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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.   

ALA urges Senate to reject bill to make Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:37

Today the House of Representatives adopted the "Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017" (H.R. 1695) to make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. American Library Association President-Elect James Neal released the following statement in response: 

Baltimore County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:50

CHICAGO – Baltimore County Public Schools, serving all public schools in Baltimore County, Md., is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or district-wide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.

Anne Mlod and Cinda Gilmore receive AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:49

CHICAGO - Anne Mlod, school librarian, and Cinda Gilmore, 4th-grade teacher, from Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, N.Y., are the recipients of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.

Amy Bradley receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:48

CHICAGO – Amy Bradley, school librarian at Risley Middle School in Brunswick, Ga., is the 2017 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA. The recipient is awarded $2,000, and $1,000 is awarded to the school library program of the recipient's choice.

ALA, ACRL oppose FCC plans to roll back net neutrality

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:01

CHICAGO - ALA President Julie Todaro made the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality: 

Library experts work with public to save family heirlooms, collectibles

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:51

CHICAGO – Each year millions of Americans put their family keepsakes at risk because they lack the knowledge of how to store and preserve items.

Alexander Ames Wins the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:53
CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize Essay to Alexander Ames for “The 'Spirit of The Fatherland': German-American Culture And Community in the Library and Archive of the German Society of Pennsylvania, 1817-2017.”  

Broward Public Library Foundation Wins the 2017 Loleta D. Fyan Award

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:50
CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Broward Public Library Foundation project “Project upLIFT: Libraries Inform Family Tolerance." Summarizing the proposed project, project director Dorothy Klein writes: “Broward County Library’s Project upLIFT (Libraries Inform Family Tolerance) will inform, uplift and bond diverse community families around a more tolerant, inclusive future through the power of storytime.

New Workshop: Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:43

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide with Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Take action for libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:35

For National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, 2017, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies.

Announcing the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Winners

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:33

April 21, CHICAGO — After many hours of deliberation the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award. The following winners will be celebrated June 25 at an open reception during the American Library Association’s 2017 annual conference in Chicago.

Popular thriller author, Gregg Hurwitz to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:01

CHICAGO— Gregg Hurwitz, famed author of Orphan X (Minotaur, an imprint of Macmillan) and many other thriller titles, is slated to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes author panel in June at the ALA Annual Conference in ChicagoOrphan X was selected as the Adrenaline category winner for the 

Julia Quinn, famed romance author to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:39

CHICAGO—Famed romance author, Julia Quinn, (Because of Miss Bridgerton, HarperCollins) is slated to speak at this year’s Literary Tastes event at ALA’s Annual Conference in June.

FAFLRT/ASCLA Merger Voted to Move Forward

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:06

CHICAGO - The Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) voted to proceed with merging with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of ALA in the spring 2017 election.

Innovative outreach progams and strategies sought for 2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:40

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from institutions of all kinds to submit proposals for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 during the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago. Proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, May 15.

United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:22

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — In celebration of  Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book, and is presented in conjunction with the American Library Association/Children’s Book Council Joint Committee.

The following Literary Landmarks will be dedicated:

Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:21

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.