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Public libraries invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era funding opportunity

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:43

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

McCook and Bossaller's updated, comprehensive text on public librarianship

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:30

CHICAGO — Put simply, there is no text about public librarianship more rigorous or comprehensive than “Introduction to Public Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. For its new third edition, REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author Kathleen de la Peña McCook has teamed up with noted public library scholar and advocate Jenny S. Bossaller to update and expand her work to incorporate the field's renewed emphasis on outcomes and transformation.

YALSA opens proposals for 2018 Symposium

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:51

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium. The theme of the symposium is “Zeroing In: Focusing on Teen Needs,” and is to be held Nov. 2-4, 2018, in Salt Lake City, UT.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:20

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

New workshop—Cataloging Judaica: Diving into History

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:53

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica: Diving into History with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. This workshop is a collaboration between ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

Husbands named YALSA 2018 Emerging Leader

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:09

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Nicole Husbands, YA and Outreach Services Librarian at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, PA, as its 2018 Emerging Leader.

Castillo and Cruz named 2017-2018 YALSA Spectrum Scholars

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:02

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced Andrea Castillo from the University of Maryland and Jose Cruz from the University of South Florida as their 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholars.

New “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PSAs capture the action and adventure found at the library

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:39

CHICAGO -  Let’s face it.  It’s an information jungle out there and librarians and library staff lead countless quests to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.  In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017, American Library Association (ALA) and Sony Pictures are offering free action-packed audio, social media, and video public service announcements (PSAs).  Available for download until Feb.

ALSC selects Jacqueline Quinn as 2018 Emerging Leader

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:31
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced Jacqueline Quinn of the Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY as its representative in the 2018 Emerging Leaders program.   

Pat Scales’ compendium of essays, articles, and interviews from the pages of Book Links

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:51

CHICAGO — A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Pat R. Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and diversity.

Call for nominations: ASCLA 2018 achievement and recognition awards

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:27

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)'s nomination period for its annual series of achievement and recognition awards is now open. Members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues and peers to recognize exceptional library professionals that make a difference in improving the lives of the people they serve.

Samantha Quiñon named a 2018 LITA Emerging Leader

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:19

Samantha Quiñon, Assistant Director and Head of Research & Instruction at Lesley University Libraries in Cambridge (MA), has been selected as one of two LITA-sponsored Emerging Leaders for 2018.

Michael Cart’s Booklist confessions

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:11

CHICAGO — For more than 20 years, Michael Cart’s column for Booklist has delighted YA literature enthusiasts and bibliophiles in general with an engaging mixture of wit, insight, and good old fashioned publishing industry gossip.

Aisha Conner-Gaten named a 2018 LITA Emerging Leader

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:51

Aisha Conner-Gaten, intersectional librarian, activist, and tech enthusiast working at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has been selected as one of two LITA-sponsored Emerging Leaders for 2018.

ACRL releases The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:00

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts” by Mary Francis, book number 71 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. This innovative book combines theory with specific lesson plans and assessment options to help readers explore, implement, and assess this powerful means of motivation.

2018 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:03

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017. YALSA will name the 2018 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Feb.

Kathy Kosinski selected as ASCLA's 2018 Emerging Leader

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:23

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is pleased to announce that Kathy Kosinski has been selected as our 2018 Emerging Leader. Kathy is the Statewide Library Services Analyst at the Library of Michigan in Lansing. Kathy manages, review and analyzes statistics of statewide library programs and services.

Hailley Fargo selected as RUSA's 2018 Emerging Leader

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:15

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to announce that Hailley Fargo has been selected as our 2018 Emerging Leader. Hailley is the Student Engagement Librarian at Pennsylvania State University.

ALA's Emerging Leader Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

2018 Teen Tech Week™ site now live

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:48

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2018 Teen Tech Week website is now live. The celebration will take place March 4-10, 2018 with the theme “Libraries are for Creating.”

Nominations open for 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:54

CHICAGO — Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a challenged book or patron, responding to collection and building damage after floods and fires, remaining open as a safe space during civil unrest or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.

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