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  • 23 Jan 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    January 16, 2014

    IMLS Press Contact
    Giuliana Bullard,

    Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Scheduled

    The Tuesday, February 4 webinar will feature USCIS representatives

    Washington, DCundefinedThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The series was developed as part of a partnership between IMLS and USCIS to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.

    The USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries webinar will highlight the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.

    The webinar will take place February 4, from 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. EST.

    No pre-registration is required. To participate, click on this link at the time of the webinar:

    (The link will enable you to enter the Blackboard Collaborative Meeting Room only at the time of the webinar and is provided now for your reference.) You may listen using your computer’s speakers, or dial 1-866-299-7945 and when prompted, enter the passcode 9910420#.

    To add this webinar session to your calendar, please click the following link:

    To sign up for updates about upcoming webinars and additional immigration and citizenship resources, register your email address on the USCIS website.

    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 16 Jan 2014 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    "Money Smart Week @ your library" is a national initiative in its fourth year between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB; Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. Libraries of all types can and do participate, providing programming for all ages and all stages of life on topics such as: basic budgeting; managing student debt; retirement planning; home purchasing; saving money through couponing; and how to prevent identity theft. In 2013 500 public, academic, school, and even prison libraries in 47 states participated. So mark your calendars to participate April 5-12, 2014!

    To learn more, visit Money Smart Week and subscribe to the Money Smart Week e-list:

    Also visit the FRB Money Smart Week home page for additional details about the latest Money Smart Week, and follow us on Twitter: #moneysmartweek


    If you’re attending the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting:

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Money Smart Week @ Your Library, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120 A

    In 2013 libraries in 47 states participated in Money Smart Week @ your library. Come hear how your library and your state can participate in Money Smart Week @ your library, April 5-12 in 2014. This national initiative from ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago helps consumers of all ages improve their financial literacy. All types of libraries can participate. Learn about partnership opportunities, resources, and programming ideas.


    Don Wood
    Program Officer
    Chapter Relations Office
    American Library Association
    50 East Huron Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429; 312-280-2429
    312-280-4392 (fax)
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    “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”undefinedAntoine de Saint-Exupéry


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  • 08 Jan 2014 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    The New York Library Association is pleased to offer “Genealogy Resources Part 2: Best Free Genealogy Websites” as the latest in our Continuing Education series, Thursday, January 16th at 2:00 PM.

    Much genealogical research that formerly involved trips to libraries and historical societies can now be accomplished online. The Internet can now take you to websites, online collections and databases of census, military, cemetery and immigration information. This webinar will identify the best in FREE genealogy websites, including digitized vital records, photos, maps and important historical documents.

    Please visit our page ( for more information and to register.

  • 07 Jan 2014 1:44 PM | Anonymous
    It’s time for another DC Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL) meeting! Please join us for a catered lunch and a lively planning discussion as well as for our business meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 1-3 pm at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We will provide lunch for free to current members who renew their memberships for 2014. Joining/new members pay just $15 for lunch + membership for the calendar year. (Membership alone is $10.) Please find our membership form for mailing or bringing with check to the meeting via All librarians, library science students and those interested in health sciences librarianship are welcome to join.
    AAMC is at 2450 N St, NW and about a 10 minute walk from Foggy Bottom Metro (blue/orange line) or the Dupont Circle Metro south exit (red line). Please RSVP to Marian Taliaferro by Thursday, January 23rd in order to attend. At that time, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. Hope to see you there!
    Marian G Taliaferro, MSLS, MPH, AHIP
    Director, Reference Center & Archives
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    2450 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037-1127
    T (202) 828-0433 F (202) 862-6136
    Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures®
  • 19 Dec 2013 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    There is still time to register!


    Turning the Page 2.0

    This six session interactive online program that will make sure you’re prepared to advocate effectively for your library. The program includes six webinars* as well as a series of online modules that participants can complete at their own pace.  Each webinar will take place from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


    Getting Started / Session 1 / Wednesday, January 8:


    Determining your library’s advocacy goal.  To share recent national research on how voters and elected officials perceive the public library, and why they do or do not support it.


    • Learn why people support the public library undefined and what would make them support it even more
    • Discuss how to use this research to refine your Advocacy Work Plan


    Session 2 / Wednesday, January 15:


    To further take the data presented last week in “Public Perceptions” and apply it to create your own library story.


    • Create a compelling story about your library that excites supporters and turns that excitement into action
    • Help you develop and practice your public speaking skills so you can effectively tell your library’s story.


    Session 3 / Wednesday, January 22:

    To focus on your own leadership skills, and how (as noted in “Public Perceptions”) advocating on behalf of the library starts with the library leadership.


    • Discuss the key impact of leadership in relationship to communication and advocacy
    • Review key concepts in managing an advocacy plan as well as the importance of team communication in meeting advocacy goals


    Session 4 / Wednesday, January 29:

    Building the network and relationships beyond yourself and your library in order to best leverage your resources and meet your advocacy goals.


    • Determine who the key people and organizations in your community should be included in your library’s fundraising team
    • Identify how effective relationships and understanding “What’s In It For Them” can help with current and future advocacy efforts for your library


    Session 5 / Wednesday, February 5:

    To pull the previous weeks’ content together (creating the message, based upon data and stories, effective leadership communication skills, and leveraging teams and networks for advocacy) and focus on

    how to effectively ask for public funds.


