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Dewey Decibel podcast to host CSK Book Award winners at 2019 ALA Annual

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:35

CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Halse Anderson joins Colson Whitehead in 'Reading Dangerously' at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO — New York Times bestselling author and intellectual freedom advocate Laurie Halse Anderson will speak at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019.  Anderson, recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her young adult titles "Catalyst," "Fever 1793" and "Speak," has been recognized for her ongoing advocacy against censorship. 

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:23

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates:

Free webinar in June highlights voter education services in public libraries

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:51

CHICAGO – In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. 

Now available: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring Toy Story 4 characters

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:46

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

The Francis Joseph Campbell Award Goes to Kim Charlson

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 15:34

Kim Charlson, Executive Director, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library is the 2019 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award, given by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Ms. Charlson is being honored for her strong commitment to inclusion and empowerment, her tireless efforts on the passage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired, and her life-long passion for bringing the joy of reading to all.

ALA releases new Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:56

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:45

CHICAGO — Library workers are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards Announced

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:35

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that eight winners will receive this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards. Each library receives a $10,000 award provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The awards will be presented at a reception held by EBSCO Information Services during the American Library Association’s 2019 annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 John Cotton Dana Award Winners are:

Ypsilanti District Libraries

A toolkit for public library directors

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:28

CHICAGO — New public library directors quickly learn what seasoned directors already know: running a library means you’ve always got your hands full—balancing the needs of staff, patrons, facilities, library boards, and other stakeholders with professional responsibilities like community interactions, legal and financial requirements, and whole lot else that wasn’t exactly in the job description.

Coretta Scott King Book Award Breakfast celebrated at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:21

CHICAGO — The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee will celebrate the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience at the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. The 2019 Awards Breakfast will be held from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 in the Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon during ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

ALA adding sustainability as a core value of librarianship

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:05

CHICAGO – Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example by taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.

Now the American Library Association (ALA) is supporting the library community by showing its commitment to assisting in the development of sustainable libraries with the addition of sustainability as a core value of librarianship.  

Erin Morgenstern among featured authors at Gala Author Tea sponsored by Reference USA at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:08

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Erin Morgenstern, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Kiley Reid, Karl Marlantes, Megan Angelo, and Gabriel Bump will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Mon., June 24 at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

COA announces accreditation decision made at 2019 Spring Meeting

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:06

CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces the accreditation action taken at its Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, 2019, in Chicago.

The Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, AL wins the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Award

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 14:17

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, AL. for the proposal "Socializing on the Spectrum".

Satia Orange to deliver 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:48

CHICAGO – Satia Orange, the first director of ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach (OLOS) which is now the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), will deliver the 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The lecture will take place from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 in room 146B in the Washington Convention Center.

American Libraries wins design award

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:47

CHICAGO — American Libraries’ art director, Rebecca Lomax, has been awarded a 2018 Peter Lisagor Award for best design by a specialty/trade publication.

ASGCLA/Keystone Library Automation System & National Organization on Disability Award Announced

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 16:28

This ASGCLA award is presented to the South Carolina State Library’s (SCSL) Talking Book Service’s (TBS) for its Assistive Technology Petting Zoo. The Zoo was developed as a new outreach initiative in 2015 to raise awareness for Assistive Technology and its ability to make public libraries more accessible and inclusive.

Jennifer Sturge receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:33

CHICAGO – Jennifer Sturge, specialist for school libraries and digital learning for Calvert County Public Schools in Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2019 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.

African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:46

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books, and Lagoon. She has written comics for Marvel, including Black Panther: Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever, featuring the Dora Milaje, and the Shuri series.