20 August 2009

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations open today for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Administered by the ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, the award will continue annually through 2013. The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will be accepted from August 17 through October 9. Nominees must be a librarian with a mster's degree from an accredited program, and currently working in a library in the US. Public librarians must be nominated by a library user. Visit the award web page for complete information.

16 August 2009

Grant Opportunity - ALSC Light the Way

The “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. A $3000 grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations.

The grant is administered by the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSSPCC) of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The Committee’s function is to speak for special population children and their caregivers; these may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.

The successful grant applicant will describe a program or service that will address one or more of the above special populations. The winning project should be well thought-out, doable, appropriate to the target population, and easily replicated by other libraries.
The grant application is available online here. Applications must be received by November 1, 2009.

15 August 2009

Support the Creation of The Snowy Day Postage Stamp

The U.S. Postage Stamp Citizen's Advisory Committee, the group that decides what subjects are chosen for our country's commemorative postage stamps, is considering celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This book is not just an American classic beloved by generations of children and parents around the world; it is also the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream American children's book publishing.

It takes three years for the subject of a postage stamp to be considered, accepted and developed. The fiftieth anniversary of The Snowy Day is in 2012. Help us gather signatures to send to the Citizen's Advisory Committee to let them know how welcome this stamp would be to families and educators across the country.
You can add your name to the stamp petition by visiting http://ezra-jack-keats.org/petition_page/.

14 August 2009

Grant Opportunity - Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $500 to public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. In the past, minigrants have funded creative programs including multi-cultural portrait projects, bookmaking, intergenerational journals, etc. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. The application deadline is September 15, annually. The application form and complete guidelines are available on the Foundation's web site.

13 August 2009

NYLA/Proquest Intellectual Freedom Award

The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is currently seeking nominations for the NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award.

The NYLA/ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award is given to an individual or library for outstanding contribution to the principles of intellectual freedom in New York State. It is awarded at the annual NYLA Conference.

Nominees can be individuals or groups in New York State who have met and resisted attempts at censorship or have otherwise furthered the cause of intellectual freedom. Those submitting names for consideration for this award should provide the following information about the nominee: duration of the nominee’s support of intellectual freedom; incidents that are especially noteworthy; support from local and state organizations, community members, and others; relevant supportive data such as newspaper articles, letters of commendation, etc.; names, addresses, and phone numbers of two people who will be contacted to provide evidence and support for the nomination. Please note that members of NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee are not eligible for this award.

Click here for complete award details and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is September 4, 2009.

RASS Outstanding Public Service Award

This award is sponsored by the Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA). The award honors a librarian or library support staff member who is a NYLA/RASS member and has made a significant contribution to Reference and/or Adult Services in New York State.

The award provides full conference registration and $200 toward conference expenses for the 2009 Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. Self-nominations are welcome.

The complete award guidelines and application form can be found on the NYLA/RASS web site. The deadline for applications in August 28, 2009.

12 August 2009

Webcast - Mystery Book Buzz

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Online : www.libraryjournal.com/mysterybookbuzz2009
Cost: Free

Mystery fiction is high on the list of public library patrons - and the genre is as broad as it is deep. While detective fiction may be the most popular form of mystery fiction, there are dozens of other variations which keep these avid readers returning to the library again and again, including thrillers, cozies, romantic suspense and good old police procedurals. Library foot traffic is up all around the country and so is circulation. Help your library patrons escape momentarily from the stress and anxiety of the current economic situation by filling the library shelves with the latest titles from their favorite mystery writers!

Panelists include representatives from several major publishing houses, including Poisoned Pen Press and HarperCollins. Wilda Williams, fiction editor for Library Journal, will moderate. The webcast is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.LibraryJournal.com/mysterybookbuzz2009. If you are unable to view the webcast on August 26, registering now will provide access to the archived presentation for 12 months.

06 August 2009

Workshop - Collections Repair for Smaller Libraries and Archives

Date: Tuesday, Sept 15 - Wednesday Sept 16, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM both days
Place: Science Library, SUNY Albany Uptown Campus

Presenters: Karen E.K. Brown (B.F.A., M.A.C., M.L.I.S), Preservation Librarian, and Ann Carroll Kearney (B.F.A., B.A., Fulbright Recipient) Collections Conservator, University at Albany Libraries
Cost: $200 (includes lunch both days and a basic repair toolkit to take home)

The Capital District has countless libraries, archives, museums and historical societies with amazing collections that are used for all kinds of research and programming. Books are circulated, maps are scrutinized, photographs are handled, and prints and ephemera are exhibited. But what about the physical condition of some of these materials? What can be done to stabilize holdings so they can be safely handled?

This two-day introductory workshop will help staff of small to medium size libraries, archives and historical societies become familiar with materials and basic methods for safe and effective paper repair. The focus is on techniques for general collections that do not require expensive equipment and supplies.
Attandance is limited to 15. Registration and payment is required by August 28. Find a registration form here.