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in PLA (Public Library Association)
Do it for the library community!
Please nominate any great programs that haven't yet received recognition so that other libraries can learn about them. Honor a valued staff member! Do it for others!
The awards come with some lovely perks too, so do it for yourself/your library!
2015 Service Awards and Grants
Allie Beth Martin Award
Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1977 in honor of Allie Beth Martin. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Charlie Robinson Award
Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the needs of community residents. The award consists of $1,000 and a gift. The public library director will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1997. Sponsored by the Baker & Taylor.
Demco New Leaders Travel Grant
Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. Plaques and travel grants of up to $1,500 per applicant are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1993. The name of this grant was changed in October 2004. This grant is sponsored by Demco, Inc.
EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.
Gordon M. Conable Award
Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque to be presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by LSSI.
John Iliff Award
Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque and a bouquet of roses for the workplace. Sponsored by Innovative.
Romance Writers of America Library Grant
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.
Upstart Innovation Award
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Upstart, a Demco company.
Public Libraries Feature Article Contest
Awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of Public Libraries magazine.
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a PLA award or if you have any questions regarding awards, please contact Julianna Kloeppel, program coordinator, at 312-280-5026 or email@example.com.
in ASCLA Executive Committee (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)
in Strategic Planning
Over the next 12 months ALA leadership will be working with members, committees, divisions, round tables, chapters, and affiliates on the Association’s new strategic initiatives. This community has been established so we can share our thinking with you and you can reflect, comment and contribute as we work through the process. Here we will post relevant documents and updates as we engage in lively conversation about advocacy, information policy and professional and leadership development. We need everyone's voice - so please join the discussion!
The file folder for this strategic planning community contains a number of key background documents. These include:
- An overview of the 1) advocacy, 2) information policy and 3) professional and leadership development strategic initiatives
- An overview of the planning process over the coming year, as well as discussion questions for committee, division, round table, chapter and affiliate discussions and forums
in ACRL DLS Executive Committee (Distance Learning Section)
in Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)
ALA Sustainability Round Table
Minutes, September 22, 2014 Conference Call, 2 pm (EST)
Present: Ashley Jones, Coordinator; Madeleine Charney, Coordinator Elect; Betsy Evans, Treasurer; Matthew Bollerman, Secretary; Eileen Harrington, Member at Large; Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Member at Large
Meeting was called to order at 2:03 pm.
Project Team Updates
Eileen - Environmental scan is scheduling their first meeting.
Madeleine - Online Education is working with Arlene to build a WebX gathering information on existing projects to add to database. Plan on meeting in November for Midwinter.
Rebekkah - Working on a plan of attack.
Governance - Beth Fillar Williams is looking to help with greening the conference.
30 respondents to the poll about a tag line. 63% like, “SustainRT: Libraries fostering resilient communities”
IMLS Green Ribbon support. Not sure of our role and will reach out to our ALA Councilor about possible resolution coming from ALA Council on this.
Membership - Asking PR group to investigate a handout on the roundtable. Group is thinking about recruitment and talking points.
Gale has been approached regarding funding some aspect of the work we may do.
Motion to adjourn (Bollerman, Charney) at 2:55 pm. Passed.
in The American Dream Starts @ your library
Attention American Dream Libraries!
Monday, October 13 is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative, as part of the fourth round of funding.
To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library, or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. Each funded library will receive a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Libraries from previous rounds of the project are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding with a limit of two consecutive years of funding. Once a library receives two consecutive years of funding, the library may apply again after a one-year hiatus.
Applications for funding are being accepted online through October 13, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified in early November 2014. To learn more about the American Dream Starts @ your library® and/or apply, please visit www.ala.org/americandream.
To learn more about the applications, please call Zina Clark at (312) 280-4297.
in ALA Website Advisory Committee
Below is the login info needed to access the recording from last week's WAC meeting. If you were not able to attend, please review the recording. I'll post the minutes to our Connect site soon.
Link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p2uhra4ofkk/ (Use "WAC2015" for access.)
One of our most important decisions from this meeting was to hold bi-monthly meetings in between Midwinter and Annual in March, May, September, and November. Let's try to establish a set day/time ASAP so we can get in on our collective calendar. How does the first week of each of those months work? To that end, please fill out this poll:
http://doodle.com/fxpm7wvufqpnvwa9 (Thursdays are intentionally left off)
If the first week of each month doesn't work, we can explore other weeks but my guess is that any week is as good as the next on average for a group this large. =)
We also discussed a number of possible short-term projects to tackle between now and Annual. I'll be posting about each of these individually here on our Connect site in the next few days.
in ALA Web Management Group
During Annual, web issues were raised in the Kitchen Table Conversations. Issues mentioned were related to on-site document retention, especially old press releases, problems with search, and concerns about the organization of the homepage. WMG is awaiting formal proposals from groups, including the Website Advisory Committee, that may have specific requests.
We also explored ways and means related to the annual turnover of Advocacy and Division Reps to WMG.
Homepage menu and pod requests approved at May 29 meeting were carried out.
ITTS successfully updated Drupal Core.
