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Librarians Converge On Boston

Today’s recommended read is “Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future” from Boston’s WGBH News, reporting on the thousands of librarians attending ALA Midwinter.

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Source: Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future | WGBH News

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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 http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.

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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 www.placonference.org.

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.

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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 http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communities.

“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 www.ala.org/offices/ppo/about/ppolist.

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.

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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.

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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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YALSA opens proposals for 2014 symposium — due Nov. 1, 2013

Teen librarians take note — YALSA is now accepting applications for the 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium. Info from the ALA news release:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium, Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen Experience in YA Literature, to be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

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YALSA invites interested parties to propose 90-minute programs centering on the theme, as well as paper presentations offering new, unpublished research relating to the theme. Applications for all proposals can be found at http://ala.org/yalitsymposium  (click “Propose a Paper/Program”). Proposals for programs and paper presentations must be completed online by Nov. 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their proposals’ status the week of Jan. 12, 2014.

More info at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/10/yalsa-opens-proposals-2014-symposium-keeping-it-real-finding-true-teen.

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Nominate your favorite librarian!

Information on nine awards/grants for public service librarians:

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate your colleague or library through Dec. 2, 2013.

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library;
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities;
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community;
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC;
  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services;
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming;
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

The PLA Award Nomination Form is open from now until Dec. 2, 2013. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2014, and awards will be presented at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email pla@ala.org.

You have plenty of time to nominate your favorite librarian.

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Free tools available for September’s Library Card Sign-up Month

The American Library Association has released tools to help promote Library Card Sign-Up Month throughout September. Even though we’re into the second week of the month, you still have time to download some of the tools and do some promotion.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with new downloadable tools and public service announcements (PSAs).

Sample media tools are available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, op-ed, proclamation, PSA scripts and radio quality PSAs.

To download free promotional materials, visit www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.

Also in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, a new slideshow featuring “60 Ways to Use Your Library Card” is now available on atyourlibrary.org. Librarians are encouraged to embed the slideshow, which scrolls through examples like “Learn how to write a business plan” and “Get help with homework,” on their own websites or blogs.

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Texas State Library third most social media state library

According to this American Library Association report (which I found via LibraryScienceList.com), the Texas State Library (TSL) is ranked as the third most social media-friendly state library in the country. 

To determine which state libraries are doing the best job of managing their social media presence, we gathered usage stats for each of the 50 libraries on the top social media platforms. Points were assigned based on the amount of activity and number of followers and weighted to put more emphasis on the platforms that were used by the most libraries. The maximum possible score was 100, with 28 points possible for Facebook, 22 for Twitter, 21 for Flickr, 20 for YouTube, 5 for LinkedIn, 3 for Pinterest, and 1 for Google Plus.

TSL scored 83.5 out of the possible 100 points. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

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