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Celebrate the best in LGBTQIA+ literature at the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:14

CHICAGO — The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association will celebrate its award winners and honorees at the Stonewall Book Awards Ceremony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in the Marriott Marquis, Salon 12 & 13 in Washington, D.C.

At ALA 2019 Annual Conference learn new marketing and communications strategies

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:28

CHICAGO – For ALA Annual Conference attendees looking for new marketing and communications resources and ideas, there are two free programs that should not be missed: PR Forum: Takeaways From D.C. Public Library’s #UncensoredDC Campaign and Using Libraries Transform for Awareness and Advocacy. Both sessions will offer libraries of all types, sizes and budgets ways to showcase their value and impact to the community.

New School Library Research Asks "Whose Responsibility Is It to Teach Digital Citizenship"

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:34

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the perceptions and beliefs of school librarians regarding state-mandated digital citizenship instruction in K–12 schools. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at

Google Sponsors School Library Rewards Program on to Teach Coding and Digital Skills

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:26

CHICAGO – Today, Google and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced The CS First & Applied Digital Skills Classroom Rewards for School Librarians to provide school librarians who teach elementary, middle or high school coding or applied digital skills with a $300 gift card, sponsored by Google, to use towards their own projects registered on

Step-by-step guidance on strategic planning for academic libraries

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:19

CHICAGO — No doubt about it: strategic planning is a serious commitment. But when carried out skillfully, thoughtfully, and with sensitivity to the impacts on all those involved, it’s an undertaking that can pay large dividends for the library and its users. A strong strategic plan gives shape and clarity to the library’s intentions and, when carefully written, can make a powerful case for the library’s indispensability to its sponsoring institution. Written by Gregory C. Thompson, Harish Maringanti, Rick Anderson, Catherine B.

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space at Your Library – a LITA webinar

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:27

Chicago -- A new LITA webinar on InterDisciplinary spaces is coming soon.

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
Tuesday June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenter: Jessica Bennett, Instruction and E Learning Librarian at Missouri State University

Michael Stephens encourages wholehearted librarianship

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:48

CHICAGO — Of his earlier book, Against the Grain raved, “Reading this book brings a sense of hope, inspiration, and excitement for what the future holds for the new generation of hyperlinked librarians entering our profession.” Now Michael Stephens is back with a newly curated collection of succinct writings that will refresh your view of the profession and invigorate your work: “Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, a

Libraries = Strong Communities tour to end with rally celebration at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:49

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and other library advocates from across the country will celebrate the triumphant finish of Libraries = Strong Communities, a national advocacy presidential effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries. The tour will culminate with a rally and celebration from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday, June 22, at the ALA Park on the exhibits floor of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Kay Walling new Director of Membership Development and Customer Service at ALA

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 09:56

Melissa Kay Walling, CAE, IOM will join ALA as its new Director, Membership Development and Customer Service. She will begin at ALA June 17, 2019. Walling is an accomplished association executive with nearly 15 years of experience in serving members, staff and volunteers.

Recipients of 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 13:15

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

2019 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:19

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by ACRL President Lauren Pressley, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 146A.

LITA Education Call for Proposals, 2019 – 2020

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:53

Chicago -- What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers at all levels in all types of libraries. Taught by experts, they reach beyond physical conferences to bring high quality continuing education to the library world.

Heather Pelham has been selected for the 2019 ASGCLA Exceptional Service Award

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:55

Heather Pelham, Public Services Librarian, Georgetown County Library System, SC, has been selected for the 2019 Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies Exceptional Service Award. She was chosen for her advocacy and work re-establishing a library for the general population at the Georgetown County, South Carolina Detention Center.

How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 09:50

CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.

Tulsa City-County Library wins 2019 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:30

CHICAGO — The Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the 2019 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company.

Dr. Mirah J. Dow wins Beta Phi Mu Award

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:28

CHICAGO — Dr. Mirah J. Dow, professor and director of the Ph.D. Program at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society.

2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:27

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award to Steven Knowlton for "A Rapidly Escalating Demand: Academic Libraries and the Birth of Black Studies Programs." Knowlton's essay traces the response of a number of academic libraries to meet the needs of Black Studies programs created as a result of student activism and protest in the 1960s. Knowlton is the librarian for History and African American Studies at the Princeton University Library.

Gary Janetti to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:37

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Gary Janetti will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Authors Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Jessica Holmes will also appear.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries Opens Call for Session Proposals

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:38

CHICAGO – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for the 2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 20 – 24, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pa.).

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo presents webinar: 'Libraries, Comics and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities'

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 11:03

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is happy to partner with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo to host a free webinar on the impact of representation and reflection of communities of color in comics. Please join us on June 12th for the "Libraries, Comics, and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities" webinar.  Register now.