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Applications for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:27

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or an academic library staff member who works in development, to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to the recipient.

Value of Academic Libraries 2018 travel scholarships

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:07

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

Free webinar focuses on the ways libraries can support Cooperative Extension

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:24

CHICAGO — Join the project leads of the Digging DEEP project for a webinar that provides an in-depth discussion of the surprising results and relationships that came out of the project.

Margaret Yu-Yin Hung Wins 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:23
CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Margaret Yu-Yin Hung the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and Popularisation.”  

Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:26

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017.

ALA receives $1.1 million from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for reading and discussion model for underserved youth as part of national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:17

CHICAGO — Libraries will engage more than 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative, humanities-based reading and discussion programming thanks to a $1.1 million grant to the American Library Association (ALA) from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), will connect ALA’s longstanding Great Stories Club literary programming model to the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts.

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:41

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.

RUSA's Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Seeks Editor

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 22:32

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).

An updated handbook of art and design librarianship

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:40

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who need to support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects, and the historians who study those disciplines.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:46


CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 11, 2018.

ACRL sponsors Project Information Literacy student news consumption study

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 18:39

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a co-sponsor of a forthcoming Project Information Literacy (PIL) research study investigating how young adults consume news and gather information. The research, conducted in partnership with faculty at Northeastern University and Wellesley College, focuses on two of the most pressing issues of what has been called our “post-truth” era: currency and authority. 

ALSC now accepting applications for 2018 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:15

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.

Tackling Fake News: An American Libraries Live Webcast

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:12

CHICAGO—Everyone is talking about Fake News. People are more aware than ever that when you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know whether what you are seeing is fact rather than speculation, opinion, or outright fiction. In our role as gatekeepers of information, librarians have always been responsible for establishing the authority of information. But with social media ensuring that news articles—whether real or not—spread like wildfire, how can help our users filter the real from the fake?

Discover Altmetrics and Reproducibility at 2 new LITA events

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:17

Chicago -- Don’t miss out on either of two new LITA continuing education opportunities. First comes a webinar on Altmetrics and then a web course on Reproducibility. Sign up before it’s too late.

Fellows, coaches selected for December PLA Leadership Academy

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:04

CHICAGO -- PLA is proud to announce the fellows and coaches for its 2017 Leadership Academy, taking place December 4-8, 2017, in Chicago, Ill. Themed "Navigating Change · Building Community," the PLA Leadership Academy is designed to help empower public librarians as community leaders and agents of change.

Tackling societal challenges: a view from two generations. A conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:37

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when two generations tackle issues of inequality and strive for grassroots level solutions. The Opening Session will take place on Friday, February 9, 2018, 4:00-5:15pm at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.