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Journalist and author Mo Rocca is the Closing General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:37

Emmy winner Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on Saturday mornings. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning PBS children’s series Wishbone.

Kay Ann Cassell awarded Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:02
Kay Ann Cassell, Professor Emerita, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University was selected as the 2019 winner of the

Create Impactful Library Services for Older Adults

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:56

Many communities are home to an aging population. Libraries are a community focal point with capacity to strategically facilitate, coordinate and partner with other organizations and these libraries need to be able to educate, empower and engage older adults.  

Judi Moreillon wins the Scholastic Library Publishing Award

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:02

CHICAGO — Judi Moreillon has been named the 2019 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award. The award, supported by the Scholastic Publishing Company, recognizes a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people, exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.

Wayne and Shirley Wiegand receive 2019 Gleason Book Award for history of integration of Southern public libraries

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:01

CHICAGO — The Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to present the 2019 Gleason Book Award to Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus and professor of American Studies at Florida State University, and Shirley A. Wiegand, professor Emerita of Law at Marquette University, for The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism (Louisiana State University Press, 2018).

NCSU Libraries Receives 2019 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:41

The NCSU Libraries has been selected to receive the 2019 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Sponsored by Emerald Publishing and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), the Award recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions to the education of the Library and Information Science technology field.

Focus on improvement, not punishment, with Hakala-Ausperk’s “Dynamic Discipline”

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:22

CHICAGO — You’re a manager, supervisor, and library leader—but you’re still human. And, as social animals, humans tend to shy away from situations that are uncomfortable or even potentially threatening. So it’s no wonder that disciplining employees doesn’t rank high on anyone’s list of favorite job duties. But because negativity can quickly spread, personnel problems cannot be ignored.

ALA CopyTalk webinar with Ty Turley Trejo to focus on film copyright and libraries 

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:01

Thursday, April 4, 2:00 PM (Eastern) / 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Carolyn Foote receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:55

CHICAGO – Carolyn Foote, school librarian at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implementation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

Applications now open for “AASL District Kits for the National School Library Standards"

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:07

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), with the support of Bound To Stay Bound Books, will create and distribute 100 “AASL District Kits for the National School Library Standards” to support nationwide implementation of the association’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Fifty kits will be available in 2019 and fifty kits will be distributed in 2020 through an application process.

ALCTS preconference explores networking as a tool for disaster response and recovery

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:07

Join the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) on Friday, June 21 at 8 am for the all-day preconference Better Networking for Disasters: Improving Participation and Coordination for Disaster Response and Recovery of Cultural Heritage. This preconference will focus on improving coordination, networking and engagement of librarians in regional and national disaster response and recovery.

Multimedia Instruction: Connecting through Course Integration – a LITA web course

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 13:39

Chicago -- Check out this new LITA web course.

Multimedia Instruction: Connecting through Course Integration

In this 3-week course, you’ll learn how to use the services and technologies you offer to expand course-integrated multimedia instruction into lesson plans and develop multimedia assignments.

Presenter: Leah Howd, Librarian and Technologist, UNLV
May 1 – May 22, 2019

ALCTS preconference focuses on managing change in libraries

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:38

CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) on Friday, June 21 at 8 am for the all-day preconference Change Management in Libraries and Technical Services. Whether you’re an administrator, middle manager, leader of change or involved in change at the ground level, this preconference offers something for you!

ALA, FINRA Foundation announce 50 public libraries to host Thinking Money for Kids traveling exhibition

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:58

For FINRA Foundation inquiries, please contact Media Relations Director Angelita Williams at 202-728-8988 or

CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — To kick off April as Financial Literacy Month, the American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, today announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.

LITA AvramCamp 2019, an ALA Annual Preconference

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 12:49

Chicago -- Save the date and register now to participate in a unique and affordable LITA workshop.

LITA AvramCamp 2019, at the upcoming
ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
Friday June 21, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Humble Bundle and No Starch Press Launch Charity Promotion to Benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 21:12

No Starch Press, an independent tech publishing company, has partnered with Humble Bundle to launch a Coder’s Bookshelf promotion to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation. The bookshelf features the ebooks “The Rust Programming Language,” “The Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript,” “Python Playground,” and more. The Humble Bundle: Coder’s Bookshelf will be available for purchase until April 8, 2019.

Reboot your book club with the help of ALA’s Public Programs Office

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 14:24

CHICAGO — Is your book club feeling stale or uninspired? Has attendance dropped, or are you struggling to keep your patrons engaged? What you need is a reboot. “Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office profiles dozens of successful book clubs across the country.

ALA, Library Copyright Alliance Applaud Appointment of Karyn A. Temple as Register of Copyrights

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:17

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association, a member of the Library Copyright Alliance, congratulates Karyn Temple on her appointment to Register of Copyrights by Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. In her more than two-year tenure as Acting Register, Temple has been open-minded and even-handed during a period of dramatic change at the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress.

Free webinar on mid-career options in April

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:14

The American Library Association’s JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be hosting a free webinar designed to help mid-career library workers reflect and consider what’s next. The webinar, which is entitled Mid-Career: A Time to Reflect and Envision a Future that Excites You, will be held April 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

ALA names James Neal senior policy fellow

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 16:22

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) appointed James G. (Jim) Neal as a senior policy fellow. Neal will advise the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Unit (Washington Office) on copyright and licensing matters and provide leadership on selected priority initiatives, including the ALA Policy Corps established in 2017 as one of his presidential initiatives.