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Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 21:28

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and download. In the PSA, Weir speaks to how school librarians empower learning by fostering experimentation and innovation. The PSA is available at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2017/psa.

Sex, brains, and video games

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:46

CHICAGO — How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of young people’s lives. Jennifer Burek Pierce’s greatly revised and updated book “Sex, Brains, and Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians” provides exactly that.

United for Libraries to dedicate Manila House a Literary Landmark

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:44

Washington, D.C. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Philippine Arts, Letters and Media Council (PALM); the Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC); the Rita M. Cacas Foundation, Inc. (RMCF), and the Toribio Family, will dedicate the fourth Literary Landmark in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 6 (3-5 p.m.), at the original site of the former Manila House (2440 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.).

Registration opens for AASL National Conference

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:15

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

Textile designer Franklin Habit to serve as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:58

CHICAGO – Textile designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, to pass on his knowledge of textile preservation during Preservation Week®, April 23 – 29, 2017, a time when librarians and library workers share expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and treasures. 

Shining a light on library workers for valuable contributions - National Library Workers Day, April 11

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:50

CHICAGO – With more than 4.1 million in-person visits made to libraries every day in the U.S., library workers play an integral role in connecting library users with information, technology and opportunities to help improve the quality of their lives. April 11 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:50

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, “The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook,” published by ALA Editions, includes everything libraries need to know about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this collection:

Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:04

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine.

Get ready for National Bookmobile Day 2017 with free materials, ideas and more

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:40

CHICAGO — Every day, bookmobiles help transform communities they serve, providing access from books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more. On April 12, join the nationwide celebrations for #NBD2017 as libraries across the country highlight the vital services bookmobiles provide on the sixth annual National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week. 

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:39

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.

Robert P. Doyle is granted the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:17

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years.

Moore receives 2017 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 18:06

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Alanna Aiko Moore, academic liaison coordinator and librarian for sociology, ethnic studies, and gender studies at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), has been chosen to receive the 2017 University Libraries Sections (ULS) Outstanding Professional Development Award.

The $1,000 award and plaque, donated by Library Juice Academy, will be presented to Moore at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

New Workshop—Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:43

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library with Ellyssa Kroski. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific .

Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Bidney named 2017 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:25

CHICAGO – Marcy Bidney, curator, American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been selected to receive the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project, “Where the Water Flows: Documenting Collections of late 19th and early 20th century Nautical Charts.”

Ian Richardson wins BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:59

CHICAGO-Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University, has been selected as the 2017 BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award winner. Administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the award is sponsored by SimplyMap, and includes $1,250 to fund travel expenses to the ALA Annual Conference.

Polls now open in 2017 PLA board election

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:38

2017 Board Election
The Polls Are Open!
Voting Deadline: Apr. 5, 2017

PLA to offer two preconference sessions at ALA Annual Conference

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:50

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconference educational sessions focusing on disaster preparedness and measurement of program outcomes. Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is not required as part of these sessions.

New eCourse/eBook Bundle: New on the Job

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:32

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, New on the Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 15, 2017.

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

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:18

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

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