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Discussion ALA/ALISE Spectrum Travel Award to ALISE 2015 - apply by midnight October 1

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 03:34 pm

This conference travel grant aims to increase diversity in LIS education/research, and will be awarded beginning with ALISE Conference 2015.  It provides a past recipient of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship who wishes to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts an opportunity to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students.  The award continues ALA’s and ALISE’s commitment to diversity, and commemorates the adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statement at the 201

This conference travel grant aims to increase diversity in LIS education/research, and will be awarded beginning with ALISE Conference 2015.  It provides a past recipient of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship who wishes to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts an opportunity to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students.  The award continues ALA’s and ALISE’s commitment to diversity, and commemorates the adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statement at the 2013 ALISE Conference. This award is complementary to the ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Conference, which is sponsored by ALISE.  This award is sponsored by ALA with complimentary registration and membership sponsored by ALISE.

Apply at http://www.ala.org/offices/alaalise-spectrum-travel-award-alise

The ALA/ALISE Spectrum Travel Award recipient will receive:

  • A stipend of $750 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • A complimentary one-year membership
  • A certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony

The award recipient’s school or organization is asked to help with travel costs.

Awardee Commitment Guidelines:

  1. Assisting and attending the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
  2. Commits to an additional 5 hours of ALISE activities which may include: Assisting with conference registration (as schedules permit); assisting with major sessions; assist with business meeting, attend a board meeting, etc.
  3. Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work In-Progress Poster Session.
  4. Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
  5. Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The award is open to recipients (past and current) of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles. (see ALISE Diversity Statement).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are not doctoral LIS students nor hold an LIS PhD.
  • Recipient cannot receive both the ALISE Diversity Travel Award and this award.

Rating criteria:

  • Alignment with ALISE Diversity statement
  • Does diversity statement indicate impact on diversity within LIS education or research
  • Demonstrated commitment to exploring diversity issues
  • Understanding of conference
  • Impact of conference on research/teaching goals

Application - All applications received by midnight CDT on October 1 will be considered.  Notifications will be made by October 31, 2014.

 

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Discussion ALA accepting applications for Spectrum Scholarships -- please share with all LIS students!

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Please join us in recruiting a new generation of LIS professionals and help ensure that all potential and new LIS students are aware of these opportunities for support! We encourage you to share this information broadly: 

Please join us in recruiting a new generation of LIS professionals and help ensure that all potential and new LIS students are aware of these opportunities for support! We encourage you to share this information broadly: 

The American Library Association is currently accepting applications for the ALA Scholarship Program which includes over 12 different scholarship opportunities, many of which make multiple annual awards.  For more information visit www.ala.org/scholarships.  The deadline to apply for ALA Scholarships is March 1, 2015.

The American Library Association (ALA) has committed itself to making a Master’s degree in library and information science more accessible and affordable for talented women and men who have made the library profession a career choice. Libraries serve as the foundation of life-long learning in our society – they change lives, build communities and connect individuals at the local level with global resources of information and knowledge. To meet the changing needs of an evolving society, libraries need culturally diverse librarians. This is the goal of the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  Spectrum annually provides 50 or more American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds.

Over 880 students from traditionally underrepresented groups have received scholarships, leadership training, professional networking and mentoring in order to build a pool of talented and trained library leaders reflective of the populations served by all libraries.  If you would like to join this extraordinary group and you are committed to serving your community, a Spectrum Scholarship can position you for success.

Did You Know?

•             You do not need to be formally enrolled or accepted into library school at the time of your application, you simply need to be enrolled by the Fall semester immediately following your selection for a Spectrum Scholarship.

•             Your Spectrum Scholarship can be used at any ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA/AASL-recognized School Library Media program.

•             You need to be enrolled in only two courses per semester while receiving your Spectrum scholarship funds.

•             Current students are eligible for Spectrum provided they can complete 2 classes for credit during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters and do not plan to graduate prior to May 2016.  

For full Spectrum eligibility requirements and benefits, visit www.ala.org/spectrum.   Contact us at spectrum@ala.org or by calling 800-545-2433 ext 5048.

Information on applying to Spectrum, as well as other scholarships available through the American Librarianship Association, can be found at www.ala.org/scholarships.

The following items are required for all ALA scholarship applications.

   1. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).

   2. Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted).  You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.

   3. Official academic transcripts from institution(s) where you received your bachelors degree. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, by March 1 to be considered.

