Office for Research & Statistics

Loleta D. Fyan Grant call for proposals

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:

ALA receives an IMLS National Leadership Grant to study digital services and resources in public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced it has received a three-year, National Leadership Grant award of $486,587.00 from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS).

New ALA e-books and digital content website highlights business models and access issues

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the release of a new website that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-books and digital content in libraries. The website, part of the Transforming Libraries initiative, supports the work of the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group.

'Driving Advocacy with Data' webinar to showcase study and examples of making the case at local level

CHICAGO — Learn how to navigate the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) for impactful advocacy at the local level during the free webinar “Driving Advocacy with Data” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Attendees will learn how to interpret the latest data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools, including state profiles, issue briefs and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

Innovative services at public libraries highlighted in new ALA issues brief

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform lives by providing critical services and innovative solutions to information access in spite of years’ worth of consecutive and cumulative budget cuts. More Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for access to essential technology services not found elsewhere in their communities, including free computer and Internet access, technology training and assistance with job-seeking and e-government services.

U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide.

2012 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients announced by the Library Research Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2012 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

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