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ALA Banned Book List

Today’s recommended read is the American Library Association’s list of books that were banned or challenged in 2014. I’ve read a few of them, but not nearly enough. Have you?

Source: ALA Banned Book List » Public Libraries Online

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ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign

Today’s recommended read is “ALA Launches ‘Libraries Transform’ Campaign from the Library Journal:

On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere.

Source: ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign | Library Journal

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Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014

Via ALA News:

2013.12 ala_newsJudy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.

As Honorary Chair, Blume will appear in print public service announcements (PSAs) promoting National Library Week. The PSAs, developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, will be placed in magazines and online throughout the spring. ALA will also offer free customization of the PSAs for libraries. Visit ala.org/NLW to learn more.

Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/judy-blume-named-honorary-chair-national-library-week-2014

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Four libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Via ALA News:

2013.12 ala_newsToday, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.

Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/four-local-libraries-honored-offering-cutting-edge-services

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Lemony Snicket Prize for Librarians Faced with Adversity

Via ALAnews:

The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas, recognizes a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.” It will be given annually to a deserving librarian. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

The $3,000 prize will be given from Snicket’s “disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, as well as a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

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The nominee must be a librarian. The deadline for candidates to be nominated for the first year is May 1. In subsequent years, the deadline will be Dec. 1.

More info: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/ala-council-approves-new-lemony-snicket-prize-noble-librarians-faced.

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LITA guide to WordPress for libraries

From ALA:

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More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system, making it ideal for many libraries’ websites. “The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, introduces the basic principles of WordPress and then shows how to implement them.

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this guide shows:

  • how to make an informed decision about whether WordPress is the right platform for a library’s needs;
  • options for hosted and self-hosted platforms;
  • Nearly two dozen WordPress sites, drawn from a wide range of different libraries and organizations;
  • how to choose the best WordPress theme for the website’s content;
  • succinct explanations of every element in the Administrative Dashboard with advice on library applications;
  • quick tips on user experience, information architecture and analytics;
  • effective ways to use images, audio and video.

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Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/lita-guide-wordpress-libraries

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Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Information provided by the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsTen librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award today. 2013 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education. Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008.

There are 166,305 certified librarians in the United States  who, along with more than 200,000 dedicated library workers, offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

This year’s I Love My Librarian Award recipients are:

Julia Allegrini
Covington (Ky.) Branch of the Kenton County Public Library

Dr. Shahla Bahavar
University of Southern California Libraries
Los Angeles

Holly Camino
Buckeye Library, Medina (Ohio) County District Library

Kathy Meulen Ellison
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Harold M. Forbes
West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries
Morgantown, W. Va.

Caroline “Xiaofang” Han
Cleveland Public Library

Jennifer J. Jamison
Atlantic City (N.J.) High School

Julie Kane
Sweet Briar (Va.) College

Molly Ledermann
Missoula (Mont.) Public Library

Charlotte Carr Vlasis
Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts

Each recipient receives a $5,000 award at a ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

For more information regarding 2013 I Love My Librarian recipients please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.

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PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2014

Information provided by the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsThe Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for two library professionals to win their way to the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less) video telling PLA why they want to attend PLA 2014. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Find complete details on the PLA Conference website.

The top five videos (determined by members of the PLA Conference Committee) will be posted to the PLA Facebook page for voting. The videos with the most votes on Facebook win! Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling, and creative video statements. We look forward to seeing your videos!

The deadline to submit a video is 4:30 PM Central, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The top five videos will be posted on the PLA Facebook Page on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Some Guidelines:

  • Videos should be a maximum length of 60 seconds. Suitable file types are .mp4, .wmv, .mov no larger than 100 MB. Submit the video online.
  • Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling and creative video statements.
  • If your library submits the video, only one person from the library can receive the prize.
  • If you’ve already registered for PLA 2014, you’re still eligible! We’ll simply credit your registration costs.

Offered biennially, PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The conference includes more than 150 top-quality continuing education programs, engaging social events, networking opportunities, and a bustling exhibits hall. PLA 2014 will be held March 11-15, 2014 in Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.placonference.org.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve, and its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

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ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Information provided from the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsThe American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities.

The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities. Free digital resources will be accessible through the project website http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communities.

“Building on a deep reservoir of trust, public libraries are in an excellent position to lead their communities toward a shared vision and a foundation for growth and innovation,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, libraries and librarians will be better able to engage deeply with their constituents and support community aspirations.”

During the grant period, ALA will work with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to provide training opportunities and learning resources. Libraries interested in the in-person training and coaching will be recruited through an open application process. To receive an alert when the application period for Libraries Transforming Communities opens, interested libraries should sign up for the ALA Public Programs Office’s PPO Grants electronic discussion list at www.ala.org/offices/ppo/about/ppolist.

The groundwork for this project was laid during the past year when, through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ALA worked with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and a core group of library leaders to develop a framework for training consistent with ALA’s overall engagement with the transformation and future of libraries.

“Each library serves a unique community. Community engagement allows us to better understand our community and the aspirations and challenges faced by community members. The result is better library service, increased innovation, a greater impact on the part of the library and, ultimately, a stronger and more successful community,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.

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Free tools available for September’s Library Card Sign-up Month

The American Library Association has released tools to help promote Library Card Sign-Up Month throughout September. Even though we’re into the second week of the month, you still have time to download some of the tools and do some promotion.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with new downloadable tools and public service announcements (PSAs).

Sample media tools are available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, op-ed, proclamation, PSA scripts and radio quality PSAs.

To download free promotional materials, visit www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.

Also in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, a new slideshow featuring “60 Ways to Use Your Library Card” is now available on atyourlibrary.org. Librarians are encouraged to embed the slideshow, which scrolls through examples like “Learn how to write a business plan” and “Get help with homework,” on their own websites or blogs.

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