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ALA Celebrates Senate Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty and Adoption of Implementation Act

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 21:01

The American Library Association, along with the Library Copyright Alliance, applauds last night’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and passage of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by theU.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

Denine Torr from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recognized with AASL Crystal Apple Award

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:26

CHICAGO – Denine Torr, senior director of community initiatives at the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school libraries and students.

Social Media Savvy Members Sought for New AASL Posting Group

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:02

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks school library professionals to serve as members of the AASL Social Media Posting Group. Group members will be tasked with curating and composing social media posts to share on AASL platforms. To apply, visit

School Library Research article examines computational thinking and curriculum integration

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:51

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the ways computational thinking can be better incorporated into graduate-level library science curriculum. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

New workshop: Introduction to LC Faceted Vocabularies for Music Resources

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:46

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Introduction to LC Faceted Vocabularies for Music Resources with Casey Mullin and Hermine Vermeij. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

A guide for serving the reading interests of teens

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 15:54

CHICAGO — Teen literature expert Angela Carstensen, creator of School Library Journal‘s Adult Books 4 Teens blog, presents “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature.” Published by ALA Editions, this comprehensive resource will help readers’ advisors understand what teens appreciate about their favorite genres while also serving as a helpful collection development tool.

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 15:04

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is easing into summer learning with an online book discussion of its newly released “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Termed a slow chat, the discussion will take place via Twitter. School library professionals with Twitter accounts can follow the hashtags #AASLstandards and #AASLowchat to participate.

Judi Moreillon on maximizing school librarian leadership

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:46

CHICAGO — How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Judi Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching practices.

Graphic Novel and Comics Member Initiative Group becomes Round Table

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 17:42

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Governing Council has approved the conversion of the Graphic Novel and Comics Member Initiative Group into a Round Table – the first approved Round Table in five years. Round Table status will allow for organization-wide engagement with professional and collection development, public outreach and advocacy, and internal mentorship, as well as furthering the cultivation of industry partnerships relating to the sequential art format in schools and libraries.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Elected Officers to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:27

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) trustees and staff are excited to announce the results of the 2018 election of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Newly elected executive committee members began their new roles at the conclusion of the Freedom to Read Foundation annual meeting in New Orleans.  Please join us in congratulating the following:

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:36

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness of the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national and global level. Garcia-Febo announced the effort during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibit Inaugural Banquet in New Orleans.

ALA, ALSC respond to Wilder Medal name change

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:30

NEW ORLEANS - During the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children's Literature Legacy Award. This award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature. ALA President Jim Neal and ALSC President Nina Lindsay released the following joint statement: