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Learn from the best with LLAMA’s new Online Competency Courses

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:46

Learn from the best with LLAMA’s new Online Competency Courses

New School Library Research article examines the identities of novice school librarians

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:08

CHICAGO – A new article documenting the occupational socialization of novice school librarians is now available in volume 21 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed for free at

Richard P. Smiraglia Wins 2018 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:32
Richard P. Smiraglia has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Dr.

Pitts-Noggle wins business reference research grant

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:38

CHICAGO-Stephanie Pitts-Noggle, Business Specialist Librarian at Champaign Public Library (IL) was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Research Grant Award sponsored by Emerald Publishing. The grant, awarded to an individual or team, consists of $5,000 to conduct research in business librarianship.

PLA 2018 draws thousands of library professionals, supporters to Philadelphia

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:07

CHICAGO – As Philadelphians braced for the third Nor’easter in less than two weeks, library supporters and professionals from across the country made their way to the east coast to attend the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference, March 20 – 24 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Approximately 7,762 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and supporters registered to attend the nation’s largest conference dedicated to connecting and supporting the educational needs of public library professionals and stakeholders.

RUSA President wins Excellence in Business Librarianship Award

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:22

Chris LeBeau,  Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri and Librarian for Management and Public Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City (retired) and RUSA President,  was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship Award, sponsored by Mergent by FTSE Russell.

Invitation to Online Forum sponsored by Special Task Force on Sustainability

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 09:32

CHICAGO — In 2016-2017, the ALA Executive Board appointed a Special Task Force on Sustainability, charged with developing a white paper and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board, with the intent of increasing the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries and the communities they serve. 

In its Midwinter 2018 report to the ALA Executive Board, the Task Force co-chairs noted they have focused on two questions to create a vision for the future and to translate that vision into action:

The 'kindness team' at Dr. Michael Conti School - PS 5 receives AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 17:38

CHICAGO – The project “Promoting Social Justice Awareness and a Culture of Kindness through Literature and Project-Based Learning” from the Dr. Michael Conti School - PS 5 in Jersey City, New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.

AASL awards eleven Inspire Grants for collections and special events

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 17:37

CHICAGO – Eleven schools from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the Inspire Grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections or plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Mike Havener receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 17:36

CHICAGO – Mike Havener, school librarian for Springfield (Illinois) High School, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

Stover wins Margaret E. Monroe Award for library adult services

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:47

CHICAGO-Kaite Stover, Director of Readers' Services at Kansas City Public Library was selected as the 2018 winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, sponsored by NoveList.

Libraries offer a wealth of personal finance programs during Money Smart Week®, April 21 - 28, 2018

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:32

CHICAGO – Earning a living can be hard. But knowing how to spend, save and invest your money wisely can be even more of a challenge. And with the recent changes in the tax code, being financially savvy is imperative.

Libraries help by providing the resources that can help you make the right choices. Our nation’s librarians and library workers are trained in offering unbiased sources of information that guide us in making sound fiscal choices.

State Historical Society of Iowa wins John Sessions Memorial Award

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 15:46

CHICAGO-The Iowa Labor Collection and Iowa Labor History Oral Project, State Historical Society of Iowa was unanimously selected as the 2018 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award.

Public Library Association honors eleven individuals and public libraries with awards and grants

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:54

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of its 2018 service awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

John Cotton Dana Award Deadline Extended

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:20

The deadline for submission for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards for Library Public Relations has been extended to March 30.  Information about these awards and award applications are available at