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Music Library Association’s updated, authoritative classical music collection resource

12 hours 21 min ago

CHICAGO — The new fourth edition of “A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings,” relying on the authority of the Music Library Association and published by ALA Editions, includes thousands of records selected by experts in dozens of specialized and popular areas of music.

ALA welcomes introduction of SUCCESS Act

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 15:56

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) led 40 members of Congress to introduce the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure

Profiles of innovative and successful grant proposals

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 11:04

CHICAGO — Grant money can make all the difference in developing new services, creating worldwide access to your unique collections, or enabling you to showcase awarded projects that advance your career. But competition for grants is as fierce as ever. To get a leg up, you need an insider who will share proven strategies for success. In “Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships,” published by ALA Editions, Bess G.

Marketing the 21st Century Library

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 12:22

CHICAGO- Register today for the upcoming Reference and User Services four-week course "Marketing the 21st Century Library" beginning on Monday, July 26, 2021. 

Programming for adults with developmental disabilities

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 11:01

CHICAGO — Public libraries everywhere have embraced inclusion and expanded their programming for youth with disabilities, especially autism. It’s imperative that libraries also offer rich and age-appropriate initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities (DD); after all, as youth now served by their libraries grow up and reach adulthood, they will continue to want and expect libraries to be responsive to their needs.

ALA applauds FY 2022 federal funding for libraries in House Appropriations bill, looks to Senate for support

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 17:46

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed substantial increases in federal funding for libraries approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, saw an increase of $9 million, raising a total of $206.5 million for the nation’s primary source of federal funding for libraries. The increase for LSTA, if it holds in the final bill, would be the eighth-consecutive increase for libraries.

ALSC supports 2021 Bound to Stay Bound, Melcher, and Spectrum Scholarships

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 16:25

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded a total of 6 students the Bound to Stay Bound and Melcher Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Additionally, ALSC has sponsored 2 Spectrum Scholars and 1 additional Spectrum Scholar made possible through the generous support of Ellen Fader, 2005-2006 past-president.    

Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2022-2024!

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 13:38

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to lead together for change with her by volunteering to serve on ALA, Council, and Joint committees for the 2022-2024 term (beginning July 1, 2022).

The 2021 John Cotton Dana Awards Selected

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 13:35

~ Eight Libraries Awarded $10,000 Grants from H.W. Wilson Foundation  ~

ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2021

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 12:01

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded the 2021 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Call for Volunteers for Newly Created ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee & Council Orientation Committee

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 14:15

ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee and Council Orientation Committee, as

A Conversation with School Administrators at AASL National Conference

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 11:56

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference will give attendees an intimate look at what administrators need and expect from their school librarians and school libraries and how administrators can empower a school librarian’s leadership role to impact all learners. Six administrators from across the country will participate in an engaging and interactive conversation sponsored by Sora, by OverDrive Education.

New from ACRL - "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook"

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 09:55

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook," edited by Julie M. Porterfield. This ACRL Cookbook brings together the work of archivists, librarians, museum professionals, and other educators who evoke the power of primary sources to teach information literacy skills to a variety of audiences.

ALA's Committee on Diversity Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scorecard for Library and Information Organizations.

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 11:27

CHICAGO - Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Committee on Diversity has released its

ALA welcomes more than 9,000 to virtual gathering

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 15:51

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – Virtual, June 23-29, 2021, attracting 9,142 attendees and 306 exhibitors.

Discovering Family History in Library Collections: A RUSA Webcast Series

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:34

CHICAGO- Register today for the three-part webcast series "Discovering Family History in Library Collections" sponsored by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

United for Libraries’ July 27 Learning Live session will continue education on Gift Acceptance Policies

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:10

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Gift Acceptance Policies Part 2: Advice from the Pros for Writing Your Policy” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, July 27. The Learning Live program is presented free to United for Libraries group and Statewide members.

MAGIRT Honors Award for 2021 presented to Carol McAuliffe and David Bertuca

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:29

CHICAGO — The Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) Nominations and Awards Committee selected Carol McAuliffe and David Bertuca, as the recipients of the 2021 MAGIRT Honors Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement and major contributions to map and geospatial librarianship and to the Round Table. They will each receive a $350 monetary award and a plaque.

Janet Lee receives 2021 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 14:35

CHICAGO — Janet Lee, Retired, Dean/Professor Emerita, Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University Dean, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, presented to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

The award, sponsored by OCLC/Forest Press, consists of $1,000 and a plaque to be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award.

Emergency Connectivity Fund $7 billion application window opens 

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 18:05

ALA encourages library participation, reiterates FCC policy concerns