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Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 11:33

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Coalition Building Committee is accepting nominations for the 2021 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. Do you know of a state chapter or organization that has:

Registration opens for ALA Midwinter Virtual, Jan. 22-26

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 16:56

CHICAGO – Registration for ALA Midwinter Virtual, Jan. 22-26, 2021, opened at noon Central Thursday.   

The event will include "New Urgencies for Change" sessions from the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, News You Can Use series, special author events, a virtual Exhibit Hall, the Youth Media Awards, the I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, live-chat presentations, and networking opportunities.

Public libraries invited to apply for $5,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 15:33

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Updated Caregivers Toolkit Available

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 13:08

The American Library Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) announced the relaunch of its Caregivers Toolkit.

A holistic collections assessment framework

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:38

CHICAGO — Bridging the divide between the big picture and the nitty gritty, Madeline M. Kelly‘s “The Complete Collections Assessment Manual: A Holistic Approach,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a comprehensive framework suitable for a variety of collections and contexts. With a structure that makes it applicable as both a training tool for practicing librarians and a useful course text for library students, this manual:

Core Webinar Helps you Build a Holistic Employee Engagement Framework

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 16:27
This webinar will explore various important aspects of engaging employees.  Included will be workforce planning guides; ways to reduce bias and hacking in the job interview; human resources best practices for employee development and onboarding; and holistic talent reviews; and career planning.

Create More Effective Policies and Procedures with this Core Webinar

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 16:27

Writing effective policies and procedures is the key to many aspects of successful library management. In this webinar, we will discuss approaches to writing policies and procedures that promote positive relationships with your library’s patrons and community.

ALA Executive Board affirms support for libraries, urges members to ‘stand strong’

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 23:15

In this time of unrest and uncertainty, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) affirms our unequivocal support of ALA members, all library workers and the broader library community.

2020 has taken a toll on libraries and library workers. All of us have had to pivot to provide services online, and for many of us, with shrinking resources. Library professionals have shown ourselves to be innovative and forward-thinking. Yet, like everyone, we have been forced to make difficult decisions, both for ourselves and the communities we serve.

YALSA releases Outstanding Books for the College Bound recommended reading list

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 16:45

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its long-awaited Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB) recommended reading list. The list was curated by YALSA’s 2019 OBCB Committee.

The list is organized into the following categories:

"2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics" now available from ACRL

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 12:21

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics," the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 12:09

CHICAGO - On September 22, the White House issued its Executive Order On Combating Race And Sex Stereotyping, prohibiting federal employees, contractors, and grant recipients from discussing or considering concepts such as critical race theory and white privilege and discouraging diversity education and training.

Nominations open for 2021 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 10:06

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group, or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. IFRT will present the award during the 2021 ALA annual conference in Chicago, IL.

Makerspaces in practice

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:53

CHICAGO — More than a decade since they first began to crop up, makerspaces continue to transform and revitalize libraries, tapping into patron creativity and fostering collaboration. In “Makerspaces in Practice: Successful Models for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions, editor Ellyssa Kroski gathers trailblazers of the maker movement from across the library spectrum to share their experiences and success stories.