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Core Webinar: Global Standard, Local Choices - The New RDA Toolkit

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 22:08

CHICAGO—The multi-year RDA 3R Project concluded in December 2020, with the "beta" Toolkit becoming the official version of RDA. One outcome of the 3R Project is that the instructions contain a significant increase in the number of options and other choices that cataloging agencies or catalogers must make, based on their interest in maintaining current cataloging practices, their implementation scenario, their collections, and their users’ needs.

Core Webinar: Using Radical Kindness to Rethink Library Interviews

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 21:01

CHICAGO—Thanks to COVID-19, the old phrase “We’ve always done it this way” is no longer an excuse. As libraries have re-envisioned services and resources, now is the time to re-think internal practices too. Start with the hiring process. With the move to virtual interviews, how do you boil it down to only its most important components? How can you design an equitable interview experience for the candidate and the library?

ALA praises House introduction of Build America’s Libraries Act

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:36

Washington, D.C. – Today the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the introduction of the Build America’s Libraries Act in the House of Representatives by Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI-9), Don Young (R-AK-at large) and 52 cosponsors. The legislation would provide $5 billion to support long-term improvements to library facilities, including addressing needs that have arisen due to COVID–19. The bill would enable libraries to better serve rural, low-income and underserved areas, as well as people with disabilities and other vulnerable library users.

Karen Gabino Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:37

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Karen Gabino, school librarian in Arizona, has won a free year of AASL membership. Gabino's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring DaNeil Olson to AASL, Gabino has been entered to win an AASL National Conference grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

United for Libraries' March 23 Learning Live session to focus on 'Building Support for the Build America’s Libraries Act'

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 17:03

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will feature ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Office with “Building Support for the Build America’s Libraries Act” Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Learning Live program is open to United for Libraries members (including statewide members).

2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) registration opens

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 16:47

CHICAGO – Registration for the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-29, 2021 is now open.   

The event will include educational programming, the News You Can Use series, memorable featured speakers, special author events, The Library Marketplace, Presidents’ Programs, Discussion Groups, leading authors, live-chat presentations, and networking opportunities.

ALA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce 16 public libraries receiving adult literacy grants

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:00

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation have announced 16 U.S. public libraries to receive 2021 American Dream Literacy Initiative grants, $5,000 awards to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Mernie Maestas Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:59

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mernie Maestas, school librarian in Missouri, has won a free year of AASL membership. Maestas's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Christine Manner to AASL, Maestas has been entered to win an AASL National Conference grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

Electronic legal deposit and the library collections of the future

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 10:19

CHICAGO — Legal deposit libraries, the national and academic institutions who systematically preserve our written cultural record, have recently been mandated with expanding their collection practices to include digitized and born-digital materials. The regulations that govern electronic legal deposit often also prescribe how these materials can be accessed. Although a growing international activity, there has been little consideration of the impact of e-legal deposit on the library, or on its present or future users.

Creating a Successful Peer Advising Program

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 08:10

CHICAGO- Register today for the upcoming RUSA webinar titled "The Feeling is Mutual: How a peer consulting program benefits a business librarians and her advisors " scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

How did one business librarian provide just-in-time instruction and consultation support to more than 90 undergraduate teams proposing unique business plans each academic year?

AASL Opens New Round of Inspire COVID Recovery Grants

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 15:48

CHICAGO – Through a special offering of its Inspire Collection Development Grant, made possible through the generous support of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer a second round of grants to specifically address collection loss and remote access requirements due to COVID-19 school closures. The grants are intended to help meet the needs of school libraries making the return to in-person learning. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 26, 2021.

ALA Executive Board endorses Loida Garcia-Febo as 2021-2023 IFLA President-Elect

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:08

CHICAGO – Today the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) released the following endorsement for ALA Past-President Loida Garcia-Febo to serve as International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President-Elect (2021-2023).

IFLA is the leading international body representing library and information services and their users' interests. The association has more than 1,500 members representing 150 countries across the globe and serves as the global voice for the library and information profession.  

ALSC Membership Funding for BIPOC Students and Library Workers

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:48

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce two membership funding opportunities for students and library workers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC). Prioritizing BIPOC students and library workers directly supports ALSC’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership, while reducing barriers to participation.

ALA welcomes new Emergency Broadband Benefit program

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:48

On February 25, the FCC voted to formally adopt a Report and Order that establishes the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. ALA issued the following statement: 

Save 50% on more than 450 products during the ALA Store Moving Sale

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:44

CHICAGO — Spring has sprung and ALA would like to put a spring in your step with savings on a wide range of materials as we prepare for our move to a new warehouse in June. Now through April 30, head to the ALA Store and save 50% on more than 450 products, including professional development books, posters, bookmarks, gift items, t-shirts, and more.

2021 ACRL section award recipients announced

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:51

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 section awards. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards and grants enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic and research librarianship.

A listing of the 2021 section award recipients is below, and you can see all of ACRL's award recipients on ACRL's website.

Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards 

Virtual programs and insights from a time of crisis

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:17

CHICAGO — From the moment the pandemic took hold in Spring 2020, libraries and library workers have demonstrated their fortitude and flexibility by adapting to physical closures, social distancing guidelines, and a host of other challenges. Despite the obstacles, they’ve been able to stay connected to their communities—and helped connect the people in their communities to each other, as well as to the information and services they need and enjoy.

McChesney Named Recipient of ALSC’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 16:21

Elizabeth (Liz) McChesney is the 2021 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.  

Core Webinar: Developing Your Storytelling Skills for Library Assessment

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 14:35

Though the art of storytelling may seem like something innate, it should be more considered a skill. Like any skill, your storytelling ability can be fostered and grown. In fact, storytelling can be one of the most important tools when sharing the information about your library. On Wednesday, April 7, Core will present the webinar "Developing Your Storytelling Skills for Library Assessment" which will teach the foundations of storytelling for library assessment, user experience, and marketing.

New from ACRL - “Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries”

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:34

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries,” edited by Jennifer Torreano and Mary O’Kelly. The book is a collection of practices, perspectives, and tools from library leaders who have created and maintained successful research consulting programs, plus thoughtful explorations of the theories and motivations that inform peer learning.