Apply Now for Federal Grants for School Literacy Programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The ALA Washington Office announced today that the application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL) school literacy grants is now open, according to a Department of Education announcement in the Federal Register. School librarians can apply for the program grants, ranging from $150,000–750,000. At least 50 percent of the $28.6 million is designated for school librarians. The deadline to apply for the grant funding is August 10, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The literacy grant program is designed to support innovative literacy programs for young children, increase student achievement by using school libraries and motivate older children to read. According to the Department of Education, the grants are to be used to "develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies." See the complete announcement in the ALAWO District...
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OITP releases backgrounder on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books”

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CHICAGO, IL - As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, OITP has developed communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues. Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,” along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers. For the full ALA-OITP news release, some highlights of the Pew report and links to more resources: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/07/oitp-releases-backgrounder-on-libraries-patrons-and-e-books/...
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Step up to the Plate!

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Season four of the national "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" program is well underway. The program teams up baseball and libraries to promote the importance of information skills. The contest centers on a baseball trivia contest. People of all ages are invited to visit their libraries and answer a series of trivia questions that focus on multiculturalism in baseball and baseball around the world, developed by library staff at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Entries are due September 1, 2009. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October. There are also prizes for the four libraries that bring in the most contest entries. See the contest rules for more information. ...

Public libraries, please fill out ALA survey on Internet services and funding by Nov. 14

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Please make sure your library completes the 2010-2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey, which provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information regarding computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries. Libraries are encouraged to log on now at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org.This critical survey and study are coordinated by the American Library Association and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, study findings have:been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including Newsweek, Governing Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and NPR;informed the National Broadband Plan and successful library grant applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program;been used in presentations to the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and the National Association of Counties Association; andbeen used in Congressional and state-level testimony, as well as in comments to federal agencies.In addition to national data, the research team is able...

Money Smart Week® @ Your Library Program

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on Monday, November 14, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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At the recent WLA Conference, many attended the program about Money Smart Week® @ Your Library. The partnership of the libraries are key to the program and Wisconsin libraries are in a unique position to profoundly affect their communities with the opportunities and security given through financial literacy.  This partnership extends nationwide between the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association.There were requests at the recent conference regarding how to participate in Money Smart Week Wisconsin’s campaign.  Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  You may contact the chair of your regional planning team, if you have one.  The planning team contacts and chairs are listed at http://www.moneysmartwi.org/uploads/MSWWCommitteeChairs.pdf.   If there is not a committee in your area, you are highly encouraged to contact the WI Department of Financial Institutions, Office of Financial Literacy - Teresa Walker (teresa.walker@wisconsin.gov, 608-267-1713) or Dave Mancl (david.mancl@wisconsin.gov).  DFI will be happy to work...