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Cascio Chosen for Electronic Member Participation TF

President Leslie Burger established the ALA Participation Task Force to develop recommendations for expanding member opportunities, particularly for the next generation of leaders, to participate in their association in meaningful ways. Each ALA Division was asked to submit one name to serve on the task force. From the names proposed, two were to be selected to represent the divisions. Keri Cascio, one of two ALCTS-sponsored Emerging Leaders for 2007, has been selected to represent ALCTS. Congratulations to Keri!

The second division representative to the task force is Judy Nelson, YALSA immediate past president.

Call for Volunteers for ALA-APA Committees

ALA President-elect Jim Rettig is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2008–2009 ALA-Allied Professional Association (APA) committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Slots on the following committees will be filled: Certification Program, CPLA Certification Review, Promotion and Fundraising, Publishing, Salaries and Status of Library Workers, SirsiDynix ALA APA Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Salaries and Status of Library Workers Jury. Find the committee charges online.

Applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2008–2009 ALA-APA Committee Volunteer Form. Individuals may serve on ALA-APA committees even if they are concurrently serving on up to three ALA committees. Committee appointees will receive appointment letters after the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Nominations should be submitted no later than Monday December 3, 2007. Questions concerning appointments can be directed to ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig or Jenifer Grady, ALA-APA Director.

Volunteers Sought for Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee

The ALA Office for Diversity is seeking volunteers with research experience to serve on the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Diversity. The Diversity Research Grants program was established in 2002 to promote research to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. Three topics are chosen annually and three grants are awarded each year. Find more information about the program online, including past recipients and evaluation criteria.

Individuals interested in serving on the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee may contact Karen Brown LeTarte, Director, Office for Diversity and Spectrum.

Nominations Sought for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

The Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, or development and research. The award is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The deadline for nominations is December 7, 2008. Find complete details on the ACRL website.

Applications Sought

3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Current members of ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, to cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 to July 2, 2008, in Anaheim, CA. To join NMRT, visit the ALA home page and follow the "Join/Renew ALA" link to add to your ALA membership. The application deadline is December 15, 2007. Read accounts of the experiences of last year's winners online.

The application form and additional information are available online. For further information about the grant, please contact: Kate Hahn, Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, (702) 992-2802.

Samuel Lazerow Fellowship

Samuel Lazerow was a major contributor to the advancement of information technology at the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Agriculture Library among others. He ended his career as Senior Vice-president at the Institute for Scientific Information.

The Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Collections and Technical Services in Academic and Research Libraries fosters advances in collections or technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. Research projects in the compilation of bibliographies will not be supported by this fellowship. Past recipients include Jimmie Lundgren, Betsy Simpson, Jeffrey Beall, Karen Brown LeTarte, Katharine Farrell, and Karen Schmidt.

The award is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and consists of $1,000 cash and a citation donated by Thomson Scientific. The submission deadline is December 7, 2007. See the ALA web site for more information. Direct questions and nominations to the award committee chair, Richard Bradberry, (310) 860-3849, or to Megan Griffin, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2514; (312) 280-2514.

Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

ALA is accepting nominations for the 2007 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. The $1,000 award is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year. The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2008.

The Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund award is given in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to children’s librarianship, international library service, and library education.

Application forms are available online, or by contacting the International Relations Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201;

Nominations should be sent to: International Relations Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611-2795, fax: (312) 280-4392;