Thursday, February 28, 2013

Free 3/12 webinar: Ebooks and Libraries: Legal Issues for Library Administration and Staff

Tuesday, March 12, 2013; Start Time: Eastern - 3 PM
Presenter: : Mary Minow

  • Does your library have Kindles, Nooks and iPads for loan or in-house use?
  • Do you have accessible e-readers available to customers who are print disabled?
  • Do you know the legal requirements to make your services accessible?
Ebooks present both opportunity and challenge as the dominant delivery is via electronic license, governed by contract law rather than by copyright law.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
  • Understand the difference between eBook content licenses and ownership
  • Be brought up to date on the latest legal issues, including the settlement agreement between the National Federation of the Blind and the Sacramento Pubic Library Authority
  • Learn how the Califa Library Group ( has fared in buying (not just licensing) eBook content for use by its customers.
This webinar will be of interest to library administrators and staff involved in policy decisions and purchasing of eBooks readers.

Minow is an attorney, consultant, and a former librarian and library trustee. She edits the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use. She teaches digital copyright at San Jose State School of Library Science and at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is a past President of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners.

Mary received her B.A. from Brown University, her A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her J.D. from Stanford University.

She is the coauthor with Tomas Lipinski of The Library's Legal Answer Book (ALA Editions: 2003).
Minow is the first recipient of the California Library Association's Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award, given in 2004. Minow's blog is at

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Run for Something Better Grants

Run for Something Better Grants, sponsored by ING & The National Association for Sport and Physical Education, establish school-based running programs or expand an existing ones. 

The goal of this funding is to empower school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At least 50 grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to select applicants. 

Programs that target grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in elementary or middle schools are eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

United for Libraries grants will help 20 'threatened' communities with advocacy training

The Neal-Schuman Foundation ponied up $75,000 to support library advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets through 'United for Libraries' Citizens-Save-Libraries effort.

Note: grant recipients will not receive any direct funds. The funds will be administered by United for Libraries and will be disbursed directly to the professional consultants to cover their fees and expenses for providing the two days of on-site advocacy training at each library.

Grants will pay for travel and fees to send expert advocates to 20 locations over the course of two years to help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Application Materials:   Cycle 1 Application (PDF, 50 kb)            Official Release Form (PDF, 32 kb)

The opportunity to apply for expert consultation will begin in January 2013, and the first 10 libraries will be selected in April.  Among the criteria to apply will be a willingness of recipient libraries to “pay it forward” by sharing what they learn with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

In order to leverage the grant across the country, a power guide will be developed that will be freely available to all that will lay out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating their own campaigns.  In addition, United for Libraries will hold train-the-trainer workshops using the guide at Midwinter Meetings in 2014 and 2015.

 Grant Requirements
  • Demonstrated need for help with a library advocacy campaign.
  • Minimum of five volunteers committed to working on a leadership team for a campaign. Each member understands that this commitment may require at least weekly meetings for up to 90 days.
  • Leadership team available for two days of on-site, in-person training (approx. 5 hours each day) between June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014.
  • One member of the leadership team is willing to become a local “mentor” for other libraries in the state and/or region. Mentor may be invited to participate in a one-time live one hour webinar and may also be asked to give an advocacy program at state library conference.
  • Support of the library’s Board of Trustees.
  • No member of the United for Libraries' Board of Directors or his or her library will be eligible to receive this grant.
How to Apply: The 20 grants will be issued in two cycles:
  • Cycle 1 Grants
    • Application materials due April 15, 2013.
    • Grantees notifed by May 15, 2013.
    • On-site trainings to be held June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014.
  • Cycle 2 Grants
    • Application to be released January 2014.
    • Applications materials due April 15, 2014.
    • Grantees notifed by May 15, 2014.
    • On-site trainings to be held June 1, 2014-May 1, 2015.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase's grant application process begins with the submission of a letter of inquiry; these may be submitted year round. Questions on the letter of inquiry will include: a brief description of your organization's mission, program/project description, program/project budget, geography to be served, and your contact information. 

 JPMorgan Chase provides funding in the following areas:
* Education - ensure that all children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have access to high quality educational opportunities with a particular focus on K-12 public schools that help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be productive, engaged citizens.

* Arts & Culture - increase community access to rich cultural resources that foster creativity, promote self-expression, celebrate diversity, and strengthen our environment.

* Community development - address issues related to poverty and social exclusion by building economic infrastructure, promoting self-sufficiency, and supporting efforts to narrow social inequities. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Citizen's Institute on Rural Design

Readers, I realize this is late notice, but maybe think abut it for next year. Even knowing there is funding out there like this is interesting. 

The National Endowment for the Arts' Citizens' Institute on Rural Design initiative works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. Eligibility guidelines.  

Maximum Grant:  $7,000; Deadline: March 5, 2013

The program builds teams of local leaders, community organizations, and specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to help rural communities strengthen their economies, enhance their rural character, leverage their cultural assets, and design efficient housing and transportation systems.

Each community selected to participate in the Institute will receive $7,000 in 1:1 matching funds to plan and host a two-day workshop. CIRD will help communities to assemble teams of specialists based on local needs. The program also provides expert-led conference calls and webinar presentations that are open to the public on topics related to rural design.

CIRD will provide two call-ins for applicants with questions about their proposals. The calls will take place on February 7 and February 28, 2013. Participation in each call is free but registration is required

Neither CT nor MA has received a CIRD grant in the past, but RI has for Block Island (2005) and West Greenwich (1998).

Friday, February 22, 2013

YSA - Get Ur Good On Grants

Youth Service America's  Get Ur Good On Grants offer young people around the world an opportunity to help make a lasting positive change.

So if you know a kid with a good idea, pass this information along and help them. This grant program provides inspiration, project support, and necessary funding to turn young people's ideas into reality.
Kids and young adults ages 5-25 worldwide are eligible to apply for a maximum $500 Get Ur Good On Grant to support youth-led projects. Projects must address a demonstrated community need or issue, and must take place during Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013. Applicants must have a Project Mentor to help throughout the project and applicants under 18 must have their parent/guardian's permission.

Deadline:  March 10, 2013