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Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

The University of Illinois and LRRT host the Sixth Library Research Seminar in October

CHICAGO With support from the Library Research Round Table (LRRT), the Sixth Library Research Seminar (LRS VI) will take place in Urbana, Ill., on Oct. 7-9. Focused on the theme of “The Engaged Librarian,” LRS VI will bring together LIS/iSchool faculty, graduate students and librarians of all types for a three-day seminar exploring how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can create new knowledge and chart a course for partnerships with deep and lasting impact.

Highlights of LRS VI include:

Libraries support digital readiness with tech training, STEM programs, more robust online collections

Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

Digital Inclusion Survey team launches speed test this summer in selected public libraries

CHICAGO As part of the Digital Inclusion Survey, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and conducted by the American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland College Park, the project partners will conduct a national sample study of actual Internet access speeds in the summer of 2014 in public libraries.

Loertcher's project to link school librarians to outcomes wins Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — David Loertscher is the 2014 winner of the American Library Association's (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “The Impact of Co-Teaching on Learning When Classroom Teachers Team with Teacher Librarians: The Testing of an Unobtrusive Measurement Tool.”

The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant focuses on a pressing national issue that is of importance to library service, and the award committee felt that this project – measuring the effect of co-teaching and teacher librarians on raising educational outcomes –  fit the criteria well.

Haslet Public Library's Robotics Club wins 2014 Loleta D. Fyan Grant

CHICAGO – The Haslet Public Library’s early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for pre-teens, “Haslet Robotics Club,” has been awarded the 2014 Loleta D. Fyan grant. Their plan aims to fill  science-based educational and entertainment gaps for children aged 9-16 within their service area.

Digital Inclusion Survey for public libraries extended to Nov. 22

CHICAGO - Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

Loleta D. Fyan 2014 Grant - proposals due by Dec. 20

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship".

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project(s) criteria:

Libraries urged to participate in first Digital Inclusion Survey

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the first Digital Inclusion Survey. The survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and public access to the internet. Information about the project and access to the online survey are available at http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu. The survey will be open through Nov. 15, 2013.

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