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Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research now accepting submissions

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:05

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2018 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. This award provides recognition for proposed dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The deadline for submitting entries is Jan. 31, 2018. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair, prior to the Annual Conference.



New workshop—Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:30

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape with Paul Signorelli. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

December webinar highlights Project Outcome as strategic planning tool

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:25

CHICAGO – In early December, PLA will host a webinar highlighting how select libraries are using Project Outcome to align performance measurement efforts with strategic priorities and measuring their success in priority program areas. This webinar, Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas, will be held 1 – 2 p.m.

Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 22:31

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver. There is no cost to participate.

Accepting appointments for career counseling

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:39

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, February 10 - 11, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Sign-up now.


New iteration—Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community eCourse

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:29

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Topics covered:

New session: Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing Workshop

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:03

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Level Up Your Library to Content Marketing with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 60 minutes and take place at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central/1:00pm Mountain/12:00pm Pacific on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

New Research: Librarians promote school readiness through Every Child Ready to Read programs

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:18

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have published a report called Bringing Early Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every Child Ready to Read Program. The research was conducted from 2013-2016 by Drs.

Hear How We’re All Makers – a LITA webinar

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:26

Chicago -- One oft-overlooked aspect of making and makerspaces is its potential for empowerment, especially among populations that are otherwise marginalized or underrepresented. This 90 minute webinar will discuss why making is important for these populations, and what libraries can do to ensure their makerspaces are safe spaces of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

ALA and REFORMA create Adopt a Library program to assist libraries in the Caribbean

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:51

CHICAGO — Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the Caribbean and libraries were not spared. In addition to its fundraising efforts, the American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers on an Adopt a Library Program to match damaged or destroyed libraries in the region with libraries in the United States and elsewhere that would like to assist in their recovery. 

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:42

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:56

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The occasional paper was written by Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, and Karen Brown, professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, Illinois.

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:50

CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a webinar proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:

ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:21

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:52

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the board of directors: PLA President and two Directors-at-Large. The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from June 2018 through June 2021.

Anonymous donor to match up to $100,000 of ALA Annual Fund contributions

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:14

CHICAGO – As the season for gift giving is in full swing, the American Library Association (ALA) has an exciting opportunity!  An anonymous donor is matching gifts made to the ALA Annual Fund as of Nov. 1, 2017.  Donations are tax-deductible and gifts from an individual donor, up to $1,000, are eligible.  The match caps at $10,000 total per ALA unit, and $100,000 overall.  Donors can participate by giving online at or sending a check to ALA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.  

Grand Literary & History Tour of Ireland - Book Now!

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:30

Pack your bags! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites you to join us for a grand literary and history tour of Ireland, May 10-17, 2018!

Participants for IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:41

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), has announced the 24 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library. The 24 participants make up the second cohort of the project.

The participants are:

Expose your data with and JSON-LD – a LITA webinar

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:31
Chicago -- In this LITA webinar learn how to use and JSON-LC to expose your data on the internet. Web search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are integral to making information more discoverable on the open web. How can you expose data about your organization, its services, people, collections, and other information in a way that is meaningful to these search engines? This session will provide an introduction to both and the JSON-LD data format.

Accepting Applicants for the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:09

ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 21 – June 26, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.