 

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Discussion EBSCO offers five Midwinter scholarships

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The meeting takes place Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2015, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The meeting takes place Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2015, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

Deadline for entry is Nov. 3, 2014; scholarship recipients will be notified no later than Dec. 12, 2014.  To apply, candidates must complete the application criteria and submit an essay that addresses the following topic: “What is the most significant challenge or opportunity for your library in 2015?” Essays and applications will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.

Visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/351/apply for application information.  

About EBSCO

EBSCO is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and  EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books.  EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 380,000 e-books plus subscription management services for 355,000 e-journals and e-journal packages. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Public Relations Director
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Cheryl Malden
Program Officer
American Library Association
312-280-3247
cmalden@ala.org

 

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Discussion LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is Feb. 28, 2015.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is Feb. 28, 2015.

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, library consortia and others.

At the time the unpublished manuscript is submitted, the applicant must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies at the masters or PhD level.

To be eligible, applicants must follow the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form athttp://www.ala.org/lita/sites/ala.org.lita/files/content/involve/committees/exlibris/ExLibrisAwardApplication.pdf. Send the signed, completed forms by Feb. 27, 2015 to the Award Committee Chair, Sandra Barclay, Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Rd NW MD# 0009, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5827. Submit the manuscript to Sandra electronically at sbarclay@kennesaw.edu by Feb. 28, 2015.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

 

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents. For more information about Ex Libris Group visit www.exlibrisgroup.com.

 

About LITA

Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership including systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. For more information, visitwww.lita.org, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4268; or e-mail: lita@ala.org

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Discussion Diversity Travel Grants to the ALISE Annual Conference - two awards

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 05:55 pm

Diversity Travel Grants to the ALISE Conference 2015 - two opportunities

Diversity Travel Grants to the ALISE Conference 2015 - two opportunities

These travel grants aim to increase diversity in LIS education/research, and will be awarded beginning with ALISE Conference 2015.  They provide individuals who wish to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts an opportunity to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students.  The awards continue ALA’s and ALISE’s commitment to diversity, and commemorates the adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statement (http://www.alise.org/alise---alise-diversity-statement) at the 2013 ALISE Conference.

ALISE Diversity Travel Award - applications due September 22
Please see http://www.alise.org/alise-diversity-travel-award for full application instructions.  Sponsored by ALISE. 

ALA/ALISE Spectrum Travel Award - applications due October 1
Please see http://www.ala.org/offices/alaalise-spectrum-travel-award-alise.  Sponsored by ALA with conference registration and membership sponsored by ALISE.

Recipients receive: 

  • A stipend of $750 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • A complimentary one-year membership
  • A certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony

The award recipient’s school or organization is asked to help with travel costs.

 

Awardee Commitment Guidelines:

  1. Assisting and attending the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
  2. Commits to an additional 5 hours of ALISE activities which may include: Assisting with conference registration (as schedules permit); assisting with major sessions; assist with business meeting, attend a board meeting, etc.
  3. Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work In-Progress Poster Session.
  4. Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
  5. Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are not doctoral LIS students nor hold an LIS PhD.
  • Recipient cannot receive both awards.

Please see the ALISE and ALA award description pages for additional eligibility, rating criteria and complete application instructions! 

 

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Discussion PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community - Due Sept 30

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA), and supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the PLA Leadership Academy offers a groundbreaking focus on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials and other community stakeholders to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the overall effectiveness of library services and programs.

The PLA Leadership Academy offers:

  • a three and a half day, in-person educational /networking event;
  • a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers;
  • development of real-world projects to implement at attendees’ libraries.

For this selective program, registration fees (valued at $2,500) are waived and all meals will be provided; however participants will be required to cover travel costs and lodging at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C. Interested participants must complete an application, submit two letters of recommendation, and be accepted to participate in the PLA Leadership Academy. Applicants must be PLA members and MLS/MLIS librarians with at least five years of increasingly responsible experience. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2014, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Nov. 21. Attendance is selective and will be limited to thirty-two (32).

The PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community was developed with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. The curriculum is designed by the PLA Leadership Development Committee with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and builds on PLA’s previous leadership training initiatives.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amy Sargent at asargent@ala.org or 1-312-280-5024.

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Discussion Cultural competency on campus: Applying ACRL’s Diversity Standards

by NIa Lam on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 05:07 pm

Hi all,

I would like to recommend a recent article written by my colleagues at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College library.

Citation: Lazzaro, A. E., Mills, S., Garrard, T., Ferguson, E., Watson, M., & Ellenwood, D. (2014). Cultural competency on campus: Applying ACRL’s Diversity Standards. College & Research Libraries News, 75(6), 332-335.

