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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.

Anonymity is examined in new book from the Center for the Future of Libraries

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:29

CHICAGO — "Anonymity,” by Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper, is the newest volume in a series from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. The Library Futures Series is edited by Miguel A. Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, and produced in collaboration with ALA Neal-Schuman.

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office welcomes 2019 Google Fellow Katelyn N. Ringrose

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 09:52

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office announced today that Katelyn Ringrose will serve as ALA’s 2019 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. exploring diverse areas of the information policy field, joining the Washington Office from May 28 through August 10, 2019. As part of her fellowship, she will complete a major project.

AASL opens nominations for administrator collaborative

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:32

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. Administrators must be nominated by an AASL member and both the administrator and the AASL member must be able to attend the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. If appointed to serve, the administrator and their nominating school librarian will receive a shared $1,000 travel stipend and each will receive complimentary conference registration.

AASL launches school administrator collaborative

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:30

CHICAGO – With support from OverDrive Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a two-year initiative to engage with an audience vital to the success of school librarian advocacy: school administrators. The "AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning" aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. The initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning.

ALA President Loida Garcia – Febo shares insights on sustainable thinking during United Nations event

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:47

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia – Febo joined international library leaders for a knowledge-sharing event entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries Today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities." The event was hosted by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and provided an international platform to discuss how libraries around the world are creating and cultivating new relationships to help communities learn, understand and support sustainable professional development.

George Kendall new Booklist Editor and Publisher

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:53

George Kendall will join Booklist on June 10th, 2019 as its new Editor and Publisher. George has more than 20 years’ experience with a variety of publishers, including an extensive background in content strategy, digital innovation, web development, and team leadership.

Utah Library Association receives the 2019 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:43

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association is the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

Assessment strategies in technical services

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:43

CHICAGO — Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of “Assessment Strategies in Technical Services,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) edited by Kimberley A.

United for Libraries to present June 10 webinar on 'Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach'

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:35

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach” on Monday, June 10, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange on June 6 to focus on ‘Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:34

The ALA Chapter Relations Office, along with United for Libraries, will present a Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar on “Empowering Tru

Loudoun County Public Library wins ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:15

CHICAGO — The Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Virginia) has been named the 2019 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program “Science On Tap.”

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

Jefferson Jr. and Swader win the 2019 ALA Equality Award

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:13

CHICAGO – Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Lorelle R. Swader are the 2019 recipients of the ALA’s Equality Award. They will both receive $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  The award is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.

Jefferson and Swader have both demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a focus on the rights of underrepresented library workers, exemplifying the spirit of promoting equality in the library profession.

Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds is the Opening General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:58

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old.

LITA AvramCamp, a 2019 ALA Annual Preconference

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:44

Chicago -- Register now for this unique and affordable LITA workshop at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

LITA AvramCamp 2019
Friday June 21, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Washington Convention Center, Room 150A

Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:53

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports public middle or high school libraries that incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Thirty-thousand dollars in funding is available annually.

Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:51

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the locale by registering for one of the tours showcasing “Bourbon City.” A full listing of tours and registration rates can be found at

The 2019 Cathleen Bourdon Award goes to Liz Bishoff

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:30

Liz Bishoff, is the 2019 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, presented by the Association of Specialized, Government, and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Owner of Liz Bishoff Group LLC, Ms.

LITA Learnings: Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:32

Chicago -- Don't miss this new LITA webinar