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March 2019 ITAL Issue Now Available

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:59

Chicago -- The March 2019 issue (volume 38, number 1) of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is now available.

Reviewed Articles and Communications

New workshop: Professional Growth for Late-Career Librarians

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:20

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Professional Growth for Late-Career Librarians with Caitlin Williams. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

New eCourse: Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:23

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks: Collection Development, Readers’ Advisory, Programming, and More. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, May 6, 2019.

Go “Beyond the Racial Stalemate” at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:45

In his 2008 speech on race, titled "A More Perfect Union," then-candidate Barack Obama described a "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." He suggested that, if we don't do something different, "nothing will change." A decade later, we're still stuck. How do we move forward? 

Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, March 30, April 6

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:48

CHICAGO – Financial issues are a constant in our lives. They change as they reflect milestones in our lives. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement.

Holly Schwarzmann receives AASL Frances Henne Award

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:19
CHICAGO – Holly Schwarzmann, school librarian at Largo Middle School in Largo, Florida, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators. The award will enable Schwarzmann to attend an AASL National Conference & Exhibition or ALA Annual Conference for the first time.

Susan Gauthier receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:34

CHICAGO – Susan Gauthier, director of library services for East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

PLA announces webinar series on cultural intelligence in libraries

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:29

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced it will host a webinar series for library professionals on the topic of cultural intelligence. The term “cultural intelligence,” popularly abbreviated as CQ, refers to a person’s ability to function effectively across the boundaries that divide nations, ethnic groups and organizations.

LLAMA webinar helps you move forward in your career

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:28

The field of librarianship and information services continues to evolve and expand.  While new job titles and specializations are on the rise, opportunities for leadership are not always clear to those aspiring to leadership roles.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present The Best Way to Move Toward Leadership in Your Career,” on Wednesday, March 27, at 1:30-3:00 p.m.

LITA ALA Annual Precons: Active and Engaging

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:54

Chicago -- If you’re attending the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, join us for one of our practical workshops and check out all the LITA programming at Annual including the thought-provoking LITA President’s Program.

New workshop bundle: Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:13

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop bundle, Library Programming for All Ages, Stages, and Sizes with Katie LaMantia & Emily Vinci. This workshop bundle consists of three 90-minute workshops and takes place on Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20, 2019, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific each workshop.

Dav Pilkey shares 'Radical Ideas' in new AASL video

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:43

CHICAGO – A new video featuring Dav Pilkey, the worldwide bestselling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2019 celebration of School Library Month. In the video, Pilkey speaks to how “reading without judgment” was a turning point in his life. School librarian professionals and advocates for school libraries are encouraged to download and share the video throughout their communities in celebration of School Library Month.

Shirley Simmons receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:42

CHICAGO – Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.

Megan Donnelly named recipient of NMRT’s 2019 Olofson Award

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:26

The New Members Round Table’s (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce that Megan Donnelly is the recipient of the 2019 Olofson Award.


Wellness in the Library Workplace two-week course starts in April

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:54

CHICAGO - You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to manage your own well-being?  Are you a supervisor? How are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)?


PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:19

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete a survey which will inform the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA), for Fiscal Year 2018. This annual survey collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology.

ALSC invites applications for 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture with Neil Gaiman

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO--The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2020 event featuring author, Neil Gaiman.


Public Library Association unveils 2019 award winners

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:18

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Award and grant recipients are chosen by member volunteers who serve on PLA’s Award Juries.

Oakleaf wins 2019 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:45

CHICAGO – Megan Oakleaf, associate professor and director of instructional quality at Syracuse University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

The award consists of a $1,000 award and a plaque.

Jim Duncan Receives Immroth Award

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:32

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee is pleased to announce Jim Duncan as the recipient of the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom.