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Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany. Guest of Honor: New Zealand
Congreso Internacional Las Edades del Libro (Ages of the Book International Conference), Institute for Bibliographic Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.
Open Education Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia. "Beyond Content."
Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
International Association of School Librarianship Conference, Doha, Qatar. "The shifting Sands of School Librarianship."
14th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, GIS NTU Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
American Studies Association, Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico. "Dimensions of Empire and Resistance" Past, Present, and Future."
Nov. 24-Dec. 2
Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Guest of Honor: Chile
ALA International members enjoy discounts on conferences registration along with special access to ALA Publications, discounted online Continuing Education sessions, and networking options. You are invited to participate in this global association for libraries. Join today!
Explore the opportunities that ALA offers with their Online Learning courses. ALA's Divisions and Offices have developed a wide range of library-related online learning-covering fundamentals, advances, trends, and hot topics.
ALA International members can now access digital products through the ALA Online Store. You can save money and time by downloading library-focused resources immediately to your computer as well as purchase access to eLearning events.
Midwinter-only registration opens October 1, 2012.
Annual Conference-only registration opens January, 7, 2013.
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National Library of China Publishing House translated RDA
On behalf of the Co-Publishers of RDA, ALA Publishing has announced the collaboration between themselves and the National Library of China Publishing House on the translation of RDA: Resource Description and Access into the Chinese (Mandarin) language. The Chinese translation will be distributed in print for the primary purpose of research and evaluation for use in Chinese libraries. It is the Co-Publishers’ goal that RDA Toolkit serves as a key element in both the advancement of cataloging in the digital era and the internationalization of cataloging practices. This agreement with the National Library of China Publishing House is an important step in that direction. Read the entire press release.
Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's statewide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography." Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013. Apply today!
Bundle Registration now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference
Planning to attend Midwinter and Annual? You can now register and save for the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. This cost-effective and efficient registration package offer remains open until midnight, Sunday, Sept. 30. The Conversation Starts Here … in Seattle, Jan. 25-29, and continues as we work on Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Bundled registration offers the best value for these two events in two terrific cities.
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2012 AL International Supplement
The latest copy of ALA International Supplement is now available free online. It was first distributed during the IFLA conference in Helsinki, Finland. This digital supplement explores ALA's new global initiatives and improved worldwide access to products and services. This issue includes the latest on the full global implementation of RDA, the new unified cataloging standard designed for the digital world and the expanding universe of metadata users. Also, included is an article on the continued promotion of community outreach through public advocacy initiatives. (You can read this supplement free in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF.)
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The American Library Association celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month
Library Card Sign-up Month is a celebration held at the beginning of the new school year during which librarians across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Learn more about what ALA is doing to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. Learn more about resources and ways to use your library card and your library.
Banned Website Awareness Day
To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. The AASL website offers a variety of resources and tools to share and download.
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International Games Day @your library
International Games Day @your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games because in the 21st Century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 3, 2012, two thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of IGD12. This year marks its 5th annual event. Libraries that want to join in this year's event need to register online in order to participate in the national video game tournaments, receive free donations, and appear on the international map of participating locations.
Apply now for ACRL 2013 Scholarship
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering 70 scholarships in five categories worth more than $40,000 for the upcoming ACRL 2013 conference to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. Applications for scholarships in all categories are due Nov. 9, 2012. Complete details on each scholarship category and application instructions are available on the ACRL 2013 website. Apply today!
Googlization, Copyright, Public Awareness take stage at IFLA Conference
Over 3,000 participants attended the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Helsinki, Finland. During the conference, Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry) delivered a dynamic and challenging speech. IFLA delegates had an opportunity to share ideas for implementing the Campaign for the World Libraries. Michael Dowling, director of the ALA International Relations Office, gave a presentation on how to increase the public visibility of libraries on a shoestring budget by using the materials available through the campaign. Presentations from Jamaica, Latvia and Taiwan followed. Read more…
Leonard Kniffel, former editor and publisher of American Libraries
Muslim Journeys Bookshelf program deadline extended
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, announced updates to the application process and grants available through the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. Available to public, academic and community college libraries, the program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. To encourage a maximum number of submissions for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf, NEH and ALA have extend the application deadline to Oct. 25 (previously Sept. 25).
ALA Programming and Exhibitions
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Warm Up to Reading: Getting Kids Hooked on Books
Join representatives from ABDO Publishing, DK Publishing, James Lorimer & Co; and Listening Library to learn about books and media designed to spark reluctant readers' interest in reading-be it turning pages or pushing play. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Ilene Cooper. Register today for this free webinar!
The Art of Selecting Digital Content to Preserve
This webinar focuses on the basic first questions we all must answer in order to begin developing a digital preservation program: What digital content do we have, and what are we responsible for preserving? The webinar will begin by identifying all of the digital content that might be within our scope of responsibility. Next, it will explore strategies for appraisal, prioritization, and acquisition to refine the scope of selecting which digital content should be included in our preservation program. one today!
ALCTS Provides Access to 70 Webinars for free
If you are involved in collections and technical services, or want to learn more about them, ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offers you access to over 70 recent webinars for free through its YouTube channel. These one-hour webinars cover topics such as institutional repositories, RDA Basics, Book Repairs, Open Access, and more. So take advantage and check them out...
New Librarians Global Connections Webinar
Registration is now open for the third series of free quarterly webinars sponsored by IFLA's Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA's Professionals Special Interest Group. Presenters for the "New Librarians Global Connection: Best practices, models and recommendations“ will present on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. Register today for the October 10, 2012 webinar.
