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Apply for the 2019 YALSA/DGLF Digital Equipment Grant

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:14

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened the application for its YALSA/DGLF Digital Equipment Grant.

Cronin elected ALCTS President for 2020-2021

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:11

CHICAGO—Christopher Cronin, associate university librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected the 2020-2021 President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). He will serve as president-elect for one year before becoming ALCTS president on July 1, 2020.

AASL awards five Inspire Special Event Grants

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:24

CHICAGO – Five school libraries from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

AASL awards six Inspire Collection Development Grants

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:16

CHICAGO – Six school libraries from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections to enhance student learning.

Deborah Jacobs wins 2019 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:51

CHICAGO — Deborah Jacobs, former director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, presented to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

McCurtis elected ALSC 2020-2021 president

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:35

Kirby McCurtis, an Administrator at Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). 

Cawthorne elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:31

CHICAGO -  Jon E. Cawthorne, dean of the Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. He will become president-elect following the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and assume the presidency in July 2020 for a one-year term.

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:50

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

ALA Nominating committee seeks candidates for 2020 election

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:54

CHICAGO - The Nominating Committee for the 2020 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2020 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2020 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2020-21, as President in 2021-22, and as Immediate Past President in 2022-23.

Evviva Weinraub Elected 2020-21 LITA President

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 16:44

Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Technologies at Northwestern University, has been elected as the 2020-2021 President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She will serve as Vice-President during 2019-20.

ALA councilors elected

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 15:11

CHICAGO – 38 members have been elected as Councilors-at-Large on the Council of the American Library Association (ALA). 34 members to serve a three-year term and 4 members to serve a two-year term. The results are below (listed in alphabetical order by last name).

The 2019-2022 Councilors-at-Large serving a three-year term:

2019 Public Library Association Election results

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:08

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2019 Election. Voting was available from Mar. 11 through Apr. 3, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

Farrell elected ALA treasurer

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:23

CHICAGO - Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019–2022.

Farrell received 5,221 votes, while her opponent, Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, received 2,735 votes.

Jefferson wins 2020–2021 ALA Presidency

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:07

CHICAGO - Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Jefferson received 5,108 votes, while his opponent, Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Michigan, received 3,011 votes.

ALA and SAGE Publishing release Libraries Transform tools for promoting critical thinking

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:11

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new Libraries Transform toolkit with free public awareness resources relating to critical thinking. The toolkit was created through a collaboration with SAGE Publishing, a Library Champion whose generous financial support helps fund Libraries Transform.

A radical approach to children's and youth programming

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:43

CHICAGO — Library services are transforming to emphasize interactive, innovative, participatory, and often production-centered programming. It’s a truly radical approach, and tomorrow’s LIS graduates in children’s and youth services need a resource that helps them understand this programming as it pertains to these age ranges.

Joyce Valenza receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:32

CHICAGO – Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science at Rutgers University, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Rosen Publishing Group, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:26

EXTON, Penn. - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2019.

AASL and Scholastic announce ‘Pilkey Party @ Your School Library’ as part of School Library Month celebration

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:23

Grand Prize to receive a visit and free books for the entire school
with School Library Month National Spokesperson and bestselling author Dav Pilkey

CHICAGO – To celebrate School Library Month (SLM), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Scholastic are excited to announce the “Pilkey Party @ Your School Library” sweepstakes. AASL members are invited to enter a random drawing to win a Dav Pilkey themed party to take place in Fall 2019. To enter, visit www.ala.org/aasl/pilkey.

PLA, NNLM expand strategic partnership through consumer health programming survey

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:31

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has added another collaborative project to its ongoing partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

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