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New Iteration: Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:22

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data. Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on August 14, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

A splendid array of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:32

Longer hours and easy access near the onsite Registration area make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. 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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New ALCTS Web Course Explores Fundamentals of Metadata

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 21:57

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata. This six-week course was developed and will be instructed by Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis and Design at the University of Virginia Library, and Jennifer Roper, Interim Senior Director for Collections Access and Discovery at the University of Virginia Library. 

ALA awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships for 2017-2018

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 21:13

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awards 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1000 Spectrum Scholarships.  In the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.  A prestigious committee of nine jurors selected this year’s Spectrum

Library Systems & Services supports LITA Spectrum Scholarship for future library leader

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:36

CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 - Library Systems & Services (LS&S) has increased its sponsorship level of the 2017-2018 LITA Spectrum Scholarship in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program of the American Library Association (ALA). The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Spectrum scholarship encourages interest in the library automation field among aspiring librarians with leadership potential.

Millar’s updated text on archival principles and practices

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:56

CHICAGO — Written in clear language with lively examples, the new second edition of Laura A. Millar’s “Archives, Second Edition: Principles and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, introduces core concepts and explains best practices to ensure that documentary materials are cared for as effectively as possible.

ALCTS Publishing Releases Sudden Selector’s Guide on Government Publications

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 21:19

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing has released its latest publication from the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Government Publications. Authored by Alexandra Simons and edited by Mary Feeney and Helene Williams, this new guide explores the resources and information needed to be a successful coordinator of a library’s government information collections.

Public Library Association hosts Washington, D.C. kickoff event for inclusive summer internship program

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:10

CHICAGO — A group of high-school-aged interns and their library mentors will travel to Washington, D.C. this month for the Inclusive Internship Initiative kickoff event. This initiative, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship, is administered by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

Preconferences at AASL National Conference offer first look at new school library standards

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:21

CHICAGO – Before the conference officially starts, attendees of the AASL National Conference & Exhibition have the opportunity to delve into the new “National School Library Standards” by attending their choice of three standards-dedicated preconferences. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at

AASL National Conference tours showcase unique Phoenix schools

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:19

CHICAGO – School tours planned during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will showcase unique school library programs in the Phoenix area. Tours to these educational facilities will take place prior the opening of the conference, “Beyond the Horizon” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017. More information is available at

Tours include:

Rural, small, and tribal libraries invited to apply for college and career readiness project

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:03

CHICAGO -- Rural, small, and tribal libraries can apply now through September 1, 2017 for the second cohort of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Association of Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL), “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project.

Recipients of 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:54

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

Chicago Public Library and Museum of Science and Industry present a STEAM-inspired approach to summer learning

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:11

CHICAGO — Summer reading for children is a long standing and cherished tradition in public libraries across America, but today’s kids need to master new skills and competencies. Today’s summer programming needs to move beyond reading to engage children with hands-on activities, thus keeping their brains active even when school’s out. In “Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count,” published by ALA Editions, Elizabeth M. McChesney from Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Bryan W.

United for Libraries to host ‘Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:21

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries will host “Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations” on Saturday, June 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W181a, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

United for Libraries to dedicate the Lotos Club a Literary Landmark

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:21

New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book, will designate the Lotos Club in New York City as a Literary Landmark at a reception at the club on Wednesday, June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Celeste Ng among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:20

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling “Everything I Never Told You,” will join Jonathan Safran Foer, Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson and A.J. Finn at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Celebrate Outreach at ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 21:08

CHICAGO – Every day, libraries across the country deliver vital library services across the communities they serve. To showcase the work outreach library professionals do on a daily basis, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is presenting Outreach Saturday, a series of programs and events during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago that showcases the wide range of services and programs that libraries provide beyond their walls. Outreach Saturday will be held on Saturday, June 24th.

Participate now in YALSA’s Summer Learning Programs Contest

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:32

CHICAGO — Individuals with innovative summer learning program ideas are invited to submit it now through July 15, 2017 to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Programming HQ for its Summer Learning Programs Contest!

Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:16

CHICAGO — Sara Zettervall is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for Ms. Zettervall to attend her first international conference in Zagreb, Croatia.

Amed Demirhan receives 2017 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:15

CHICAGO — Amed Demirhan has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.