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LLAMA Webinar explores staff succession planning, recruitment, and on-boarding

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:53
LLAMA Webinar explores staff succession planning, recruitment, and on-boarding  

Jennifer Hain Teper awarded 2020 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:07

CHICAGO—Jennifer Hain Teper is the recipient of the 2020 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. This award is given annually by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., the award consists of $1,500 and a citation.

Southern Scotland & Northern England Await You! Don't Miss Out!!

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:23

Don't miss the opportunity to experience a seven night, grand literary and history tour of Southern Scotland and Northern England, May 9-16, 2020 with the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies!

Collaboration between the University of Toronto Libraries and the French Institute of Pondicherry Tamil Studies Programme receives the 2020 ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 15:29

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected From Private Treasures to Global Public Access: Enabling Global Access to a Private Gift Donation through Collaboration between the University of Toronto Libraries and the French Institute of Pondicherry Tamil Studies Programme as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2020.

ALA awards deadline extended

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 17:45

CHICAGO - The deadline has been extended to Mar 2 for two of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the Beta Phi Mu Award, and the Scholastic Library Publishing Award  Although the online application has a Dec 1 deadline date the applications will be accepted through Mar 2.

Croatia Linked Data project wins 2020 International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Awards Mission Enhancement Grant

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 17:40

CHICAGO — The “Croatia Linked Data International Symposium” project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhance

Paromita Biswas receives 2020 CRS First Step Award

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 14:05

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Paromita Biswas, Continuing Resources Metadata Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as the recipient of the 2020 First Step Award—a Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS). The award will be presented on Saturday, June 27, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL.

YALSA names 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:32

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

ALA publishes free facilitation skills training materials for small and rural library workers

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:58

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has released a set of free professional development materials to help library workers in small and rural communities develop the facilitation skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century library.

ALA takes FY 2021 budget cuts seriously, urges members of Congress to visit libraries

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:40

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association (ALA) issued the following statement by ALA President Wanda Brown in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request:

The White House proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) again dismisses the value of America’s 120,000 academic, public, school and special libraries. The administration’s new budget not only brushes aside IMLS, it decreases funding for other library-eligible education programs.

Katrina Belton awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:11

CHICAGO— Katrina Belton, Preservation Specialist, University of Washington Libraries in Seattle, Wash., will receive the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant for 2020 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition during the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Awards Ceremony on June 27, 2020 in Chicago, IL. 

ALSC announces 2020 Notable Children’s Recordings

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 12:08

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2020 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.
 
The recordings selected are:

2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits – offering visions of hope

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:47

PHILADELPHIA – Libraries are at the heart of our communities, supplying information and resources for people to find what they need to improve their quality of life. Often, the library is the first point of contact in connecting people with very serious needs to other community agencies.

Booker, Neal and Rivera to serve on ALA Executive Board

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:48

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Council has elected Latrice Booker, Larry Neal and Alexandra Rivera to serve on the ALA Executive Board. The Executive Board election took place during the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 24-28, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elected board members will begin a three-year term beginning in July 2020 and concluding in June 2023. 

New ALA program will help libraries address climate crisis

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:07

Educational pilot program launched by donation from private donors; matching gifts invited through April 6

Linked data for the perplexed librarian

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 10:07

CHICAGO — Linked data is already happening right now, evident in projects from Big Tech and the Wikimedia Foundation as well as the web pages of library service platforms. The goal of exposing cultural institutions’ records to the web is as important as ever—but for the non-technically minded, linked data can feel like a confusing morass of abstraction, jargon, and acronyms.

United for Libraries’ February Monthly Member Forum to focus on highlights from the United for Libraries Institute: Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 20:56

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “Highlights from the United for Libraries Institute,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

ALA responds to concerns about recent efforts to exclude materials

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 13:58

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement in response to reports that trusted cultural institutions have altered or excluded photographs from exhibits that included protest signs unflattering to our current administration.

Course on popular YouTube added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 11:12

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help patrons learn the basics of using the popular online video site, YouTube. The course, Intro to Searching Videos on YouTube, covers the basics of searching for videos for entertainment, instruction, “do it yourself,” and more. This 21-minute online tutorial explores how one navigates the YouTube homepage, how to perform searches, and how to create an account.

Ten ALA Spectrum Scholars awarded grants to attend PLA 2020 Conference

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:51

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded travel grants for ten Spectrum Scholars to attend the PLA 2020 Conference, taking place Feb.

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