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.
CHICAGO - M. Cristina Pattuelli and Irene Lopatovska are the winners of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “E-reading in the Academy: Investigating Adoption and Use of E-books in Academic Libraries.”
CHICAGO - The North Shelby (Ala.) Library’s animation and drawing program, “Animation for the Next Generation” has been awarded the 2013 Loleta D. Fyan. The library plans a six-week program with the goal of training community teens in 21st century technologies that will increase their employability and assist them as they enter higher education. The program will culminate in a short film made by the participating teens.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.