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Adam Szczepaniak, Jr. elected ASCLA President 2018-2019

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 17:34

CHICAGO - Adam Szczepaniak, Jr., Deputy State Librarian & Director at New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center elected President for 2018-19 for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Over his 20 years as an ALA member, Szczepaniak has been involved with ASCLA's Accessibility Assembly, Nominating Committee and Planning and Budget Committee among other involvement. 

Crystle Martin elected for 2018-2019 YALSA presidency

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 16:03

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), elected Crystle Martin as the division’s next president-elect. Martin will begin her term as president-elect in June 2017, becoming president for one year starting June 2018.

Ann K. G. Brown named RUSA's President for 2018-19

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:19

CHICAGO - Ann K. G. Brown, Instruction, Ourtreach and Reference Librarian at George Washington University, GW Libriraries in Washington D.C. named President-Elect for the Reference and User Services (RUSA) division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

New Workshop: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:28

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific 

New LLAMA officers elected

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:13

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association announced today that Lynn Hoffman has been elected as the new president-elect. She is the director of operations for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Naidoo elected ALSC 2018-2019 president

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:43

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D., Foster-EBSCO Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Tuscaloosa, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). In accordance with the Leadership Transition Plan adopted by the ALSC Board of Directors in March, Naidoo assumes his duties as ALSC vice president immediately.

Lauren Pressley elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:41

CHICAGO - Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.

Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:26

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2017 Teens Top Ten Nominees.

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.  The nominees are as follows:

Martin elected ALCTS President for 2018-2019

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:35

CHICAGO —Kristin E. Martin, electronic resources management librarian, University of Chicago, has been elected the 2018-2019 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

She previously held positions in electronic resources management and cataloging at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Martin holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. and B.M.A. from the University of Michigan.

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant Award recipient named

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 21:55

CHICAGO — 13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

The American Library Association honors Haipeng Li with Equality Award

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 21:36

CHICAGO — Haipeng Li is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Kathryn Roots Lewis elected 2018-2019 AASL President

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 21:03

CHICAGO – Kathryn Roots Lewis, director of media services and instructional technology for Norman (Okla.) Public Schools, has been elected as the 2018-2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Lewis will serve as president-elect during 2017-2018 under AASL President Steven Yates.

Taking on New Job Responsibilities: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:59

CHICAGO — Due to budget cuts and increased demands, many library staffers are being asked to take on tasks where they have little or no experience—paraprofessionals are being asked to do reference, catalogers are being asked to run programs, and so on. You may feel that you need to take on more responsibilities just to keep up.

Eight recipients honored with the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:55

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today the eight recipients of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Community of Practice and the AIA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries.

PLA to offer strategic planning workshop at conference for rural and small libraries

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:12

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will hold a one-day workshop on strategic planning specifically for small and rural libraries. The PLA Dynamic Planning Institute, will be offered as a preconference session at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, taking place September 6-9 in St. George, Utah.

2017 Teen Read Week™ initiative launched

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 18:40

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2017 Teen Read Week (TRW) website,

Garcia-Febo Wins 2018–2019 ALA Presidency

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:54

CHICAGO – Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant and President of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Garcia-Febo received 3,278 votes, while her opponents, Scott Walter, university librarian, DePaul University, Chicago, received 3,209 votes, and Terri Grief, School Librarian at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky, received 2,636 votes.

Ron Chernow, Keynote Presenter at ALA Awards Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:42

One of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in the U.S. today, 2015 National Humanities Medal recipient and bestselling author Ron Chernow has been praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities for “bringing our Nation’s story to life. Through his examination of America’s successful giants and titans, Chernow invites his readers to discover their failures and foibles, uncovering enduring lessons that inform our modern era.” The session will take place on Sunday, June 25, 3:30-4:30pm, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

New ALCTS award honors Lois Mai Chan

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:40

CHICAGO—The Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is very pleased to announce a new award honoring the career and influence of Lois Mai Chan, distinguished leader, author and mentor in the field of metadata creation and standards.

2017 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:53

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and one honorable mention for the 2017 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.