Monday, October 31, 2011

Bank of America's Student Leaders program

Bank of America's Student Leaders program seeks to further develop the leadership skills of students who demonstrate a passion for improving their communities. The program seeks leaders who are high school juniors and seniors in the United States; 5 from each of the eligible markets (CT has two: 1. Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk and 2.) Hartford) will be selected to participate in an all-expenses-paid, eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization and a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Student Leaders applications will be due for the 2012 program in January 2012.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

National School Library Program of the Year Award

The NSLPY Award, guided by AASL's Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.

Deadline: January 2, 2012. You can find all the info here

Friday, October 28, 2011

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 1pm-2:30 EDT
Cost: Free, register here.
Presented By: Heather Mansfield

This webinar begins with defining Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 communications and fundraising, and then discusses the importance of integrating the tools from each era in order to maximize your nonprofit’s Return on Investment (ROI) from utilizing social media and mobile technology.

Eleven social media and mobile technology best practices and how to’s will be featured and the webinar will close with a brief conversation about what’s next in nonprofit communications and fundraising and the importance of early adoption.

Attendees and registrations are limited.

Monday, October 24, 2011

11/15 ADA webinar

The ADA National Network*  is sponsoring one 90 minute webinar each month; all are scheduled from 1:00-2:30PM Central Time Zone(CT). The program is available in three formats:

The full schedule of the year's programs is here.

There is a non-profit discount available to education, government and service agencies operating on a not-for-profit status. Single sessions cost $25 by teleconference with free real-time streaming audio and real-time text captioning provided via the Elluminate Live platform.

Audio is streamed, and all sessions will have a written transcript as well as a digital recording of the session archived on this site

The Department of Justice has investigated hundreds of complaints about the failure to provide effective communication. Historically, they have received more complaints about failure to provide effective communication than any other issues they have dealt with. This session will provide information about the obligations of medical providers, lawyers, tax preparers, local and state government agencies, social service providers, etc. to ensure that their customers are able to communicate with them. Learn what "effective" means; what you need to do to ensure that you are prepared to respond to requests; what type of notice you should give to your customers about requesting accommodations if needed and some of the best practices that are used.
* The ADA National Network (a.k.a "Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers" and "ADA & Accessible IT Centers") is the mothership of ten regionally based centers, each a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. The one in the Northeast is at Cornell University.

Centers work closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance. Programs vary in each region, but all Centers provide the following:

•Technical Assistance
•Education and Training
•Materials Dissemination
•Information and Referral
•Public Awareness
•Local Capacity Building

In addition to ADA services the Centers assist individuals and entities in better understanding related disability legislation which may impact their rights or responsibilities. Information on the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Workforce Investment Act and others can typically be provided by a Center.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards

This award, presented by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, acknowledges outstanding child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Details.

Recipients receive $1,000 -- $500 as a stipend to acknowledge each child care teacher’s special dedication
and $500 to fund the classroom enhancement project they each designed. The award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, April 19, 2012 and will receive an all expense paid trip to the Philadelphia area. The top ten qualifiers become finalists for the Helene Marks Award to become the National Child Care Teacher of the Year. The teacher chosen as the Helene Marks Award receives an additional $1,000.

Deadline = December 5, 2011.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Frances Henne VOYA research grant

The Frances Henne Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant recognizes a school library media specialist with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators, to attend an AASL conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time. Applicants must be AASL personal members.

This is a $1,000 award for personal members of YALSA, including student members (although the research project may be undertaken by an individual, an institution, or by a group).

Deadline is December 1st; full details.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kellogg Foundation

W.K. Kellogg is a big foundation interested in supporting “new ideas about how to engage children and youth in learning and new ways to bring together community-based systems that promote learning. regarding educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and community and civic engagement.”

Take a look at the application to get a sense of what they are looking for.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All About Bank of America

Bank of America’s local grant making activities vary, depending on what the local community needs. Local markets (CT has two: 1.Bridgeport /Stamford/Norwalk and 2. Hartford) teams develop relationships with other community leaders to determine the best use of philanthropic dollars in each community.What do these teams do?

• Consult with local community leaders and stakeholders to determine the most pressing challenges of each community
• Invest in charitable grants to local, regional, and national programs and partners
• Demonstrate thought leadership by convening local leaders to discuss issues, share best practices, and elevate the level of knowledge to address complex challenges
• Determine organizations and causes that will be supported by Bank of America

Bank of America also funds Anchor Institutions such as colleges, hospitals, and museums to help create economic stability and generate economic growth. Libraries aren't listed, but that's all the more reason to apply.

