Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application

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on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in American Library Association (ALA)
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Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson Application deadline: December 20, 2013 The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT President, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March. Requirements Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, have valid financial need, and have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences. Instructions Fill out the application form at http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson. Include a current resume that lists educational background and degrees, library positions you've held,...
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ALA Launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

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on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO - As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?” To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities. Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance on ways to use the media templates, as well as ALA talking...
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U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

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on Monday, August 27, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide. More Americans than ever turn to their libraries for access to essential technology services, with 62 percent of libraries reporting that they are the only provider of free computer and Internet access in their community. More than 60 percent of libraries report increased public use of computers and Wi-Fi over the past year. These findings are among the highlights of the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, produced by the American Library Association (ALA) and...
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ALA Releases Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries

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Washington, D.C.— Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) recently released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),” a report that describes general features and attributes of the current e-book environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries. “E-book publishing is expanding and evolving rapidly, and the terms under which e-books are made available to libraries show wide variation and frequent change,” said DCWG Co-Chair Robert Wolven. “In this volatile period, no single business model will offer the best terms for all libraries or be adopted by all publishers or distributors. This report describes model terms libraries should look for in their dealings with e-book publishers and distributors, as well as conditions libraries should avoid.”...
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Wisconsin Contingent at National Library Legislative Day

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on Thursday, May 17, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The Wisconsin delegation to National Library Legislative Day, April 23-24, 2012, included (left to right) Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries and Technology, DPI; Julie Schneider, Ebling Library (WLA Federal Legislative Advocate); Joshua Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Marty Van Pelt, South Central Library System; Gary Poulsen, South Central Library System; Rhonda Puntney, Lakeshores Library System (WLA Board, Past President); Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library (WLA Board, ALA Councilor); Allison Kaplan, UW-Madison SLIS (WLA Board, WEMTA Representative)....
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