Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

News Know-how digital supplement highlights the achievements of ALA’s groundbreaking news literacy project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has released a digital supplement focusing on the two-year News Know-how news literacy project.

The project, which was conducted in 2012 and 2013 by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) using grant funds provided by the Open Society Foundations, involved librarians, journalists, news ethicists and students nationwide. Using libraries as “newsrooms,” high school students were taught how to engage in a nonpartisan, critical analysis of news and information.

Keene Public Library awarded 2014 Maureen Hayes Award

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Keene (N.H.) Public Library.

The award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, is designed to provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear from a nationally known author/illustrator.

Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

2014 ALSC Penguin Young Readers Group Award winners

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to JoAnna Schofield, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron, Ohio; Rikki Unterbrink, Amos Memorial Library, Sidney, Ohio; Amanda Yother, Putnam County Library, Cookeville, Tenn.; and Emily Dumas, Commerce Township (Mich.) Community Library, Commerce Township. 

Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and ALA open applications for new graphic novel grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation opened applications today for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. The collaboration extends graphic novels into a new realm by encouraging public awareness about the rise and importance of graphic literature and honoring the creative excellence of Will Eisner. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades — from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics.

ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90 candidates to complete LSSC approved courses.  If the cost of the course is less than $200, the subsidy will cover the cost of the entire course minus materials such as books, etc.  LSSC is a national, voluntary certification program administered by the ALA-APA.

Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014.

Only two weeks left to nominate an individual or library for one of nine PLA awards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) award nomination deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. There are nine awards/grants to choose from that highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium provided through the generosity of our sponsors. Please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your  colleague or library.

The awards include:

Applications for Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or an academic library staff member who works in development, to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $850, plus full Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to the recipient.

Natalie Ziarnik receives 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Natalie Ziarnik.


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