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LHRT is accepting entries for the 2021 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 17:14

CHICAGO — Entries are now being solicited for the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award, presented annually by the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table (LHRT). The award recognizes the best library history essay written in English and is named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian, and bibliographer, Justin Winsor, who was also ALA's first president.

Join Privacy Experts in Town Hall on Surveillance in Academic Libraries

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:45

Discussion of the possibility of surveillance in university libraries has caused concern and sparked conversations among library workers and other privacy and intellectual freedom advocates. Join privacy experts in a discussion about working with information security to protect user privacy in the free town hall “Surveillance in Academic Libraries?! A Search for Better Ideas” on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. CST.

New PLA initiative helps public libraries prepare communities for in-demand jobs

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 16:59

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft are teaming up to promote tools for libraries to support job seekers in growth careers. Since 2018, PLA and Microsoft have been collaborating to help libraries, often in rural communities, secure needed equipment such as hotspots, connect families to low-cost internet plans, and offer programs to teach community members technology skills.

Conduct Effective Library Assessment Focus Groups with this Core Webinar on December 1

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 15:09

More often than not, assessment techniques are learned on the job rather than taught in a MLIS degree program. While some are easy to learn without formal training, focus groups can be especially challenging to both facilitator and participants.

United for Libraries to present Dec. 9 member webinar on Baker & Taylor’s ‘Sustainable Shelves’

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 20:18

EXTON — United for Libraries will present a free webinar for members on Baker & Taylor’s Sustainable Shelves program Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

ALA Youth Media Awards webcast open to schools, libraries and public

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 17:27

CHICAGO - On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT, the American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during its Youth Media Awards announcements.

Responding to rapid change in libraries

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:54

CHICAGO — In the face of rapid change and an ever-widening constellation of challenges, it’s crucial for library leaders to pull back to the question of “why?” Plotting a sustainable way forward depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 00:03

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.

Attend Open House/Job Fair During ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021 Event

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 16:05

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Service will host an Open House/Job Fair Sunday, January 24, 2021, 9:30 – 11:00a.m. (Central) during the ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Virtual event.

AASL seeks reviewers for national conference

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 13:02

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of proposals for the 2021 AASL National Conference. To apply, please use the application form located at The deadline for applications is Mon., Dec. 7, 2020.

ALA Accepting Applications for the Julia J. Brody Scholarship for Public Librarians

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 11:27

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the Julia J. Brody scholarship for public librarians. The $4000 scholarship will be awarded to individuals planning to specialize in the field of public librarianship. Applicants who have been accepted to an ALA-accredited program are eligible for this scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.


Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 16:28

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (Core) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2021 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020.

LIS Students: Apply for the 2021 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:48

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2021.

RSVP For Free Core Virtual Forum Kick-off Events November 17!

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:17

Core Virtual Forum, the first official event of Core is happening next week!


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New from ACRL - “Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success”

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:23

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success," edited by Sara Holder and Amber Lannon. The book features a collection of case studies, commentary, and research on student wellness initiatives in academic libraries.

Designing and implementing a library risk management program

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 09:57

CHICAGO — Amidst uncertain times rife with challenges and potential catastrophes, prudently managing risk will bolster your library’s resilience in the face of adversity. And by being attentive to lowering risk, you’ll help keep insurance costs in check.

ALA partners with Humble Bundle to support ALA and the Freedom to Read Foundation

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:06

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Humble Bundle are teaming up to offer library supporters and advocates an opportunity to fund ALA initiatives supporting social justice and intellectual freedom, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The campaign will also support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).

Public libraries critical to health coverage during public health crisis

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 03:14

CHICAGO - The eighth open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began on Sunday, November 1, 2020 and will run through December 15, 2020 during what may be the most challenging year in its ten-year history. Millions of Americans have lost jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving many without employer-sponsored health coverage.

Create an Oral History Project with this December Core Classroom Session

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 15:55

The former ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) for several years have created oral histories of commercial binders and preservation librarians which are available on the American Library Association Institutional Repository (ALAIR).

Flexible online learning through modular design

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:49

CHICAGO — If your online instruction program sometimes feels like a constant scramble to keep pace with requests and deadlines, modular design is the answer. Approaching projects, whether large and small, with an eye towards future uses will put you on the path to accomplishing broader, organizational goals. And by intentionally building documentation and structure into your process, you will create content that can be easily scaled modified, adapted, and transformed to meet different learner needs.