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A guidebook for building political support for library funding

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:35

CHICAGO — Library funding is political. And the struggle to secure funding is ongoing; the work that librarians need to do to influence local politics doesn't just pop up in the few months before Election Day. It should span the years before or between elections. John Chrastka and Patrick “PC” Sweeney’s new book “Before the Ballot: Building Political Support for Library Funding,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, speaks directly to librarians, library staff, and boards.

New workshop—Coping with Burnout: Strategies for Staying Centered

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:17

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Coping with Burnout: Strategies for Staying Centered with Heather Fisher and Michael Duffy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

New iteration—Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure eCourse

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:50

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure. Dr. Richard Moniz and Dr. Martin House will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

New iteration: Digital Humanities for All Librarians eCourse

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:26

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Digital Humanities for All Librarians. Laura Braunstein will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Don’t miss the new LITA webinar – Accessibility for All: Screen Readers

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:33

Chicago -- There’s still time to sign up now for a new LITA webinar.

Accessibility for All: Screen Readers
Tuesday December 18, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Kelsey Flynn, Adult Services Associate at both the Joliet Public Library and the White Oak Library District, Illinois

New iteration: Genealogical Research for Librarians eCourse

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:25

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Genealogical Research for Librarians. June Power will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

New iteration: Music Collection Development for Every Librarian eCourse

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:57

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Collection Development for Every Librarian. Houman Behzadi, Lisa Hooper, and John Redford will serve as the instructors for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

New iteration: Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian eCourse

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:16

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian. Sara J. Beutter Manus will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

If you’re working the reference desk, you are likely to encounter questions about music, and whether you need to find music, scores, or books about music, you need to be prepared.

New grab-and-go readers’ advisory pamphlets cover popular genres

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:33

CHICAGO — Drawn from the insights of RA experts Neal Wyatt and Joyce G. Saricks, ALA Editions’ new Resources for Readers pamphlets will help library users find their next favorite book. Sold in packs of 100 for $14.99/pack, they cover the following popular genres:

Riko Fluchel named 2018-19 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:35

The Library and Information Technology Association and OCLC are funding Riko Fluchel’s participation in the ALA Spectrum Scholars program as part of their commitment to help diversify the library technology field.

Three public librarians recognized with 'I Love My Librarian' Awards

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:00

CHICAGO – Three outstanding public librarians, two of whom are Public Library Association (PLA) members, are 2018 'I Love My Librarian' Award winners. This award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians who go above and beyond traditional library service. Up to ten librarians are selected annually for this prestigious honor: each one receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend

Information Rights for Records Managers

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:24

CHICAGO — Records managers have tended to find themselves given the responsibility for managing requests under the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection Acts (DPA), without necessarily having training and/or an academic background in legal studies.

2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Library & Research Center is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship."

Forty ALA student chapter members chosen to participate in the 2019 Student to Staff Program

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:57

CHICAGO — Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 20-June 25.

Established in 1973, the program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their school's ALA student chapter, to attend and participate in an annual conference in exchange for working 16 hours for ALA staff during the conference. These students also receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meals.

Kathryn Greer Named a 2019 LITA Emerging Leader

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:29

The Library and Information Technology Association is proud to announce that Kathryn Greer has been selected as a 2019 LITA Emerging Leader.

Rachel Murdock Named a 2019 LITA Emerging Leader

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:29

The Library and Information Technology Association is proud to announce that Rachel Murdock has been selected as a 2019 LITA Emerging Leader.

Murdock is the Innovative Librarian at Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin. At HPL she handles emerging technologies and maker activities, and is particularly interested in how technology can intersect with diversity, equity, and inclusion. She graduated from Louisiana State University with her MLIS in 2016, and has worked in public libraries, art museums, and archives.

Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:14

Bedford, N.Y. librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella, librarian at Katonah Village Library in Bedford, New York, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Hartwell-Mandella was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

Linda Robinson receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:08

Mansfield, Conn., librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Linda Robinson, library media specialist at Mansfield Middle School in Mansfield, Connecticut, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Robinson was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

Terri Gallagher and Paula Kelly receive 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:30

Two Pittsburgh-area librarians recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Terri Gallagher, reference librarian with Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) library in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and Paula Kelly, director of the Whitehall Public Library in Pittsburgh, were named winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Both are recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Gallagher and Kelly are two of only 10 librarians selected this year to receive this national honor.

Tamara Cox receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:21

Piedmont, S.C. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Tamara Cox, a school librarian at Wren High School Library in Piedmont, South Carolina, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Cox was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

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