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Event Yours to win!

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

Apply now for a PLA Award!

In 2012, the minimum award was $500.

The applications are available here: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply

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General Information

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

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants

 

Apply now for a PLA Award!

In 2012, the minimum award was $500.

The applications are available here: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply

It's just a couple of steps to create a login.

General Information

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

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants

 

I thought that this article about a particular award had some advice that would apply to PLA and ALA awards too: http://www.exportawards.gov.au/Apply/How/How-to-write-a-winning-application

Post your tips for winning awards in Comments.

 

 

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Discussion Take our survey- PLA Literacy Programming

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:29 am
Repost from Feed: The PLA Blog
Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:48 AM
Author: Kathleen Hughes
Subject: PLA Literacy Programming – Quick Survey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/plaliteracy2012

Repost from Feed: The PLA Blog
Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:48 AM
Author: Kathleen Hughes
Subject: PLA Literacy Programming – Quick Survey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/plaliteracy2012

Public libraries and librarians play a significant role in literacy programming within their communities. The Public Library Association (PLA) is interested in learning about which types of literacy programs your libraries have offered, are currently offering, or are planning to offer, and the types of literacy programming that you would like to learn more about, in order to offer programs to your communities.

Completing this short survey will help us plan to meet your needs more closely and as a thank-you for your time and effort, all completed surveys will be eligible for a random drawing of one free group registration to a PLA webinar of your choice. The survey will close on Friday, September 21. Thanks in advance for your participation!

Questions about the survey, contact Kathleen Hughes, khughes at ala.org.

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Discussion What does “digital literacy” look like in a library context?

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

Repost from Feed: District Dispatch
Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:33 PM
Author: mvisser
Subject: Task force seeks comments on digital literacy draft report

Repost from Feed: District Dispatch
Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:33 PM
Author: mvisser
Subject: Task force seeks comments on digital literacy draft report

Today, one group of literacy experts is asking library professionals to help them answer the question: what does “digital literacy” look like in a library context? The Digital Literacy Task Force – a group spearheaded by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy – is now seeking comments on the preliminary report “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy.” The document  seeks to provide a broad overview of libraries and digital literacy and discusses the current policy context, including digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, and workforce development.

The Task Force (pdf) is made up of literacy experts from school, public, and higher-education libraries and represents a wide range of ALA units.  The Task Force addresses issues and questions related to digital literacy and national policy conversations. The report will serve as a launching point for the development of a set of recommendations to the Association and the broader library community to continue and expand libraries’ engagement and leadership to effect meaningful and sustainable change in our communities. The Task Force will develop these recommendations as a companion piece to this report.

The public comment period is open from September 18, 2012 – October 19, 2012. Commenters are asked to focus their feedback on substantive issues and the task force specifically asks representatives of each library type to consider how their library is portrayed.

Please send questions about the report to mvisser@alawash.org.

Marijke Visser
Assistant Director
ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

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Event Apply by Nov. 2nd - Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 02:53 pm

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013.

For more information and guidelines, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney.cfm or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: mbolduc at ala.org.

 

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Event Alternative Reads- Indie Fiction Webinar Registration Closes 9/17/12; webinar is 9/19/12

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, one-hour webinar will feature the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing houses as well as the increasing numbers of self-published authors has lead to an unprecedented number of indie books. Help your readers sort through the onslaught by learning about great reads from this newly explosive area of publishing. Our expert readers' advisors will guide you to undiscovered choice picks and great resources for you and your patrons.

Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, one-hour webinar will feature the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing houses as well as the increasing numbers of self-published authors has lead to an unprecedented number of indie books. Help your readers sort through the onslaught by learning about great reads from this newly explosive area of publishing. Our expert readers' advisors will guide you to undiscovered choice picks and great resources for you and your patrons.