URL: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/25566

Hi all,

I would like to recommend a recent article written by my colleagues at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College library.

Citation: Lazzaro, A. E., Mills, S., Garrard, T., Ferguson, E., Watson, M., & Ellenwood, D. (2014). Cultural competency on campus: Applying ACRL’s Diversity Standards. College & Research Libraries News, 75(6), 332-335.

URL: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/25566

Abstract:
The ACRL Diversity Committee released the "Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries" in 2012. With strong support from our administration and clear guidelines from the standards, the University of Washington (UW)-Bothell and Cascadia Community College Campus Library Diversity Team formed in the autumn of 2012, concerned with forging authentic connections based on shared values and experiences among team members, library staff, and our community as a whole. This article describes our consensus-centered model, the design process and content of our trainings, our assessment philosophy and methods, and our relationship-building focus on campus.

There are some examples of trainings and workshops that were guided by the ACRL diversity standards. I love how they took a standard like "Cultural awareness of self and others" and developed a training that included a demographics "guessing game" to help us understand our campus demographics and a "cultural shield" activity to explore our individual cultural backgrounds.

Please feel free to contact the authors directly if you have any questions or feedback, or comment here.

Best,

Nia Lam
Spectrum 2005
nlam@uwb.edu

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Discussion ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google policy summer fellowship

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 01:19 pm

ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google policy summer fellowship

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google policy summer fellowship

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2014, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.

The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, access to information, free expression, digital literacy, online privacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics.

Jamie Schleser, a doctoral student at American University, served as the ALA 2013 Google Policy Fellow. Schleser worked with OITP to apply her dissertation research regarding online-specific digital libraries to articulate visions and strategies for the future of libraries.

Further information about the program and host organizations is available at https://www.google.com/policyfellowship/faq.html. Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs.

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Discussion ALA NMRT Endnote (New Members Round Table Journal) Call for Proposals

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

please excuse duplicate postings:

Hi,

I am on the NMRT Endnote Committee this year and I wanted to pass along information about a call for proposals for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!

 Jodie

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2014 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.

please excuse duplicate postings:

Hi,

I am on the NMRT Endnote Committee this year and I wanted to pass along information about a call for proposals for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!

 Jodie

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2014 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.

Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians and LIS students nearing completion of their graduate programs. Article submissions are accepted throughout the year.  Articles should range from 2000 – 4000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editor at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.

Article submissions are accepted throughout the year; however, articles received by April 1, 2014 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2014 issue.

We strongly encourage students in LIS programs to considering submitting articles for publication.

Authors must be NMRT members at the time of publication.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, please visit http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres."

 

________________________________________

 

Jodie L. Borgerding, M.L.S.

Instruction and Liaison Librarian

Emerson Library

Webster University

470 E. Lockwood

St. Louis, MO  63119

(314) 246-7819

jborgerding80@webster.edu

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Discussion RBMS Scholarship

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize first-time preconference attendance by professional librarians, qualified paraprofessionals, and students.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archival professions. Accordingly, several preconference scholarships have been designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit the RBMS website.

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize first-time preconference attendance by professional librarians, qualified paraprofessionals, and students.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archival professions. Accordingly, several preconference scholarships have been designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit the RBMS website.

Full and partial scholarships are awarded. Full scholarships include a waiver of the preconference registration fee (up to $280 for professional and paraprofessional ACRL members, and $125 for full-time student members) plus a travel and accommodation stipend of $700. Partial scholarships provide complimentary registration and may or may not include a stipend.

Eligibility: All candidates must meet one of the following criteria: 1) be currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies program; 2) be a graduate of such a program; or 3) be currently employed as a paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archival capacity. Candidates must also be members of ACRL who have not previously attended an RBMS preconference and who do not have sufficient institutional support to attend.

Deadline: All applications must be received by midnight PST on March 21, 2014.

To apply: Candidates must complete an online application form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZG8NN5S). We recommend you view the form, prepare your answers and then return to the form to complete it. Answers for the longer questions may be cut and pasted into the form.

Requirements: Scholarship recipients are required to attend the whole preconference and complete the conference evaluation. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by July 31, 2014.

Notification: All applicants will be notified on or before April 25, 2014.

 

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This Community brings together past and present recipients of ALA's Spectrum Scholarship and other library diversity recruitment initiatives to support the active involvement of new professionals in ALA and their communities, to build connections between Scholars across the country for their mutual support and advancement, and to facilitate ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities supporting retention in the field. All are welcome to join!

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.

 

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