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ALA adds Polish American Library Association to its professional affiliate roster

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 20:12

CHICAGO - The governing Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has voted to make the Polish American Librarians Association (PALA) an ALA Affiliate. The action was taken Jan. 27 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. PALA applied for affiliation in 2019, and the application was vetted by the ALA Executive Board to ensure that PALA’s bylaws and mission were in compliance with ALA. PALA joins 27 other affiliated library organizations and, with the Chinese American Librarians Association, becomes one of only two affiliates that are nation-specific.

Libraries Ready to Code Awards Microfunding on Digital Learning Day

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:03

Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, awarded more than 100 academic, school and public libraries with $700 mini-grants to

OCLC, PLA report offers strategies for public libraries to respond to the opioid crisis

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:35

CHICAGO — OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA) today issued Call to Action: Public Libraries an

United for Libraries to host National Library Legislative Day webinar for members

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 15:29

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “National Library Legislative Day: How Friends, Trustees, and Foundations Can Get Involved,” on Wednesday, March 11th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Deborah Doyle of the Sonoma County (Calif.) Public Library Commission and Emily Wagner of ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office will lead the webinar.

ALSC names 2020 Notable Children's Books

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 15:25

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2020 list of Notable Children’s Books. The list of titles, published in the previous year, includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picturebooks of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.

The titles include:

Younger Readers

Ideas for smart spaces and creative places

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 15:04

CHICAGO — Make your library building become a more exciting, interesting, experiential space where people are engaged and want to spend time with Elisabeth Doucett’s new book “100+ Ideas to Inspire Smart Spaces and Creative Places,” published by ALA Editions.

Angela Leeper awarded YALSA’s 2020 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 13:47

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has awarded Angela Leeper, Director of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Richmond in Virginia, its National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Travel Stipend.

The stipend will provide up to $1,000 in travel funds for Leeper to attend NLLD for the first time. NLLD will take place May 4-5 in Washington D.C.

Phyllis Magady chosen as recipient of YALSA’s 2020 Baker & Taylor Conference Travel Grant

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 13:22

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Phyllis Magady, Teen Coordinator at the Muskogee (Oklahoma) Public Library, as the recipient of its 2020 Baker & Taylor Conference Travel Grant.

“I'm excited to attend my first ALA Conference and appreciate Baker & Taylor for providing the grant that makes it possible,” said Magady. “I look forward to learning about new ideas for programming and new approaches to expand services for teens in and around Muskogee.” 

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Receives 2020 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 12:14

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is the recipient of the 2020 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As the winner of the grant, the library will receive $3,000 to develop Sensory Storytimes for immigrant families who are learning to navigate an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2020 Midwinter Meeting

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:06

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs (listed in alphabetical order by institution), with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled to take place in fall 2026:

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries leaders receive 2020 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial award

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:16

CHICAGO — Beth Denker, George Machovec, and Rose Nelson of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries have been named the 2020 recipients of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Denker is the e-resource licensing and administrative manager, Machovec is the executive director, and Nelson is the assistant director. The team will receive a cash award and citation during a LITA event at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

YALSA releases Outstanding Books for the College Bound recommended reading list

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:33

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its long-awaited Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB) recommended reading list.

The list is organized into the following categories:

Kenneth D. Crews’s authoritative copyright resource gets an update

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:30

CHICAGO — Copyright law never sleeps, making it imperative to keep abreast of the latest developments. Declared “an exemplary text that seals the standards for such books” (Managing Information), the newly revised and updated fourth edition of “Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions,” published by ALA Editions, offers timely insights and succinct guidance.

YALSA seeks applicants for new Advocacy Board position

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:20

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks an individual to fill a new advocacy board position for a one-year term starting July 2020.

"By including advocates on the Board, YALSA is modeling the behavior it wants members to adopt at the local level in terms of reaching out into the community to forge partnerships that increase their ability to meet teen needs," said YALSA President Todd Krueger.

YALSA’s 2020 Great Books Giveaway provides more than $20,000 in materials to Arizona library

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:15

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Maricopa (Arizona) Public Library as the recipient of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The library will receive more than $20,000 worth in books, audiobooks and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2019.

Kristine Kreidler awarded 2020 YALSA Collection Development Grant

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:10

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Kristine Kreidler, Director at the Lantana (Florida) Public Library, as the winner of its 2020 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant.

ALA opposes proposed Tennessee law that threatens state’s freedom to read

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:52

CHICAGO - Today the American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement regarding Tennessee HB 2721, which would require a parental oversight board to replace policies and library experts in the development of library collections and services.  Libraries that fail to comply with the proposed law may lose local funding, incur fines, and librarians and library workers may face jail time. 

The ALA stated the following:  

New from ACRL - “Learning Beyond the Classroom”

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 12:42

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities,” edited by Silvia Vong and Manda Vrkljan.

ALA Calls for 2020 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award Nominations

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:04

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the nomination period opened for the L. Ray Patterson Award. Established in 2002, the honor recognizes individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our Constitution: ‘to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts” (U.S. Constitution, art 1, sec 8). Nominations will be accepted through April 1, 2020.

New Webinar Series-Data in Libraries

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:16

The Reference and User Services Division (RUSA) is offering the Data in Libraries Webinar series once again with an added presentation on APIs. Beginning on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, this four part series will cover: 

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