Sanhita SinhaRoy appointed American Libraries associate editor

It’s always nice to know who is on the other end of the phone, email, etc. when you’re crafting story ideas. There’s someone new at American Libraries:

Sanhita SinhaRoy joined the American Library Association staff on October 24 as associate editor of American Libraries magazine. She will be responsible for writing news stories and blog posts, copyediting and fact-checking feature articles and columns, and assisting with the preparation and production of the weekly e-newsletter.

  Welcome, Sanhita, to the world of libraries!



Write for “Public Libraries”

The Public Library Association is looking for columnists:

Public Libraries (PL) is seeking to fill two columnist vacancies. The first, ‘Passing Notes,’ is a young-adult service themed column. The second, ‘The Wired Library,’ explores Web topics relevant to public librarians. These are unpaid, volunteer positions. You must be a member of PLA and able to turn in six columns a year of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 words in length, either by writing the column or finding someone to write it for you (i.e., a guest columnist on a specific subject). If interested, please send a note to PL Editor, Kathleen Hughes at khughes. Please include some information about your library experience and writing samples or links to writing samples. The PL Advisory Committee will review applications and select the new columnists. Deadline Is November 21, 2011. You can see samples of past issues at



Apply to Become a 2012 Emerging Leader — Deadline is today

It’s not too late to apply to become one of 75 ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders.

This program is designed to enable library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers, and gain an understanding of the ALA structure and wide range of activities.

Apply today! (Since the deadline is today.)


Connect with your kids @ your library promotional materials

While supplies last, Connect with your kids @ your library family guides, bookmarks available



Cleveland Public Library to offer free music downloads to cardholders

Cleveland Public Library to offer free music downloads to cardholders



Why Facebook matters for Libraries

If you’re not already reading David Lee King’s blog, I have only one question: why not?

Example, a guest post he wrote for the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) about Facebook Pages:

What if there was a way for your library to get the attention of 51% of your local community? For free? Would you do it? I’m guessing so.

Guess what? There IS a way to potentially do that – by using Facebook! Edison Research (they do market research studies, among other things) recently announced that 51% of Americans age 12+ are using Facebook. And this stat is rapidly growing. Some other interesting Facebook facts on the average Facebook user:

  • They have 130 friends
  • They make 8 friend requests per month
  • They spend 15 hours a month on using Facebook
  • They visit Facebook 40 times a month, and spend 23 minutes per visit
  • They are connected to 80 organizational Facebook Pages, Groups, and Events

Nice statistics, David – but what does this mean for Kansas Libraries and librarians? A couple of things. For starters, you really should be using Facebook. First as an individual, then as a library. Why individual first? Easy – in order to create a library Facebook Page, you have to have a personal Facebook profile. One that’s actually you – no accounts with fake names, or special “library-use-only” accounts. Doing that actually goes against Facebook’s Terms of Service.

Good stats, great writing.



Apply for the ALA Emerging Leaders Program

Applications for the ALA Emerging Leaders Program are due by August 1, 2011.

ALA Emerging Leaders Program

The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

The  EL program kicks off with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Afterward, it grows and develops in an online learning and networking environment for six months.  The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference.

Participants commit to participating in all aspects of the program.  Participants may be offered an opportunity to serve on  an ALA, division, chapter, or round table committee, taskforce or workgroup as well as other library-related groups upon completion of program.  However, appointments are not guaranteed.

The program is limited to no more than 75 participants.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee seeks diversity based on geography, gender, ethnicity and type of library. Particular attention is given to candidates’ personal statements as well as those of their references. No more than one person from any institution can be selected for participation in the program.  Preference will be given to those who do not have experience working on ALA committees, task forces, etc.and to those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be under 35 years of age or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than 5 years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library and
  2. Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between the two conferences and
  3. Be prepared to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup, or your state or local library organization upon completion of program, and
  4. Be an ALA member, and if sponsored by an organization, a member of that organization.

Applying to the Program

Applications for the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders are now being accepted.   Applications must be submitted online.  Deadline for submission of the application and all references is August 1, 2011.  Once an application has been submitted , people listed as references in the application will receive automated notices with appropriate links to complete statements of reference.  All reference letters, letters of support, etc. should be submitted online by the same deadline, August 1, 2012.  Note: The program is limited to no more than 75 participants.

The application can be accessed at:


Roles and Responsibilities

ALA Emerging Leaders Roles and Responsibilities

Emerging Leader Sponsor

Provides financial support of $1,000 ($500 per conference) for each Emerging Leader chosen as your individual participant. Sponsors can be any unit of ALA, including Divisions, Round Tables, Chapters, Affiliates, or any Individual. Complete sponsor form here (pdf).

Project Host

Submits a project to be worked on by an EL project Team. The unit will come up with a project topic and assign a staff liaison and member mentor. In order for any entity to host a project, the group must have an ALA staff liaison and an ALA member mentor. Submit project proposal here (pdf).

Member Mentor

Serves as a source of support. Acts as a resource person for the project team. Monitors the teams progress. Maintains regular communication with the designated liaison from the team.

Project Team (EL Participants)

Ensures that the project meets the stated objectives. Decides how to communicate and carry out the work. Completes the project on time.

Team Member (EL Participants)

Makes a firm commitment to contribute his or her personal best. Ensures that his or her work satisfies the needs of the project and is completed on time.

ALA Staff Liaison

Ensures that the project has clear direction and support. Makes sure the project team understands the project requirements. Serves as the primary resource on content and ALA policy questions. Provides resources

Program Facilitators

Maureen Sullivan, Organizational Development Consultant

Peter Bromberg, Assistant Director, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

Program Coordinator

Beatrice Calvin

If you have questions, or need more information, contact Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 class of Emerging Leader participants.  The application can be accessed at:


NYPL’s All-Night Scavenger Hunt

I just read an article in Library Journal about the NYPL All-Night Scavenger Hunt. Impressive! I’m very jealous. Read about it. Or just play the game.

For the remainder of 2011, both app and website will remain freely available for anyone interested in playing. Visitors to NYPL can bring their smartphones along on their own leisurely hunt. Visitors to can partake in a virtual version of the game, write their own essays, and read any already submitted.



Presentation: Marketing Reference on a Dime

I love Prezi! I’m still learning it myself, but I love the interactivity of it. Step away, dull boring PowerPoint, Prezi is the way to set up a slidedeck.

Marketing Reference on a Dime” isn’t the best example of a Prezi presentation I’ve seen, but it’s a good use of the tool and the topic is relevant for this blog.

Want to learn Prezi? Start here.


Pamela Goodes receives BCALA/DEMCO Award

Reported by American Libraries Magazine:

Pamela Goodes, American Libraries associate editor, joins DEMCO representative John Ison after being awarded the 2011 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s (BCALA)/DEMCO Award for Excellence in Libraries for her publicity work for each of the seven National Conferences of African American Librarians. The award includes an engraved bronze statuette and $500. DEMCO also donates an additional $500 to the E. J. Josey Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations, Pamela!

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