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Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer's

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:50

Alzheimer's disease already affects more than 5 million Americans, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States: all predictions are for even more rapid spread as the Baby Boomers age. Yet libraries in many cases have been slow to consider how specifically to serve this growing population among our users, and how to serve the even-larger group of those caring for people with dementia. 

Award-Winning Celebrity Chef and Best-Selling Author Jeff Henderson is the ALA President's Program Speaker at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:25

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, to an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff Henderson is a role model for anyone in need of encouragement and looking to reinvent their life.

Visionary Storyteller, Actress, and Author Echo Brown is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:03

Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio, who strives to inspire and provoke.

Gain Business Reference Skills with RUSA

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:53

Don't miss out!! Register today for the Fall 2019 offering of Business Reference 101 beginning on Monday, October 28, 2019 from the Reference and User Services Division. This 3-week long, asynchronous course allows users to go at their own pace as they work their way through each section.

2019 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten titles announced

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:50

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced the official titles of the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten.

The top ten titles are as follows:

Delving into AASL’s Shared Foundation of Collaborate

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:56

CHICAGO —Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Mary Catherine Coleman’s book “Collaborate” examines effective implementation of the Shared Foundation from the National School Library Standards.

Submissions open for ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference scholarships, sponsored by EBSCO

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:47

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting applications for EBSCO-sponsored scholarships to librarians who wish to attend ALA's Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

The scholarships are given annually to allow more librarians access to the professional development and networking opportunities that an ALA conference offers.

United for Libraries now accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:18

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through January 10, 2020.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

Another change ahead for the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles awards

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:11

MIDDLETOWN, CT – Each year Choice, a publishing unit at the Association of College and Research Libraries, announces the editors’ selections of the best academic nonfiction titles reviewed during the year just ended. Selection as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title is a recognition of the work’s excellence and scholarly significance by the academic library community’s oldest and most prestigious review publication.

Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Award Applications for Guides to Library Resources

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:42

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from “A Resource Guide about Disabilities, Disability Theory, and Assistive Technologies” to “A Bibliography for Queer Teens” to “Graphic Novels & the Humanity of Mental Illness” to “Web Accessibility Resources for Libraries”. 

Over 100,000 readers nationwide join #eBooksForAll campaign against planned embargo

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:58

Thousands more adding their names to petition daily

CHICAGO – In just one month, the American Library Association’s (ALA) #eBooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states to condemn Macmillan Publishers’ plan to restrict library access to eBooks.

An updated text exploring the theory and practice of YA librarianship

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:57

CHICAGO — How should LIS envision its young adult users? Now showcasing an even more rigorous debate about the theory and practice of YA librarianship, the new second edition of “Transforming Young Adult Services,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, has been updated and expanded by author and editor Anthony Bernier to incorporate recent advances in critical youth studies. It features a Foreword by John M. Budd and contributions from Denise E.

Run for office by filing an electronic petition

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:40

Individuals who were not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running by petition may do so by completing an e-petition form: 

United for Libraries to designate Literary Landmarks for Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:02

United for Libraries, in partnership with Connecticut Center for the Book, Connecticut Humanities and Hartford Public Library, will designate two Connecticut Literary Landmarks, the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019.

Tiny Library Toolkit Inspires New Approaches to Library Services

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:45

A new Tiny Library Toolkit, developed by the Meridian (Idaho) Library District, shares that library's experience creating a "lighter, quicker, cheaper" means of installing a library service point using an upcycled shipping container. The development of the toolkit was funded by the 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship from the Center for the Future of Libraries.

Tiny Library Toolkit Inspires New Approaches to Library Services

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 16:45

A new Tiny Library Toolkit, developed by the Meridian (Idaho) Library District, shares that library's experience creating a "lighter, quicker, cheaper" means of installing a library service point using an upcycled shipping container. The development of the toolkit was funded by the 2018 Future of Libraries Fellowship from the Center for the Future of Libraries.

PLA adds fourth location to slate of regional EDISJ symposia

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 15:26

CHICAGO – In response to demand from the public library field, the Public Library Association (PLA) is bringing its regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ) to a fourth location in 2019. Social Justice and Public Libraries: Equity Starts with Us will now be offered in Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 9-10, 2019. The earlier symposia in Denver, Colo. and Charleston, S.C., were extremely well-received, and the Chicago, Ill.

New from ACRL - “Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization”

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 13:58

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization,” edited by Andrea Baer, Ellysa Stern Cahoy, and Robert Schroeder. This collection explores the various ways in which librarians experience and respond to political polarization and its effects, both in our everyday work and in our professional communities.   

A guide to interactive storytimes with music and movement

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:17

CHICAGO — Alyssa Jewell’s new book “Move, Play, Learn: Interactive Storytimes with Music, Movement, and More,” published by ALA Editions, encourages children to learn by getting inside stories while interacting with others.

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