See: http://www.ala.org/pla/onlinelearning/webinars/indiefic

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Discussion Library Directorship opportunity in Rock Island, IL

by Daniel Bradbury on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 09:42 am

Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a visionary leader as their new Director—someone  capable of working strategically with community organizations and agencies to develop and enhance library services—and effectively provide and promote those services to the community.  The successful candidate will blend creativity and innovation with the heritage and legacy of the Library—the oldest public library in Illinois (1872)—and honor the Library’s commitment to provide each resident “more for your life.”  The Library serves this hi

Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a visionary leader as their new Director—someone  capable of working strategically with community organizations and agencies to develop and enhance library services—and effectively provide and promote those services to the community.  The successful candidate will blend creativity and innovation with the heritage and legacy of the Library—the oldest public library in Illinois (1872)—and honor the Library’s commitment to provide each resident “more for your life.”  The Library serves this historic Mississippi River community of nearly 40,000 (plus an additional 10,000 served through a contract with the Milan-Blackhawk Area Library District) with three locations—the Main Library downtown and two branches (30/31 and Southwest) and has staff of 31.2 FTEs, a $2.4 million annual budget, a dedicated Friends of the Library, and an active Library Foundation.

The City of Rock Island, 175 miles west of Chicago, is a major city in what is known as the Quad Cities (population:400,000) that includes Rock Island (IL), Moline (IL), East Moline (IL), Davenport (IA) and Bettendorf (IA). Rock Island is a city of neighborhoods where “residents feel at home” and blend their love of history and preservation with new development, restaurants, galleries and theatres. Outdoor recreation flourishes with parks, bike paths, river activities and festivals. The Quad Cities region is the home of two community colleges (Blackhawk College and Scott Community College), two private colleges (Augustana College and Saint Ambrose University), in addition to Western Illinois University and the Quad Cities Graduate Studies Center.  Additional information about the library and the community can be found at Rock Island Links.

Responsibilities. The Director reports to a nine member Library Board—appointed by the Mayor—and working with the City Manager serves as a City Department Head.  Under the general direction of and within the policies set by the Library Board, the Director is responsible for developing and presenting an operating plan, budget, and policies necessary to provide optimal library service to community residents. The Director will also work with the Milan-Blackhawk Area District Library Board as well as the newly formed 20-member RiverShare Library Consortium. Opportunities and challenges include: strategic and facilities planning, expanding the Library’s visibility in the community; expanding collaborative partnerships; promoting the Library’s mission and goals; introducing new technology for staff and patrons; and developing alternative strategies for enhancing the library’s $2.4 million annual budget. See the Position Profile for additional details.

Qualifications.  A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and comprehensive experience in library administration including a minimum six years of senior‑level supervisory experience.  Essential attributes include a strong understanding and ability to articulate the public library’s vision, mission and values to the community; collaboration and consensus-building skills; facilities maintenance and space planning experience; excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns; and sound fiscal management skills. Complete qualifications are available on the formal Job Description. Successful experience working with a policy-making board and collaborating with elected officials is highly desirable. The successful candidate must meet a residency requirement which includes establishing residence in the City of Rock Island within one year of the hire date.

Compensation. The salary range for the position is $63,522-$98,542 (with placement within the range dependent on experience and qualifications). In addition, the Library offers an excellent benefits package.

If you are interested in career growth, we look forward to discussing this opportunity with you.  Contact Dan or Jobeth Bradbury at Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates. Apply via email to either of the above and attach a meaningful cover letter and current resume in Microsoft Word or  PDF format.  The position will close October 7, 2012.

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Discussion Apply for American Dream Starts @ your library literacy initiative! Online applications will be accepted until August 26. Grants range from $5,000. to $15,000.

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) are initiating the third round of The American Dream Starts @ your library, a grant initiative aimed at public libraries in order to expand and enhance resources and services to English language learners.

This grant is aimed at public libraries and public library bookmobiles. To learn more about the initiative and see the application, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) are initiating the third round of The American Dream Starts @ your library, a grant initiative aimed at public libraries in order to expand and enhance resources and services to English language learners.

This grant is aimed at public libraries and public library bookmobiles. To learn more about the initiative and see the application, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org

The press release on American Libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/dollar-general-literacy-foundation-renews-support-american-dream-starts-your-library

If you've won the grant, please share your experience with PLA members in the comments section.

Past projects: http://www.americandreamtoolkit.org/people.html

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Discussion How did your summer reading program go?

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 02:36 pm

Was it well attended? What are you excited about trying next year?

 

I'm curious because I was doing some paperwork for this project: PLA receives IMLS grant to plan for a national digital summer reading program (June 2012) Press release: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10612

And was in touch with the community in Kansas who showed their summer reading program activities in this newsletter: http://www.kinsleylibrary.info/DreamZine.pdf

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