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Harry Potter Poster and more arrive in the new ALA Graphics catalog

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:01

CHICAGO –ALA Graphics’ fall catalog has mailed, and will unveil new products that are sure to educate, excite, and inspire. The catalog cover highlights a new Harry Potter Poster from Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Selznick, who reimagined all seven Harry Potter series’ covers in honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 14:42

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion and education for people of all backgrounds. The PSAs are free and are available for download.

ALA: New Tor delay on library ebooks hurts readers, authors and libraries

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:56

CHICAGO - At the beginning of July, Tor, a division of Macmillan, announced without warning that it was immediately beginning to embargo ebook sales of new titles to libraries for four months. Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement:

International librarianship as professional development

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:07

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk.

AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:50

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries” contains resources, links, and activities scaffolded by the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards.” The guide, along with supporting materials, can be downloaded at standards.aasl.org/project/lgbtq.

New session: Using Surveys to Improve Your Library Workshop

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:20

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Using Surveys to Improve Your Library with Emily Daly. 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 Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

New iteration: Business Outreach for the Public Librarian eCourse

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:49

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Business Outreach for the Public Librarian. Barbara Alvarez will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, September 10, 2018.

New iteration: Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships eCourse

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:14

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through Incivility and Conflict with Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Richard Moniz and Jo Henry will serve as the instructors for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, September 10, 2018.

New advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:31

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, September 10, 2018 and continues for 12 weeks.

Call for nominations for IFLA section committees for 2019-2023 is now open

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:56
CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is seeking nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

New policy brief highlights state initiatives to promote family engagement in public libraries

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:54

BOSTON — State library leaders are promoting two-generation approaches to early learning and fostering environments in which children and the adults in their lives have equal opportunities to create knowledge and gain new skills together. The Global Family Research Project’s new policy brief, State Library Administrative Agencies: Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning, features such initiatives in four states—California, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland.

LITA Awards First ALA Leadership Institute Scholarship to Jennifer Chan

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:43

Jennifer Chan has been selected to receive LITA’s first scholarship to attend the 2018 ALA Leadership Institute.

Literacy instruction and teacher collaboration examined in new School Library Research article

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:19

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians' knowledge and perception of literacy instruction in light of the new teacher collaboration opportunities created by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Theresa M. Boulrice Selected as the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship Recipient

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:19

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Theresa M. Boulrice of Springfield, Massachusetts as the recipient of the 2018 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a library support staff member pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies.  The scholarship was established with funds donated by Leisner.

Sara White Named Recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:04

The Learning Round Table (LearnRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Sara White, Youth Services Senior Librarian at the Seminole County Public Library, as the recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant.

ALA president announces international relations resources

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:35

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of programs and tools to engage, retain and expand ALA’s international members. From free webinars to opportunities for engagement with librarians from various countries, Garcia-Febo in conjunction with her International Relations Advisory Committee, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the ALA International Relations Office, will work to increase awareness regarding international topics impacting our world and profession.

New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:31

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, September 10, 2018.

New session: 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes Workshop

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:42

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, 36 Adult Program Ideas in 90 Minutes with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

New microlearning event: Snapchat Explained

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:20

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new microlearning event, Snapchat Explained with Paige Alfonzo. This microlearning event will last 30 minutes and take place at 12:00pm Eastern/11:00am Central/10:00am Mountain/9:00am Pacific on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Snapchat is extremely popular with young adults, but to many of us who are a bit more seasoned, the app doesn't make much sense. What does Snapchat do exactly? How does it work? What's the appeal?

New session—Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction Workshop

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:10

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Understanding and Defending Copyright in Your Library: An Introduction with Jill Hurst-Wahl. 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 Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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