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An update of ALA Neal-Schuman’s library technology companion

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 12:19

CHICAGO — Carrying over the reorganization that made the fifth edition such a convenient learning resource for students and working professionals alike, the newest edition of “Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is timelier and more compelling than ever. John J.

PLA December webinar to highlight non-traditional approaches to library programming

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 16:36

CHICAGO –The Public Library Association (PLA) is hosting a webinar in December featuring non-traditional approaches to public library programming. PLA's webinar, Outside-the-Box Programs, will take place Thursday, Dec. 12, from 1–2 p.m. Central Time. Content will focus on methods for reinvigorating classic library programs by creatively integrating technology while highlighting existing library services.

ALA to host free webinar on library outreach, programs in 2020 Census

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:06

Free webinar highlights community collaboration opportunities for libraries in 2020 Census

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold a free webinar for library staff, “Library Programs and Partnerships in the 2020 Census,” on December 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Looking to lead? ALA announces free facilitation skills training for small and rural library workers

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 18:09

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced a professional development opportunity — including funding to attend an in-person workshop at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago — to help small and rural library workers develop the communication skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century library.

Author and Artist Chanel Miller will Close the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:00

She stunned the world with a letter.  Her victim impact statement, posted on BuzzFeed instantly went viral, viewed by eleven million people within four days.  It's been translated globally, read on the floor of Congress, inspired changes in California law, and led to the recall of the judge in her case.

Ready-to-use coding projects for all ages

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:00

CHICAGO — The lessons of ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative are conclusive: your library can make a difference in developing computational thinking in children, teens, and even adults.

ALA opens application for Libraries Build Business grants

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 12:06

Application deadline set for December 13, 2019


ACRL, ALA, and ARL Extend Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 11:09

CHICAGO - The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have extended their Joint Advisory Task Force through August 31, 2022, to continue efforts to bring the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component up-to-date and in-line with current library practices.

‘Share Your Censorship Story’: OIF encourages library workers to report 2019 challenges, bans

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 15:15

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) encourages library workers to report censorship incidents and challenges to library or school materials and services that occurred in 2019 using an online form by December 31, 2019. Every submitted report provides crucial information that helps the office raise awareness and respond to censorship threats by creating resources for libraries.

Trusting records in the cloud

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:15

CHICAGO — “Trusting Records in the Cloud: The Creation, Management, and Preservation of Trustworthy Digital Content,” published by Facet Publishing in association with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and available through the ALA Store, presents up-to-date research and offers concrete guidelines for records professionals concerned with

Columbus, Ohio selected as site of PLA 2024 Conference

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 12:46

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to announce Columbus, Ohio, as the host city for the PLA 2024 Conference. The PLA Conference typically draws between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees, and the Columbus event will be held Apr. 3–6, 2024, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The City of Columbus conforms to all PLA Conference site-selection policies and meets or surpasses all hotel and exhibit space requirements.

A deep dive into AASL’s Shared Foundation of Inquire

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:25

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Lori E. Donovan’s book “Inquire” explores how inquiry process models and questioning protocols can be used and modified to develop curious and reflective lifelong learners and problem solvers while simultaneously fostering a school-wide inquiry culture.

Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 17:14

CHICAGO — Do you know of a public library administrator who has made significant contributions in support of public library service to children?

The Sullivan Award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management, supervisory, administrative responsibility that has included public service to children in its scope.  This award is presented annually.

The annual award consists of a commemorative gift and a gold-framed citation.

Nominations open for 2020 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 17:10

CHICAGO — Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a challenged book, responding to collection and building damage after floods and fires, remaining open as a safe space during civil unrest, or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

If you know a librarian who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of librarianship to stand up in the face of adversity with dignity and honor, please consider giving that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the 2020 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

United for Libraries December Monthly Member Forum to educate Trustees, Friends and Foundations on Intellectual Freedom

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:40

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “Intellectual Freedom: What Trustees, Friends, and Foundations Need to Know,” on Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Kristin Pekoll, assistant director at ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, will lead the webinar.

Registrations Opens for Deaf Culture Forum, January 24, 2020

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:38

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), and Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) will host a Deaf Culture Forum in Philadelphia PA on Friday January 24, 2020 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Study: More than $1 billion in library funding to be allocated based on Census results

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 09:46

New report demonstrates impact of 2020 Census on libraries and communities

Alexander Street Press sponsors a scholarship for future media librarians

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 14:16

CHICAGO -  Alexander Street Press will collaborate with the Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) in sponsoring a scholarship for future media librarians. The deg farrelly Memorial/Alexander Street Press AMIA/FMRT Media Librarian Scholarship is to be given once a year to a Master's degree candidate in Library Science in an ALA Accredited School who intends to work professionally as a media librarian in an academic institution.

Participatory archives

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:19

CHICAGO — From managing copyright and ownership to dealing with orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artifacts, and cultural heritage amateurs, the internet has created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions.