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  • 01 Mar 2014 8:37 AM | Chris Corrigan

    The 24th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture will be April 4, 2014, at   6:30 pm, in The Caldwell Auditorium on the CUA campus. This year’s lecture is “Demanding our Right to Libraries:  Opportunities and Challenges” with American Library Association President, Barbara Stripling.

    Please use the following link to RSVP for the event so that we can plan accordingly:

     In addition, during the program, the Raymond Von Dran Award for outstanding career achievement will be presented to distinguished CUA SLIS alumnus Barrie L. Howard, Information Technology Specialist at The Library of Congress.

    We are delighted to share this exciting free annual event with the wider DC area library community, and encourage you to spread the word to your colleagues.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Visit this link for more information on Elizabeth Stone and the Stone Lecture Series:

  • 27 Feb 2014 7:34 PM | Anonymous
    The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is now accepting program proposals for Innovation Beyond the Walls: Doing More with Less, the annual conference which will be held October 29-31, 2014 at the Bahia Resort in San Diego, CA. The primary presenter will be eligible for the reduced conference rate of $150 (one speaker per workshop topic, co-presenters must pay full conference rate.

    The ABOS Conference Program Committee will review all submissions. Please note selected programs may be scheduled twice; therefore presenters should be prepared to deliver the program twice during the conference. You may submit your proposal by clicking here

    Conference attendees range from new library employees to managers with years of experience; therefore our program offerings need to cover a broad range of topics.

    The ABOS Conference Program Committee is also willing to consider proposals from individuals outside of the organization. If you can recommend someone, please forward this email to them, or reply with the individual’s contact information and his/her area of expertise so that the committee may contact him/her directly.

    *The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.*

    You have received this request as the contact person for a state library association, a regional association or international organization. Please forward to members of your organization. If you are not the current contact person for your organization, would you please forward to the proper person or contact me to make any corrections. It would be appreciated as ABOS looks forward to proposals from all of you.

    The ABOS Conference Planning Committee is looking forward to reviewing all of your conference proposals. Winning proposals will be notified on May 15, 2015.

    Please contact me if you have any questions concerning proposals or ABOS. ABOS is an ALA affiliate organization which encourages and promotes outreach services by libraries and other similar organizations and agencies.

    Pattie Johnston
    Outreach Services
    Lawrence Public Library
    707 Vermont St.
    Lawrence, Ks. 66044
    785-843-3833 x115
  • 27 Feb 2014 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    We are so excited to introduce (or reintroduce) you to the Librarians Build Communities program. Librarians Build Communities (LBC) started in New Orleans at the 2006 American Library Association’s Annual Conference. Librarians volunteered their time to help rebuild the community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The event was so successful that participants asked for more opportunities to help.

    LBC is based on the idea that librarians have a wealth of skills to offer our local communities. Skills-based volunteering not only benefits the libraries and other organizations that receive assistance, but it also gives librarians an opportunity to interact with their patrons and future patrons outside the library space. It forges new connections that strengthen the community. It’s library advocacy at its grass-roots best!

    There are many ways that library workers’ skills can be put into action in the community. For example, those with library experience could:
    ● lend their YA expertise at a Boys and Girls Club or a local youth shelter
    ● use community programming experience to help organize a fundraiser for the local Humane Society
    ● put IT skills into action by teaching computer classes at a senior center

    There are a couple of different models for hosting Librarians Build Communities in your area:
    · A state- or local-level librarian volunteer day.
    · A dispersed librarian volunteer day, perhaps state-wide.
    · An ongoing program, where community organizations can ask for librarian-volunteers, and they’re matched up.

    To help you create a successful event, we’ve even created a toolkit that can be adapted to meet your needs. Visit to download the toolkit and get more project ideas. In addition, our team of Emerging Leaders is able to offer extra support to volunteer projects offered through LBC this spring. If you’re interested in coordinating an event before June, please contact Sara Zettervall, Team F Project Manager (, and she will help connect you with the group.

