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Children's Publishing May Be 80 Percent Female, But It's Having An Intense Me Too Moment

The accusations (anonymous at first) sparked an intense discussion as "at an awkward moment for the industry, which had gathered Monday at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver to announce its most coveted awards for children and young adult literature." Agents, editors, and publishing houses dropped some of the most famous male authors […]

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced

On Sunday, February 11, at the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown) won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, respectively. The announcement was […]

2018 Caldecott, Newberry Winners and More Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards including the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature; the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished...Show More Summary

A Librarian Must Lead ALA: Be sure you vote in March | Blatant Berry

If this headline seems familiar, there’s a good reason: one year ago I said something very similar in “The Devalued MLIS.” At the time, I was addressing the upcoming vote of the American Library Association (ALA) Council on whether ALA should require candidates for its open executive director spot to hold a master’s degree in library science.

Teaching the Teachers: Primary Sources Immersion Program | Peer to Peer Review

The recent approval of the Society of American Archivists/Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Joint Task Force on the Development of Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy illustrates the professions' move beyond show-and-tell style teaching.

Mile High | ALA Midwinter Preview 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting returns to Denver, February 9–12, at the Colorado Convention Center. While the later-than-usual timing pushes the conference closer to March’s Public Library Association (PLA) biennial gathering, a potential bottleneck for some, Midwinter offers plenty of compelling content to pull librarians to the Mile High City.

ALA Full Membership to Vote on Executive Director Qualifications

When Keith Michael Fiels, the former executive director (ED) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced in September 2016 that he would retire the following July, ALA leadership began considering its requirements for the role. Show More Summary

January/February 2018 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The January/February 2018 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online. It is the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries.Among the feature articles are: Securing Professional Development: Getting to Yes The...Show More Summary

Supporting Workforce Development with Libraries Work

Formed in January 2017, Libraries Work is a national networking group among state library agencies. Inspired, in part, by the American Library Association’s 2016 white paper, “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship”...Show More Summary

Booklist: Recipe For Hate “explodes off the page…a dark and engrossing tale”!

Wikipedia: “Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials for all ages. Booklist’s primary audience consists of libraries, educators, and booksellers. The magazine is available to subscribers in print and online. Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Adam Eberle was named OverDrive’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer; Nicole Mitchell assumed her new position as President of the Association of American University Presses; Michelle L. Young is the President-elect of the New York Library Association for 2017–18; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Canadian Federation of Library Associations Statement on US Net Neutrality Protection Elimination

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) issued a statement a few days ago criticizing the decision by the American Federal Communications Commission to end what is known as "net neutrality":"The Order named 'RestoringShow More Summary

My Kind of Town

Chicago was more than ready for the merriment that thousands of librarians brought to the American Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference. Keep the spirit of Chicago alive this summer with some of these books, films, podcasts, and cultural touchstones.

10 librarians honored for community service

Ten librarians from around the country are each receiving $5,000 prizes for contributions ranging from helping foreign language speakers to music education. The American Library Association told The Associated Press … Click to Continue »

Finding and Partnering with Trainers for Tech Programs

Community access and technology training are crucial components of public library services. The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Digital Inclusion Survey found that “those who receive formal digital literacy training were significantly...Show More Summary

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

‘Mockingbird’ Removed from Reading List

A Mississippi school district has decided to pull Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird from its junior-high reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.” The novel, which frequently tops the American Library Association’s “Frequently Challenged Book” list, tackles racism. Show More Summary

ALA Launches Policy Corps

On October 3 the American Library Association (ALA) launched the ALA Policy Corps, an initiative that will bring together a core group of library practitioners from across the field and help them develop a deep expertise in public policy issues.

Banned Books at the University of St Andrews

This week, 24-30th September, celebrates Banned Books week. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration, launched in 1982 by the American Library Association, aimed at promoting the freedom to read. […]

Sex, Politics and the Banned Books of 2016

The American Library Association revealed its annual Top Ten Most Challenged Book List, revealing a glimpse of some of the issues that concern Americans.

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