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Free webinar on Integrating STEM and Coding into Makerspaces

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:32

CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high school.

While we often assume that STEM programs are being initiated by classroom teachers, new research suggests that librarians and media specialists are increasingly taking the lead in bringing new, innovative tools into their school programs.

New session: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:16

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thurs., July 26, 2018.

New workshop: Sensory Storytime Programs

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:00

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Sensory Storytime Programs with Jennifer Roy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wed., July 25, 2018.

Learn to conquer the digital world at PR Forum 2018

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:29

CHICAGO – In today’s world, it’s not a matter of whether or not you engage in social media and digital marketing but how well you do it. At the 2018 PR Forum, being held 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, learn how to determine which social platform is best for your library, how to develop compelling content and how to discover conversations you can become a part of.  

A no-nonsense guide to born-digital content

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:58

CHICAGO — Collecting and managing content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form requires a very specific approach. And, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows, providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives.

ALCTS endorses acquisitions core competencies

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:59

CHICAGO —The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has endorsed the “Core Competencies for Acquisitions Professionals.” The Education Committee of the ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) was asked to define core competencies for professionals in the acquisitions field. The Committee was chaired by Dr.

Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:40

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. It also recognizes the significant contributions of GLBT authors.

ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2018 ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ training in St. Louis

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:18

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9 to 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are invited to attend.

Dr. Clara M. Chu wins Beta Phi Mu Award

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:47

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliated faculty at The iSchool of Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship.

PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:24

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library professionals the opportunity to attend five marketing and public-relations focused sessions on the same day.

PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

Chang Liu wins Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:51

CHICAGO – Chang Liu, director, Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Ernest A.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Conable Conference Scholarship Recipient

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 17:52

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Dovi Mae Patino as the recipient of the 2018 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms.

Greg Pronevitz selected for ASCLA’s Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:42

CHICAGO – Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, has been selected for the 2018 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Fostering wellness through physical literacy programs

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:07

CHICAGO — By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based programs had brought new users into their libraries, according to a recent study, while 80% said the programs contributed to community building.

LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:32

LLAMA webinar: Successful change comes from understanding your organization's culture

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:35

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical documents. During their conversation, the Librarian and the Archivist will discuss the role of their institutions in making these resources accessible to the public. This session will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30-11:30am at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The 2018 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:08

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2018 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory.

Patricia Herndon selected for ASCLA’s Francis Joseph Campbell Award

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:39

CHICAGO – Patricia Herndon, Director of Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), has been selected for the 2018 Francis Joseph Campbell Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Dali and Caidi recipients of 2018 David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:39

CHICAGO – Keren Dali, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and Nadia Caidi, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information iSchool, are the recipients of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award for their article entitled "Diversity by Design.”

A new ALA Editions Special Report on fake news and alternative facts

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:57

CHICAGO — Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn’t, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information professionals, particularly for those who teach information literacy.