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Speakers announced for PLA 2020 Conference General Sessions

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:06

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) has secured an outstanding slate of inspiring and entertaining speakers for the PLA 2020 Conference, taking place Feb. 25-29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public library professionals, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world.

32 guides for teaching banned books

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:50

CHICAGO — As standard-bearers for intellectual freedom, school and children’s librarians are in ideal positions to collaborate with educators to not only protect the freedom to read but also ensure that valued books which touch upon important topics are not quarantined from the readers for whom they were written.

YALSA announces 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:27

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019.

Author, cultural critic Roxane Gay to serve as 2020 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 17:47

CHICAGO — Bestselling author, educator and cultural critic Roxane Gay is teaming up with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to share her years of experience as a writer, storyteller and social commentator during Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, 2020. A recurrent contributor to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Gay writes about cultural, political and social issues.

Travel with ASGCLA! Southern Scotland & Northern England Await You!

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 13:19

Pack your bags for this seven night, grand literary and history tour of Southern Scotland and Northern England, May 9-16, 2020 with the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies!

Do archives have value?

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:03

CHICAGO — Arguing that archives and special collections in libraries have been very poor at garnering statistical data and devising ways of measuring the impact of what they do, “Do Archives Have Value?,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, aims to redress the situation.

YALSA announces 2020 William C. Morris Award finalists

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:43

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected five books as finalists for the 2020 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

United for Libraries to designate the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (Md.) a Literary Landmark

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:31

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will designate The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore, Md. as a Literary Landmark™ in honor of the esteemed poet’s 211th birthday on January 19th, 2020. The Poe House will be the first Literary Landmark in the State of Maryland.

The dedication ceremony will take place at Poe House, 203 N. Amity Street, in Baltimore, on Sunday, January 19th, 2020, 1:00 PM. The date coincides with the celebration of Poe’s 211th birthday. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

Transforming Organizational Culture Webinar

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:28

Many libraries hope to reimagine and transform their organizational cultures as well as their physical and digital spaces to better represent their expertise, collections, and resources, and to meet the evolving needs of their user communities. Some libraries use assessment and user experience methodologies to "prove" their value and to demonstrate student success.

ALA Announces 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:39

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected fifty (50) people to participate in its 2020 class of Emerging Leaders. The program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

AASL’s guide to content-area collaborations for secondary grades

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:13

CHICAGO — Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, “Content-Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades,” published by AASL and ALA Editions, demonstrates ways to use the Shared Foundations and Domains in your instructional design while collaboratively planning personalized learning experiences with content-area educators.

AASL CLASS research summit call for participants

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library researchers to apply to attend Research Practitioner Partnerships (RPPs) in School Library Research: The Third CLASS Summit taking place Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Philadelphia prior to the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. The deadline for applications is 11:00 a.m. Central on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

PLA to offer new webinars on #eBooksForAll campaign, trauma-informed approach to library service

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:48

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced two additional webinars to take place in December.

Choice announces 2019 Outstanding Academic Titles, will continue to share extracts with non-subscribers

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 14:21

MIDDLETOWN, CT - In December, Choice publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic community. This year’s complete list features 521 books and digital resources from 132 publishers. 

AASL Standards now crosswalked to Code with Google’s CS First Curriculum

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 12:42

CHICAGO – As part of its continued commitment to provide school library professionals the materials and resources needed to implement its “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a crosswalk aligning the AASL Standards to the Code with Google’s CS First Curriculum. The crosswalk and accompanying statement of alignment are downloadable, and the printable PDFs are available on the AASL Standards Portal.

The 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Submission Site is Now Open

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:00

Chicago – The 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a Poster Session at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2020.

ALA invites library workers to apply for new Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:06

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. 

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. 

PLA publishes space-planning guide for libraries

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 12:20

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the release of a new publication intended to help library professionals to successfully analyze, plan and evaluate library spaces.

No-nonsense guidance on leadership, management, and teamwork

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 09:55

CHICAGO — Contemporary managers and leaders in library and information services are working in a challenging context, dealing with multiple demands on their time, expertise, and resources.

AASL National School Library Standards guide national conference learning

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 15:45

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – The 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) National Conference, Nov. 14 – 16, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky has come to a close, with more than 2,500 registered attendees empowered with educational resources to strengthen, diversify, and transform teaching and learning in schools across the country.