Edgerton Library Director Selected as Emerging Leader

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[Rock County, WI] Edgerton Public Library Director Sherry Machones is one of 75 individuals who have been selected throughout the nation as an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader.  To  become an Emerging Leader, each candidate goes through a very competitive process and needs to be sponsored by a library association. Sherry was sponsored by the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA). Each sponsor commits to financial support of an Emerging Leader in order to defray a portion of costs for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALS Annual Conference.Machones said, “This is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity to grow as a  professional and learn from some of the best (librarians) in the country!”The ALA Emerging Leader program, now in its sixth year, kicks off with a daylong session during the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.The program enables librarians and  library staff from across the country to...
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    Congratulations, Sherry!!

Wisconsin Teen Wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library Grand Prize

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CHICAGO– The American Library Association reports that twelve-year-old Kelsey Willems, Green Bay, will soon be on her way to the NationalBaseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., thanks to the resourcesat her school library and some quality family time with her father.Inthe grand prize drawing for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program,Baseball Hall of Fame Library Director Jim Gates pulled Willems’ entry from the1,000 eligible entries baseball fans nationwide sent in over the spring andsummer.  For her win, Willems and her father will head to the Hall of Fameat the end of the month to attend its World Series Gala event and receive abehind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.Developedby the American Library Association (ALA) and the Hall of Fame, Step Up to thePlate officially wrapped up its sixth season with the national drawing. Theprogram teamed up two American classics - baseball and libraries -...

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

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CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."Applications must be received by Nov. 4, 2011. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2012.For more information and guidelines, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney.cfm or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275; e-mail: mbolduc@ala.org....

ALA Urges Public Libraries to Fill Out Internet Use Survey

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CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey.The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries, such as providing public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org, will be available through Nov. 11, 2011."The record-high response rate for last year’s survey clearly demonstrates that library leaders recognize the impact this study provides for their advocacy efforts,” said ALA Associate Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. “The strength of the study rests on the level of participation. We encourage libraries to keep the momentum going to create the most current and complete snapshot of technology in U.S. public libraries.”Recent study findings have been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including USA Today,...

ALA Issues State Fact Sheets

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The American Library Association has issued State Fact Sheets on LSTA funding, Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) and public library data. Formatted for printing and sharing, these handy fact sheets can be used for library users, elected officials and other stakeholders who may need help understanding the variety and importance of these library programs. Thanks, ALA!...