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Food literacy programs, resources, and ideas for libraries

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:22

CHICAGO — Food is more than just a basic human need—learning about it and enjoying it can be important social activities. As Hillary Dodge demonstrates in her new book “Gather ‘Round the Table: Food Literacy Programs, Resources, and Ideas for Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, food literacy initiatives are a natural fit for libraries.

Lucas and Warmack Seek 2021-2022 AASL Presidency

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:53

CHICAGO – Jennisen Lucas and Phoebe B. Warmack will seek the 2021-2022 AASL presidential term during the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at

Call for RUSA 2020 Achievement Award Nominations!

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:38

There are so many people doing good work; this is a chance to make sure they get the national recognition they deserve. RUSA is now seeking nominations for the 2020 Achievement Awards!

Please take a look at the award summaries below with these questions in mind:

Big ideas to enrich libraries and their communities

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 09:30

CHICAGO — Curiosity, respect, goodwill, and unity: these are a few of what Plato calls “big ideas,” and they’re concepts that libraries can harness to enlighten humanity in the long-term and help solve problems in the short-term. The journey toward applying your potential starts with personal discovery.

U.S. Senate Confirms ALA Member Crosby Kemper III as New IMLS Director

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 18:35

The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of American Library Association (ALA) member and Kansas City Public Library CEO Crosby Kemper III as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

Call for ASGCLA 2020 Achievement Award Nominations

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:27

The Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies is seeking nominations for their 8th annual awards.

The ShibSibs debut on new Celebrity READ® poster in ALA Graphics’ spring catalog

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 19:29

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics is excited to announce new products for readers of all ages in our spring 2020 catalog. Olympians, siblings, and new authors Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, shine on the catalog cover in their new Celebrity READ® Poster. The catalog also features new materials for upcoming national events, including:

Gihan Mohamad Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:33

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Gihan "Gigi" Mohamad has won a free year of AASL membership. Mohamad's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Charlene Taveras to AASL, Mohamad has been entered to win an AASL National Conference grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

PLA opens registration for 2020 Virtual Conference

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 14:40

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an alternative opportunity for public library workers who are unable to attend the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. PLA will present a condensed, live, online conference experience—the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference— February 27-28.

ACRL sponsors 2020 ALA Emerging Leaders

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:34

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its sections are sponsoring nine members to participate in 2020 class of American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. The 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.

YALSA announces 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 10:52

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

YALSA names 2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 10:13

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

Feb. 1 deadline for ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 17:22

CHICAGO — The 2020 application process for the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is open.

This award honors an individual library, library consortium, a group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The annual award consists of $1,200 and a gold-framed citation of achievement.

ALA seeks proposals for 2020-2021 Diversity Research Grants

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 17:20

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2020.

Host libraries sought for 2020 PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 17:07
Applications due February 3rd

A guide to financial literacy programs and tools from ALA’s Public Programs Office

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 13:23

CHICAGO — A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your community, and many libraries across the country are doing just that.

Program proposals sought for YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 12:50

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals for its 2020 Young Adult Services Symposium now through February 15.

ALA joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observing 2020 National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 21

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 12:33

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing. Read the proclamation by ALA President Wanda Kay Brown.