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Richland Library first to receive Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:06

Richland Library of Columbia, South Carolina is first library selected for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace.

Seymour to serve as YALSA’s 2019-2020 ALA Liaison

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:19

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Gina Seymour, School Library Media Specialist at the Islip (New York) High School, as its next ALA Liaison. She will start her term on July 1, 2019.

Thirty-six participants selected for seventh ALA Leadership Institute

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:27

CHICAGO — Thirty-six librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in the American Library Association’s Leadership Institute. This year marks the seventh immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

Submit your Library’s Promotional Materials to the 2019 PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 13:20

The PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual offers visitors the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America. Approximately 1,000 ALA Annual Conference attendees visit the PR Xchange event each year. The PR Xchange Event will also showcase the winners of this year's PR Xchange Awards Competition at the PR Xchange Event.

United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on relationship building with lawmakers

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:47

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It’s Important,” sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, will be held Sunday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m. at Washington Convention Center, 147B.

Brad Fitch, president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, will discuss how to build relationships with elected officials and effective communication tactics. Libby Post, President/CEO of Communication Services, will moderate.

Marlena E. White wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:44

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2019 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Marlena E. White, current Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library in Lexington, S.C. and President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

White will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference at the “Gala Author Tea” on Monday, June 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

United for Libraries to host author panels at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:37

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host six author panels during ALA Annual 2019:

Social Responsibilities Round Table and Alternative Press Index to honor 50th anniversaries at joint celebration

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:34

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Alternative Press Index will celebrate each of their 50th anniversaries with a social gathering and discussion with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies at Busboys & Poets, 450 K St. N.W. in Washington, DC. The event will take place during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 22 and runs from 7 to 10 pm. Bennis will speak on “War Dangers Rising: Trump Foreign Policy & Lack Thereof.”

Celebrate the best in LGBTQIA+ literature at the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:14

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate its award winners and honorees at the Stonewall Book Awards Ceremony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in the Marriott Marquis, Salon 12 & 13 in Washington, D.C.

At ALA 2019 Annual Conference learn new marketing and communications strategies

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:28

CHICAGO – For ALA Annual Conference attendees looking for new marketing and communications resources and ideas, there are two free programs that should not be missed: PR Forum: Takeaways From D.C. Public Library’s #UncensoredDC Campaign and Using Libraries Transform for Awareness and Advocacy. Both sessions will offer libraries of all types, sizes and budgets ways to showcase their value and impact to the community.

New School Library Research Asks "Whose Responsibility Is It to Teach Digital Citizenship"

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:34

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the perceptions and beliefs of school librarians regarding state-mandated digital citizenship instruction in K–12 schools. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at

Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:26

CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians to provide school librarians who teach elementary, middle or high school coding or applied digital skills with a $300 gift card, sponsored by Google, to use towards their own projects registered on

Step-by-step guidance on strategic planning for academic libraries

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:19

CHICAGO — No doubt about it: strategic planning is a serious commitment. But when carried out skillfully, thoughtfully, and with sensitivity to the impacts on all those involved, it’s an undertaking that can pay large dividends for the library and its users. A strong strategic plan gives shape and clarity to the library’s intentions and, when carefully written, can make a powerful case for the library’s indispensability to its sponsoring institution. Written by Gregory C. Thompson, Harish Maringanti, Rick Anderson, Catherine B.

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space at Your Library – a LITA webinar

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:27

Chicago -- A new LITA webinar on InterDisciplinary spaces is coming soon.

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
Tuesday June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenter: Jessica Bennett, Instruction and E Learning Librarian at Missouri State University

Michael Stephens encourages wholehearted librarianship

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:48

CHICAGO — Of his earlier book, Against the Grain raved, “Reading this book brings a sense of hope, inspiration, and excitement for what the future holds for the new generation of hyperlinked librarians entering our profession.” Now Michael Stephens is back with a newly curated collection of succinct writings that will refresh your view of the profession and invigorate your work: “Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, a

Libraries = Strong Communities tour to end with rally celebration at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:49

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and other library advocates from across the country will celebrate the triumphant finish of Libraries = Strong Communities, a national advocacy presidential effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries. The tour will culminate with a rally and celebration from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday, June 22, at the ALA Park on the exhibits floor of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Kay Walling new Director of Membership Development and Customer Service at ALA

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 09:56

Melissa Kay Walling, CAE, IOM will join ALA as its new Director, Membership Development and Customer Service. She will begin at ALA June 17, 2019. Walling is an accomplished association executive with nearly 15 years of experience in serving members, staff and volunteers.

Recipients of 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 13:15

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

2019 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:19

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by ACRL President Lauren Pressley, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 146A.

LITA Education Call for Proposals, 2019 – 2020

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:53

Chicago -- What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers at all levels in all types of libraries. Taught by experts, they reach beyond physical conferences to bring high quality continuing education to the library world.