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New AASL Standards publications focus on leadership, lessons, and collection development

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:47

CHICAGO – New publications from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions expand on AASL's "National School Library Standards" to build practitioners' leadership skills, provide compelling and authentic lessons, and introduce key components that influence collection development. 

Books in the AASL Standards-Based Learning Series include: 

DOGObooks and YALSA partner for 2019 Teens’ Top Ten voting; voting now open

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:31

CHICAGO, IL – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced that for the seventh year in a row, DOGObooks will host the voting page for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten.

LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:10

LLAMA webinar: What every library leader and manager should know about change management


Simple tools for wrangling data

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:35

CHICAGO — Data manipulation and analysis are far easier than you might imagine—in fact, using tools that come standard with your desktop computer, you can learn how to extract, manipulate, and analyze data (and metadata) of any size and complexity.

AASL Announces Best Digital Tools Recognition

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 15:09

CHICAGO – In 2020, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will launch a new recognition, the AASL Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The new list will combine AASL's annual Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning into one comprehensive list. The application for the new recognition will open September 2, 2019, at

Reminder: Call for applications for inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 16:03

The American Library Association reminds members of its call for applications for its inaugural year of the Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellows Program.  Click here for more information about the application process.  Please note that you must login as an ALA Member to access the application.

72 time-saving guides for library marketing

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:43

CHICAGO — You know you need to get the word out. But where do you start? How do you keep track of everything? Don’t work harder—work smarter. The key is to stay organized and focused through solid project management skills, and at the heart of it all lies an efficient workflow. Amanda L.

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:10

Call for LLAMA webinar proposals!

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series. All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:
- Management and leadership
- Buildings and equipment
- Human resources

Still Accepting Applications for Emerging Leaders Program - Deadline August 30

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:24

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019. Apply now.

Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:52

Register for the upcoming webinar titled "Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online" scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 offered by the Reference and User Services Association

RUSA offers course on Mastering Emotional Intelligence

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 11:59

Register now for the upcoming Mastering Emotional Intelligence course being offered by the Reference and User Services Association.

YALSA announces new, month-long teen celebration, TeenTober

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 09:44

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s new, month-long celebration will be named TeenTober and will take place every October. In June, a naming contest was held for the celebration and teens across the nation voted and selected “TeenTober” as their top choice. The winning name was submitted by Cailey Berkley from Franklin Avenue Library in Des Moines, IA.

Freedom to Read Announces Fall 2019 Course Scholarship Recipients

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 14:07

Monica Cammack and Joann Elmiger are the recipients of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarship. The recipients will receive funding toward intellectual freedom courses at San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana Champaign. 

Freedom to Read Foundation announces five recipients of 2019 Banned Books Week event grants

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:48

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) awarded five $1000 grants to nonprofit institutions in support of 2019 Banned Books Week events (September 22-28, 2019) an annual event celebrating the Freedom to Read. The grants, a project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, support a wide range of read-outs, displays, discussions, performances, and other educational initiatives that will engage communities in dialogues about censorship and the freedom to read.

Public Library Association condemns Macmillan Publishers library lending model

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 17:23

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has joined its parent organization in denouncing Macmillan Publishers’ new library eBook lending model.

Ruth Mahaffy Awarded 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:53

Ruth Mahaffy has been selected to receive the 2019 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor. Mahaffy will graduate from Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management in 2020.

AASL releases guide to develop inclusive learners and citizens

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:02

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities.

ALA releases recommendations for improved public library services to new Americans

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 12:13

CHICAGO — As immigration rises to the forefront of public discourse, public libraries continue to be a trusted resource for new Americans seeking to gain familiarity and skills in a new land. To help libraries better serve these populations, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a white paper exploring how U.S. public libraries can provide the services new Americans need to thrive.

LLAMA Webinar helps library leaders guide their staffs through changing roles

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 16:06
LLAMA Webinar helps library leaders guide their staffs through changing roles  

Bean Yogi Selected as 2019 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship Recipient

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 15:16

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Bean (Jennifer) Yogi of Seattle, Washington as the 2019 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor, who made many contributions to library youth services. The scholarship is awarded to a person pursuing a master's degree in library and information studies, with a specialty in youth services.