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Public Library Association launches 2020 health insurance enrollment project

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:03
Will offer funding for public libraries to connect consumers to coverage

ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:02

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at for members of the public to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries. (See full petition text below.)

ALCTS 2020 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:31

CHICAGO—Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000 for Guides to Library Resources

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 16:40

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”. 

Social Responsibilities Round Table seeks applications for 2020 Herb Biblo Travel Grants

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:12

CHICAGO - The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the second annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration.

Nominations open for 2020 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:25

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2020 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group, or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. IFRT will present the award during the 2020 ALA annual conference in Chicago, IL.

A new edition of Ross’s acclaimed business reference guide

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 09:34

CHICAGO — “It reads as if you have an expert coach in business reference helping you each step of the way." That’s how Academic BRASS summarized “Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals,” published by ALA Editions.

ALA announces National Library Legislative Day to be held in May 2020

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 11:51

WASHINGTON – The American Library Association announced today that the 45th annual National Library Legislative Day will be held May 4-5, 2020, at the Georgetown Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational advocacy event designed to gather hundreds of library workers, supporters, leaders, patrons and community stakeholders in Washington, D.C., to learn from policy experts and to raise awareness among federal legislators about how and why libraries are vital to communities across America.

PLA announces regional workshops on space planning for libraries

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 16:51

CHICAGO – To increase local training opportunities for public library staff, the Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, Palo Alto (Calif.) City Library and Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library to offer regional workshops on space-planning for libraries.

PLA to share digital skill-building tools in free September webinar

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:42

CHICAGO – Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy.

PLA to present webinar on trauma-informed approach to library service

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 14:51

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar highlighting the trauma-informed approach to public library service. A trauma-informed approach generally entails understanding that library patrons may have experienced trauma and describes how library workers can engender their trust.

Reminder: Volunteer Form for ALA, Council, and Joint Committees closes September 30, 2019

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 14:34
Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2020-2022

Libraries ‘Keep the Light On’ During Banned Books Week

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 13:54

Don’t be left in the dark this Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28, 2019). The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) offers several resources and activities for libraries and readers that highlight the Banned Books Week 2019 theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.” 


ACRL seeks nominations for 2020 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:47

CHICAGO – Every year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) celebrates the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of academic and research librarians across North America. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants, and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship. This year, ACRL once again seeks to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its peers.

AASL’s new resource for strengthening leadership style and skills

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:33

CHICAGO — Guiding school librarians to new levels of leadership, “Leadership: Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, Communication, and Relationship Building,” published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, breaks down the National School Library Standards

Incubating creativity at your library

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:06

CHICAGO — Creativity needs a platform.

Louise Ratliff receives 2019 MAGIRT Honors Award

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:38

CHICAGO — The MAGIRT (Map and Geospatial Information Round Table) Nominations and Awards Committee selected Louise Ratliff, social sciences and maps cataloging librarian at UCLA, as the recipient of the 2019 MAGIRT Honors Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement and major contributions to map and geospatial librarianship and to the round table. The presentation was made on Friday, June 21 at the Honors Award Dinner held at Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Washington D.C. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.

ALSC receives $150,000 from IMLS to host Welcoming Spaces National Forum

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:37

ALSC and ACM Partner to Create Welcoming Spaces for Immigrant and Refugee Families

Thirteen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:35

Honorees include new buildings, renovations, and expansions in the US and Canada

CHICAGO — Thirteen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue and is available online today. 

United for Libraries to present Fundraising & Building Support for Your Library: A Three-Part Webinar Series in October

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:32

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host Fundraising & Building Support for Your Library: A Three-Part Webinar Series in October. The sessions included are available for purchase as a package; they cover fundamental aspects of fundraising, advocating, and building community engagement and support for libraries. Each webinar lasts 60 minutes and will be recorded for further access. United for Libraries Statewide Group Members can attend the 3-part series or individual sessions within the series at no cost.