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Libraries close the gap on unequal privacy during Choose Privacy Week 2019

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:50

CHICAGO – This year’s theme for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2019) — “Inclusive Privacy: Closing the Gap” — draws attention to the privacy inequities imposed on vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations and highlights how libraries can close the privacy gap for those who need it most.

New session: Dealing with Challenging Patrons Workshop

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:50

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Dealing with Challenging Patrons 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 Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom Webinar

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:32

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment.

Join members of the FTRF Developing Issues Committee Barbara Stripling and Ray James for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics, including:

2019 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Karlen and Pellack

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:26

CHICAGO – Douglas Karlen, research soil scientist (retired) at the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, and Lorraine Pellack, head of the University Library research services department at Iowa State University, have been selected as the 2019 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for their article “Iowa Crop Variety Yield Testing: A History and Annotated Bibliography.”

PLA announces plans to commemorate 75th anniversary

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:15

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will officially turn 75 years old on Oct. 13, 2019, and the entire public library field is encouraged to be a part of PLA’s Diamond Anniversary celebration. From now through the PLA 2020 Conference, we will recognize this milestone by reflecting on our storied history, commemorating our achievements, honoring the people who have contributed to our success and preparing for an even brighter future.

ALCTS Presidential Citations awarded to Miranda Bennett and Julie Mosbo

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:30

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that ALCTS members Miranda Bennett, associate dean for Collections at University of South Carolina Libraries, and Julie Mosbo, interim director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, director of Preservation, and William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries, have been awarded ALCTS Presidential Citations for 2019. 

New iteration—Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:26

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of the advanced eCourse Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, June 3, 2019 and continues for 12 weeks.

A new guide to Knowledge and Information Management

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:43

CHICAGO — “Practical Knowledge and Information Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a guide written by and for knowledge and information management (KIM) practitioners.

New Advanced eCourse—Coding and Web Development: A Beginner's Guide

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:12

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Coding and Web Development: A Beginner's Guide. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, June 3, 2019 and continues for 12 weeks.

Kristen Sorth Wins Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:21

CHICAGO – Kristen Sorth, Director, St. Louis County Library (St. Louis, Missouri)has been named the 2019 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a public librarian who demonstrates leadership in anticipating emerging trends in services, products and technologies that will enhance the library’s position in its community.

Kathleen de la Peña Mc Cook Receives the 2019 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:19

CHICAGO – Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook is the winner of the 2019 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

“The jury for the 2019 Joseph W. Lippincott Award is delighted to honor Dr. McCook,” said jury chair Patricia Glass Schuman, past-president of ALA and former President and cofounder of Neal- Schuman Publishers.

Caroll elected 2020-2021 AASL president

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:17

CHICAGO – Kathy Carroll, lead school librarian for the Westwood High School Library Information Center in Columbia, South Carolina, has been elected as the 2020-2021 President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Carroll will serve as president-elect during 2019-2020 under AASL President Mary Keeling.

David Paige elected 2020-2021 United for Libraries president

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:12

EXTON, Pennsylvania — David Paige, Trustee at Conway (N.H.) Public Library and editorial director, Libraries Unlimited, has been elected 2020-2021 United for Libraries president. Paige will serve as president-elect during 2019-2020 under 2019-2020 United for Libraries President Peter Pearson

Sharon Han Wins 2019 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:13

Sharon Han has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled "Weathering the Twitter Storm: Early Uses of Social Media as a Disaster Response Tool for Public Libraries During Hurricane Sandy." Han is a Master of Science in Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences.

New iteration—Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:57

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship. Dawn Stahura and Des Alaniz will serve as the instructors for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Registration open for YALSA’s 2019 YA Services Symposium

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:21

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2019 YA Services Symposium is now open.

The symposium takes place November 1-3 in Memphis, TN with the theme Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. Anyone with an interest in young adult services is welcome to attend.

Barnhart elected YALSA 2020-2021 president

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:11

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), elected Amanda Barnhart as the division’s next president-elect. Barnhart will begin her term as president-elect in June 2019, becoming president for one year starting June 2020.

Barnhart is currently a Branch Manager at the Kansas City Public Library - North-East Branch in Kansas City, MO.

New iteration: Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification eCourse

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:11

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification. Bobby Bothmann will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month 2019 with Special Toy Story 4 Tie-in!

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:21

CHICAGO – This September Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining the American Library Association on an adventure to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs.

Partnering with communities for digital preservation

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:45

CHICAGO — The only certainty about technology is that it will change. The speed of that change, and the ever increasing diversity of digital formats, tools, and platforms, will present stark challenges to the long-term preservation of digital records. Archivists are frequently challenged by the technical expertise, subject matter knowledge, time, and resource requirements needed to solve the broad set of challenges sure to be faced by the archival profession. Who could be partners to archivists working in digital preservation?

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