American Libraries Magazine

On June 29, 2010, at 11 a.m., library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S.
Posted January 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
 In the late 1980's, the American Association of School Librarians adopted the title "school library media specialist" as the professional title that it would use in all communications, publications, etc.
Posted January 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
Deltona Haiti Relief Concert logo
Library workers and educators are keeping their sleeves rolled up as they continue contributing to the international effort to provide moral and monetary aid to earthquake-stricken Haiti.
Posted January 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
Alan Lomax in Haiti box set
In 1937, American music archivist and historian Alan Lomax traveled to Haiti to capture that country’s music. He ended up recording more than 50 hours of music for the Library of Congress.
Posted January 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
Recycling bins
Does your library have a recycling program? If not, why not? Could it be that you feel establishing one would be a daunting task or that it would be cost-prohibitive? If that’s the case, I’m here to report that it’s not.
Posted January 22, 2010 | Comments: 0
The ALA Washington Office is asking librarians and library supporters to urge the Obama Administration and the Senate to support jobs for libraries as part of the Jobs for Main Street Act.
Posted January 21, 2010 | Comments: 0
ALA–Allied Professional Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels told members of the ALA-APA governing Council during the Midwinter Meeting that success of the financially struggling organization lies within its Library Support Staff Certification Program, set to begin accepting applications January 25.
Posted January 21, 2010 | Comments: 0
Follow the wrap-up coverage from Midwinter 2010: American Libraries offers a host of post-Midwinter coverage, including the Inside Scoop blog, AL Focus videos, and the wrap-up edition of AL Direct More videos will be posted to ALA's YouTube Channel as they are available See Midwinter in pictures by following the alamw10 tag and Midwinter 2010 Group on Flickr And you can also see the photos as well as follow the #alamw10 Twitter tweets via the Midwinter Tracker Post-Midwinter coverage also continues in the Blogosphere: Andy, from the Agnostic Maybe blog posts his recap of the Midwinter Meeting Bookeaters Anonymous hosts the musings of an Emerging Leader Comic Book Resources offers a 'stranger-in-a-strange-land' observation of Midwinter
Posted January 20, 2010 | Comments: 0
Reports from the Committee on Legislation, Committee on Organization, Freedom to Read Foundation, International Relations Committee, the Policy Monitoring Committee and the Intellectual Freedom Committee as presented to Council during the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.  Visit the ALA Governance Office for more information and a complete set of Documents and Actions by Council beginning the 1st week of February at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/governance/index.cfm.
Posted January 20, 2010 | Comments: 0
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION MIDWINTER MEETING - Boston,Massachusetts.  January 14-19, 2010.  Notes by James B. Casey Given the bad economy, it is not surprising that attendance was somewhat depressed at this Midwinter Meeting. The historically and culturally interesting City of Boston and its relatively close proximity to such major population centers as New York and Philadelphia realized relatively high attendance at the January 2005 Mid Winter (13,232), but attained significantly less registration (16% less) in the  tight budget environment of January 2010.  According to announcements made by ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels on January 19, 2010, the total registration reached 11,095 by Monday, January 18.  Registration for Midwinter in Denver was 10,220 by Monday, January 26, 2009,  13,601 for Philadelphia 2008, Seattle in 2007 was at 12,230 and San Antonio in 2006 at 11,084.  Future Midwinter Meetings will be held at San Diego (2011), Dallas (2012), Seattle (2013) and Philadelphia (2014).  Future Annual Conferences will be at Washington, D.C. (2010), New Orleans (2011), Anaheim (2012), Washington (2013) and Las Vegas (2014).
Posted January 20, 2010 | Comments: 0