Silent auction benefiting ASCLA Century Scholarship a smashing success

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

February 3, 2009

DENVER—A silent auction held at the ASCLA/COSLA reception at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting raised $1,145 to benefit the
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Century Scholarship.

Reception attendees enjoyed delicious desserts, while bidding on a variety of items generously donated by vendors, including Playaway, OCLC, BCR, the Colorado Library Consortium and the Colorado Association of Libraries, and Chicago cultural institutions such as The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Steppenwolf Theater Company. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the scholarship fund and promote its long-term financial viability.

“I am thankful for the generosity of our sponsors, and also for the generosity of our reception attendees who have made an important investment in the future of our profession,” said Carol Desch, ASCLA president. “Their contributions ensure ASCLA and ALA will continue to provide opportunities for students with access needs to enter the library profession.”

The ASCLA/COSLA reception is a networking event co-sponsored by ASCLA and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). The reception is open to all ALA meeting participants and will next be held on the evening of Sunday, July 12, at the upcoming Annual Conference in Chicago. Vendors and members are invited to contribute goods or services to the auction list and should contact Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing specialist and event coordinator, at for details.

The scholarship is an initiative of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum, and was established in 2000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. It fulfills ALA’s mission to cultivate a field of library professionals that more accurately reflects the diversity of the communities and populations it serves.

Library and information science students with access needs—including veterans—are encouraged to apply for the scholarship, a one-time $2,500 award funding necessary services or accommodations to enable the winner to complete a Master’s or Doctoral program in the field. Complete information about scholarship eligibility and application instructions are available at the
scholarship webpage on the ASCLA site. The deadline to apply is March 1.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed.