Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Fifty public libraries selected for 'The Great American Read' programming grants from PBS and ALA

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS announced the list of 50 public libraries selected to receive programming grants for “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

Hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, “The Great American Read” will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

McElroy named 2018 winner of History Research and Innovation Award

CHICAGO—Jennifer McElroy, Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Learning History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company, administered by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The award consists of $2,500 to help facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship.

Public Library Association announces library cohort for 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the libraries in its 2018 Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) cohort. Last summer, PLA piloted this first-of-its-kind internship program designed to present librarianship as a viable career option for the next generation of Americans. In 2017, PLA sponsored paid, mentored public library internships for 50 high school juniors and seniors at 39 host libraries across the U.S., including two tribal libraries and sites in Alaska and Hawaii.

Kaminski wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Jennifer Kaminski, secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Ky.

Kaminski will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference.

Rachel Holder receives BRASS Student Travel Award

CHICAGO—Rachel Holder, MLS candidate at Indiana University was selected as this year's recipient of the BRASS Student Travel Award sponsored by SimplyAnalytics. The award includes a $1,250 monetary prize given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Judy Deichman receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Judy Deichman, school librarian at Nottoway Middle School in Crewe, Virginia, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Black wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant to Dyanna Black of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Friends of the Library.

Black will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference.

Black is vice president of the UMKC Friends board, as well as chair of its fundraising committee.

Winners of the 2018 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2018 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Games and Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group.

Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2018.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 47 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

Alabama, Florida, Missouri libraries win 2018 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO -- The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2018 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: Chilton/Clanton Public Library, Clanton, Alabama; Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, Florida; and Daviess Coun