RUSA Award Chairpersons Community
Please keep the following information handy for your trip to ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.
I encourage you to distribute this information to other members who may need it for their meetings/events.
For problems with meeting A/V, please contact the Conference A/V desk at 215-418-2407.
For other problems related to meeting space, please contact the Conference Services Desk at 215-418-2401.
In case of Emergency: From house phone: x4911
From outside or cell phone: 215-418-4911
If you scheduled a meeting, please make sure to print out a copy of your e-mailed confirmation (it was sent to you when you scheduled the meeting) and bring it with you. This will help clarify details, especially with A/V, if there is a discrepancy between what you ordered and what is in the room.
See you in Philly!
We've been getting some feedback about the sad state of nominations. After our discussion we've decided to extend the Achievement awards deadline to January 15.
I will assume that this deadline is OK with everyone unless otherwise noted. If you would like to keep your award deadline at December 15, that's fine, but please do let me know by posting a comment to this post.
We will have all the nomination forms and webpages updated and posted by Monday, December 17 (please check your pages and forms).
Promotions with the revised deadline will begin next week via the RUSA blog, Twitter, Facebook, AL Direct, AL Magazine website, RUSA listserv, individual emails to ALA membership and non-ala listservs such as Publib.
Keep an eye out for our promotions and share, share, share! :)
'Tis the season for sharing and I'd like to tell you about all the great promotions we've been "sharing" with our membership and our friends on the web!
Earlier this week we sent out an email to ALA members promoting the literary awards as a go-to resource for holiday shopping for our fellow adult book lovers. We've also distributed the same information via the RUSA blog, an ALA press release and this week's AL Direct.
You can take a look at the campaign here: http://eepurl.com/sjsrD (Doesn't it look great?! Hats off to Liz!)
Here's how you can help spread the word:
- Retweet (RT) RUSA's tweet about this (find us at @ala_rusa)
- Share the post on RUSA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ala.rusa)
- Tweet and/or share/post the following information (short, sweet, to the point): "Holiday Gifting: Adult Reading Recommendations from Expert Librarians PLUS a fun event at #alamw13 - http://eepurl.com/sjsrD #literarytastes"
- If you have received the campaign, please forward it to your colleagues via email.
And remember, "The best way to spread bookish cheer is reading loud for all to hear!" (Adapted from Buddy the Elf).
That's it! I hope you find this useful. As always, please let me know if you have questions or comments. Thanks!
I understand that many of you are not receiving many (or any) award nominations. We are here to help and give you the tools for another successful award season!
You are all experts in your fields and this is a great advantage in promoting these awards. Take a minute to consider where your audience is likely to go for this type of information, or where they'd be most likely to stumble upon it if they weren't looking. What would grab their attention? What would make them want to learn more?
A few things to keep in mind for when you are ready to distribute:
Keep it brief, keep it organized.
Put the most important and most pertinent details at the top of your message. (Notice on the blog how we've organized the individual award posts, paying special attention to the title and first paragraphs)
Include an action item.
What do you want people to do after they read your message? Sign up for an event? Submit a nomination or other materials? Forward the message? Tell them what you want them to do, and give them the tools to do it.
EXAMPLE: “Register for the preconference now at www.conference.org/register-now.”
“Download the award nomination form at www.awards.org/form.pdf and submit your nomination by Dec. 15!”
Always provide access to more information.
One way to keep your messages brief is to provide a link for more information--this link usually goes to a blog post or webpage. Make sure that these links work properly before distributing your message.
Go social...media, that is.
Post your promotion in your division and/or section’s Facebook group. Take it to your LinkedIn page, too!
Use a hashtag.
Hashtags are used in social media, e.g. Twitter and Facebook. You can search hashtags to find out who’s talking about your content. They can be a word or series of words that are preceded by the “#” sign. Examples: #atyourlibrary #libraryadvocacy #ilovemylibrarian
Your division office may have a predetermined hashtag for your event or membership activity, or you may create your own.
We encourage you all to "share," "like," and "re-tweet" our posts on Facebook and Twitter with your own accounts. There's a lot of action on our pages but we'd like to see more interaction.
If you'd like to have your award mentioned on the blog, please provide me with post content and I will get it up as soon as I can.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Good luck! :)
Here is the link to the campaign that was sent out to the ALA membership who have opted-in to receive ALA communications. I will also be sending this link out to Twitter and Facebook again tomorrow.
For those that submitted content for the blog, those have been posted. As for AL Direct, we were notified that we could not feature a blurb for every award due to length constraints, however, I did post them to Facebook and Twitter yesterday in which AL Magazine gave us a RT on all announcements.
I really hope you all see an increase in submissions!
Let me know if you have questions or comments. Thanks!
The Margaret E. Monroe Award committee is proud to announce the following selection for the 2012 award:
“Neal Wyatt has promoted and influenced library services to adults for more than twenty years through her dedication as writer, teacher, mentor and original thinker. She has helped shape the field of readers’ advisory services by taking it in new and creative directions. Her collaborative leadership has engaged many professionals in considering approaches that have expanded reflection on the changing role and practice of adult services librarianship. Over the years her numerous presentations at both state and national library association conferences have helped ignite a renewed interest in readers’ advisory services. Her many contributions to the profession make her an outstanding candidate with whom we honor with the Margaret E. Monroe award. “
Brass Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award committee is now ready to accept nominations!
In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must be a current member of the American Library Association, have a career interest in business reference librarianship, and be willing to participate in BRASS.
The award is a cash award of $1,000 for travel expenses at the ALA Annual Conference.
Please send all nomination to the following:
Melissa Jeter, Adult Services
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
3265 Glanzman Rd.
Toledo, OH 43610
E-mail to: email@example.com
Subject: Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award
The due date for this award is December 15, 2011.
To apply please click here for a nomination application.