidence-based instruction an imperative.

Forty participants selected for fifth ALA Leadership Institute

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:54

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s fifth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center: An American Libraries Live Webcast

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 19:28

CHICAGO — In the August episode of AL Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. They’ll show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused center with dusty shelves and heavy, bulky furniture to a modern media center that engages students. Working with a team of administrators as well as designers and architects, School Outfitters brought the space back to life.

New Career Development Resource Guide Published by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 18:09

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels —new graduates, mid- or senior-level career— in their job search and career journeys.

 

Public libraries invited to apply for ‘The Vietnam War’ PBS documentary programming opportunity

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:15

Public libraries are invited to apply to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning Sept. 17.

New Session: Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:46

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children with Carol Morrone. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:46

CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging from fake news and library programming to community outreach and library instruction, the programs are:

“So, You're a New Instruction Librarian ...”

New Iteration—Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games eCourse

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:42

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on August 14, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 20
Certificate of Completion available upon request

New Iteration: Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:22

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data. Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on August 14, 2017.

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

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

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