Lemony Snicket Prize for Librarians Faced with Adversity

Via ALAnews:

The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas, recognizes a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.” It will be given annually to a deserving librarian. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

The $3,000 prize will be given from Snicket’s “disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, as well as a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”


The nominee must be a librarian. The deadline for candidates to be nominated for the first year is May 1. In subsequent years, the deadline will be Dec. 1.

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2014 Caldecott Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Caldecott Medal has been chosen. The selection Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

  • Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
  • Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
  • Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

About Locomotive

All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.

From the committee: “The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.”

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2014 Newbery Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Newbery Medal has been chosen. The selection is Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

About Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love.

From the committee: “Our dedicated committee of 15 considered hundreds and hundreds of titles in our quest for the best books for children, and I am delighted with our selections,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Orsburn.

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Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Information provided by the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsTen librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award today. 2013 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education. Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008.

There are 166,305 certified librarians in the United States  who, along with more than 200,000 dedicated library workers, offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

This year’s I Love My Librarian Award recipients are:

Julia Allegrini
Covington (Ky.) Branch of the Kenton County Public Library

Dr. Shahla Bahavar
University of Southern California Libraries
Los Angeles

Holly Camino
Buckeye Library, Medina (Ohio) County District Library

Kathy Meulen Ellison
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Harold M. Forbes
West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries
Morgantown, W. Va.

Caroline “Xiaofang” Han
Cleveland Public Library

Jennifer J. Jamison
Atlantic City (N.J.) High School

Julie Kane
Sweet Briar (Va.) College

Molly Ledermann
Missoula (Mont.) Public Library

Charlotte Carr Vlasis
Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts

Each recipient receives a $5,000 award at a ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

For more information regarding 2013 I Love My Librarian recipients please visit


PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2014

Information provided by the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsThe Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for two library professionals to win their way to the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less) video telling PLA why they want to attend PLA 2014. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Find complete details on the PLA Conference website.

The top five videos (determined by members of the PLA Conference Committee) will be posted to the PLA Facebook page for voting. The videos with the most votes on Facebook win! Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling, and creative video statements. We look forward to seeing your videos!

The deadline to submit a video is 4:30 PM Central, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The top five videos will be posted on the PLA Facebook Page on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Some Guidelines:

  • Videos should be a maximum length of 60 seconds. Suitable file types are .mp4, .wmv, .mov no larger than 100 MB. Submit the video online.
  • Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling and creative video statements.
  • If your library submits the video, only one person from the library can receive the prize.
  • If you’ve already registered for PLA 2014, you’re still eligible! We’ll simply credit your registration costs.

Offered biennially, PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The conference includes more than 150 top-quality continuing education programs, engaging social events, networking opportunities, and a bustling exhibits hall. PLA 2014 will be held March 11-15, 2014 in Indianapolis. For more information, visit

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve, and its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Information provided from the American Library Association via news release:

2013.12 ala_newsThe American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities.

The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities. Free digital resources will be accessible through the project website

“Building on a deep reservoir of trust, public libraries are in an excellent position to lead their communities toward a shared vision and a foundation for growth and innovation,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, libraries and librarians will be better able to engage deeply with their constituents and support community aspirations.”

During the grant period, ALA will work with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to provide training opportunities and learning resources. Libraries interested in the in-person training and coaching will be recruited through an open application process. To receive an alert when the application period for Libraries Transforming Communities opens, interested libraries should sign up for the ALA Public Programs Office’s PPO Grants electronic discussion list at

The groundwork for this project was laid during the past year when, through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ALA worked with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and a core group of library leaders to develop a framework for training consistent with ALA’s overall engagement with the transformation and future of libraries.

“Each library serves a unique community. Community engagement allows us to better understand our community and the aspirations and challenges faced by community members. The result is better library service, increased innovation, a greater impact on the part of the library and, ultimately, a stronger and more successful community,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.


John Cotton Dana awards submissions and winners

2013.12 john-cotton-danaThe American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the annual Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

“A new site has been created for the 2014 JCD entries which allows all entries to be submitted electronically. Entry documents are available at: ALA LLAMA Division Executive Director Kerry Ward says the new site should streamline the submission process and make it easier for eligible organizations to submit an entry. “This new site, spearheaded by the new JCD Committee Chair, Sally Lederer, provides librarians with an easier process for pulling together their submissions and the judges will also benefit from the online process.” Entries must be received by February 14, 2014.” (info from EBSCO)

About the John Cotton Dana Award

The John Cotton Dana Award, provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO, honors outstanding library public relations, whether a summer reading program, a year-long centennial celebration, fundraising for a new college library, an awareness campaign or an innovative partnership in the community.

In recognition of their achievement, John Cotton Dana award winners receive a cash award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The John Cotton Dana Awards are presented at an elegant reception hosted by EBSCO held during the American Library Association annual conference.

2013 Winners
Check out the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award Winners on The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries:

  • The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library – Arkansas
  • In 2010 Hood River County Library, Oregon
  • The Lawrence Public Library, Kansas
  • Mid-Continent Public Library, Missouri
  • Richland Library, South Carolina
  • Texas Tech University Library, Texas

You can view the winning entries online.


Big Read Grants (due January 28th, 2014)

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Grant applications for the Big Read grants are due January 28th, 2014:

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalog.

Some of the book options:


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It’s not too late to nominate your favorite librarian!

Reminder — Monday, December 2, 2013 is the deadline to nominate your favorite librarian (colleague) for one of nine awards/grants for public service librarians. Awards/grants are: Allie Beth Martin AwardBaker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product AwardCharlie Robinson AwardDEMCO New Leaders Travel GrantEBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service AwardGordon M. Conable AwardPolaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff AwardRomance Writers of America Library Grant, and Upstart Innovation Award.

The awards are “designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.” More information at the ALA site.


ALSC accepting applications for 2014 Bookapalooza Program; due Feb. 1, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2014 Bookapalooza Program.

This program offers select libraries a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. The materials are primarily for children age birth through 14 and include newly published books, videos, audio books and recordings from children’s trade publishers.

Visit the ALA announcement page for details on the application requirements.

Submissions are due by February 1, 2014.

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