Work with Charles Wilt and Karen Muller to support the development, dissemination and adoption of best practices related to document retention and archiving practices for ALAIR, ala.org, and ALA Connect, and coordinate any training efforts required.
Formation of e-commerce task force. Proposed personnel based on stakeholder positions: Ian Lashbrook for eLearning, Steven Hofmann for the divisions; Troy Linker for Publishing, Ron Jankowski for Membership, Denise Moritz for Accounting, Kim Olsen-Clark for Development, Juanita Rodriguez for MACS, Sherri Vanyek for ITTS; and Mary Ghikas to be asked to appoint someone for Conference Services.
Empathy Personas to go forward as part of Making ALA More Welcoming.
- Draft letter for Sherri to send out related to e-commerce task force service.
- Provide an introductory post about Empathy Personas project on the ALA Connect Making ALA More Welcoming community.
- Test whether document unpublishing can be successfully scheduled at time of publication. (Louise: If memory serves, scheduled unpublication only works when scheduled publication is set first.)
- Check with Denise about liability related to document retention best practices.
- Check with Charles and Karen about materials already developed related to document retention and archiving.
Planning the SEO & Web Writing Best Practices sessions. When is the best time for these to launch? Meeting minutes from last session note a 6 month plan. We have info on remove from Solr option, which will require resources.
in ALA Web Management Group
- Thanks to Lynne Bradley of Washington Office for her service on WMG on behalf of the ALA advocacy stakeholders.
- Welcome to Michelle Harrell Washington of the Diversity Office who will be the advocacy rep on WMG for the coming year.
- Sympa landing page title changed to ALA Electronic Discussion Lists as part of the upgrade process, as per WMG request from May, 2014.
- Results of scheduled publish/unpublish tests varied, based on the proximity of a Cron run to the desired start and end times. (Note: All test documents eventually published/unpublished, but were usually a day late.) Louise to retest and to work with Jan Carmichael to test press releases.
- Mary and Ron prepared a list of staff members likely to submit homepage slides so that they can be alerted to the new guidelines.
- Denise is looking into document retention liability best practices and will get back to us.
- Charles Wilt and Karen Muller will be invited to our September meeting so that we can collaborate on best practices for document publication and archiving, and assist in the dissemination of information to web editors.
We edited the Draft email for eCommerce Stakeholders Taskforce.
Sherri: To take eCommerce Stakeholders Taskforce plan to senior management for approval.
Louise: Retest publish/unpublish. Disseminate homepage feature slide update information.
Ron: Extend an invitation to Charles and Karen.
in ALA Web Management Group
Document Retention and Archiving
We were joined by Karen Muller and Charles Wilt to explore how WMG could assist in the development and adoption of best practices for web based document publication, retention, and/or archiving. The results of the discussion were that the issue transcends the website, requires a higher level perspective and specific publication and retention guidelines that cover types of content/communications, and their publication on ala.org, connect.ala.org and/or archives.library.illinois.edu/ala/.
Karen provided the following insights:
- Units are responsible for archiving their own materials, and thus have the same responsibility to determine when their web based materials are no longer actively used and should be removed from service to be archived or simply removed.
- Materials eligible to be retained should be moved to the digital archives as soon as programmatically or politically sensible.
- Materials not requiring archiving after removal from the web include transactional materials and material belonging to other units, such as unit press releases, which come under the aegis of PIO.
- The ALA Archives crawls the website several times a year, so the website is being archived intact on a periodic basis.
- The URLs in the archives are PURLs (persistent uniform resource locators), making it possible to install material in the archives and safely link to them from other locations.
- There is guidance at http://archives.library.illinois.edu/ala/files/2014/05/depositing-items-... but it is likely that Pam may need to develop training.
We agreed that an at-a-glance guide to publication, including preferred location, retention and archiving would be of use to ALA content editors. Charles Wilt, Ron Jankowski, Louise Gruenberg to begin work, with Steve Hofmann and Mary Mackay to review the draft when it is ready.
There was no time for brief reports during the session, so the following items are being included here.
- The long awaited Feature Slideshow & Tab Group roll out has begun. The four new content types are Tab Group, which contains Tabs, and Feature Slideshow, which contains Feature Slideshow Slides. The new container content types allow editors to set a path for the display of the slideshow or tabs. Content strategists can install as few or as many different slideshows or tab groupings as are appropriate for their area. Sean Bires installed the blocks and redid the contexts, and then remade the slides and tabs on all of the subsites except for the divisions. Louise and Pam collaborated on instructional materials, with Pam updating the ALA Support site. Now that the latter has been completed, the WMG message about the slide publication and retention guidelines can be sent out before the end of this week. Anyone who missed the training sessions Louise ran should contact Pam via TrackIt to schedule assistance. (The old slide and tab content types have been deprecated and will be removed at the end of October.)
- Progress on Listing Page and Online Learning Template changes: The vendor is going to provide Ian and Louise with a sneak preview of development on Friday, September 19. If everything is acceptable, work will be pushed from the development server to the quality assurance server for testing.
- Upcoming Core & Module Updates: There are additional security updates that are being tested. This work takes precedence over other development work.
- ITTS is awaiting final senior management go-ahead before assembling the staff stakeholder group for the eCommerce Task Force.