CHICAGO — The last several decades have witnessed a deep and continued interest in information literacy. This interest has resulted in an extensive range of research being undertaken and a burgeoning corpus of literature created by academic researchers, library practitioners, and other researchers who explore information literacy through their own disciplinary lens. “The Qualitative Landscape of Information Literacy Research,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, describes this research landscape.
Deb Robertson, founding director of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will retire from the organization on October 8, 2021, after nearly 40 years of service.
CHICAGO- The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), continues to offer an outstanding combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Envisioning the Framework: A Graphic Guide to Information Literacy,” edited by Jannette L. Finch, book number 77 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series.
CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Julie Stivers’s book “Include” brings together a chorus of school librarians, scholars, and students representing a wide range of races, ethnicities, experiences, and identities. Part of a six-volume series on the Shared Foundations in AASL’s National School Library Standards, this guide offers:
CHICAGO — Faculty, students, and colleagues come to you with copyright questions, both simple and complex. And they all want reliable answers—as fast as you can get them. With “Compact Copyright: Quick Answers to Common Questions,” published by ALA Editions, you’ll be prepared to deliver. Lawyer, copyright librarian, and iSchool instructor Sara R. Benson presents succinct explanations ideal for both on-the-fly reference and staff training.
CHICAGO — Acting upon recommendations made by its chapters, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended fourteen outstanding programs, events, and products for their support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves. To be considered, programs must align with the principles expressed in the national association's mission and value statements.
The commendation recipients are:
CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new book, "Strategic Planning for Public Libraries," addressing the key areas of strategic planning that public library professionals care about most. This instructional publication provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than 20 library directors and leaders throughout the country.
EXTON, Pa. – United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Making the Ask for End-of-Year Giving” Tues., Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Learning Live program is presented free to United for Libraries group and Statewide members.
CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience scheduled for January 21-24, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, will take place virtually.
ALA urges libraries to register as partners
Washington, D.C. -- The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented collaboration among libraries and museums to boost COVID-19 information and vaccine confidence in communities across the United States. Communities for Immunity provides funding to libraries, museums, science centers and other cultural institutions to enhance vaccine confidence where it matters most: at the local level.
CHICAGO – Aimee Strittmatter, executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced she has decided to embark upon a new professional path and will be leaving ALA, effective Aug. 31, 2021.
Strittmatter joined ALSC as deputy executive director in April 2005, bringing to the division extensive experience as a children’s librarian and children’s services supervisor. In 2009, she was named executive director.
EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations” will be held Aug. 17-19, 2021. Now in its second year, this interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.
Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at www.coreforum.org.
Preconference options on Thursday, October 7, include:
CHICAGO — The concepts of planning and assessment are intrinsically linked—and understanding them is essential for raising the library’s profile and strengthening its position among stakeholders and the community. Even LIS students and those new to the profession, or library staff for whom planning or assessment are not primary areas of responsibility, have a role to play in the success of organizational efforts. Rachel A.
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Teaching about Fake News: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences,” edited by Candice Benjes-Small, Carol Wittig, and Mary K. Oberlies.
WASHINGTON, DC — ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office has published an updated tool, “How to Conduct an In-Person Library Tour,” for library advocates to meet with their elected officials during the month-long congressional recess throughout the month of August.
CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference will give attendees an intimate look at what administrators need and expect from their school librarians and school libraries and how administrators can empower a school librarian’s leadership role to impact all learners. Six administrators from across the country will participate in an engaging and interactive conversation sponsored by Sora, by OverDrive Education.
CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook," edited by Julie M. Porterfield. This ACRL Cookbook brings together the work of archivists, librarians, museum professionals, and other educators who evoke the power of primary sources to teach information literacy skills to a variety of audiences.
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – Virtual, June 23-29, 2021, attracting 9,142 attendees and 306 exhibitors.