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School librarians lead during pandemic learning conditions

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 14:55

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a document demonstrating the school librarian’s critical role in meeting the needs of learners in a constantly changing learning environment. “School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions” is available as a standalone chart or together with supplemental resources at

ALA offers free webinar for libraries about National Voter Registration Day

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 17:45

ALA urges libraries to register as partners

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that it has joined National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) as a premier partner for 2020. ALA encourages libraries to sign up to participate in this important event, culminating in a nation-wide day of action on September 22, 2020. 

ALA President to launch virtual tour of U.S. libraries

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 01:25

CHICAGO – On Monday, July 27, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will kick off a 12-stop virtual tour to spotlight how libraries of all kinds across the country are addressing the needs of their diverse communities and engaging stakeholders to advocate for libraries. The 10-day Holding Space tour will begin at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and end at the Hawaii State Library on Friday, August 7.

The electronic resources troubleshooting guide

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 09:54

CHICAGO — A library user can’t access an article. Your log in credentials won’t work. In the realm of electronic resources everything runs smoothly—until suddenly, without warning, it doesn’t. Invariably, systems will break down, but a trial and error approach to finding out what’s wrong is highly inefficient. “The Electronic Resources Troubleshooting Guide,” published by ALA Editions, is a new, hands-on guide from Holly Talbott and Ashley Zmau, two expert ERM librarians.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation commits $400,000 to two national library grant programs

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 17:49

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Library Association (ALA) with two $200,000 contributions in support of national programs to benefit school and public libraries nationwide.

Choice publishes white paper exploring academic library support for changing research workflows

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:43

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Choice announces the publication of the sixth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community.

ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 09:50

CHICAGO – Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) today launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources.

2020 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants announced

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 16:31

CHICAGO – Companions Journeying Together (Illinois), Impact Academy (Indiana) and Marshallville Public Library (Georgia) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant program.

‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’ to be held Aug. 4-6

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 16:25

EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations” will be held Aug. 4-6, 2020. This interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

Registration is at no cost to United for Libraries members and those in MA, MD, MI, MT, NE, OR, SC, SD, TX. For details and to register, visit  

Constructing library buildings that work

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 12:08

CHICAGO — When it’s time to start planning for a renovation or construction project, you don’t need a book that covers everything from A to Z. Instead you need a concentrated set of tools and techniques that will guide you and your team to find the best solutions for your specific project. That’s exactly what library building expert Fred Schlipf provides in his new book “Constructing Library Buildings That Work,” published by ALA Editions.

New from ACRL - “Sharing Spaces and Students: Employing Students in Collaborative Partnerships”

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:38

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Sharing Spaces and Students: Employing Students in Collaborative Partnerships” by Holly A. Jackson. The book is full of plans, ideas, and case studies on how to effectively employ student workers across campus departments located within or partnering with the library. 

Nominating committee extends deadline

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 18:02

Chicago - The ALA 2021 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect. The new deadline is July 31, 2020

2021 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals Submission Opens

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:18

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on July 15, 2020, for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 24-29, 2021. Proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables, Committees, and Offices.

25 projects for eco explorers

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:33

CHICAGO — Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children’s librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. Christine M.

2020 PR Xchange Award Winners Announced

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:57

2020 PR Xchange Award Winners Announced

Recruiting and retaining younger generations for library boards, Friends groups, and Foundations

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 09:54

CHICAGO — According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other younger generations are often underrepresented on library boards and library advocacy groups, including Friends groups and Foundations.

ACRL "Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: An Introductory Workshop" webcast coming August 5

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:24

CHICAGO - Join the Associaton of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) at 1:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, for the e-Learning webcast "Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: An Introductory Workshop." If you are interested in measuring learning outcomes to drive change, making data-informed decisions, and demonstrating the impact of programs and services at your library, then jump-start your fall semester planning with this interactive virtual workshop.

ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2020

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:02

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2020 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,240 Spectrum Scholarships. In the 2020 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received four times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.

LLAMA webinar: Self-reflection vs. self-evaluation - Understanding your employees’ perceptions

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:09

LLLAMA webinar helps you understand your employees better by adding self-reflection to their evaluations

Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellowship Deferred

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:39

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the deferral of applications for the 2021 Lois Ann Gregory-Wood (LAGW) Fellowship Program.