    We encourage you to keep LBC in mind over time as you find yourself planning conference projects or looking for volunteers, and feel free to reach out with your questions and ideas.


    2014 Emerging Leaders Team F
    Librarians Build Communities

    Sara Zettervall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN – Project Manager
    Brian Hart, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC
    Aaron LaFromboise, Medicine Spring Library, Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT
    Lynette Roberson, Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX
    Morgan Sohl, Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City, OR
    Lindsey Taggart, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, MO
  • 11 Feb 2014 6:51 PM | Anonymous

    Participate in Library Service Trip to Costa Rica, June 21-29, 2014!

    Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

    This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is designed for librarians at all stages of their careers. The program combines grassroots, community-based service work on three library projects in the Monteverde Zone in Costa Rica, and a full itinerary of travel activities centered around understanding both the natural and cultural environments of this spectacular country.

    The trip will be led Laurie Kutner, Library Associate Professor, University of Vermont, who for the last six years has direct an on-site internship with Syracuse iSchool students building community-based digital collections in Monteverde.  Laurie’s subject expertise is environment, anthropology, geography, and global studies.   

    Joining Laurie for the tour will be the experienced Eric Gomez, owner of Costa Rica Green Adventures. CRGA’s philosophy is to provide opportunities that have a positive cultural impact on both environment and people.

    Please express your interest in participating by March 1st!


    Michael Dowling


    International and Chapter Relations Offices

    American Library Association

    50 E Huron St

    Chicago, IL, USA

    p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200

    +1 312-280-4392

  • 11 Feb 2014 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Jazzy Wright

    February 4, 2014                                                                                   

    Four Local Libraries Honored for Offering Cutting-edge Services

    Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

    The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.

    “This was a very competitive year for cutting-edge applicants. Those recognized today stood out in the ways they creatively solved problems, engaged library patrons, and strengthened library services and visibility,” said Marc Gartler of Madison Public Library (WI), who chaired the selection subcommittee. “We are excited to recognize these four projects, several of which already have proven their potential to be successfully replicated by libraries around the globe.”

    • Cut-rate Digital Signboards, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ.

    Somerset County Library System developed a more dynamic and cost-effective way to promote programs and resources in high-traffic areas of the library. The creative solution brings together a Raspberry Pi computer, large-screen monitors, WiFi, and Google Docs Presentations to reduce digital signboard costs by almost $1,000 per display. The project also reduced poster printing costs and actually made it easier for staff to remotely update and push new content to their customers.

    • “Me Card,” Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Edmonton Public Library’s Me Card technology allows customers with a library card from one library to create an account with and access collections at another library with no staff intervention or additional library cards. The Me Card can work with any integrated library system (ILS) and does not require a shared ILS among participating libraries. More than 1,500 customers accessed the web-based service and registered for membership in the first two months of operation.

    • My #HuntLibrary, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC.

    NCSU ensured that the story of their new library’s opening would be told through the words and images of the people that use it every day. The NCSU Libraries used Instagram’s API to develop an app that captured photos tagged with #HuntLibrary and displayed them online and in the library. Both a user engagement tool and digital preservation effort, the library received more than 3,200 images from more than 1,300 different users and recorded more than 235,000 page views.

    • One Button Studio, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

    Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with Information Technology Services, enabled easy video creation for faculty and students across Penn State campuses. With only a flash drive and the push of a single button, users can activate a video camera, microphone and lights to begin recording. In its first year of use, 4,200 people created more than 270 hours of video. The app also reduces production costs due to changes in the type of equipment, as well as the number of staff needed.

    Additional information is available at 


    About the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)

    LITA, a division of the ALA, is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. For more information, visit


    About the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

    The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. For more information, visit


  • 11 Feb 2014 6:44 PM | Anonymous

    Contact: Jazzy Wright

    Press Officer, ALA Washington Office



    February 3, 2014

    ALA launches free e-government webinar series

    The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGovundefineda project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grantundefinedinto Lib2Gov.

