Sweet desserts, sweeter auction items at ASCLA/COSLA reception

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398



For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) invites you for a sweet ending to your Sunday evening at the ASCLA/COSLA dessert reception and silent auction, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, in the Chicago D room at the Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Ave.

Reception guests can take advantage of desserts, coffee and a cash bar while participating in a silent auction to benefit the ASCLA Century Scholarship, an initiative of ASCLA, its Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) and its Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum. Items up for auction include:

  • An autographed copy of Gwen Ifill’s “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”; a series of three PBS Home Video DVDs about Barack Obama and the 2008 election; and “The American President”, a five DVD box set profiling the human drama of our nation’s highest office, all donated by PBS.
  • 30 books from ReadHowYouWant to be donated to winner’s employing library in format of choice, including seven print formats, Braille (BRF) files, DAISY or MP3 file audio.
  • A pair of terrace reserved tickets for the Chicago Cubs game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.
  • A collection of nine award-winning books from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA) that are meant to encourage the humane ethic of kindness and compassion toward animals and the environment.
  • The complete United States “Trips” set from Lonely Planet USA: six total, each featuring themed itineraries and local places to see in each region of the country, complete with a branded bag to hold your books and additional travel items.
  • A sampler set of six reusable bags from Reusablebags.com.
  • Handmade Bulgarian jewelry.
  • Gift baskets from the Illinois Library Association and Indiana Library Association.

The auction will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 10:15 p.m. All conference participants are invited to participate and enjoy the company of colleagues while benefiting this notable initiative.

The ASCLA Century Scholarship was established in 2000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor and fulfills ALA’s mission to cultivate a field of library and information science professionals that more accurately reflects the diversity of the communities and populations it serves. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the scholarship fund and promote its long-term financial viability. Library and information science students with access needs—including veterans—are encourage 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.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians, information science professionals 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. For more information about ASCLA and the ASCLA Century Scholarship, visit