Bank of America's larger initiative is called the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, and CT's two local markets are eligible for grants, training, and other resources and honors.BoA’s NEI is designed to recognize, nurture, and reward community-based organizations, local heroes, and student leaders working to improve their communities and is focused on “areas of critical importance to community well-being, including education, community development/neighborhood preservation, arts and culture, and health and human services.”

The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative has three components:
1) Two nonprofit/charitable organizations get “operating support and rigorous leadership training. Neighborhood Builders recipients are awarded $200,000 ($100,000 annually for two years) in general operating support. They also benefit from specially designed leadership development programs for their senior executives and emerging leaders.” Deadlines are in June.

2) The Local Heroes program honors community champions who are working to measurably improve their communities and who inspire others to get involved. Five Local Heroes get to each direct a $5,000 contribution to the eligible nonprofit/charitable organization of their choice and are recognized at a public awards ceremony in their local community. Deadlines are in June 1.

3) The Student Leaders program seeks to further develop the leadership skills of students who demonstrate a passion for improving their communities. The program seeks leaders who are high school juniors and seniors in the United States; five from each of the eligible markets will be selected to participate in an eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization and a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C; deadlines are in January.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (federal grant)

Early alert to this is a grant from the federal Dept of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement; even more specifically, it’s the “Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs” Office. All the information available through that site.

The grant program helps local educational agencies improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and professionally certified school library media specialists.

The site reads, "Districts may use funds for the following activities:"
  • Purchase up-to-date school library media resources, including books;
  • Acquire and use advanced technology that is integrated into the curricula to develop and enhance the information literacy, information retrieval, and critical-thinking skills of students;
  • Facilitate Internet links and other resource-sharing networks;
  • Provide professional development for school library media specialists of PK-3 students and provide activities that foster increased collaboration among library specialists, teachers, and administrators of PK-12 students; and
  • Provide students with access to school libraries during nonschool hours, weekends, and summer vacations.
Who May Apply: Local education agencies (LEAs) in which at least 20 percent of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line may apply. Poverty rates are "based on the 2009 census and are for the 2011 competition."

Five additional points will be awarded to applicants that propose to serve at least one school designated by the State as a “persistently lowest-achieving school” for the purpose of using LSL funds to help facilitate the Secretary's priority of turning around persistently lowest-achieving schools.

For concerns or questions regarding LEA eligibility for the LSL program, please contact the Connecticut Title I coordinator: Marlene Padernacht, Coordinator, Compensatory Education Unit, State Department of Education, 165 Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 2219, Hartford, Connecticut  06145-2219., Phone: 860/713-6568.

In 2010 a total appropriation of $19,145,000 was provided with an average award of $350,000
In 2009 a total appropriation of $19,144,597 was provided to 57 awardees with an average award of $250,000.

Free Mini-Webinar on October 27: Mobile Social Networking for Nonprofits

This free, 30-minute mini-webinar will cover mobile social networking for nonprofits.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 1-1:30pm EDT
Cost: Free
Presented By: Heather Mansfield. Register.

Beginning with an introduction the Mobile Web, this webinar will then move on to highlight the importance of utilizing mobile social networking tools to empower your nonprofit’s social media practitioners to report live, on-location from anywhere at any time. The webinar discusses the essential hardware necessary and features ten mobile apps that enable Tweeting, Facebooking, video and photo-sharing, live-streaming, group texting, and on-location donation processing from special events, conferences, protests, etc. A special focus is placed on how to utilize this cutting edge technology on a small budget.
The webinar has a maximum capacity of 1,000 attendees, though DIOSA’s director notes that “there is a phenomenon that when a webinar is free, only half of registrants will actually attend. So, be sure you login early on the day of the webinar to guarantee your place among the first 1,000 attendees.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and inclusiveness, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach, and may also include libraries and museums advancing global cultural understanding.

Winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.; the deadline is December 15, 2011.

For more information and to access the nomination form, please go to the program web site.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

UpNext! = New IMLS Blog

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) new blog is named UpNext. Thought I'd posted about this before, but I guess not.

The primary goal of the blog is to be a relevant and engaging online community where readers and contributors have a collaborative, open, and transparent environment to share their views and expertise. 

