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Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:50

WASHINGTON — A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the American Library Association (ALA).  
 

Kristina Graves receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:17

CHICAGO – Kristina Graves, school librarian at Schenectady High School in Schenectady, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Maryland Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:14

CHICAGO – The Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) is the recipient of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to an AASL Chapter for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local level.

New from ACRL - “Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries”

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 15:46

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries,” edited by Stephanie Crowe and Eva Sclippa. The title explores the ways in which today’s array of games and gaming techniques can be used in academic library instruction, programming, and outreach initiatives. 

Amy Gammon receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 15:05

CHICAGO – Amy Gammon, reading teacher at Greenport Elementary School in Greenport, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Cameron Carey receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 16:33

CHICAGO – Cameron Carey, school librarian at Baldwin – Woodville High School in Baldwin, Wisconsin, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

The Roxbury Public Library receives the Gale Cengage Financial Development Award

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 14:40

CHICAGO — The Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2020 American Library Association Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award.

The annual award is presented to a library organization that exhibited meritorious achievement in carrying out a library financial development project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library. The award includes a check for $2500 and a framed citation.  The award will be presented Jan. 24, at the Midwinter Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana,  preceding the ALA Presidents Program. 

Nora Wiltse receives the American Library Association 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 14:33

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Nora Wiltse, teacher-librarian at John C. Coonley Elementary School, as the recipient of the 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. Ms. Wiltse, a leading advocate for librarians and libraries in the Chicago Public Schools, devotes her time and talent and inspires others to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship.

Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library, wins 2020 Sullivan Award

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 14:21

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children was awarded to Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library (Stamford, Connecticut).  The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children.  With the cancellation of the ALA Annual Conference, the award will be presented at the Award Ceremony and Reception Sunday, Jan.

Libraries and the substance abuse crisis

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 14:09

CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic, and other behavioral health issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, directly impact every community across the nation; and, by extension, public libraries’ daily work. Because libraries are not only trusted guardians of information but also vital community centers, people struggling with addictive behaviors as well as their family members and friends often turn to the library for help. But many library workers feel overwhelmed, finding themselves unprepared for serving these patrons in an effective and empathetic way.

Privacy During a Pandemic: Town Hall for Library, Information Workers for Choose Privacy Week

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 13:39

CHICAGO – When states and local governments closed libraries and schools to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, library workers and educators responded to the emergency by quickly adopting commercial online tools and platforms to ensure continued access to resources. But with the emergency becoming a new normal, libraries need to critically evaluate these technologies and address any potential privacy and security gaps that could pose a threat to users' privacy.

LITA Webinars: IT Buying Strategies 101 and Top Tech Trends offerings

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:04

Reserve your spot and learn new skills to enhance your career with virtual continuing education offerings from LITA.

Buying Strategies 101 for Information Technology
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm Central Time
Presenter: Michael Rodriguez, Collections Strategist at the University of Connecticut

ALA announces STEAM funding and exhibitions for rural libraries serving Latino populations

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 15:59

Public library workers in rural communities are invited to participate in a project that will bring culturally inclusive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming and exhibitions to their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

Intellectual freedom stories from a shifting landscape

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 14:37

CHICAGO — Intellectual freedom is a complex concept that democracies and free societies around the world define in different ways but always strive to uphold. And ALA has long recognized the crucial role that libraries play in protecting this right. But what does it mean in practice? How do library workers handle the ethical conundrums that often accompany the commitment to defending it?

Public Libraries Magazine announces 2020 Feature Article Contest winners

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 14:01

CHICAGO -- Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association, has announced the winners of its 2020 Feature Article Contest

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland to Open First-Ever ALA Virtual Event on June 24, 2020

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:33

CHICAGO—American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland first made history in 2007 as the second African American to be promoted to the rank of "soloist" in two decades at the company.  In 2015, Copeland made history for the second time, when she became the first African American female principal "dance

Prairie State College Library selected as recipient of the first $500 Game On! Grant from GameRT

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 15:24

CHICAGO, IL – The Games & Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Prairie State College Library as the recipient of their Game On! Grant for 2020. GameRT introduced the new grant program in January with the intention of providing libraries with the opportunity to receive funds to develop gaming programs or collections for their community. The grants allow for GameRT to award one grant of $500 or two of $250 each year and any type of library is eligible to apply.

United for Libraries to present free May 7 webinar on ‘How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19’

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 15:49

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the webinar “How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19” on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Featured presenters will be Jonna Ward, CEO, Seattle Public Library Foundation; Michelle Jeske, city librarian, Denver Public Library; Nanci Morrison, president, Friends of the Palm Springs Library Board of Directors, and Karen Pierce, director, Slippery Rock Community Library.

Freedom to Read Foundation Offers 2020 Banned Books Week Grants

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:55

Applications are now being accepted for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Banned Books Weeks Grants offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (September 27 - October 3, 2020) Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500.

Library Research Round Table announces the 2020 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:45

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2020 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

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