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United for Libraries December Monthly Member Forum to educate Trustees, Friends and Foundations on Intellectual Freedom

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:40

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “Intellectual Freedom: What Trustees, Friends, and Foundations Need to Know,” on Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Kristin Pekoll, assistant director at ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, will lead the webinar.

Registrations Opens for Deaf Culture Forum, January 24, 2020

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:38

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), and Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) will host a Deaf Culture Forum in Philadelphia PA on Friday January 24, 2020 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Study: More than $1 billion in library funding to be allocated based on Census results

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 09:46

New report demonstrates impact of 2020 Census on libraries and communities

Alexander Street Press sponsors a scholarship for future media librarians

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 14:16

CHICAGO -  Alexander Street Press will collaborate with the Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) in sponsoring a scholarship for future media librarians. The deg farrelly Memorial/Alexander Street Press AMIA/FMRT Media Librarian Scholarship is to be given once a year to a Master's degree candidate in Library Science in an ALA Accredited School who intends to work professionally as a media librarian in an academic institution.

Participatory archives

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:19

CHICAGO — From managing copyright and ownership to dealing with orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artifacts, and cultural heritage amateurs, the internet has created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions.

Free December webinar will highlight Short Story Dispenser project

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:45

CHICAGO – Next month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free webinar featuring the pilot participants in its Fostering Creative Community Connections (FCCC) initiative. PLA launched FCCC in 2017 to strengthen a culture of literacy and reading, while increasing public awareness and use of library programs and services, by bringing stories to unexpected places. With funding from the John S. and James L.

LIS Students: Apply for the 2020 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:04

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2020.

ALA endorses Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III as new IMLS director nominee

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 21:29

WASHINGTON - Today the American Library Association (ALA) endorsed the nomination of Crosby Kemper III to be the next director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. 

Bestselling Author Wes Moore is the Opening Session Speaker at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 14:20

Westley "Wes" Watende Omari Moore is an American author, social entrepreneur, television producer, and decorated US Army combat veteran. He grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, raised by a single mom.

ACRL 2021 call for participation now available

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:03

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2021 Conference, “Ascending into an Open Future,” to be held April 14-17, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Through the efforts of talented library workers, today’s academic and research libraries are providing more open and inclusive collections and services.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and law librarianship

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:42

CHICAGO — Futurists predict that in the next ten years the profession of “lawyer” will splinter into job titles like “legal process analyst” or “legal knowledge engineer.” And some in the field are already taking a proactive approach ⁠— in fact, more than two dozen law schools have developed innovation centers to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and the law.

Lily King among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 15:46

EXTON, Pennsylvania —Lily King, David Nicholls, Judy Batalion, Janelle Brown, Sam Lansky, and Amy Engel will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 26 at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

LLAMA presents Innovation Incubator Webinar Series

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:52
LLAMA presents Innovation Incubator Webinar Series

Blockchain is explored in new book from the Center for the Future of Libraries

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:04

CHICAGO — "Blockchain,” by Sandra Hirsh and Susan Alman, is the newest volume in a series from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. The Library Futures Series is edited by Miguel A. Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, and produced in collaboration with ALA Neal-Schuman.