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PLA releases digital literacy tutorials in Spanish

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 19:34

CHICAGO — Spanish speakers will now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. PLA announced today that all learning content on its website is available in Spanish.

LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Miguel Figueroa

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 18:59

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present "Learning and Leading Together Toward the Future of Libraries," on Mar. 29, from noon to 1:00 pm, Central Time. This free webinar, featuring Miguel Figueroa, is part of an ongoing series highlighting thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries. 

ASCLA Spring Online Learning

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 18:23

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, offers convenient, year round online learning opportunities to further your knowledge and career skills. ASCLA's online courses and webinars focus on topics related accessibility and outreach to underserved patrons as well as topics related to state and specialized libraries, prison libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.

eCourse on Fundraising and Grantsmanship Starting

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 17:55

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week course on Fundraising and Grantsmanship.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from March 6 – April 16, 2017.  The course costs $350 for ALA members and $400 for non-ALA members.  REGISTER now, so you don’t miss any of the fascinating details which will

Breaking down barriers to collaboration by facilitating workshops

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 17:09

CHICAGO — “Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, leads readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm. Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends.

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni to speak at 2017 ALA Annual Conference reception to benefit Cultural Communities Fund

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:47

CHICAGO — Renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will headline a special reception to benefit the American Library Association (ALA) Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The event, “An Evening with Nikki Giovanni at the American Writers Museum,” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at the new American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., in downtown Chicago.

Fundamentals of electronic resources management

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:42

CHICAGO — It’s a real challenge to get up to speed with the continually evolving field of electronic resources management (ERM). Alana Verminski and Kelly Marie Blanchat were once new on the job themselves, crossing over from research instruction and the vendor side of scholarly publishing. They share what they've learned along the way in “Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman.

RUSA Spring Online Learning

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 14:59

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association,  offers multiple online professional development opportunities year round that are open to the public. Whether you want to acquire new skills or sharpen your current skills, RUSA's online courses and webinars offer convenient and flexible learning opportunities on both basic and advance topics. Basic topics may include the reference interview and readers' advisory to name a few.

Erin Cavell named 2017 winner of Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 20:39

CHICAGO--Erin Cavell, Small Business Librarian at Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library has been selected as the 2017 Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.

Raymond Pun named winner of Emerald Research Grant for “Mapping Collaborations”

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 17:51

CHICAGO—Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian at California State University, Fresno was named the 2017 winner of the Emerald Research Grant, administered by the Business and Reference Services Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Pun was selected for his project, “Mapping Collaborations between Business Librarians and Career Counselors,” an exploratory study of how academic business librarians collaborate with career centers to support student success.

Including individuals and community groups in cultural heritage preservation

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:41

CHICAGO — The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artefacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, and attitudes towards openness.

Sen. Jon Tester receives American Library Association’s 2017 James Madison Award

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 22:10

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's James Madison Award, the ALA's Washington Office announced today.

Presented annually near the anniversary of President Madison's birth, the award honors individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. 

David Wright wins NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Award for library adult services

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 22:00

CHICAGO— David Wright, Readers’ Services Librarian at Seattle Public Library, was selected as the 2017 NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award winner for his outstanding contributions to readers’ advisory and adult services.

New eCourse: Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:31

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 1, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

New eCourse: 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:10

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits. Ed Rossman will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 1, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:

PLA partners with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for free webinar on financial literacy and outcomes

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 18:24

CHICAGO – Money Smart week (April 22-29) is quickly approaching! Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to prepare for the financial literacy programs and events at your library! PLA is partnering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) for a special webinar presentation, Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact, to be held on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

New eCourse/eBook Bundle: Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 17:37

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction. Heidi Buchanan & Beth McDonough will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 1, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Meaningful library instruction in 50 minutes? No problem.

ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 16:19

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

A cutting edge readers' advisory guide to graphic novels

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 19:04

CHICAGO — Ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development, Francisca Goldsmith’s ”The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels,” published by ALA Editions, has been updated to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, the new second edition of this book: