Links, posts and stories you may have missed: May 9

Children’s Ebooks

Looking for a source of children’s ebooks… for free? One of the American Library Association blogs has a great post with resources to get your started. “Where to Download Classic Children’s Books for Free.” Resources include:

Digital Public Library

In case you missed it, the Digital Public Library launched on April 18. “The DPLA is leading the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all.” You can find it at

Recommended reading, “Digital Public Library of America will launch on April 18.”


PR Xchange deadline: April 1st

Nancy Dowd reminds us that it’s time to submit your best work for this year’s PR Xchange Best of Show competition. All work must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2013. 


PR Forum 2012: Implementing new technologies @ your library

From ALA News:

Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Illinois State University, will speak at the 2012 PR Forum from 8-10 a.m., June 24, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


ALA awards deadline extended

From American Libraries:

The deadline has been extended to Feb. 1 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award, Beta Phi Mu Award, Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award,  Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, Ken Haycock Award For Promoting Librarianship and the Scholastic Library Publishing Award.  Although the online application has a Dec. 1 deadline date the applications will be accepted through Feb. 1.

ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award honors a library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning, practical application or development relating to patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The award includes $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Information Today, Inc. Application information

Beta Phi Mu is presented to a faculty member of a library school or an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship. The award includes $1,000 and a 24k-gold-framed citation donated by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honorary Society.  Application information

Melvil Dewey Medal honors an individual or group for a recent creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification or the tools and techniques of librarianship. The award includes $2,000, Dewey Medal and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated OCLC/Forest Press, Inc. Application information

Equality Award honors an individual or group for an outstanding contribution that promotes equality in the library profession.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation donated by Scarecrow Press, Inc., a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  Application information

Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award recognizes and honors a librarian for investing time and talent to make a positive change in the profession of librarianship.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by the Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund. Application information

Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing.  The award includes $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation, donated by Ken Haycock, PhD. Application information

Scholastic Library Publishing Award is annual award consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation presented to a librarian whose “unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people” exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.  Application information

General information about these and other ALA awards is available on the ALA website.


Congratulations I Love My Librarian Award winners

From the ALA site:

Yesterday, 10 librarians were recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

More than 1,700 library patrons nationwide nominated a librarian. The 10 award recipients are:

Venetia V. Demson
DC Public Library, Adaptive Services Division
Washington, D.C.

Martha Ferriby
Hackley Public Library
Muskegon, Michigan

Jennifer O. Keohane
The Simsbury Public Library
Simsbury, Connecticut

Dr. Rhonda Allison Rios Kravitz
Sacramento City College
Sacramento, California

Jennifer U. LaGarde
Myrtle Grove Middle School
Wilmington, North Carolina

Elizabeth “Betsy” Long
Doby’s Mill Elementary School Media Center
Lugoff, South Carolina

Michelle Luhtala
New Canaan High School Library
New Canaan, Connecticut

Saundra Ross-Forrest
North Avondale Branch Library (Birmingham Public Library System)
Birmingham, Alabama

Rebecca Traub
Temple University Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Barbara K. Weaver
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest
Gary, Indiana

Each receives a $5,000 cash award and was honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, on Dec. 8.

In their nominations, library patrons told stories of how their librarians make a difference in their community. This year’s winners include a librarian who makes the library easier to use for people with disabilities, an innovator who integrates technology throughout her school for improved collaboration among students and teachers and a business outreach librarian who creates a space for the unemployed and local business community to learn new skills, network and collaborate.

Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. Forty librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian award since 2008. More information about the award recipients is available at

The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association.


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



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:


PR Xchange offers inspiring public relations ideas

From American Libraries:

Would you like to start or add to your idea file of interesting, eye-catching, beautiful bookmarks, brochures, fliers, posters, magnets and other materials to promote library services and resources?  This is your chance to collect samples of promotional materials, to network with others and to get inspired!  You’ll also get to view some very cool, innovative YouTube videos and other Web-based promotion.

Please join everyone at the PR Xchange event, located in the Morial Convention Center, Room 260-262 between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, to pick up great promotional materials from North American libraries of all types.

You can also enjoy the Best of Show awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m., where the winners and honorable mentions for achievement in a number of areas of library promotion will be awarded.

Be sure to check out the large display showing the work of the Best of Show honorees at the PR Xchange.  You’ll also have the opportunity to see this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award winning entries. 


Joe Murphy at PR Forum

If you are going to ALA National Conference, don’t forget to check out PR Forum on June 26th from 8-10 a.m. This year’s featured speaker will be Joe Murphy, librarian at Yale University and mobile technology innovator. Murphy will “discuss how mobile phones provide a unique opportunity for libraries to market themselves.”

Murphy has focused his professional work on technology trends and the evolving information landscape. Murphy helps libraries and publishers identify, understand and adapt to trends in technology and information engagement as a regular professional speaker and through his Twitter account, @libraryfuture, and his blog,


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