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Authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker to speak at PLA Member Breakfast in June

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 16:12

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to welcome Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker as the featured speakers for its Member Welcome Breakfast at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Jonathan Eig is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:24

Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is a journalist and a New York Times best-selling author.

United for Libraries to designate Lawrence Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:24

PEPPERELL, Mass. – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Lawrence Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Barbara Cooney on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

The Lawrence Library is featured in the pages of Cooney’s picture book “Miss Rumphius,” which won the National Book Award in 1983.

A comprehensive guidebook for library financial management

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:39

CHICAGO — Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, William W. Sannwald’s “Financial Management for Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, elucidates a broad array of issues crucial for those entering a managerial position. Both thorough and straightforward, Sannwald's treatment:

ALA seeks candidates for two endowment fund trustee openings

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:24

CHICAGO — Applications are now being accepted for two expiring terms on the ALA Endowment Trustees committee. 

The candidates will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held June 21 to 26 in New Orleans.  Any newly selected Trustee will begin serving immediately upon notification of their selection. The three-year term will expire at the conclusion of the 2021 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. 

The deadline for receiving applications is June 1, 2018.

2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants Announced

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:09

CHICAGO — Art Aids Art and the eKhaya eKasi Art and Education Center in Khayelitsha, South Africa; the Athens Housing Authority, University of Georgia College of Education, and Parkview Community in Athens, GA; and the Uni Project in New York, NY have been selected to receive books as part of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant program.

OCLC Research’s Merrilee Proffitt shows how libraries can leverage Wikipedia

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:12

CHICAGO — In “Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge,” published by ALA Editions, Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC Research shows how libraries can contribute to Wikipedia to improve content quality and make library services more visible.

Joliet Public Library receives 2018 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:43

CHICAGO — The Joliet Public Library (Joliet, Illinois) has been named the 2018 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for their program “Star Wars Day.”

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.

Alexandra Rivera wins the 2018 Equality Award

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:42

CHICAGO — Alexandra Rivera is the 2018 recipient of the ALA’s Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Selected as 2018 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 14:23

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner of the 2018 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award.


Emily Rimland Selected as LIRT 2018 Librarian Recognition Award recipient

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 14:00

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, as the 2018 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.  The Librarian Recognition Award was created to recognize an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction.

New York Public Library wins the LIRT 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:36

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the 2018 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the New York Public Library during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The award will be given at the LIRT Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center - Tchoupitoulas Room.


LLAMA Online Competency Course Teaches How to Manage Conflict

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:11

If you think that creating a peaceful and conflict-free work environment is the most effective way to be a library leader or manager, you might want to reconsider. The reality is that conflict in the workplace is unavoidable at times, but more important, can be a sign of a healthy and well functioning workplace. Instead of wishing it would just go away, a better approach is to let it help you transform your organization. But how?

McElroy named 2018 winner of History Research and Innovation Award

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:44

CHICAGO—Jennifer McElroy, Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Learning History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company, administered by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The award consists of $2,500 to help facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship.

Tracy K. Smith, ALA President's Program Speaker at 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:39

Author and poet Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, and four books of poetry.

YALSA awarded $497,635 from IMLS to implement “Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach” project

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:21

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), will implement a new project, Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. The three-year project is generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

ALSC announces inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media list

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:13

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Notable Children's Digital Media committee, formerly the Great Websites committee, is excited to announce its inaugural list of great digital media for children.

Meet the 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:53

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans are invited to meet the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception on Friday, June 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m. in Morial Convention Center, Room 345. The ALA 2018 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the poster session. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.


Colby Lewis Wins 2018 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:26

Colby Lewis has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Student Writing Award sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for her paper titled "The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and What Does It Mean for Libraries?" Lewis is a Master of Science in Information candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information.