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AASL Affiliates turn a new Chapter

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 17:02

CHICAGO – During the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly voted to adopt the term Chapters for state and regional school library associations. The change in name better reflects the relationship of AASL to state and regional school library associations and aligns with other similar entities within ALA. It also reflects recommendations made by the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) in their reimagined ALA governance model.

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for $5,000 award recognizing outstanding programming

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:36

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2020 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 4, 2020.

AASL Member Published in Accessibility, Compliance & Equity

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 11:53

CHICAGO – An article written by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Kathy Lester has been published in the January/February 2020 issue of AC&E as part of AASL President Mary Keeling’s presidential initiative to expand efforts in AASL to provide a safe, respectful, and inclusive space for diverse voices and perspectives. Lester’s article, “School Libraries for All Students,” can be read online at ace-ed.org.

Meeting the challenge of teaching information literacy

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:49

CHICAGO — While the profession has generated many books on information literacy, none to date have validated exactly why it is so difficult to teach. In her new book “Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Information Literacy,” published by ALA Editions, Michelle Reale posits that examining and reflecting on the reality of those factors is what will enable practitioners to meet the challenge of their important mandate.

Apply now for YALSA’s new Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:42

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant, which aims to annually recognize a librarian or a library employee who has a creative, innovative project that promotes literacy.

“I am excited that this opportunity, honoring my late wife, will go to a library with limited resources to develop a literacy program for young people,” commented Gregory Lum.

AASL welcomes Mississippi Association of School Librarians

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:36

CHICAGO – During the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) approved the Mississippi Association of School Librarians (MsASL) as a chapter of AASL. AASL Chapters are the grassroots representation of AASL members that serve to bring matters occurring at the state and local level to the national-level attention of the AASL Board of Directors.

United for Libraries to present February 19 webinar Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 15:19

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. eastern. Presenters Madeline Jarvis, Tess Wilson, Lina Bertinelli, and Kathy Kosinski will lead the webinar. Registration is free for United for Libraries Statewide Group Members.

“How We Fight for Our Lives” and “Cantoras” win 2020 Stonewall Adult Awards

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 10:23

PHILADELPHIA -- Two of the 2020 Stonewall Book Awards were announced Sunday, Jan. 26 by the Rainbow Round Table (RRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, held January 24-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee introduces new name and top ten feminist books for young readers

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:15

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 committee (formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Project), a subgroup of the Feminist Task Force (FTF) of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), selected its top ten books for 2020. Each year, the committee creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18, to be used by interested librarians, teachers, parents, and others who work with youth. The following titles were chosen as the 2020 Top Ten:

"Shout" by Laurie Halse Anderson  

New from ACRL - “Leading Change in Academic Libraries”

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:05

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Change in Academic Libraries,” edited by Colleen Boff and Catherine Cardwell. Each of the stories of leading and managing change in this collection uses Kotter’s Eight-Stage Process of Creating Major Change as a framework for examining common types of changes across a variety of institutions, offering effective practices and tips for navigating specific challenges. 

New from ACRL - “Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders”

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:53

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders” by Lori Birrell, book number 75 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series.

New from ACRL - “Becoming a Library Leader”

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:46

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Becoming a Library Leader: Seven Stages of Leadership Development for Academic Librarians" by Shin Freedman and James M. Freedman, offering exercise, activities, and stories to help librarians develop and hone their leadership potential.  

2020 Over the Rainbow Book List features 70 titles for adult readers

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 13:41

PHILADELPHIA -- The Over the Rainbow Book List Committee of the American Library Association's Rainbow Roundtable (RRT) gave careful consideration to 324 books this year, 152 fiction and 172 nonfiction. Choosing 32 fiction titles and 38 nonfiction titles to make up the complete 2020 Over the Rainbow Book List, the committee was thrilled by the continued expansion of queer publishing, the depth of substantial topics covered, and the number of quality books from all over the genre spectrum. No longer is the focus solely upon stories of tragedy, but rather about lives filled with joy.

Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:37

PHILADELPHIA - Jerry Craft, author of “New Kid,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “The Undefeated,” are the 2020 recipients of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

LITA announces the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:53

The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2018 and October 2019 and organized into three age-appropriate categories.

American Library Association announces 2020 youth media award winners

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:20

PHILADELPHIA- The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

A list of all the 2020 award winners follows: 

PBS Kids wins Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, 'Molly of Denali'

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:14

PHILADELPHIA – PBS Kids is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, Molly of Denali. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held January 24 - 28, in Philadelphia.

Kevin Henkes wins 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:09

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Henkes is the winner of the 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a significant and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “Julius, the Baby of the World” (Greenwillow Books, 1990), “Olive’s Ocean” (Greenwillow Books, 2003), and “Waiting” (Greenwillow Books, 2015).

James Yang wins Geisel Award for 'Stop! Bot!'

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:03

PHILADELPHIA – Author and illustrator James Yang is the 2020 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Stop! Bot!” published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition held January 24 - 28, in Philadelphia.

Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal win 2020 Sibert Medal

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 09:57

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal, author and illustrator of “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” were named the winners of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2019. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held January 24 - 28, in Philadelphia.

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