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The Library History Round Table (LHRT) announces the presentation of the 2018 Donald G. Davis Article Award

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:46

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is delighted to announce the presentation of the 2018 Donald G. Davis Article Award to Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce for her 2016 article, “The Reign of Children: The Role of Games and Toys in American Public Libraries, 1877-1925,” published in Information & Culture.  Dr. Pierce, an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, will be recognized at a Library History Round Table award ceremony during the LHRT Research Forum, at 1 p.m.

Comedian Tom Papa to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:44

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian Tom Papa will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Authors Harrison Scott Key and Chris Erskine will also appear.  

LITA @ ALA Annual 2018 – President’s Program

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:28

Join LITA President Andromeda Yelton and welcome Kendra Albert, a technology lawyer and an affiliate research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, during the 2018 ALA Annual conference.

Retired ALA Finance Director continues to go the extra mile for Spectrum

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:21

Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will once again be raising funds in support of the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 17.

Free webinar on Integrating STEM and Coding into Makerspaces

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:32

CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high school.

While we often assume that STEM programs are being initiated by classroom teachers, new research suggests that librarians and media specialists are increasingly taking the lead in bringing new, innovative tools into their school programs.

New session: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:16

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thurs., July 26, 2018.

New workshop: Sensory Storytime Programs

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:00

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Sensory Storytime Programs with Jennifer Roy. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wed., July 25, 2018.

Learn to conquer the digital world at PR Forum 2018

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:29

CHICAGO – In today’s world, it’s not a matter of whether or not you engage in social media and digital marketing but how well you do it. At the 2018 PR Forum, being held 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, learn how to determine which social platform is best for your library, how to develop compelling content and how to discover conversations you can become a part of.  

A no-nonsense guide to born-digital content

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:58

CHICAGO — Collecting and managing content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form requires a very specific approach. And, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows, providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives.

ALCTS endorses acquisitions core competencies

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:59

CHICAGO —The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has endorsed the “Core Competencies for Acquisitions Professionals.” The Education Committee of the ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) was asked to define core competencies for professionals in the acquisitions field. The Committee was chaired by Dr.

Libraries celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:40

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience.

The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. It also recognizes the significant contributions of GLBT authors.

ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2018 ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ training in St. Louis

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:18

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9 to 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are invited to attend.

Dr. Clara M. Chu wins Beta Phi Mu Award

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:47

CHICAGO — Dr. Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliated faculty at The iSchool of Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship.

PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:24

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library professionals the opportunity to attend five marketing and public-relations focused sessions on the same day.

PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

Chang Liu wins Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:51

CHICAGO – Chang Liu, director, Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia), has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Ernest A.