Public Library Association stands with Nashville in wake of tornado
The Public Library Association (PLA) is deeply saddened at news of the devastating impact of last night’s deadly tornado in Nashville and central Tennessee. Nashville Public Library locations are closed today, except for polling locations. PLA is reaching out to Nashville library leaders to see how the association can best support the library and its community in the coming days.
“We are hearing from public library workers across the country sharing our sorrow at this disaster in the wake of an incredibly vibrant PLA 2020 national conference,” said PLA President Ramiro Salazar. “More than 8,700 people enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the city and the Nashville Public Library. It is truly incomprehensible to see the destruction after we experienced so many wonderful interactions, meals, music and learning last week.” Read more
OCLC, PLA report offers strategies for public libraries to respond to the opioid crisis
OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA) issued Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, a report that offers tested strategies to consider as libraries determine local responses to the nationwide public health emergency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 130 people die every day from an opioid overdose. As trusted local institutions, public libraries connect community members to credible, accurate information and services that can help support needs around substance use disorder. The call to action was informed by case study research with eight public libraries that have created community responses with local partners, as well as discussions with government agencies, public health and human services organizations, community organizations, and library leaders. Read more
Libraries Ready to Code awards microfunding on Digital Learning Day
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, awarded more than 100 academic, school and public libraries with $700 mini-grants to encourage digital skills education in honor of Digital Learning Day, Feb. 27, 2020.
Digital Learning Day is an annual event to promote effective use of technology tools and rich learning opportunities for learners of all ages. Microfunding awardees will use their grants to implement video-based lessons from Google’s Applied Digital Skills program to prepare learners for the future of work. Libraries are expected to carry out four sessions of digital skills programming by May 31, 2020. Read more
ALA adds Polish American Library Association to its professional affiliate roster
The governing Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has voted to make the Polish American Librarians Association (PALA) an ALA Affiliate. The action was taken Jan. 27 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. PALA applied for affiliation in 2019, and the application was vetted by the ALA Executive Board to ensure that PALA’s bylaws and mission were in compliance with ALA. PALA joins 27 other affiliated library organizations and, with the Chinese American Librarians Association, becomes one of only two affiliates that are nation-specific. Read more
Help build the 2021 AASL National Conference
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library professionals to help plan programming for the 2021 AASL National Conference. Professionals are asked to submit topics needed for professional development during the conference, taking place in October 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more
Pre-Service school librarians’ perceptions explored in new School Library Research
New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores graduate-level instruction on research designs and methods for pre-service school librarians. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries. Read more
YALSA names 2020 Writing Award recipients
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named the winners of its 2020 Writing Award with individuals being awarded in four categories. Read more
AASL to host webinars for school library preparation faculty and instructors
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Coordinating Committee will host a six-part webinar series to assist college and university faculty as they begin to align their programs, individual courses, and assessments to the 2019 ALA/AASL/CAEP School Librarian Preparation Standards. School library professionals teaching as faculty, instructor, or adjunct in a school library preparation program are invited to attend. Registration is now open at www.ala.org/aasl/caep/webinars. Read more
LLAMA webinars help new supervisors hit the ground running
If you are a new supervisor, it helps to be prepared for the challenges your staff may present to you. Whether you were promoted from within or hired from the outside, you can expect to face similar issues. Your staff may have conflicts among themselves, with past management or with customers that should be addressed. You will also need to determine the best way to build an effective team, a process that is vital to your staff’s success and yours.
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present two webinars for new supervisors: “Resolving Past Conflicts,” and “Teambuilding for the Future.” These webinars address two of LLAMA's 14 Foundational Leadership Competencies. Read more
Hebah Emara named 2019-20 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar
The Library and Information Technology Association and OCLC are funding Hebah Emara's participation in the ALA Spectrum Scholars program as part of their commitment to help diversify the library technology field.
Emara is a second-year distance student at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies MLIS program. She is interested in the ways libraries and technology intersect. Read more
AWARDS AND GRANTS
Dr. Lesley Farmer receives the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship
Sol María López awarded 2020 Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant
2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship nominations open