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Colorado Library is chosen for ALA’s Let’s Talk About It Program

Congratulations to Gilpin County Public Library!
GCPL was the only library in Colorado and one of only 50 across the country selected by ALA for the “Let’s Talk About It” program. In ALA’s words, “Let’s Talk About It” is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme.” This year’s theme is Making Sense of the American Civil War and will focus on different facets of the Civil War experience.
A complete list of the winning libraries is at http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/pdf/LTAIlist.pdf

Traveling Exhibit of Interest to Rural & Small Libraries

On behalf of Sonja Plummer-Morgan, Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, Presque Isle, Maine:

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to announce three new traveling exhibits focusing on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of America and the world through their lives and work. Public, academic and special libraries, including museum libraries and Jewish community centers are invited to apply by January 24.

The exhibits were developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture and ideas, and the ALA Public Programs Office, with funding from Nextbook.  The national exhibit tours have been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the David Berg Foundation and the Nash Family Foundation, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

Libraries are invited to apply to host a traveling exhibition on one of three subjects: Continue reading ‘Traveling Exhibit of Interest to Rural & Small Libraries’

OITP Seeks Nominations for Best Library Practices Using Cutting-Edge Technology

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is once again soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched the “cutting-edge” contest to showcase libraries that serve their communities with novel and innovative methods and to provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library services in new ways.

Christine Lind Hage, chair of the subcommittee, said the wide response to the 2009 call was so inspiring, the subcommittee knew another contest was in order. Last year, three libraries were cited for their outstanding work.

“These winners showed that libraries of all sizes can do innovative projects that are worthy of replication across library types,” Hage said.

“With all the creative technological work being done in libraries, I’m sure that this year we’ll see some exciting apps, projects or services that we’ll want to showcase.”

Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 or to ainouye@alawash.org by November 1, 2010.  Details for the nomination process are available on the OITP website.

Seeking Input: Prisoners’ Right to Read Statement

Correctional librarians work in a unique environment where, similar to school and some special libraries, “appropriate content” is mandated by a non-library parent agency.   Most guiding professional documents are outdated, insufficient, or not applicable.

To fill that gap, Diane Walden, member of the Institutional Library Development team at Colorado State Library, and Ray James, Research Specialist (Texas) have crafted “Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.”

“Prisoners’ Right to Read” will provide correctional librarians with an intellectual freedom values statement tailored to their unique work environment and guidelines for aligning program outcomes and goals with those values.

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News from the ALA Elections

Following the ALA elections? All ALA division and roundtable results are now available as a PDF at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/governance/alaelection/2010/results_divisions_an.pdf

National Bookmobile Day 2010

National Bookmobile Day

Does your library have a bookmobile? Celebrate the first annual National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 14, 2010!  ALA has free resources your library can use to promote your bookmobile.

Conditions of U.S. Libraries: Trends 1999-2009

Elena Rosenfeld, Colorado Association of Libraries ALA Chapter Counselor, passed this press release on from ALA. Great statistics and information. How would you use this to advocate for libraries in your community?

New ALA report details economic trends in libraries and 2010 outlook
CHICAGO – At every turn, news reports and research indicate fairly dramatic changes in U.S. library funding, services and staffing – most occurring in the last 18 months. According to a new report prepared by the American Library Association (ALA), libraries of all types are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn while managing sky-high use.

Compiled from a broad range of available sources, The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2009 presents U.S. economic trends (2009), and summarizes trends in public, school and academic libraries across several library measures, including expenditures, staffing and services. The report also highlights trends in services provided to libraries by library cooperatives and consortia.
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ALA and Safeway Love Libraries

Through a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), Safeway Inc. is rolling out 5 Safeway-brand cereal boxes with back-panel content about libraries and librarians.  The cereal is available at Safeway’s 1,500 U.S. stores across the U.S.

The panels focus on five content areas:

  • Get rich @ your library lists free resources available at libraries and encourages readers to add up how much they save by using the library’s resources;GetRich BackPanel
  • Learn for a lifetime @ your library features the ways that school and public libraries encourage lifelong learning;
  • Great mysteries answered @ your library contains fun facts about libraries, including the number of questions answered weekly by reference librarians at our nation’s academic and public libraries;
  • Discover the world @ your library positions a library card as a passport to the world; and
  • Discover your family tree @ your library encourages readers to go to the library to research their family tree.

Visit the I Love Libraries site for more information.

2009-2010 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey

The 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access survey conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland is now available for completion.

Your participation in the survey is extremely important, and directly impacts the ability of ALA and others to advocate on behalf of public libraries and the tremendous contribution public libraries make to  their communities through their public access Internet services and resources. Data from the study appeared most recently in USA Today in a discussion of how public libraries help job seekers.

The survey is open through November 6, 2009.  You will need an ID number, which you may look up on the website. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to support@plinternetsurvey.org or 301-405-9445. Continue reading ‘2009-2010 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey’

ALA OITP Office Looking For Best Practices Using Cutting-Edge Technology

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods and provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways,” said Vivian Pisano, Chair of OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee.

Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 by September 1, 2009.  Details about the nomination process and an online submission form are available on the OITP Web site.

The America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee will review all nominations and conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or most innovative service.  Libraries or library service areas selected will be publicized via the OITP Web site, highlighted through ALA publications, and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference in 2010.