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Jul 6, 2021

Nominations Now Open for the I Love My Librarian Award
The American Library Association (ALA) invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for their outstanding public service contributions. Nominations are accepted online now through Sept. 27, 2021.

ABOS 2021 Virtual Conference Registration is Open
Registration for the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) 2021 Virtual Conference is now open. “Jazz Up Your Outreach” is the theme of the conference, which will take place October 11-15. A tentative program schedule is available on the website, with a final schedule anticipated by mid-July, and a tentative schedule is available on the website. Registration will close September 30.

AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its annual list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The recognition honors electronic resources that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their educator collaborators. The list can be found at These user-friendly tools are recognized for fostering the qualities of innovation/creativity, active participation, collaboration, exploration, and information/reference.

Creating a Tween Collection: A Practical Guide for Librarians
Check out this one-hour video from the Michigan Department of Education and hosted by Library of Michigan Youth Services Consultant Cathy Lancaster. It focuses on creating collections for your tween patrons.

The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Teens, Tweens, and Public Media
In this report, 50 tweens and teens across the U.S. were interviewed about how they spend their time, what they find interesting, how they find new shows, apps, or videos, what issues are important to them, as well as what misconceptions adults have about youth. The report features the voices of a generation of youth who crave authenticity and who want to be more than passive consumers in this rapidly changing media landscape.

ALA Receives Grant to Support Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage
The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $249,999 by the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project. This project will provide opportunities for communities to deepen their knowledge of American history and culture by examining events and individuals who impacted the women’s suffrage movement. Up to 25 libraries will be awarded a set of books and a programming stipend to implement LTAI: Women’s Suffrage programs in their communities. Additional information and application guidelines will be released in September 2021.

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