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PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants

PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants » Public Libraries Online (SUGGESTED READING)

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014. More info:

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.
  • John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services. Sponsored by Innovative.
  • 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.

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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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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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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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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 www.publiclibrariesonline.org.

 

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