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Heather Pelham has been selected for the 2019 ASGCLA Exceptional Service Award

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:55

Heather Pelham, Public Services Librarian, Georgetown County Library System, SC, has been selected for the 2019 Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies Exceptional Service Award. She was chosen for her advocacy and work re-establishing a library for the general population at the Georgetown County, South Carolina Detention Center.

How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 09:50

CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.

Tulsa City-County Library wins 2019 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:30

CHICAGO — The Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company.

Dr. Mirah J. Dow wins Beta Phi Mu Award

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO — Dr. Mirah J. Dow, professor and director of the Ph.D. Program at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), has been selected as the 2019 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. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society.

2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:27

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton for "A Rapidly Escalating Demand: Academic Libraries and the Birth of Black Studies Programs." Knowlton's essay traces the response of a number of academic libraries to meet the needs of Black Studies programs created as a result of student activism and protest in the 1960s. Knowlton is the librarian for History and African American Studies at the Princeton University Library.

Gary Janetti to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:37

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Gary Janetti 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 23. Authors Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Jessica Holmes will also appear.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries Opens Call for Session Proposals

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:38

CHICAGO – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for the 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 20 – 24, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pa.).

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo presents webinar: 'Libraries, Comics and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities'

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 11:03

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is happy to partner with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host a free webinar on the impact of representation and reflection of communities of color in comics. Please join us on June 12th for the "Libraries, Comics, and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities" webinar.  Register now.

Anonymity is examined in new book from the Center for the Future of Libraries

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:29

CHICAGO — "Anonymity,” by Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper, is the newest volume in a series from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. The Library Futures Series is edited by Miguel A. Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, and produced in collaboration with ALA Neal-Schuman.

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office welcomes 2019 Google Fellow Katelyn N. Ringrose

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 09:52

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office announced today that Katelyn Ringrose will serve as ALA’s 2019 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. exploring diverse areas of the information policy field, joining the Washington Office from May 28 through August 10, 2019. As part of her fellowship, she will complete a major project.

AASL opens nominations for administrator collaborative

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:32

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. Administrators must be nominated by an AASL member and both the administrator and the AASL member must be able to attend the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. If appointed to serve, the administrator and their nominating school librarian will receive a shared $1,000 travel stipend and each will receive complimentary conference registration.

AASL launches school administrator collaborative

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:30

CHICAGO – With support from OverDrive Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a two-year initiative to engage with an audience vital to the success of school librarian advocacy: school administrators. The "AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning" aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. The initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning.

ALA President Loida Garcia – Febo shares insights on sustainable thinking during United Nations event

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:47

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia – Febo joined international library leaders for a knowledge-sharing event entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries Today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities." The event was hosted by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and provided an international platform to discuss how libraries around the world are creating and cultivating new relationships to help communities learn, understand and support sustainable professional development.

George Kendall new Booklist Editor and Publisher

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:53

George Kendall will join Booklist on June 10th, 2019 as its new Editor and Publisher. George has more than 20 years’ experience with a variety of publishers, including an extensive background in content strategy, digital innovation, web development, and team leadership.

Utah Library Association receives the 2019 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:43

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association is the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

Assessment strategies in technical services

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:43

CHICAGO — Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of “Assessment Strategies in Technical Services,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) edited by Kimberley A.

United for Libraries to present June 10 webinar on 'Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach'

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:35

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach” on Monday, June 10, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange on June 6 to focus on ‘Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:34

The ALA Chapter Relations Office, along with United for Libraries, will present a Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar on “Empowering Tru

Loudoun County Public Library wins ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:15

CHICAGO — The Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia) has been named the 2019 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program “Science On Tap.”

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

Jefferson Jr. and Swader win the 2019 ALA Equality Award

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:13

CHICAGO – Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Lorelle R. Swader are the 2019 recipients of the ALA’s Equality Award. They will both receive $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  The award is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Jefferson and Swader have both demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a focus on the rights of underrepresented library workers, exemplifying the spirit of promoting equality in the library profession.