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Event Deadline for PLA Awards entries is December 1st, 2014!

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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!

http://www.ala.org/pla/awards

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!

http://www.ala.org/pla/awards

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.

Other Awards

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.

Contact Us

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 pla@ala.org.

 

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Event Claire Bolyard

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 07:22 am
in IAmRUSA

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the week of November 24th is

Claire Bolyard

Ask her a question!

Event ANMIG December Chat: Publications and Publishing

by Alissa Hafele on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 11:48 am
in ALCTS New Members Interest Group

Publishing is key for both name recognition and job retention (not to mention helpful in getting that great job in the first place). Getting published, though, can be a nerve-racking experience, but you don’t have to do it alone! We’re here to walk you through the process regardless of where you are in your publishing journey.

Publishing is key for both name recognition and job retention (not to mention helpful in getting that great job in the first place). Getting published, though, can be a nerve-racking experience, but you don’t have to do it alone! We’re here to walk you through the process regardless of where you are in your publishing journey. Join us on Thursday, December 4 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST as we discuss all aspects of publications and publishing: how to get started, resources to turn to, where to consider publishing, etc. Questions, tips, experiences, and commiserations are all welcome.

 

Jacob Ineichen, ANMIG vice Co-chair, and Katy Holder, ANMIG student liaison, will be your hosts along with special guest expert Mary Beth Weber, Head, Central Technical Services at Rutgers University Libraries. The chat is open to all ALA members. To join the chat, please go to: http://connect.ala.org/node/231276 (See instructions below to register).

 

1. If you are new to ALAConnect, here is how to join: If you want to log into ALAConnect, you will need to log in to the ALA website with your ALA credentials, update your profile, and select the option to include yourself in Connect. Once you have saved this new preference, you should be able to log in to Connect using your ALA member information.

 

2. To join the chat (Step 3), you must join the ALCTS New Member Interest Group (ANMIG), which is easy, go to and click the "Join" box under the search box in the left hand menu.

3. Once you have joined the community, you can join the chat here: ANMIG December Chat: http://connect.ala.org/node/231276

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Event Documents Due for Board Consideration - Midwinter 2015

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 09:55 am
in ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

The ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL, on January 30-February 3, 2015. Actions for Board consideration must be submitted to apayne@ala.org by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To submit a document (e.g., petition to establish a new ACRL unit, funding request, resolution, task force report, etc.) for Board consideration, follow the steps below.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL, on January 30-February 3, 2015. Actions for Board consideration must be submitted to apayne@ala.org by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To submit a document (e.g., petition to establish a new ACRL unit, funding request, resolution, task force report, etc.) for Board consideration, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete a Board of Directors Action Form (http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/forms) working with your ACRL staff and Board liaisons as appropriate. Requests for supplemental funding should comply with ACRL Policies and Procedures, http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies.
  2. Email your Board Action Form and supporting documents to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) with copy to your staff and Board liaisons by the deadline. If you need an extension, please contact Allison in advance of the deadline so that space can be allocated in the draft Board meeting agenda.
  3. Please expect an email acknowledging receipt of your submission within one week of submission. If you do not receive such a confirmation, please email again or call Allison at 312-280-2519.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL, on January 30-February 3, 2015. Actions for Board consideration must be submitted to apayne@ala.org by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To submit a document (e.g., petition to establish a new ACRL unit, funding request, resolution, task force report, etc.) for Board consideration, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete a Board of Directors Action Form (http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/forms) working with your ACRL staff and Board liaisons as appropriate. Requests for supplemental funding should comply with ACRL Policies and Procedures, http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies.
  2. Email your Board Action Form and supporting documents to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) with copy to your staff and Board liaisons by the deadline. If you need an extension, please contact Allison in advance of the deadline so that space can be allocated in the draft Board meeting agenda.
  3. Please expect an email acknowledging receipt of your submission within one week of submission. If you do not receive such a confirmation, please email again or call Allison at 312-280-2519.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/227464#sthash.KshHbAIL.dpuf

The ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL, on January 30-February 3, 2015. Actions for Board consideration must be submitted to apayne@ala.org by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To submit a document (e.g., petition to establish a new ACRL unit, funding request, resolution, task force report, etc.) for Board consideration, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete a Board of Directors Action Form (http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/forms) working with your ACRL staff and Board liaisons as appropriate. Requests for supplemental funding should comply with ACRL Policies and Procedures, http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies.
  2. Email your Board Action Form and supporting documents to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) with copy to your staff and Board liaisons by the deadline. If you need an extension, please contact Allison in advance of the deadline so that space can be allocated in the draft Board meeting agenda.
  3. Please expect an email acknowledging receipt of your submission within one week of submission. If you do not receive such a confirmation, please email again or call Allison at 312-280-2519.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/227464#sthash.KshHbAIL.dpuf

The ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL, on January 30-February 3, 2015. Actions for Board consideration must be submitted to apayne@ala.org by Friday, January 16, 2015.

To submit a document (e.g., petition to establish a new ACRL unit, funding request, resolution, task force report, etc.) for Board consideration, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete a Board of Directors Action Form (http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/forms) working with your ACRL staff and Board liaisons as appropriate. Requests for supplemental funding should comply with ACRL Policies and Procedures, http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies.
  2. Email your Board Action Form and supporting documents to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) with copy to your staff and Board liaisons by the deadline. If you need an extension, please contact Allison in advance of the deadline so that space can be allocated in the draft Board meeting agenda.
  3. Please expect an email acknowledging receipt of your submission within one week of submission. If you do not receive such a confirmation, please email again or call Allison at 312-280-2519.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/227464#sthash.KshHbAIL.dpuf

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Event ALCTS Webinar: How to Host a Preservation Week Event

by Jane Rosario on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 06:17 pm
in ALCTS

Apologies in advance for multiple postings.

