Public Programs Office

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

The cohort, selected through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.

The Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library named the 2014 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award

CHICAGO — The Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library has been named the 2014 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

ALA Public Programs Office announces 25 libraries to host Dust Bowl traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — Twenty-five libraries across the country will host the traveling exhibition “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced.

Applications now accepted for school library program award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

To be considered, nominations must be received by the ALA Public Programs Office by April 18, an extension of a previous deadline. Applications and award guidelines are available at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward.

Sarah Ostman Appointed PPO Communications Manager

CHICAGO — Sarah Ostman joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) as communications manager on Feb. 18. Among Ostman’s responsibilities are managing and editing the ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and newsletter, managing social media and handling media and communications needs for PPO grant projects, including the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative.

Librarians invited to learn the cultural story of our ‘Marvel Moon’ in free webinar

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invite library professionals to attend a free online learning opportunity demonstrating hands-on activities to engage young audiences in space science.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online session will acquaint library audiences with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon and will present the LPI’s Explore! learning module that makes these investigations fun and interactive for children and teens. 

Librarians as change agents: PLA conference sessions to teach public librarians to 'Turn Outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Public librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will offer a series of sessions at the PLA 2014 Conference that will help librarians leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The PLA 2014 Conference will take place March 11-15 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Two free webinars present the scientific and cultural story of our 'Marvel Moon'

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) are pleased to announce two free online learning opportunities for public and youth/young adult service librarians.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online sessions will acquaint audiences with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. Registration for both online sessions is required.

ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), for the development of a comprehensive research agenda to document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of public programming in libraries at a national level.

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