Building Digital Branch with David Lee King-webinar
Whether you work at a large academic library in a small town, you need to be able to deliver service and content to patrons outside your building. David Lee King takes you through the process of building an effective user-friendly library website that will expand and enhance your library's presence in the community. Register today for the October 10th webinar! You can see all the workshops and eCourses from ALA Editions and ALA TechSourcehere.
Fundamentals of Collection Assessment
This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. This course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including: the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections, and project design and management. Session begins October 15 and ends November 23, 2012 Register today!
A New Model for Student Learning: Using Team-based Learning in Information Literacy Courses
Team-based learning (TBL), which uses a very structured approach to student learning in teams, has enormous potential when used when teaching information literacy credit-bearing courses and can even be valuable in one-shot instruction sessions. Developed by Larry Michaelsen in the late 1970s, TBL includes key components connected to student preparation for in-class work, permanent teams, and student accountability. The session will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the teaching method, and to determine if it is something about which they would like to learn more. Register for the October 4th session.
Series of free webinars on Makerspaces in libraries
Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service is a series of four free ALA TechSource and Library Boing Boing 60-minute webinars in which you can learn about a fast-growing library phenomenon from librarians who have been ahead of the pack. Makerspaces are spreading quickly in the library world, popping up in libraries of all types and sizes. They give people a place to pursue their own interests in building things, using tools (physical or virtual) and connecting with one another. Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement by attending our upcoming series of free webinars. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library! Register today for the first session on Monday, October 15.
Continuous Professional Development: Opportunities Within The American Library Association
Written by Loriene Roy, Past ALA President, for the New Zealand Library and Information Management Journal, this article presents a brief introduction to continuous professional development offerings in the librarianship sector within the United States largely through offerings from ALA. It outlines opportunities for librarians within Aotearoa/New Zealand to participate in these activities, many of which are free, or do not require fees or membership dues, and are accessible through distance delivery. These opportunities might especially appeal to librarians seeking professional registration or revalidation through the Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). Read more...
Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies
With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content-management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. Jones and Farrington, two web designer/librarians, explore the variety of ways libraries are implementing WordPress as a CMS...
Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library and Information Science
Thanks in part to technology, the boundaries of library positions are dissolving. It is no longer practical to discuss the profession in terms of traditional library types, and in today’s library, the relationship between librarians and technology is stronger than ever. In this informative volume, veteran author Kane interviews dozens of practicing librarians who are highly involved with technology as part of their day-to-day jobs. "This book is a great starting point for students looking for a career or specialty within librarianship as well as for those librarians looking for a change." --Journal of Library Innovation...
Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide
Electronic resource management encompasses much more than turning on and off resources and tracking usage. This guide provides advice on the tools and best practices to help you tackle heavy workloads while saving time, effort, and money. Editor Ryan Weir provides innovative ideas and practices for new and experienced information professionals ready to take the next step in electronic resource management...
Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals
In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for those who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. “Accidental business reference librarian” Ross explains how to provide quality reference help on issues from marketing to finance--for business people, students, and business faculty...
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Libraries and Demographic Shift
Libraries are a mirror of the communities they serve. For many libraries, the looking glass reflects America's tendency to attract new citizens - and those aspiring to citizenship - seeking to turn long-frustrated dreams into reality. Libraries are necessary to support these dreams, since they are the public institutions that new Americans and diverse groups rely on the most to support continued education, and the English language and technology skills needed to thrive and compete in today's competitive global market. Read full article…
Call for International Papers
The American Library Association's International Papers Session and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 29, 2013. The 2013 International Papers Program theme is: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Economies: Transforming International Libraries. The International Papers & Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Submit your abstract before the Friday, December 21st deadline.
International Leads now available online
The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is pleased to announce that the September issue of International Leads (IL)is now available online. Starting with this issue, Internationals Leads will be published in an online-only format. Results of a survey conducted showed that the majority of members agreed it was time to convert to an online-only format. Publishing online has many advantages: timeliness, cost savings for printing and postage, greater flexibility, greater distribution and color photos. Read the September 2012 issue now! You can also view past issues of the IL Newsletter.
Library 2.012 - A Free Worldwide Conference
ALA is pleased to join the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference as a partner in this unique global conversation on the current and future state of libraries and celebration of innovation. ALA will share expertise and content in several sessions on the program, including ebook models for public libraries, what libraries can learn from e-reading data, restoring contemplation, and models for collaboration. The Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference takes place October 2-5, 2012. This free conference is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of two days (three actual calendar days when including all time zones). Get more information and sign up.
USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) List
The government has announced £10m in funding for UK academics to publish their research in journals that allow free public access to the material online without a subscription. The government is adopting a funding model proposed by Finch called "gold" open access, where – instead of university libraries subscribing to journals – researchers pay commercial publishers or learned societies to publish their research, but access to their results is immediate and unrestricted. Read more...
Bibliotecari@ en Línea
The National Library of Chile has launched a virtual librarian, Bibliotecari@ en línea (Librari@n online), free service that will allow patrons to obtain answers in real time. Requests can be sent via email or in chat format. Learn more...
Wikipedia and Libraries: What's the Connection?" Webinar Recording Now Available
In this webinar, OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein discussed what's happened between Wikipedia and libraries in the past and what it means for the future. In addition, he explained the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, discussed the variety of Wikipedia in Residence positions and the opportunities for libraries working with Wikipedia, and as described how OCLC Research is working to integrate Authority Control into Wikipedia.