Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It recognizes a school or public library which demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs which have community impact and respond to community needs.
Advocacy, partnerships and creativity of use of resources, regardless of the size of the library, will be taken into consideration.
Deadline: December 1, 2010.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The winner gets to serve as a model program for other school libraries, a plaque to show their mother, and $4,000 in cash.
Application details here. Deadline: December 15, 2010.
Sponsored by the American Library Association Cultural Communities Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The Foundation Center offers free short training courses at CT's 5 library/learning centers. Where are those, you ask?
GREENWICH PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 W. Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
500 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
123 Broad St.
NEW HAVEN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
133 Elm St.
New Haven, CT 06510
WESTPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Arnold Bernhard Plaza
20 Jesup Rd.
Westport, CT 06880
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Gerding, Stephanie & MacKellar, Pamela (2006). Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM. Neal-Schuman.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Description: Grants are not just free money, but require an investment in planning, resources, commitment, and sustainability.
Applying for a grant can seem like a daunting task. Certainly, there is work involved, but with the help of this tutorial, you will know the steps that are necessary and find that success is not as hard to attain as you might think. Grants also have added benefits for the library in addition to funding, such as valuable partnerships, resolved community needs, and increased community support.
This tutorial will cover each phase in the grant writing and submission process:
2. Focus on Library Priorities
3. Develop the Grant Project
4. Research Funders and Find Appropriate Grants
5. Write the Grant Proposal
6. Implement, Evaluate and Continue the Process
After completing this course, you will understand the following objectives:
* Understand the basic process of grant work
* Realize the importance of planning for grants
* Recognize the steps involved in project development
* Be encouraged and have the confidence to know that YOU can do it
The funding is out there if you want it enough.
Friday, October 22, 2010
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PLA developed the tool as an advocacy training program to equip librarians and supporters with the skills, confidence and resources they need to create community partnerships, build alliances with local and regional decision makers and ultimately increase funding for their libraries.
Using Turning the Page online and completing a 10-part Advocacy Work Plan, participants become better advocates for their libraries by raising their abilities. It typically takes four-five hours to complete, but can be stopped and resumed as needed.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
All types of libraries working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens are eligible. 150 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for troubled teens based on the three theme-related titles and will be given copies of the books to share with participants.
Participating libraries receive access to an online toolkit to support the program. Small cash grants ($100 to $200) will be awarded to up to twenty-five sites for the support of program-related expenses. For complete information including guidelines, book titles and descriptions, application instructions, and feedback from past participants, visit the ALA web site.
Deadline: November 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Middle and high school teams (5-10 students + one teacher advisor) participate in one or both of the contest’s challenges. Each addresses different environmental elements — land/water and air/climate. Tams define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report the results.
The submission deadline for Challenge One (Land/Water) is November 3, 2010. The deadline for Challenge Two (Air/Climate) is January 19, 2011.
Each challenge identifies 16 winning teams which each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants to be shared among the students, teacher, and school. Winning teams from the first two challenges then participate in the Final Challenge, reaching beyond the local community for the remainder of the prize money.
Complete program information, competition guidelines, and educational materials are available at the Scholastic web site.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
IMLS awards bazilliions of dollars ($50,000–$1,000,000 per grant) in this category of grant. It's not just for doctorate or graduate-level work, though. Applicants can apply for funding for:
* Pre-professional programs to interest future professionals in library and information science as a career
* Programs to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science by developing or enhancing programs
* Continuing education for library and archives staff
Within these categories, applicants may also decide to apply for one-year planning grants at two levels.
Much more information at the program site.
Webinars with Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants Staff: Learn more about the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program at one of IMLS’s upcoming webinars. Program staff will talk about the purpose of the grants and the grant application process and answer participants’ questions during two upcoming webinars. The webinar schedule is as follows:
* October 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Webinar link: http://instmus.acrobat.com/lb21call1/
* October 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Webinar link: http://instmus.acrobat.com/lb21call2/
Duration: 1 Hour
Conference call number: 1-888-850-4523; Participant Passcode: 761243
Monday, October 4, 2010
Public schools addressing teen driver safety through service-learning initiatives for students in grades 9 through 12 (ages 13+) are eligible. Deadline: November 15
25 high schools will be selected to receive grants of $2,000 each to support implementation of their programs between January and April 2011.
All applications require a teacher and principal signature.
Program guidelines and application materials are available at the Project Ignition site.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I read The Librarian in Black (though I frequently fall behind). I'm sure everyone in the world has already seen this, but just in case, she put up 147 Ways for libraries to save money conveniently categorized into 13 categories. Make sure you scan the comments section for the usual amount of updates, addenda, errata, etc.
Free Software for Public & Staff Computers
Free Security Software Suite
Free Staff Scheduling Software
Free Team Meeting Tools
Free Tech Support Tools
Free Audio & Video Tools
Free eLearning Tools
Free 'Contact Us' Tools to Communicate with Customers
Free Social Network & Extended Web Presence Tools
Free Website Management Tools
and Miscellaneous Other Free Stuff
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Even though budgets are tight for some, please consider attending this event and buying titles for your collection. Vendors are enthusiastic to speak with you and they will be displaying some of the latest titles in Spanish.
RSVP to Leticia Cotto at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Book Fair Co-Chairs,
Leticia Cotto (email@example.com) and Tess Tobin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, October 1, 2010
Up to eight matching grants of between $50,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded. Applicants must be nominated by a diversity-focused funder and must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3).
Deadline: January 5, 2011; more information at the program website.