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Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:12

CHICAGO – Thirty American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $750 travel grants to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

Grant recipients include:

ALCTS Publishing releases first guide in new monographs series

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:51

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the first title in its new Sudden Position Guide series. Edited by Jeremy Myntti, the Sudden Position Guide to Cataloging and Metadata is geared toward librarians who have been given cataloging and metadata responsibilities without formal training, those who have experience in cataloging one specific type of resource but now have to catalog unfamiliar items, and those new to library cataloging.

LITA Learnings: Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 13:12

Chicago -- Check out the latest LITA Learnings.

Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries
Tuesday July 16, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Presenters: Charissa Brammer and Sommer Browning, both Auraria Library, University of Colorado – Denver

Accepting Applications for 2020 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 13:07

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders web page.

The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019. Apply now.

ALA uneasy about Simon & Schuster digital lending model changes

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 11:34

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) expressed unease about changes announced by Simon & Schuster (S&S) to its ebook and digital audio book lending model for libraries. These changes place a financial burden on public libraries and limit public access to library resources.

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, S&S will replace its perpetual access model for digital audio book lending with two-year access at prices ranging from $39.99 to $79.99.

Discovering your own style of library leadership

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:35

CHICAGO — Author Jason Martin won’t tell you how to be a leader. In fact, that’s not the point of his new book “Library Leadership Your Way,” published by ALA Editions. Instead he’ll give you a roadmap and the tools to find it out for yourself, guiding you to discover why you want to lead, how you can best lead, and what your own unique leadership practice looks like. Activities will both allow you to explore your leadership identity and develop your leadership practice.

PLA announces changes to Board of Directors

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 09:47
Salazar begins one-year term as PLA president, Jeske as president-elect

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association's (PLA) Board meeting on June 22 officially marked the end of the 2018-2019 service year, which brought several important changes to the composition of the PLA Board of Directors.

Gain Business Reference Skills

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 16:48

Business Reference 101 is for any librarian in-training who wants to gain confidence and knowledge around BizRef topics such as company and industry research, consumer and market research, entrepreneurship topics and more. This 3-week long, asynchronous course allows users to go at their own pace as they work their way through each section.

ALA welcomes Supreme Court decision to hold citizenship question from 2020 Census

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In response, ALA President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

Supporting creative writers at the library

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:16

CHICAGO — Information professionals and educators can help patrons find their own stories in libraries—not only as readers, but also as writers. Stories, whether fiction, nonfiction, or verse, often have research behind them; and libraries and archives can welcome writers through informed programming and knowledgeable reference service.

Keys to managing organizational knowledge

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:57

CHICAGO — Sharing organizational knowledge supports onboarding, coaching, mentoring, and the day-to-day smooth functioning of the workplace. So why are the procedures, policies, and best practices for your organization often so hard to find? Although the term “knowledge management” might conjure up images of a bureaucratic labyrinth, essentially it means getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

New from ACRL - “The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit”

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:15

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job,” edited by Megan Hodge.

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