Some good best practices stories up, and it's a really nice looking product.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

YALSA's BWI Collection Development Grant

YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted. 

This award is given out on an annual basis; two $1,000 awards may be made in any given year. Deadline is December 1, 2011.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Open Meadows Foundation

Open Meadows Foundation Offers Funding for Projects to Benefit Women and Girls

Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age or ability. It offers grants up to $2000 to projects that:

* Are designed and implemented by women and girls;
* Reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization;
* Promote building community power;
* Promote gender, racial, social, economic and/or environmental justice; and
* Have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.

There are two deadlines per year, August and February.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10/14 Free Webinar: Panel provides Glimpses into Changing Assistive Technologies

This free webinar - Friday October 14th @ 2PM Eastern - features panelists from the upcoming Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) conference discussing changing assistive technologies. . Register for the free webinar  here.

This panel is a kick off to the the AHG Conference (see below dotted line for details about this conference).  
•Howard Kramer, AHG Conference Coordinator, University of Colorado
•Terrill Thompson, DO-IT, University of Washington 
•Hadi Rangin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
•Angela Hooker, Cascades Technologies, Inc.
•Glenda Sims, Deque

Panelists will offer a snapshot of some important themes in today's world of accessibility. Technology is changing fast and we need to seize every opportunity to learn from one another.

Everyone who registers will receive login instructions and also will receive a link to the recorded archive.

AHG Conference: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers. November 14-18, 2011.

Hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder, Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources - including Web pages and library resources - accessible.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Free Webinar: Unlock the Power and Potential of Formulas and Functions in MS Excel 2010

Knowledgewave Webinars' Unlock the Power and Potential of Formulas and Functions in MS Excel 2010 is free on Wednesday October 12 if you use the code: OCTOBER at checkout. Click here to register.

Event Overview: This entire session is centered on a single notion. Excel is a powerhouse. Many of us have only scratched the surface of its potential. Formulas and Functions are the gateway to this functionality. Utilize the built-in formulas that Excel has to offer and get accurate results in a snap! We’ll discuss the difference between a formula and a function and unlock the power contained in these tools. This session is a must for moderate to heavy Excel users and those looking to expand their Excel IQ.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern
Price: $0 -- if you use the code: OCTOBER at checkout to attend.

Click here to register.

Free webinar: Word 2010: A Whole New Word

Knowledgewave Webinars' WORD 2010: A WHOLE NEW WORD is free on Wednesday October 12 if you use the code: OCTOBER at checkout. Go here to to register

Event Overview: Word, the backbone of the Office Suite and, for most of us, the application we spend most of our time in no longer looks like Word. How dare they? Along with the new look comes valuable and useful new functions. Many of the new features either save time doing things we used to do, or help us share our documents with other users or applications in the Office Suite. This webinar explores the new user interface, galleries, review, prepare, the backstage view and the various methods to distribute documents.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern

Price: $0 -- no fee if you use the code: OCTOBER at checkout.

Go here to to register

Free Webinar: New Trends in Content Curation and Group Collaboration

This free Infotrieve webinar, New Trends in Content Curation and Group Collaboration, is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:00AM

Learn from new media expert and adjunct Harvard professor Nicco Mele about the newest trends in content curation and how implementing secure group collaboration within your organization brings products to market faster and improves the bottom line.

Register here. It's free.


Carnegie-Whitney Grant

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.  

Deadline 11/4/11

Monday, October 10, 2011

ALA/Fetzer Institute's Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion

Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion
This collaboration between the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute will engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives. By bringing adult audiences together for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion and civic engagement initiatives, public libraries will enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.
Thirty $2,500 programming grants will be awarded to public libraries in the United States following a competitive application process.

Libraries will be required to collaborate with at least one community organization with a scope of activity and interest in the same issues identified for the program series. All speakers and presenters must be confirmed at the time of proposal submission. Proposals without complete program dates and required attachments will not be considered.

More information here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-grant Program

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants support the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, students, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments.

See the Call for Applications, which are due Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
Mini-grants fund activities that range from the nuts and bolts that help start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling. Selected mini-grant proposals will fit a school's identified needs and interests around safe walking and bicycling. The mini-grant activities should occur between January 1, 2012, and the end of the Spring 2012 semester.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Prudential "Spirit of Community Awards" Search for Top Youth Volunteers

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program honors middle and high school students (grades 5 through 12) across the United States for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through volunteer activities.

