World Book - ALA Goal Grant recipients named

Contact: Cheryl Malden


For Immediate Release

May 2002

World Book - ALA Goal Grant recipients named

"The Campaign for America's Librarians" is the winning proposal for the 2002 World Book - American Library Association (ALA) Goal Grant. The $10,000 grant, donated by World Book Inc., is given to ALA units for the advancement of public, academic or school library service and librarianship through the support of programs that implement the goals and priorities of ALA.

ALA, in partnership with its chapters, will develop an advocacy training program to help librarians and library workers across the country effectively advocate for increased recognition of the critical role librarians play in our information society; for higher salaries; and for pay equity with other occupations with comparable skills and responsibilities. Approximately 75-100 presenters will be trained as "trainers" to present these advocacy workshops. An advocates' toolkit will be developed to teach librarians and library workers how to advocate effectively for increased status, better salaries and pay equity.

The proposal for the grant was submitted by the Special Presidential Task Force on Better Salaries and Pay Equity Task Force; ALA Chapter Relations Office; ALA Public Information Office; ALA Public Awareness Committee; ALA Pay Equity Committee; and ALA President-Elect Maurice J. Freedman.

The World Book ALA Goal Award will be presented Tuesday, June 18, during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.