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Accepting Applications for 2018 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:34

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page.


The deadline to apply is August 31, 2017.  


Library Card Sign-up Month artwork featuring DC’s Teen Titans now available

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:16

CHICAGO – As honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are appearing in print and digital Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help promote the value of a library card. DC is also providing Teen Titans artwork for customizable library cards, billboards and social media graphics.  

NY librarian's tenth annual fundraising swim for Spectrum

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:52

Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the Steve Belson Memorial Ocean Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  The event will take place on August 5th in Rockaway Beach, NY.  This is the tenth year in a row that Tuliao is swimming to raise funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship program and promote diversity in libraries.

ALA Council resolution on global climate change

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:30

CHICAGO - At the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, ALA Council passed a resolution calling for libraries to preserve and make available factual, scientific data, information and literature both from government and citizen sources pointing to evidence of global climate change.

Council resolution calls for libraries to create responsible spaces

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:26

CHICAGO - At the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, the ALA Council passed a resolution regarding libraries as responsible spaces. As part of the Committee on Diversity report, this resolution is in response to a documented increase in hate crimes occurring in libraries.

The resolution calls for libraries to adopt and enforce user behavior policies that protect patrons and staff from harassment while maintaining ALA’s historic support for the freedom of speech.

Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2018

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:40
Submit Your Program ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference    New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018  

ALA Council adopts interpretations on politics and equity, diversity, inclusion

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:34

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, ALA Council adopted two interpretations authored by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) that address recent dialogues on diversity and politics.

ALA argues to retain 2015 Open Internet protections with FCC comments

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:02

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) continues the fight for an open internet for all. Today in comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ALA questions the need to review current net neutrality rules and urges regulators to maintain the strong, enforceable rules already in place.

LLAMA Webinar: What Drives and Guides Us - The Importance of Developing a Personal Philosophy of Librarianship

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 15:42

CHICAGO — Many librarians report feeling passionate about their chosen profession, but have you ever asked yourself exactly why? What are your personal values that make working in the library field so rewarding? Knowing the answers to these questions and being able to articulate them as a personal philosophy can help you focus your efforts, give you a rubric by which to assess your effectiveness and help identify opportunities for growth and improvement.

New Iteration: How to Market Your Library eCourse

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:41

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, How to Market Your Library. Dana Braccia will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, September 11, 2017.

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

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

ATTN Travelers: Join ASCLA in Ireland 2018

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 19:38

CHICAGO - Pack your bags for this seven night, grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018 with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association.

FSU master's candidate receives Kino Lorber EDU/Video Round Table Annual Scholarship to assist future media librarians

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 19:00

New York — Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., has announced the second annual winner of a scholarship presented in collaboration with the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). David William Rodriguez, a master's candidate at Florida State University, was selected from other online applicants by a panel of VRT members, based on criteria established for the scholarship.

2018 Bill Morris Seminar Applications Now Open!

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:56
ALSC is now seeking applications for the 2018 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Co.  The seminar will be facilitated by ALSC member leaders including past committee members and chairs of evaluation committees, and will focus on children’s book and media evaluation.  

So you want to be an academic library director

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 18:33

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That’s the empowering message of “So You Want to Be an Academic Library Director,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection edited by Colleen S. Harris which offers critical reflection to illuminate the path ahead. Featuring contributions from seasoned veterans sharing several careers’ worth of lessons learned, this book:

New Iteration: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers Advanced eCourse

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 16:58

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of our popular advanced eCourse Cataloging for Non-Catalogers.

United for Libraries to host free webinar July 25: ‘Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week’

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:47

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. EDT.

Two groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:45

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Foundation and the Friends of Smyrna (Tenn.) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements. The groups were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

LLAMA Webinar: Library Space Planning -- Using Knowledge Management Principles for Success

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:40

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present "Library Space Planning -- Using Knowledge Management Principles for Success," on Wed., July 19, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar will present change management approaches using proven library planning methodologies: problem solving, measuring project attributes, recognizing and discriminating between contingencies, and other related workflow operations.

July webinar looks at past and future of PLA's performance measurement program

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:21

CHICAGO – Project Outcome, the Public Library Association’s performance-measurement program for public libraries, has been existence for two years, and PLA is offering a free webinar to help libraries understand where the program has been and where it is headed.

Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System chosen as site for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:21

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the Western Washington University and Whatcom County Library System to serve as the host site for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye. The lecture will be held in the spring of 2018.