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New Scholars Program Kicks-off with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the ALA Scholarship Program

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:31

During the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. we are rolling out a new ALA Scholars Program. Recipients of the ALA 2018 scholarships will be brought to the Annual Conference and given opportunities to learn about ALA governance while meeting seasoned library workers.

LITA @ ALA Annual 2019 – Top Technology Trends

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:03

Chicago -- If you’re going to ALA Annual in Washington, DC, don’t miss the latest Top Tech Trends panel.

LITA Top Technology Trends
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: Washington Convention Center, 146A

PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative kicks off for summer 2019

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:00

CHICAGO -- This week, the Public Library Association (PLA) commenced its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) activities for summer 2019. Through III, PLA sponsors paid, mentored summer internships at public libraries for high school juniors and seniors. The libraries were selected through a competitive application process in early 2019.

Apply now for YALSA’s 2019 Diversity Program Stipend

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:21

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites diverse individuals to apply by August 1 for a chance to present a literacies focused program at its 2019 YA Services Symposium in Memphis, TN. The program will take place on Sunday, November 3rd of the symposium.

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:58

What could be better than books and breakfast? Maybe signed books and breakfast? Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year's best authors from RUSA book and media award winners and Best of Lists Authors discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign books immediately following the event. 

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

Sunday, June 23, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

United for Libraries to host programs for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:14

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host several programs curated for library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations during ALA Annual 2019:

Winners of the 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards to be recognized at United for Libraries' Gala Author Tea

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:12

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the LeClaire (Iowa) Community Library and Charleston (S.C.) Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each group received $250 and will be recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Annual Conference on Monday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 14:51

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 25-30, 2020. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices.

The deadline to submit content is September 10, 2019,12:00 Midnight (EST). Please use this submission site.  Your ALA account information will be required to access the submission site.

ALA president to host Cooking Stage demo during ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:41

CHICAGO — The life of a library worker can be stressful, with demanding professional and personal schedules that can invite poor health. During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will lead a cooking demo from 10 – 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, June 22, at the Cooking Stage on the Exhibits Floor.   

New books, products, special events from ALA Publishing at Annual Conference in Washington DC

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:17

Shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Located near the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ALA Store hours are:

Public Library Association expands access to technology and digital skills training for rural communities with Microsoft Philanthropies

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:00

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new effort, supported by Microsoft Corp., to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities. Through $400,000 donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, PLA will provide hardware and digital skills training and resources to rural libraries, helping rural populations reap the benefits of broadband internet connectivity.

A guide celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:36

CHICAGO — “The Coretta Scott King Awards: 50th Anniversary,” published by ALA Editions and edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, celebrates the legacy of these prestigious honors, which have enlarged the prominence of literature for children and youth about the Black experience.

Richland Library first to receive Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:06

Richland Library of Columbia, South Carolina is first library selected for the Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace.

Seymour to serve as YALSA’s 2019-2020 ALA Liaison

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:19

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Gina Seymour, School Library Media Specialist at the Islip (New York) High School, as its next ALA Liaison. She will start her term on July 1, 2019.

Thirty-six participants selected for seventh ALA Leadership Institute

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:27

CHICAGO — Thirty-six librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in the American Library Association’s Leadership Institute. This year marks the seventh immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

Submit your Library’s Promotional Materials to the 2019 PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 13:20

The PR Xchange Event at ALA Annual offers visitors the opportunity to view and take home sample promotional materials from libraries across North America. Approximately 1,000 ALA Annual Conference attendees visit the PR Xchange event each year. The PR Xchange Event will also showcase the winners of this year's PR Xchange Awards Competition at the PR Xchange Event.

United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on relationship building with lawmakers

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:47

EXTON, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It’s Important,” sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, will be held Sunday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m. at Washington Convention Center, 147B.

Brad Fitch, president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, will discuss how to build relationships with elected officials and effective communication tactics. Libby Post, President/CEO of Communication Services, will moderate.

Marlena E. White wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:44

EXTON, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2019 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Marlena E. White, current Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library in Lexington, S.C. and President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

White will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference at the “Gala Author Tea” on Monday, June 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

United for Libraries to host author panels at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:37

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host six author panels during ALA Annual 2019:

Social Responsibilities Round Table and Alternative Press Index to honor 50th anniversaries at joint celebration

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:34

CHICAGO — The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Alternative Press Index will celebrate each of their 50th anniversaries with a social gathering and discussion with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies at Busboys & Poets, 450 K St. N.W. in Washington, DC. The event will take place during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 22 and runs from 7 to 10 pm. Bennis will speak on “War Dangers Rising: Trump Foreign Policy & Lack Thereof.”