    The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

    In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014:

    • Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

    This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now.


    • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park's iSchool
    • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
    • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association's Washington, D.C. office

    • Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

    This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community.


    • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
    • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library

    • Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

    The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.


    • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
    • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team

    • Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

    This webinar presents information on libraries' and librarians' roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.


    • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
    • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
    • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center

    • Webinar 5: Beta.Congress.Gov (Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

    Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray ( or John Bertot ( with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

  • 05 Feb 2014 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    FYI -- from the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy:

    We've just been formally invited to participate in the 2014 Google Policy Fellowship program. Google expects to publicly solicit applications on February 14. If you know of graduate students who may be interested, you can let them know.

    Here is last year's ALA announcement:

  • 05 Feb 2014 11:10 AM | Anonymous
    FYI -- from the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Board:
    Good morning everyone,
    Today is Digital Learning Day and FCC Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworel will be giving remarks (at approximately 11:00 and 2:30 respectively). If you are interested the link to the webcast is below.

    From our meeting with the FCC yesterday, we have every reason to feel more hopeful this morning about what will be included in the Chairman’s speech. We do plan to issue a statement sometime later today. In the meantime if you would like to help get the word out about libraries and their role in digital leaning (for K12 students but also for the broader community) that would be great. The hash tag for the event today is #DLDay.

    Thanks for your help,


    To see today’s agenda:

  • 31 Jan 2014 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends of Literacy, Books, and Reading,

    The Library of Congress Center for the Book is pleased to announce that the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is now accepting applications. Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Literacy Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States and abroad. The three winners will be announced at the National Book Festival on August 30, 2014. This will be followed in October by an awards ceremony and formal presentations by the winners at the Library of Congress.

    The prizes are:

    The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services.  This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.

    The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.

    The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

    The program is accepting applications from now until the March 31, 2014, deadline. Visit to download the application and find further instructions. We hope that you will share this information with any groups that might be interested and consider either applying on behalf of your own organization or nominating another group.

    The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is administered by the Center for the Book. Please contact us at should you have any questions.

  • 31 Jan 2014 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

    CHICAGO undefined The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

    The Libraries Transforming Communities project, made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 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.

    In April, up to 50 individuals representing teams from 10 public libraries nationally will be selected to participate in the Public Innovators Cohort. Selected libraries will receive:

    • An $8,000 grant to support Cohort expenses.
    • An intensive 18-month Public Innovators Cohort experience that will include training and team coaching to develop and implement a community engagement plan.
    • Cohort training at the intensive three-day Public Innovators Lab, May 20-22, 2014.
    • Virtual and in-person "innovation space" meetings.
    • Access to six in-depth distance learning session.
    • Monthly coaching and peer dialogue calls with a Harwood Institute coach and cohort peers to support implementation work. 
    • Access to publicity and marketing resources to support local-level communications.

    The Public Innovators Cohort is grounded in the Harwood Institute‘s approach of “turning outward,” which emphasizes shifting the institutional and professional orientation of libraries and librarians from internal to external. Participants will develop and implement a plan for community engagement and learn how to:

    • Identify community issues rooted in people's shared aspirations;
    • Strategically share this knowledge with your community to build public will for action;
    • Develop strategies that align with local context;
    • Create community conditions that enable change;
    • Identify the right community partners to work with; and
    • Develop networks for innovation and learning.

    Complete guidelines and application instructions can be found at: A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1 p.m. central time on February 12, 2014.

    An update on the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative will be given by Maureen Sullivan, ALA immediate past president, and Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in PCC 201C.

    Sullivan and Harwood will share the latest examples of the impact from librarians trained during phase one who are successfully applying the Harwood practice in libraries and within the ALA community.  They will also provide details and answer questions about exciting new opportunities for librarians to increase the effectiveness of their library-led community engagement and innovation.



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