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Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2018 award

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:51
CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over the course of one year, that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.   The proposed project will aim to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

AASL sets new standards with National Conference & Exhibition, providing school librarians with tools to think, create, share and grow

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:06

PHOENIX – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) closed the curtain on a landmark National Conference & Exhibition Nov. 9-11 in Phoenix, Arizona, after introducing new standards school librarians will use for years to come.

Attended by more than 2,500 school librarians, administrators and exhibitors, the conference affirmed and strengthened the common beliefs of school librarians as they carry on their mission to make the school library the hub of a learning community that prepares learners for college, career and life.

Upcoming webinar reviews intellectual freedom basics

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:24

Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce a Nov. 27 webinar, “Privacy to Pornography: What Staff Need to Know About Intellectual Freedom,” in conjunction with the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research now accepting submissions

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:17
CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The deadline for submitting entries is January 31, 2018. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair, prior to the Annual Conference.   Guidelines
  1. All entries must be research articles published in English during the 2017 calendar year. 

ALA strenuously opposes FCC proposed order on net neutrality

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:09

WASHINGTON - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the proposed order on net neutrality released by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:07
CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship."

Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research now accepting submissions

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:05

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. This award provides recognition for proposed dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The deadline for submitting entries is Jan. 31, 2018. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair, prior to the Annual Conference.

 

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New workshop—Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:30

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape with Paul Signorelli. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

December webinar highlights Project Outcome as strategic planning tool

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:25

CHICAGO – In early December, PLA will host a webinar highlighting how select libraries are using Project Outcome to align performance measurement efforts with strategic priorities and measuring their success in priority program areas. This webinar, Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas, will be held 1 – 2 p.m.

Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 22:31

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver. There is no cost to participate.

Accepting appointments for career counseling

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:39

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, February 10 - 11, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Sign-up now.

 

New iteration—Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:29

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Topics covered:

New session: Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing Workshop

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:03

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 60 minutes and take place at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central/1:00pm Mountain/12:00pm Pacific on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

New Research: Librarians promote school readiness through Every Child Ready to Read programs

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:18

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have published a report called Bringing Early Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every Child Ready to Read Program. The research was conducted from 2013-2016 by Drs.

Hear How We’re All Makers – a LITA webinar

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:26

Chicago -- One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to ensure their makerspaces are safe spaces of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

ALA and REFORMA create Adopt a Library program to assist libraries in the Caribbean

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:51

CHICAGO — Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the Caribbean and libraries were not spared. In addition to its fundraising efforts, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers on an Adopt a Library Program to match damaged or destroyed libraries in the region with libraries in the United States and elsewhere that would like to assist in their recovery. 

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:42

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:56

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The occasional paper was written by Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, and Karen Brown, professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, Illinois.

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:50

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a webinar proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:

ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:21

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

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