Website Now Offers One-Stop Shopping for ALA Online Learning Opportunities

May 18, 2010

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels today announced the official launch of ALA Online Learning, a new section of the ALA website showcasing all web-based professional development opportunities across the Association. "This new section will allow website visitors to easily find all ALA online training in one place for the first time ever," Fiels said. … Continue reading Website Now Offers One-Stop Shopping for ALA Online Learning Opportunities


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Planning and Budgeting

May 12, 2010

At the ALA Executive Board’s spring meeting, held April 23-25 at the Association’s headquarters in Chicago, the board spent a significant amount of time discussing the draft ALA 2015 Strategic Plan (PDF file) and the latest revisions made to the plan based on comments provided by over 750 ALA members. The ALA Council agenda includes discussion … Continue reading Planning and Budgeting


ALA Treasurer Sees Challenges Ahead

May 3, 2010

ALA Treasurer Rod Hersberger, whose term ends after this year's Annual Conference in June, delivered a report today on the American Library Association's financial picture. His assessment is scheduled for publication in the June-July issue of American Libraries, but here's a preview: "Over the last three years, I have tried to share information with ALA … Continue reading ALA Treasurer Sees Challenges Ahead


Raphael, Neal Elected ALA President, Treasurer

April 30, 2010

Election results just announced: Molly Raphael  has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American Library Association, and James Neal was elected ALA treasurer for the 2010-2013 term.  Raphael is the former director of Multnomah County Library in Oregon, and Neal is university librarian at Columbia University in New York City. Raphael received 5,857 votes for … Continue reading Raphael, Neal Elected ALA President, Treasurer


Drupal: The Change We Need

April 28, 2010

"The change we need," according to Tim O'Reilly, keynote speaker on day two of DrupalCon San Francisco, "is DIY on a civic scale. " We've come to rely on what O'Reilly called "vending machine government," where we put tax dollars in and expect services out, but real progress in civic organizations during tough economic times … Continue reading Drupal: The Change We Need


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New from ALA: May 2010

April 19, 2010

In the latest book on a persistent challenge, Michael Sullivan offers readers’ advisory as a strategy to bring boys to the library and get them to read. Serving Boys Through Readers’ Advisory explains “boys’ lit” and outlines how to use readers’ advisory effectively. Librarians will appreciate the many boy-friendly booktalks and book lists. Indexed. 152p.PBK. … Continue reading New from ALA: May 2010



Author Sarah Vowell Closes Public Librarians Conference in Portland

March 27, 2010

"Education is telling the truth to students," said author and contributing editor to National Public Radio's This American Life Sarah Vowell at the closing of the Public Library Association conference in Portland today. "You have the goods," she added. "You have the places where that person can find that truth." Vowell was responding to a … Continue reading Author Sarah Vowell Closes Public Librarians Conference in Portland




Longtime ALA Leader Margolis Diagnosed with Blood Cancer

March 17, 2010

Members of the ALA governing Council learned yesterday from his wife, Amanda, that longtime councilor and association leader Bernard Margolis has been diagnosed with a severe type of blood cancer. His wife said they were consulting with the famed Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center in Boston and anticipate that he will need a bone marrow transplant … Continue reading Longtime ALA Leader Margolis Diagnosed with Blood Cancer


The Pixelated Campus

March 9, 2010

"There is no frigate like a book,” Emily Dickinson wrote long ago, “to take us lands away.” Only the foolhardy would quibble with her eloquent, 19th-century paean to the written word, and librarians aplenty support reading as a vehicle for escape and learning alike. Yet in the current century, more and more librarians themselves opt … Continue reading The Pixelated Campus