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Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:29

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions being held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. More information is available at

RUSA Financial Literacy for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Your Community

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:48

Are there crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs in your neighborhood? What financial literacy education might they need to grow their business? At the next online discussion of the RUSA Financial Literacy Interest Group, Megan Emery of Chattanooga Public Library will lead a conversation about library programming and events that support small businesses and provide financial education opportunities to budding and established entrepreneurs.

This discussion will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central/2 pm Mountain/1 pm Pacific.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host The Heart of Librarianship webinar

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:54

CHICAGO — As part of her global outreach efforts, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host a free webinar, The Heart of Librarianship, at 9 a.m. CST/10 a.m. EST/4 p.m. Amsterdam on Nov. 14, 2018. To participate, register for the event.

SRRT seeks applications for 2019 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 18:43

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the first annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration.

Public Library Association awarded IMLS grant to help public libraries, partners respond to opioid epidemic

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 18:14
Coordinates with OCLC on national research, engagement effort

Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:13

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs is the sixth installment in the Association’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series.

Library leaders identify strategies in “Fight for School Libraries”

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 14:16

CHICAGO – An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field of librarianship can support the nation’s school libraries. The strategies were developed by school, public and academic library leaders from across the country during the “Fight for School Libraries” summit convened by 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal.

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:46

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? a webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central. This is a webinar version of the Intellectual Freedom Committee program that Moderator Emily Knox and other panelists offered at ALA’s Annual Meeting last summer.

GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2019 awards recognizing outstanding service to the LGBTQ community

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 18:02

CHICAGO - Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association seeks to honor librarians, library related org

Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019: An American Libraries Live webcast

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 18:00

CHICAGO — Entertainment services are by far the most likely services to be purchased by libraries in the next year according to a recent survey of more than 300 libraries in North America.

Write and Cite 'Chicago Style': Helping Students and Patrons Understand The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:57

CHICAGO—In this special free event, ALA Publishing and the University of Chicago Press will discuss using The Chicago Manual of Style for citation building and more. Rebecca Gerber, electronic resources librarian at the ALA, will interview Chicago style expert Carol Saller, editor of the CMOS Online Q&A and the CMOS Shop Talk blog. 

2018 LITA Forum early bird rates extended

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:14

The early bird registration rate has been extended for two more weeks, so there’s still time to save $50 on one of the most dynamic and interactive events you can attend.

LITA Forum 
Minneapolis, MN
November 8-10, 2018

Early bird rates will end October 14, 2018, so Register Now!

Longlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:14

CHICAGO – A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 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 24, 2018.

An ALCTS guide to streaming video acquisitions

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:43

CHICAGO — Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing can break your budget. Serving the needs of both students and faculty requires a balanced, strategic approach.

Run for office by filing an electronic petition

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:17

CHICAGO – Interested in running for ALA President-elect, Treasurer or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2019 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for president-elect and treasurer, and 25 signatures for councilor-at-large.

PLA unveils new leadership model, seeks applicants for next Leadership Academy

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 15:04

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new model for its Leadership Development Initiative. Developed by 21 select library leaders, the PLA Leadership Model describes the work, methods, and core values of leadership in a public library context.

New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:33

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

New Technology Planning LITA Guide is Out Now

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:28

Chicago -- There's a new title in the LITA Guide series, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, by Diana Silveira. Technology is a crucial part of libraries today. But when it comes to figuring out the most effective technologies for their library or to planning for future technology needs, many librarians don’t know where to begin.

ASGCLA's Announces New Mentoring Program

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 17:10

Nearly two years in the planning, ASGCLA’s new division-wide Mentoring Program launched at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans.

ASGCLA’s Membership Promotion Committee, who developed the program and created its documentation and processes, accepted the first set of applications in early 2018. Based on mutual professional interests and areas of work or study, the committee matched seven pairs of mentors and mentees for a yearlong, one-on-one partnership.