    • Review (at a high-level) the ways that the requests for public funds are made within communities and who the “competition” is for these funds
    • Discuss some specific steps libraries can take to help make your public funding budget presentation more compelling
    • Explore the concept of “priorities” and how this impacts the library’s budget and request for public funds


    Session 6 / Wednesday, February 12:

    At this point you have created a solid Advocacy Work Plan based upon your established advocacy goal (“Getting Started” & Week 1). The purpose of Week 6 is to begin to put that plan into action and determine how to make your goals a reality.


    • Assemble the final Advocacy Work Plan, based upon the previous five weeks’ thoughts and content
    • Determine strategies on how to implement and manage your Advocacy Work Plan in order to meet your Advocacy Goal


    * Registration for the entire program is required.  Registration for individual program sessions is not available.


    Registration Information


    Individual Registrations                                  

    NYLA Members $135                      

    NON-Members $189                      


    Group Registrations*                                      

    NYLA Members $395                      

    NON-Members $549                      


    * Group viewing registration is available if you plan to share the webinar with a group.

    (Hook-up the LCD projector and share the program with a group of staff members!)




    About the Speaker

    Libby Post, President of Communication Services. For almost a decade, Libby Post has been creating innovative advocacy campaigns for public libraries. With a success rate of 80%, Post has been a public library partner in creating library districts, and passing budgets, funding propositions and building referendums. She was chosen as one of a handful by the Public Library Association to keep the Turning the Page program going.


    Turning the Page 2.0 is a program of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. The Turning the Page 2.0 logo and all related materials are used with permission from the Public Library Association.


    Jeremy Johannesen

    Executive Director

    New York Library Association

    6021 State Farm Road

    Guilderland, NY 12084
    518-432-6952 Ext. 101

    518-427-1697 FAX

  • 19 Dec 2013 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries


    An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “Libraries and Society,” a report released today from the Pew Research Center that examines the role of public libraries in communities.


    “I am proud that libraries have earned enormous trust and satisfaction from the American public,” said American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling. “But we also know that one-third of all Americans still lack home Internet access, and a recent global survey finds U.S. adults lag behind many of their counterparts overseas in basic education skills. Our work is not done, and libraries will continue to innovate and meet evolving needs as new technologies and applications emerge. Libraries are transforming lives through education and help level the playing field for all.”


    The report found that 95 percent of Americans agree that libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. At a time when more and more information is moving online and into digital formats, people continue to highly value free access to books and media, assistance from librarians, a safe and welcoming public space, and a range of resources and programs.


    From 2011 to 2012, public demand for digital training and technology classes increased 36 percent, while the demand for public Internet-connected computers went up 60 percent. The Pew study found that 72 percent of all Americans adults have either used a public library in the past year or live in a household with a family member who is an active library user.


    “The future of libraries is both online and in personundefinedhigh tech and high touch,” added Stripling. “From children’s storytimes to makerspaces to mobile applications and augmented reality, libraries mix traditional and new services to meet changing community needs. If you haven’t visited your library lately, I invite you to stop by or log on and let us surprise you.”


    Visit to learn more about the Pew study and the American Libraries magazine’s E-Content blog for up-to-date news on libraries and digital content.



    About the American Library Association

    The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

  • 16 Dec 2013 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins at 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

    The December webinar, “Community Engagement through Making,” includes Steve Teeri, technology training associate at the Detroit Public Library and founder of the HYPE Makerspace, which allows teens to level up in abilities such as STEM and inventive thinking; Dara Schmidt, branch manager of Anythink Brighton and Matthew Hamilton, Anythink IT manager, from the Rangeview Library District; and Nate Hill, who oversees the daily operations of Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team as assistant director of the Chattanooga Public Library.

    The Winter Webinar series will center on Making through innovation, community engagement and literacy, three focuses of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives initiative. The sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes and to transfer knowledge among ALA members. “Making Strategic Partnerships” will take place on Jan. 13, 2014, and “What is and What’s Next – Making Assessment and Opportunities” will take place on Feb. 14, 2014.

    These webinars are presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and Barbara Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee. For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at

    Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today:

    The Winter Webinar Series is part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives Webinar Series, which will explore these focuses through partnerships, literacy innovations, and more, throughout her presidential year. For information on these webinars, or for speaking opportunities, please contact Sue Considine at

  • 11 Dec 2013 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    Forty ALA Student Chapter Members to Participate in the 2014 Student to Staff Program.

    Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses.

  • 04 Dec 2013 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

    The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought awareness to these issues at the national level. Madison is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.

    The Eileen Cooke Award honors an extraordinary leader who has built local grassroots awareness of the importance of access to information. Cooke, former director of the ALA Washington Office, was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees.

    Both awards are presented during Freedom of Information (FOI) Day, an annual event on or near March 16, Madison’s birthday.

    Nominations should be submitted to the ALA Washington Office no later than January 17, 2014. Submissions should include a statement (maximum one page) about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information, why it merits the award and one seconding letter. Please include a brief biography and contact information for the nominee.

    Send e-mail nominations to Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director for the ALA Office of Government Relations, at Submissions can also be mailed to:

    James Madison Award / Eileen Cooke Award
    American Library Association
    Washington Office
    1615 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009-2520

Mailing Address:
Union Station
 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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