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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

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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Discussion IRS provides update to libraries on tax form program

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 03:35 pm

On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the agency will continue to deliver 1040 EZ forms to public libraries that are participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). TFOP offers tax products to the American public primarily through participating libraries and post offices. The IRS will distribute new order forms to participating libraries in the next two to three weeks.

On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the agency will continue to deliver 1040 EZ forms to public libraries that are participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). TFOP offers tax products to the American public primarily through participating libraries and post offices. The IRS will distribute new order forms to participating libraries in the next two to three weeks.

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/11/irs-provides-update-libraries-tax-form-program/

Public library leaders will have the opportunity to discuss the management and effectiveness of the Tax Forms Outlet Program with leaders from the IRS during the 2015 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting session “Tell the IRS: Tax Forms in the Library.” The session takes place on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

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Discussion PLA Members- Serving on a Committee or Jury Links

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 03:14 pm

Please review this page to learn more about PLA committee service: http://connect.ala.org/node/222507

It's the resource page set up for new committee members. If you have any suggestions about what else to include or clarify, please contact me here or pla@ala.org.

 

Discussion List: PLA Committees on ALAConnect

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:06 am More...

Discussion Awards application question - my response about length and uploads

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

Question:

Hello,

Can you give me the word count for each of the sections for the Upstart Innovation Award? I cannot find anything specific online.

Here are the sections:

  1. One paragraph summary
  2. Library’s innovative achievement
  3. Why is this project innovative

Thank you.

My response:

Hi,

The programmer doesn’t have a word count limit. Or from what he said, no one should reach it. However, to hold the interest of the reviewers, I would recommend under 350 words for each because they review online.

Question:

Hello,

Can you give me the word count for each of the sections for the Upstart Innovation Award? I cannot find anything specific online.

Here are the sections:

  1. One paragraph summary
  2. Library’s innovative achievement
  3. Why is this project innovative

Thank you.

My response:

Hi,

The programmer doesn’t have a word count limit. Or from what he said, no one should reach it. However, to hold the interest of the reviewers, I would recommend under 350 words for each because they review online.

Please take advantage of the upload area to show photos, brochures, newsletter or newspaper pages and remember to explain on the upload or in the application what the uploaded material is (if it isn’t apparent) or why it’s important.

Thanks and good luck!

 

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Event 9/30/14 Deadline for PLA Leadership Academy Applications

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

Please read the registration details for application requirements. Letters of recommendation are needed before the deadline.

http://www.ala.org/pla/education/leadershipacademy

 

Discussion Exhibit with ALA or PLA

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

Potential Exhibitors:

If you’re interested in exhibiting at ALA Midwinter in January 2015, please see: http://exhibitors.ala.org/

If you would like to exhibit at PLA 2016 in Denver, CO (April 5-9), please contact Carly DiVito at Corcoran Expositions at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.

PLA also has advertising opportunities in our publications. Some details are available here: http://www.ala.org/pla/publications/advertise

Event Bundle Midwinter and Annual Conference Registration opens September 9, 2014

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/midwinter-meeting

Registration and housing for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits open October 1, 2014.

(Bundle registration for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is open September 9-30, 2014. Bundle registrants may book Midwinter housing starting September 9.)

Discussion District Dispatch from the ALA Washington Office

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 09:54 am

Reading up on E-Rate and other legislation? Don't forget to check out District Dispatch. District Dispatch is the official blog of the American Library Association’s Washington Office. http://www.districtdispatch.org/

Discussion Submit a Program Proposal for Annual Conference 2015

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 08:58 am

The call for proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference (June 25-30, San Francisco) is underway.  Instructions and a link to the proposal form can be found on this page http://www.ala.org/pla/education/alaannual/proposal

The application deadline is 11:59 PM Central on August 15, 2014.

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