Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

First Step Award to Melanie Church

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 25, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Lindsay Schettler awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

CHICAGO – Lindsay Schettler, the special collections and content management librarian at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, has been awarded the 2016 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

Libraries invited to apply for 2016 Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens featuring books under the theme “The Art of Change: Creation, Growth and Transformation.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2016 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to the following Spectrum Scholars

104 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on Native concepts of health and illness

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the 104 libraries that will host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Mangan and Stephens receive 2016 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2016 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Bridgid Mangan and Wendy Stephens.

Forty-two public libraries selected to host Explore Earth, Explore Space and Explore Tech traveling exhibitions

CHICAGO — Forty-two public libraries from across the country will host science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega as its representatives for the 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is dedicated to empowering public librarians with the skills necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. We’re proud to support this work by sponsoring the next generation of public library leaders,” said PLA President Vailey Oehlke. “We look forward to the positive contributions of this year’s Emerging Leaders group and wish to congratulate Erin and Katrina on their achievements.”

Esposito, Sexton, Shea and Wilson receive 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2016 Penguin Young Readers Group Award to Elizabeth Esposito, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, New York; Kristel Sexton, Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Kelly Shea, Paoli Library, Paoli, Pennsylvania; and Caryn Wilson, Three Rivers Public Library, Three Rivers, Michigan.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

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".


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