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LLAMA Webinar Explores Evidence-Based Advocacy for Public Libraries

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:52

If you have ever wondered how to tell the story of your library’s impact on your community and on individuals in the most effective way, look no further. The answer is by sharing the evidence. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Evidence-Based Advocacy for Public Libraries,” on Wed., October 25, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar will help you understand how current metrics and measures can tell your library’s story in a way that is most meaningful to your stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

2018 applications for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries now being accepted

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:38

CHICAGO  —  The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2018 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:05

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

LLAMA Webinar: The MOU -- Your Blueprint for Managing Collaborative Projects

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:35

As libraries collaborate more and more on projects with outside partners, it’s crucial that the process go smoothly for all parties and that expectations are made clear beforehand. A memorandum of understanding (MOA) is often the best way to assure this. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “The MOU: Your Blueprint for Managing Collaborative Projects,” on Wed., October 18, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

PLA now accepting nominations for 10 service awards and grants for 2018

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:38

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering 10 awards and grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.

Public libraries highlight cyber security awareness in October

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:35

CHICAGO – Earlier this month the credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed that they had suffered a cyber-attack that endangered the personal information of 143 million U.S. users. Even before the Equifax hack, 64 percent of Americans had been personally affected by a major data breach or data theft incident, according to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center.

ALA, EBSCO provide opportunity for five librarians to attend ALA Midwinter Meeting

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:22

CHICAGO — October 3, 2017 — Submissions are open for the 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Denver, Feb. 9-16.  

The five scholarships will be awarded to librarians responding to the essay question:

‘Friend Your Library’ materials now available at no cost to United for Libraries statewide group members

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:11

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries is pleased to present the ALA Store’s new downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and poster as a free benefit to all United for Libraries statewide group members in Texas, Nebraska and Michigan.

United for Libraries and PLA to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:09

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Library Instruction Round Table Accepting Nominations for Two Awards

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:28

The American Library Association's (ALA) Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) welcomes submissions for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. Submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, special, academic) are encouraged. Winners will receive a $1,000 award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, where the awards will be presented.

ALA, Center for News Literacy announce Media Literacy @ Your Library cohort

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:33

CHICAGO — Five public libraries have been selected to participate in Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers, The American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for News Literacy @ Stony Brook University announced.


The Media Literacy @ Your Library cohort members are:

October webinar highlights the many uses of outcomes data

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:22

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association's Public Programs Office are partnering to present a webinar on the benefits of using outcomes data to improve and support library programming. Participants will learn how to leverage Project Outcome, PLA’s performance-measurement program for public libraries, in making programming decisions, applying for funding, and demonstrating the impact of library programs and services. 

Run for office by filing an electronic petition

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:17

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2018 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for president-elect and 25 signatures for councilor-at-large.

Get ready to celebrate International Games Week 2017 – October 29 – November 4, 2017

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 19:57

Due to ever-increasing demand, International Games Day became International Games Week in 2017! This week-long event is now more flexible and supports gaming across the spectrum of libraries. This year’s event will take place during the week of October 29th through November 4th.

Small/rural public libraries invited to apply for stipends for dialogue and deliberation workshop at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:07

Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: Conversation Café Workshop for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-Sized and/or Rural Communities” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Longlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:41

CHICAGO – Forty-six books, 25 fiction, 21 nonfiction, have been selected for the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 25, 2017.

ALA appoints Jessica Hughes ASCLA/RUSA executive director

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:42
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Jessica Hughes executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of ALA. She will start Oct. 9.

Ken Varnum Appointed New ITAL Editor

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:19

Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, has been appointed as the new editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the Library and Information Technology Association's refereed, open access journal. His term will run through June 30, 2020.

ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:31

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in honor of Maureen Hayes, brings together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.

Each application will be judged on the following:

ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:27

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2018 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Each application will be judged on the following: