Donations sought for auction to benefit ASCLA Century Scholarship

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, ASCLA/RUSA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

March 10, 2009

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) seeks donations of goods and services for its upcoming silent auction at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.

Vendors and individuals are encouraged to contribute to this important event, which will be held in conjunction with the ASCLA/COSLA reception. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the ASCLA Century Scholarship fund and promote its long-term financial viability. Contributions do not need to be directly related to the library profession—items offered at the previous auction included theater tickets, museum passes and handmade jewelry—and contributors do not need to be ASCLA members.

The scholarship is an initiative of ASCLA, the
Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum. 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.

Contributions will be accepted until June 22. Interested contributors should complete the
silent auction donation form. Questions about the event should be directed to Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing specialist and event coordinator.

The reception, a networking event open to all meeting attendees, features a scrumptious selection of desserts and will be held from 9 to 11:30 p.m., Sunday, July 11. The exact location will be announced on the ASCLA blog later this spring.

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.

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.