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Nominations will close Sept. 18 for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:18

CHICAGO — Library users nationwide have through Monday, Sept. 18 to nominate their favorite librarians for the American Library Association (ALA)’s prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Members of the public can nominate library professionals who have transformed lives and communities by visiting The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians in the U.S.

ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:04

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights Act and other protections from discrimination by means of actions addressing religious freedom.

“Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race or class, we all deserve to live and thrive in a society that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

New session: Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers workshop

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:39

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:25

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:29

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located just across the plaza from the library, where city hall now stands. Her innovative and experimental poetry and prose established her as a leading Modernist artist in the 1910s and 1920s. She remains a key literary figure in the Lehigh Valley.

AASL commends six programs aligned with its values and mission

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:11

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs due to the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines as well as the principles expressed in the AASL mission and value statements.

Sustainability Round Table Announces Free Student Memberships

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 18:26

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is pleased to announce free memberships for LIS students!

Beginning September 1, 2017, students may join SustainRT for free. To qualify for a free membership, students must be:

ALA offers support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in wake of shooting

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:16

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,   

ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:48

CHICAGO  – In the wake of historic flooding fueled by Hurricane Harvey, the American Library Association (ALA) and the library community continue their commitment to disaster relief efforts within the Gulf Coast Region.   

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is being affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and along the Gulf Coast,” said ALA President James (Jim) Neal. “The ALA has reached out to the Texas Library Association (TLA) and Texas State Library to offer support as they work with local libraries dealing with storm-related damage."