Applications must be completed by November 1, 2010, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of the HandsOn Network.

At that point, participating schools and organizations begin a selection and honoring process that winds up with ten lucky winners being named top youth volunteers of the year.

Complete program guidelines and application forms are available at

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Digitizing Hidden Collections: Success Stories from Small and Medium-sized Digitization Projects

Free! Wednesday, November 2, 2011. 1:00PM – 2:30PM EDT. Free!

Although large-scale initiatives receive the lion’s share of attention, countless small and medium-sized digitization projects provide invaluable access to hidden collections from North American libraries, archives, and museums.

Spurred by the OITP Perspectives paper, “Digitizing Hidden Collections in Public Libraries,” (pdf) Digitizing Hidden Collections: Success Stories from Small and Medium-sized Digitization Projects is a free, 90-minute webinar aimed at sharing success stories, best practices, and the lessons learned to encourage other successful projects. Register today.

Panelists include:
Panelists will address the following topics:

  • Real-life, practical strategies for initiating and managing projects and how those strategies could be applied more broadly
  • Where to find best practices for a variety of digital project needs (conversion, metadata standards, storage, access etc.)
  • How to create a successful collaborative project between multiple institutions
  • Short survey of initiatives aimed at providing increased access to collections (via portals, directories, etc...)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CVS Caremark All Kids Can Grants

CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and supported by CVS Caremark, hopes to make life easier for children with disabilities by supporting nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services in local communities focused on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.

Application deadline: Oct 31, 2011.

The goals of CVS Caremark All Kids Can are to raise awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion; build barrier-free playgrounds so children of all abilities can play side-by-side; and provide medical rehabilitation and related services to children with disabilities.

To be eligible for funding in theis nationwide program, a CVS/pharmacy store must be located within the state where the applicant organization resides. CVS Caremark is planning to commit $25 million over five years to this project. Applications, available here, must be submitted online.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2010 cycle of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Toolbox for Education grant program.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit public K-12 schools or affiliated parent groups working to improve their schools through facility enhancement, cleanup programs, and projects that encourage parent involvement and community spirit.

The deadline is October 14, 2011.

Lowe's is planning on donating a total of $5 million to U.S. public schools and public school parent teacher groups at more than one thousand public schools. For the 2010-11 program, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation will focus on basic, one-time project needs.

Any individual nonprofit public K-12 school or parent group associated with a nonprofit public K-12 school is eligible to apply. Parent groups (PTO, PTA, etc.) that are applying must have an independent tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups that do not have 501(c)(3) status should apply through their school. Applicant schools must be at least two years old. Preschools are not eligible.

The program prioritizes funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup-type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.

Grants may be requested for amounts between $2,000 and $5,000.

The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is October 15, 2010.

Visit the Toolbox for Education site for complete application guidelines.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Letters About Literature, Fall 2012

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target and affiliate state centers for the book. Each year, LAL awards thousands of dollars through state and national prizes, as well as LAL library grants. In 2011, 70,000 young people entered.

For more information on how your students can enter, browse through the Letters About Literature site for sample letters and the how-to-enter guidelines and coupon. The contest deadline is Friday January 6, 2012.

How has an author's work--novel, nonfiction, poetry--changed your view of the world or yourself? What did you learn about yourself that you didn't realize before reading the author's work? Don't write a book report. The author already wrote the book and knows what happened. What the author doesn't know is how you reacted while reading the book. Write about that--your response in a reflective, personal letter to the author! That is the LAL writing challenge.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

11/16 workshop: Exploring Health Issues among Southeast Asian Americans in Connecticut

Are you interested in learning more about health issues among Southeast Asian Americans in Connecticut?

There is an workshop on “Exploring Health Issues among Southeast Asian Americans in Connecticut” at the University of Connecticut Health Center on Wednesday, November 16th. This event is FREE and open to the public. A light dinner will be served.

Contact: Rasy Mar, MPH
Community Based Education
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030-1925
Phone: 860-679-6295 / Fax: 860-679-1097

Understanding Depression Across Cultures

Since October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month, this little 3-page paper on recognizing depression and strategies for discussing it, is cool. While it is specific to the Head Start program, I think anyone who works with a multicultural population will find it helpful, epsecially children's librarians.

Understanding Depression Across Cultures includes a range of materials that describe a comprehensive approach to strengthening the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff in dealing with parental depression. Cultural sensitivity in mental health outreach is super-important.