ALCTS Webinar: How to Host a Preservation Week Event

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sessions begin at 11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern and last about an hour.

This webinar will help librarians who are thinking about hosting a Preservation Week event plan for choosing a topic and finding a speaker and will offer guidance on resources to answer preservation questions that may come up after the event.

Apologies in advance for multiple postings.

ALCTS Webinar: How to Host a Preservation Week Event

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sessions begin at 11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern and last about an hour.

This webinar will help librarians who are thinking about hosting a Preservation Week event plan for choosing a topic and finding a speaker and will offer guidance on resources to answer preservation questions that may come up after the event.

This webinar features a live question-and-answer session. Participants should come to the webinar having watched the previously recorded "How to Host a Preservation Week Event" presentation from February 2014.

Questions can be submitted ahead of time through a web form or raised during the live session.

 Submit a question now.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn strategies to host a successful 2015 Preservation Week program.

Who Should Attend?

Librarians thinking about planning a Preservation Week event or those already working on one.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Beginning to intermediate level. No prerequisites.

Presenter

Donia Conn is an independent consultant for small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions. She has worked in the fields of conservation and preservation for almost twenty years, specializing in book conservation and preservation training. She teaches and consults on the full spectrum of collections care topics and is an adjunct faculty for the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

Donia is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). She earned her BA in mathematics from St. Olaf College and her MLIS with Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the University of Texas-Austin.

Fee

Free

How to Register

Although there is no fee, registration is required. Register here.

Contact

For questions about registration, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.

Sponsor

ALCTS Preservation & Reformatting Section's Preservation Week Committee

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

 

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Event Nora Dethloff

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 07:19 am
in IAmRUSA

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the week of November 17th is

Nora Dethloff

Ask her a question!

Event DCIG Meeting at Midwinter Featuring Liz Bishoff Presenting "Managing Digital Collections: Report of IR/DR Activity among non-ARL Academic Libraries"

by Megan Toups on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm
in ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group

Greetings!

If you are heading to ALA Midwinter 2015 please consider joining us on Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 1:00pm-2:30pm (US/Central) for the DCIG ALA Midwinter meeting.  The meeting will be held in McCormick Place West in MCP W176c

Greetings!

If you are heading to ALA Midwinter 2015 please consider joining us on Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 1:00pm-2:30pm (US/Central) for the DCIG ALA Midwinter meeting.  The meeting will be held in McCormick Place West in MCP W176c

We are pleased to have Liz Bishoff, principal consultant for The Bishoff Group--a library and cultural heritage organization consulting services organization--to present "Managing Digital Collections: Report of IR/DR Activity among non-ARL Academic Libraries"

A description of her presentation: “In a 2014 survey, non-ARL libraries were asked about the status of their IR/DR implementation…The survey reports on…benefits of an IR/DR, identifies… software used to support an IR/DR and explores…preservation plans…used to support long term access.” 

More about Liz Bishoff: “Liz Bishoff is currently the owner and principal consultant for The Bishoff Group, a library and cultural heritage organization consulting services organization. Bishoff works with archives, libraries and museums developing digital program plans, digital preservation plans, providing guidance on development of local practices, and offers workshops on a range of digital topics including digital project management, metadata, digital preservation and funding digital projects.”

After the presentation we will have a short business meeting and all attendees to the presentation are encouraged to stay and participate.  We hope to see you there!

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Event ALA Annual: Data Curation You Can Taste: Improving Crowd-Sourced Data from the New York Public Library's Menu Transcription Project

by Yasmeen Shorish on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:54 am
in ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group

Materials: See attached PDF for presentation slides. See http://hackyeg.com/data-and-tools-2/tools/ for links to tools mentioned in the presentation.  

Location: LVCC-N236 (Las Vegas Convention Center)

Materials: See attached PDF for presentation slides. See http://hackyeg.com/data-and-tools-2/tools/ for links to tools mentioned in the presentation.  

Location: LVCC-N236 (Las Vegas Convention Center)

Presenters: Trevor Muñoz (Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research, University of Maryland Libraries; Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) and Lydia Zvyagintseva  (MA/MLIS Candidate, University of Alberta, Edmonton) 

Abstract: The New York Public Library's What's On the Menu? project—a crowdsourced effort to transcribe historic menus from the Library's collections—is one of the most successful public digital humanities projects of recent years. In this presentation, Lydia Zvyagintseva will describe her experience trying to clean up, classify, and describe data from What’s on the Menu? in the context of an internship project at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Trevor Muñoz will describe why the Menus data set is an ideal site for practical data curation training. Muñoz will also describe new work on the project.

Twitter hashtag: #ala2014dcig

Stick around after the presentation for the DCIG business meeting. We will announce the new Executive Committee and discuss plans for the next year. Please join us!

Add this to your ALA Scheduler: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14999 

 

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Event RUSA Board Meeting, December 2014

by Susan Hornung-IL (staff) on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:35 pm
in RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)

Wednesday, December 10, 8:30am PT / 9:30am MT /10:30am CT / 11:30am ET

Please register with shornung (at) ala.org if you'd like to attend.

Event RUSA Executive Committee Meeting, December 2014

by Susan Hornung-IL (staff) on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:32 pm
in RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)

Monday, December 15, 2014, 11 PT / 12 MT / 1 CT / 2 ET

please register with shornung@ala.org if you'd like to attend.

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