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Podcast investigates the A1 Mystery of Avon Lake

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:35

CHICAGO — Whodunit?

That’s the question many are asking as they anticipate the Oct. 25 episode of Dewey Decibel, the monthly podcast of American Libraries magazine.

In early 2017 dozens of A1 Sauce bottles began mysteriously appearing in the stacks at Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio. In this special Halloween episode, American Libraries travels to the quiet town to investigate. The story weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, and steak sauce.

Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award Applications for Guides to Library Resources

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:26

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Applications must be received by Nov. 3, 2017. Recipients will be notified by mid-March 2018.

New workshop: Collection Development for Judaica Materials

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:35

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Collection Development for Judaica Materials with Rebecca Jefferson. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. This workshop is a collaboration between ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

New session: How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems Workshop

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:13

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Fix the 25 Most Common Library Website Problems with Laura Solomon. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Thought that rotating carousel on your website looked cool? What about that vendor widget?

New workshop—Legally Using Images: Understanding Digital Copyright

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:05

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Legally Using Images: Understanding Digital Copyright with Lesley Ellen Harris. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 1:30pm Eastern/12:30 pm Central/11:30 am Mountain/10:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

Deadline extended to sign up for the ALA-sponsored tour to Cuba

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:42

The deadline to register for the 2018 ALA-sponsored tour to Cuba has been extended to December 1, 2018. Join the American Library Association (ALA) on another seven-day tour to Cuba, March 3-10, 2018. Last year’s sold-out tour was a success! We’re expecting an even more rewarding tour this year.

The tour includes visits to UNESCO historical sites in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, along with interactions with Cuban artists, musicians, and writers, and much more. There will also be several opportunities to visit Cuban libraries in different cities.

Official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:56

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten.

Teens all over the world voted August 15 through Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017).

The official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

A sourcebook of 63 ready-to-use maker projects

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:58

CHICAGO — A new compilation from editor and maker Ellyssa Kroski, “63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers.

Nominees sought for 2018 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Award for Lifetime Achievement

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:37

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Author/Illustrator Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), recipient of the 1983, 1986 and 1996 Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1974 National Book Award and the 1975 John Newbery Medal. In 1994, she was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Author Award for the body of her work and was named a fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1995.

Be the next member manager of YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ!

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:22

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks a new member manager for its teen programming website, Teen Programming HQ.

Take Altmetrics to the Next Level with this LITA webinar

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:40

Chicago -- A new LITA webinar, Taking Altmetrics to the Next Level in Your Library’s Systems and Services, will explore their uses. Altmetrics are traditionally viewed as the realm of evaluation and assessment, but altmetric data can offer valuable insights throughout the research lifecycle.

Junot Díaz Presents as Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting Exhibits in Denver

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:33

Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. By self-admission, Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. He once spent five years working on a 15-page story.

Stipends available for public library health workshop with National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:11

CHICAGO — Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend "Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community," a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia.

The conference will be held from March 20 to 24, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for marketing electronic resources

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:06

CHICAGO — When front line librarians improve awareness of under-utilized resources, thereby increasing demand for more of the same, it can also encourage increased funding for the library. Newly expanded and updated, the second edition of “Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, shows library marketing staff how to get the job done from beginning to end and in a variety of library settings. Marie R.

GLBTRT seeks nominations for 2018 awards recognizing outstanding service to the GLBT community

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:33

Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association seeks to honor librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or private) that have demonstrated excellence in the area of responding to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

New AASL webinar looks at what keeps educators “app” at night

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:30

CHICAGO – Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the great apps out there and not sure where to start? The 2017 list of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Best Apps for Teaching & Learning will be explored during a live webinar on Wed., Oct 25, at 6:00 p.m. Central. The Best Apps list features apps of exceptional value for inquiry-based teaching and learning. Registration is now open at

Four authors talk school visits in new AASL webinar

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:25

CHICAGO – What do you get when you combine one school librarian and four authors? Inspired and engaged students! A new webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will share proven ways to connect students, teachers and schools to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them. Registration for “Kick-Starting Author Involvement with Your School,” taking place Wed., Oct. 18, at 6:00 p.m. Central, is now open at

Complimentary eBooks webinar available in AASL eCOLLAB

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:59

CHICAGO – The archive of the webinar “Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget,” presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and sponsored by Overdrive, is now available for complimentary viewing in AASL’s professional development library. The recording can be viewed at