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CHICAGO — Register to be heard. ALA’s Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM17) - June 8.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 16:02

CHICAGO — Register now to be heard.  ALA’s Virtual Membership Meeting (

How to win library funding through political advocacy

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:34

CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library understand the strategies, resources, and tactics necessary for positive political action. Whether election day is four months away or four years away, there are immediate steps library leaders and local library ballot committees should take to help secure a successful ballot initiative later.

Free webinar offered on using DigitalLearn to complement classes for library patrons

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:07

Community members enter public libraries every day, hoping to complete life tasks many of us take for granted, but lacking the basic computer skills to accomplish them. DigitalLearn.org is a collection of video-based tutorials to help inexperienced and low-level learners with computers and the internet. DigitalLearn.org can complement the classes and one-on-one training your library staff are already providing.

ALA lauds major businesses united to fight for federal library funding

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:37
(Washington, DC) – The American Library Association hailed today’s unveiling of the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), a group of more than two dozen leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple national trade associations newly united to advocate for federal library funding.   

Gale, a Cengage Company Learning Financial Development Award recipient named

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:47

CHICAGO — Mid-Continent Public Library, the largest public library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area—serving nearly 800,000 people across its three-county district—is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Gale, a Cengage Company Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievements in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.

Dr. Barbara K. Stripling receives the 2017 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:44

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara K. Stripling is the winner of the 2017 Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott, III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship as demonstrated by outstanding participation in professional library association, notable published professional writing, or other significant activities on behalf of the profession.

Spend an afternoon with Jordan Sonnenblick during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:11

CHICAGO – Jordan Sonnenblick will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Sonnenblick, along with Sarah Dessen and Christian Robinson, will discuss his work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

LLAMA Webinar: Evidence-based Advocacy at National, State and Local Levels

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:09

CHICAGO — Every librarian knows that public policies at the national, state and local level can have a huge impact on how resources are allocated to their library. However, many librarians have not been trained or encouraged to engage in advocacy at those levels. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Evidence-based Advocacy at the National, State and Local Levels,” at 1:30 – 3 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, June 7.

Jonathan Safran Foer among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:06

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Jonathan Safran Foer will join Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson, A.J. Finn, and Celeste Ng 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.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards during the program.

ALSC Releases 2017 Summer Reading Lists

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:04

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2017 Summer Reading Lists. With titles organized into four age ranges, young booklovers are sure to find some great reads to beat the heat.

Accepting Appointments for Career Counseling and Resume Review at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:52

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions and resume reviews on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 - 25, 2017 during the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center, located in McCormick Place West - Hall F2.  

 

Spend an afternoon with Sarah Dessen during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:49

CHICAGO – Sarah Dessen will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Dessen, along with Christian Robinson and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss her work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

Spend an afternoon with Christian Robinson during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:48

CHICAGO – Christian Robinson will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Robinson, along with Sarah Dessen and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss his work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

PLA, Anythink Libraries to host free webinar on achieving organizational goals

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:23

PLA is hosting a free interactive webinar this month in partnership with Anythink Libraries (Adams County, Colo.). Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is an initiative designed to show communities how important libraries are and how they have evolved in the digital age. Participants will learn how libraries have leveraged this global initiative to achieve their organizational goals.

AASL President recognizes Emily Sheketoff’s "ceaseless efforts" with Crystal Apple Award

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:38

CHICAGO – Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Audrey Church. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.

Leaders Wanted: Building diversity in LIS leadership at ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:06
CHICAGO - Cultivating a diverse workforce is important, but librarians of color in LIS education, research, and executive-level administration are underrepresented. To address this need, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is sponsoring its 10th annual recruitment event geared towards increasing diversity in LIS leadership and research through doctoral programs during ALA Annual Conference.

ACRL releases Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 17:20

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments,” by Mary Snyder Broussard.

The 2017 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:09

CHICAGO—Updated to include the 2017 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2017 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

AASL President’s Program addresses “what an administrator wants”

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:07

CHICAGO – Scott Beck, head principal at Norman (Okla.) High School, will conclude the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Awards Ceremony & President’s Program taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

New Workshop: Cataloging Video Resources with RDA

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:42

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Video Resources with RDA with Kelley McGrath. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions on:

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