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March 14, 2024 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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After reimagining its traditional Midwinter Meeting to LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX) in 2022, ALA has decided, “[a]fter careful evaluation and analysis of financial and other critical factors,” not to hold LLX in 2026. ALA says that “efforts are underway to determine how best to present some of the most beloved celebratory events traditionally held at the January conference: the I Love My Librarian Awards; the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which features the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration; and the Youth Media Awards. In the process of transitioning, [ALA] will consult with the respective committees, round tables, and member leaders. Their valuable insights and perspectives will be integral in shaping the direction of these events. This collaborative approach underscores ALA’s commitment to inclusivity and responsiveness to the diverse voices within its membership and esteem for the history and impact of this work.” LLX will be held in 2025 as planned.

ALA announced that its election polls are now open, and the organization is encouraging members to vote for association-wide leadership by April 3, 2024. Running for 2025–2026 president are Sam Helmick, community and access services coordinator at Iowa City Public Library, and Raymond Pun, academic and research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), ACRL’s Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS), and the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force (SRRT-FTF) are hosting a free event, Bridging the Gap: In Support of Women in Librarianship – A Conversation With ALA Presidents, on March 25, 2024. Speakers include ALA president Emily Drabinski, ALA president-elect Cindy Hohl, and ALA immediate past-president Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada.

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