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'Lost Children Archive,' 'Midnight in Chernobyl,' receive 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 19:03

PHILADELPHIA - The American Library Association (ALA) selects “Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli, published by Alfred A.

ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2020 Notable Videos for Adults list

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 12:46

PHILADELPHIA – The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2020 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

McLinn Named Recipient of ALSC’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 15:12

PHILADELPHIA -Dr. Claudette S. McLinn is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.


AASL President holds office hours to discuss EDI in school libraries

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:32

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Mary Keeling will hold online offices hours at 6:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 6, to field questions regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in school libraries. The EDI office hours are a part of Keeling’s presidential initiative to expand efforts in AASL to provide a safe, respectful, and inclusive space for diverse voices and perspectives.

ALA persists with #eBooksForAll advocacy campaign: “Macmillan must lift the embargo”

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 09:24

PHILADELPHIA – ALA President Wanda Brown issued the following statement in response to Macmillan CEO John Sargent’s “Ask Me Anything” session at the ALA Midwinter Meetings on Saturday, January 25, 2020: 

“Today, Mr. Sargent invited conference attendees to ask him anything. He talked, and stakeholders from the library community asked questions and engaged. Unfortunately, he has not been listening to us.  

Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani to serve as 2020 National Library Week honorary chairs

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:28

CHICAGO—Authors and Olympic ice dancing medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will promote the value of libraries as honorary chairs of National Library Week, April 19—25, 2020. The Shibutanis will shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers, all of which transform communities and improve lives through access to information, education and technology.

Emily Drabinski, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to deliver keynotes at the Exchange Virtual Forum

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:07

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) have announced that Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will deliver keynote addresses at

John E. Ulmschneider named 2020 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:46

CHICAGO —John E. Ulmschneider, dean of libraries and university librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is the 2020 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

2020 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award recipients announced

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:40

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Nevada State College Marydean Martin Library, Henderson, Nevada; Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries, Santa Rosa, California; and the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Maryland.

Algonquin Area Public Library Receives 2020 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:06

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2020 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, IL. 
The award, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is designed to provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member’s library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear from a nationally known author/illustrator. 

United for Libraries offers first-ever chance to livestream Institute during Midwinter Meeting; registration open

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:36

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees event will be livestreamed Saturday, January 25 during the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting. In-person event registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Eastern; livestreaming will be 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration to join the livestream is free.

ALA releases updated Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:49

Today the American Library Association issued an updated Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, the premier resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

ALA responds to National Archive efforts to alter materials

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:03

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement regarding the National Archive’s efforts to alter photographs that include protest signs unflattering to our current administration. Such an act is a violation of the Library Bill of Rights which states any deletion, excision, alteration, editing, or obliteration of any part of a library resource by administrators, employees, governing authorities, parent institutions, or third party vendors when done for the purposes of censorship.

Philadelphia Leaders and Innovators Share Insights at 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:01

Philadelphia leaders and innovators will share their visions for the future at three Libraries Transform sessions during the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

ALSC 2020 National Institute Registration Now Open

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:24

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that registration for the 2020 ALSC National Institute has opened. The conference, themed "Dive In: Engage, Amplify, Activate” will be held Oct. 1 – 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN.

Ten Projects Vie for $1,000 at Awesome Libraries Chapter’s Midwinter Pitch Event

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:11

Ten finalists have been selected for the Awesome Libraries Chapter’s live-pitch event at the 2020 ALA

Garcia receives YALSA’s 2020 Innovation Award

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:17

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Brittany Garcia, Teen and Adult Services Librarian II at the Rancho Cucamonga (RC) Public Library in Cucamonga, California, for her Adult 101: Life Skills for Teens program as the recipient of its 2020 Innovation Award.

OIF responds to Missouri legislation that proposes policies and procedures that threaten access to information

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 15:14

CHICAGO – Missouri House Bill 2044, introduced on January 8, 2020, proposes the creation of five-member “parental library review boards” to identify “age-inappropriate” public library materials and restrict access to those materials. The bill proposes criminal prosecution for librarians who make those materials available to minors and would deny funding to libraries that do not employ parental library review boards to restrict access to their materials.

Practical ways to improve a dysfunctional library

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 09:48

CHICAGO — Like other workplaces, libraries can sometimes be stressful, with library workers bearing the brunt of such problems as uncivil patrons, poor communication, inadequate leadership, and toxic behaviors by fellow employees. But there’s hope.

A cornucopia of products at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 09:37

Long hours and easy access near Registration make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store in the Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Midwinter Meeting. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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