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Young activists and the public library

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:52

CHICAGO — Assisted by social media and other digital tools, today’s children and teens are energetic and active participants in a host of social causes, from climate change and gun control to voting rights and racial equity. Public libraries can facilitate their activism by providing trustworthy information and creating opportunities for young people to develop leadership and participation skills.

Brittany Tignor receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:57

CHICAGO – Brittany Tignor, school librarian at Snow Hill High School in Show Hill, Maryland, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

Dr. Jian Qin Wins 2020 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 16:25

Dr. Jian Qin has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She is the Professor and Director at the iSchool, Syracuse University. 
 

Ali Lauer receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 09:43

CHICAGO – Ali Lauer, school librarian at Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School in Los Angeles, California, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

ACRL, ARL, ODLOS, and PLA announce joint cultural competencies task force

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:15

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the formation of the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force. 

The task force is charged to create a framework for cultural proficiencies in racial equity that can be used in public and academic libraries through:

Samantha Kennedy receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 15:56

CHICAGO – Samantha Kennedy, school librarian at Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

Milwaukee Public Library awarded ALA’s first Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:09

CHICAGO -- The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its first Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Library for Deaf Storyslam, a free community event in which Deaf individuals of varying backgrounds share personal stories and experiences with the broader community.

Pamela Hubert receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:02

CHICAGO – Pamela Hubert, school librarian at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Georgia, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

ETS Discovery Webinar Series

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 17:46

Join RUSA's Emerging Technologies Section as we present the Discovery Series webinar series

The ETS Discovery Series provides participants the ability to explore discovery in a variety of ways. These webinars will bring together professionals from various fields of librarianship to discuss the ways they use and think about discovery with their users. Each webinar will feature panel presentations and an opportunity for Q&A. We hope this series appeals to professionals who are interested in discovery and want the opportunity to explore it from a variety of perspectives. 

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Author, and Activist Natalie Portman, Closing Session Speaker at ALA Virtual

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 16:47

CHICAGO—Natalie Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include Leon: The ProfessionalCold MountainCloserV for Vendetta, the Star Wars franchise prequels, A Tale of Love and DarknessJackie and the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s Fables is her debut picture book.

California, Michigan, and Illinois Libraries Receive ALSC Bookapalooza Collections

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:48

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2020 Bookapalooza Program Collections to three libraries: Civic Center Secondary School of San Francisco, California; Big Rapids Community Library of Big Rapids, Michigan; and the Wood Dale Public Library District of Wood Dale, Illinois.

AASL’s guide to 30-minute STEAM activities for elementary learners

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:32

CHICAGO — Published by AASL and ALA Editions, Deborah Rinio’s book “STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners” places school librarians at the intersection of inquiry, exploration, and creativity in an elementary school setting. Learners will think like a scientist and design like an engineer using an iterative process to make authentic learning connections and develop a growth mindset.

Denise Gadson receives AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:29

CHICAGO – Denise Gadson, school librarian at Woodland High School in Dorchester, South Carolina, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

House Speaker unveils plan for fifth COVID-19 relief bill

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:47

On May 12, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief plan focused on emergency funding for states. The 1,800-page legislation is the latest proposal in Congress for what will eventually become the fifth economic stimulus bill.

Shawna Ward receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:09

CHICAGO – Shawna Ward, school librarian at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Tuliao to run 125 miles in support of Spectrum and in honor of NYPL anniversary

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 16:51

CHICAGO — As The New York Public Library (NYPL) celebrates 125 years, Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will run 125 miles during the month of June to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her run will honor 125 current and former NYPLers who have dedicated their lives in service to New York City and communities all across North America.These inspiring, indefatigable library veterans include adult, children’s and teen specialists, managers, technical and reference services staff, readers’ advisors, programmers, and directors.

Wamecca Rodriguez receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:27

CHICAGO – Wamecca Rodriguez, school librarian at Yorkville Middle School in Yorkville, Illinois, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Tatanisha Love receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:26

CHICAGO – Tatanisha Love, school librarian at Loch Raven Technical Academy in Towson, Maryland, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection registration opens

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:59

CHICAGO— Registration is now open for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24 - 26,2020.  The three-day, online event will send a strong message that the library community can—and will—remain connected during this unprecedented time.

Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:50

WASHINGTON — A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the American Library Association (ALA).  
 

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