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Feng-Ru Sheu Wins the 2017 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:18

CHICAGO — Feng-Ru Sheu has been named the 2017 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled "Evaluating of Story-based Design Approach: Are Story-based Tutorials More Engaging?” The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specific group of people. The award was donated by Eric R. Baber, Newton, Kansas, in honor of his father, who was library director at Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) for 27 years.

Mark Miller named ALA Trustee Citation recipient

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:16

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – The American Library Association and United for Libraries has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudoun County (Va.) Library Board of Trustees, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

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. 

Satia Marshall Orange recipient of 2017 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:11

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, former director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.

Lesley Farmer receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:09

CHICAGO – Lesley Farmer, professor of library media at California State University Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

AASL awards eleven Inspire Grants for collections and special events

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:07

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.

Dana Kepler receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:45

CHICAGO – Dana Kepler, school librarian at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo., is the recipient of the 2017 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.

More than 500 library supporters gather to fight for libraries in Washington, D.C. on 2017 National Library Legislative Day

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:44

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more than five hundred library advocates from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day. Over a thousand supporters also registered to participate simultaneously through Virtual Library Legislative Day, where advocates connect with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

Information literacy in the workplace

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:00

CHICAGO — Through a mosaic of viewpoints from the personal to the organizational, “Information Literacy in the Workplace: New Perspectives,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, shows how information literacy (IL) is essential to the contemporary workplace and to an understanding of how the modern professional experiences, and could potentially experience, the contemporary information environment.

Beth Nawalinski named United for Libraries executive director

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:24

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association announced Beth Nawalinski, deputy executive director, United for Libraries, as its new executive director, effective July 31, 2017.  Following a nationwide search, Nawalinski will fill the position being vacated by the retirement of Sally Reed.