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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.
- 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:
- Assisting and attending the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
- 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.
- Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work In-Progress Poster Session.
- Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
- Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE
- 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!
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 email@example.com or 1-312-280-5024.
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.
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.
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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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
470 E. Lockwood
St. Louis, MO 63119
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.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of:
- Tuition stipend of up to $10,000 to be distributed over two years, in installments of $2,500 per semester
- Paid internship in a partner archives or library organization beginning in early fall 2014
- Mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian
- Student membership in SAA
- Support for travel to and attendance at the annual SAA Mosaic Leadership Symposium and SAA Annual Meeting during the participant’s scholarship year
To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, you must:
- Identify with a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
- Be accepted into a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
- Remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas
More Information & Applications
For additional information about the program and to apply, visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website. The completed online application form, attachments, and all supporting documentation should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Participate in an educational trip to Costa Rica!
Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work?
This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is designed for librarians at all stages of their careers. The program combines grassroots, community-based service work on three library projects in the Monteverde Zone in Costa Rica, and a full itinerary of travel activities centered around understanding both the natural and cultural environments of this spectacular country. Travel dates will be June 21-29, 2014.
The trip will be led Laurie Kutner, Library Associate Professor, University of Vermont, who for the last six years has direct an on-site internship with Syracuse iSchool students building community-based digital collections in Monteverde. Laurie's subject expertise is environment, anthropology, geography, and global studies.
Joining Laurie for the tour will be the experienced Eric Gomez, owner of Costa Rica Green Adventures. CRGA's philosophy is to provide opportunities that have a positive cultural impact on both environment and people.
The cost for the trip is $2,000
It includes all in-country transport, lodging, activities, and food, with the exception of 2-3 meals. It does not include air travel to and from Liberia, Costa Rica. Participants are responsible for booking and covering the additional cost of their own airline tickets.
A small portion for the tour cost will go to help ALA further its international efforts.
If possible, please express interest by March 1.
For interest in participating and more information please email email@example.com
LIS students are invited to apply for the $5,000 Roger K. Summit Scholarship.
As a member of the ProQuest® Discover More Corps, you may be interested to learn about the Roger K. Summit Scholarship http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/advocacy/summitscholar.shtml> , presented annually in honor of Dialog's* founder, a pioneer in information systems design. Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2014.
This $5,000 (USD) award is presented to a student currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program anywhere in the world. It is one of the many ways ProQuest shows its support for librarianship.
To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, click here http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/advocacy/summitscholar.shtml> .
If you are an LIS instructor, please share this information with your students. If you are a student, we encourage you to apply for the scholarship. After all, someone is going to receive $5,000. Why not you?
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Call for Posters for the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education
Friday, April 11, 2014
We are pleased to announce that the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education that will take place on April 11, 2014 will host a poster session. The poster session is meant to highlight current research that focuses on diversity issues within the field of information science and also unique projects or programs created to serve one or more specific diverse populations. The foci for this year’s symposium are Advocacy, Outreach, and Inclusion. We welcome all applicants whose research and initiatives encompass or are related to these themes.
The posters for the Diversity in LIS Symposium are neither refereed nor judged. However, participants will receive valuable feedback on their projects in an informal setting. This is an excellent opportunity to enrich and possibly extend your research/projects through the feedback you receive as well as to meet potential collaborators for your research interests. Since space for poster display is limited, we will continue to accept poster proposals on a first-come, first-served basis. So, turn in your proposal today!
About the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education
The Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education at the University of Maryland’s iSchool began in 2013 to bring together LIS researchers and information professionals to collaborate and share strategies on how to prepare LIS students to deliver inclusive services to diverse populations. This year the symposium on diversity in LIS Education will once again bring together those interested in serving diverse populations through their research, teaching, and practice.
Instructions for Poster Proposals
In a Word document, please include:
a. Name and contact information
- Full name of presenter(s)
- Contact information (phone number and e-mail)
- School Affiliation
- Academic Status
b. Poster Description
- Poster Title
- 50-word abstract (for symposium program)
- Poster description (maximum of 250 words)
1. Please email your poster proposal (a) and (b) above to Christie Kodama at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, March 15, 2014.
2. Upon receipt of your poster proposal, we will confirm your participation in the poster session. Poster presenter(s) must register for the symposium. Registration is free.
3. Please use the poster template and accompanying guidelines available online at: http://ischool.umd.edu/news/call-posters-symposium-diversity-lis-education in the creation of your poster and email a copy to email@example.com by Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Please bring your printed poster to the symposium.
- Proposal Submission Deadline: Saturday, March 15, 2014
- Final Poster Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Please contact Christie Kodama, the symposium’s poster session coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about submitting a poster.