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Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2015.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

Joshua Davis among featured speakers at United for Libraries President’s Program

CHICAGO — Joshua Davis, author of “Spare Parts” (now a major motion picture), will be a featured speaker at the United for Libraries President’s Program, “From Cover to Screen - Books to Movies,” at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, June 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Join United for Libraries President Christine Lind Hage for this program, which will also feature Rick Jacobs, producer of “Spare Parts,” and esteemed film critic David Thomson, author of “How to Watch a Movie” (Random House, November 2015).

ALA urges library directors to support trustee membership to United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — At the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council passed a resolution urging all library directors to encourage and support United for Libraries memberships for each of their trustees. The resolution was supported by the Public Library Association (PLA), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and United for Libraries.

Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA -- Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Li­brary (Redlands, California) and Friends of the Logan County (Kentucky) Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2014 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Friends of Fondulac Library (East Peoria, Illinois) and Friends of Chel­sea (Michigan) District Library earned honorable mentions for their efforts.

United for Libraries to host webinar on responding to a budget crisis

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present a free webinar on “Responding to a Budget Crisis” from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 24.

Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign and more.

Application deadline for Academic Friend Conference Grants extended to March 20

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants through March 20, 2015.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant will enable two first-time conference attendees to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Applicants must be active in their college or university Friends of the Library group, or academic library staff members who work in development. A grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to each recipient.

Provide the basics your Trustees need with United for Libraries’ new ‘Short Takes for Trustees’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has debuted “Short Takes for Trustees,” a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA  – United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at McCormick Place West, W185bc during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

Author signings, ARCs and more at 'Spotlight on Adult Literature' at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor “Spotlight on Adult Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the McCormick Place West Exhibit Hall at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Participating publishers will host book and galley giveaways, author signings and more.

Perseus Books Group (booth 4126) will host author signings by Cecilia Ekback (“Wolf Winter,” Weinstein Books) and Tara Altebrando (“My Life in Dioramas,” Running Press Kids), both at 2 p.m., and Josh Wilker (“Benchwarmer,” PublicAffairs) at 3 p.m.

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