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Library champion Sen. Jack Reed spotlights library advocacy at ALA Midwinter Virtual

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:28

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will participate in ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits virtual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT. Sen. Reed will join a conversation with ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., about opportunities and challenges for libraries in the 117th Congress.

YALSA names 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:54

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

ALA Executive Director names 13 leaders to ALA Business Advisory Group

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:31

CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Executive Director Tracie D. Hall has appointed 13 members to the newly revived ALA Business Advisory Group. Well recognized for their individual achievements, this group of advisors comes from libraries, civic life, technology, and academia and bring the power of their collective expertise to supporting ALA’s business development. They are:

Last Chance to Register for the January 18 Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects Course from Core

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 14:45

The Fundamentals of Digital Library Projects course introduces students to the breadth of considerations, standards and skills needed to successfully launch and manage a digital library program. It provides an opportunity for hands-on activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills within the context of a digital library.

Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will:

Application Period Open for 2021 ALA GameRT 'Game On!' Grants

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:59

CHICAGO — The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the Game On! grants $500.00 will be available to be awarded either as one grant of $500 or two of $250 each to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.

How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 Webinar

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 15:52

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will present the free webinar 'How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19' on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central). This webinar was originally scheduled in November 2020. Anyone who previously registered will not need to register again. Others may register now.

 

How to Thrive in Uncertain Times Complimentary Webinar

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 15:39

As part of our efforts to support library workers during these difficult times, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host a free webinar entitled, How to Thrive in Uncertain Times on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 12:15 – 1:15pm (Central). Register now, as space is limited.

 

Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges in this Core Webinar on April 6, 2021

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:29

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures, will present the webinar, "Understand and Improve Library Broadband Challenges."
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 1:00 -2:00 pm, Central Time. 


Rural and tribal libraries across the US helped create the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit, a free, self-service guide for rural and tribal libraries to understand and improve their

Discover the Role Human Behavior Plays in Designing Your Library with this Core webinar on February 23, 2021

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:16

This webinar discusses the different behavior and work patterns we have observed over our 30+ years of designing for libraries and public spaces as well as some of the best solutions for addressing those patterns.

Get a Crash Course in Library Leadership & Management in this Core webinar on February 17, 2021

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:07

Are you a new library manager? Feeling overwhelmed, lost, or like you need some support?

Gain the Tools to Assess and Rewrite Operational Library Policies in this Core webinar on February 10, 2021

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 13:56

This webinar presents a high-level introduction to operational policies, why they need to be assessed on a regular basis, one way of assessment using the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, and why) approach, and the basics of writing or rewriting operational policies.  The primary audience for this webinar is librarians,

New from ACRL - “Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization and Engagement”

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 12:34

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization and Engagement," edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. The book showcases different implementations of the liaison model across a range of institutions and describes in detail many of the tailored programs and services that liaison librarians are so well-positioned to provide.

Learn How to Develop the Best Survey Tips from Consultations in this Core Webinar on February 9, 2021

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 11:28

Surveys are popular assessment tools to understand users' needs and perceptions because they are easy and quick to use. In spite of the convenience and popularity, it is hard to have a well-designed survey.

Applications sought for 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 16:06

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of over 100 titles by African American authors and illustrators

Nominations for ALA Trustee Citation accepted through March 1

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 15:57

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through March 1, 2021. 

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. 

Dive into AASL Standards-related topics with three online courses

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 13:59

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for three American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) online courses. These four-week, self-paced courses delve into AASL Standards-related topics and are facilitated by the authors of AASL publications. Registration and additional course information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/ecourses.

The upcoming courses are:

Hayward librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:13

Jayanti Addleman recognized with national public service honor

CHICAGO — Jayanti Addleman, director of library services for Hayward (California) Public Library, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her inspiring leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, she was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

10 winners receive prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for outstanding public service

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:11

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 winners of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities. 

Boston librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:11

Jessica Bell recognized with national public service honor 

CHICAGO — Jessica Bell, director of the library and instructional design at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her outstanding contributions to the Institute’s research and instruction, she was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

Washburn University librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 10:09

Sean Bird recognized with national public service honor 

CHICAGO – Sean Bird, associate dean of University Libraries at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for his outstanding commitment to student success, he was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

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