Several grants, ranging from $100 – $500, are available for PaLA members attending the conference, which will be held October 2-5 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. Boyds Mills Press will offer three grants for youth services librarians to attend the conference for the first time. Brodart Co. is providing grants for library support staff to attend the conference, and an anonymous donor is sponsoring a grant for a returning youth service librarian to attend the conference.
Check it out on the Conference Scholarship web page, for more information and for links to the registration forms.
Check into the list of audiovisual funding resources at the end of this Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts website, “A Race Against Time, Preserving AV Materials.”
Public school teachers may post classroom project requests on
DonorsChoose.org. Donors then browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires them. Once a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose delivers the materials to the school.
Federal agencies may transfer computers and related peripheral equipment, excess to their needs, directly to schools and educational nonprofit organizations. Learn more here
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is currently accepting applications for Read About It!, a free book discussion series for public libraries featuring five programs that appeal to popular interests in literature.
Libraries can choose from five programs. Pennsylvania Writers examines local authors and local issues. Detecting Women considers gender roles in the detective genre. Books on Screen studies film adaptations of popular literature. Facts in Fiction: the Civil War Era and American Life Stories cater to widespread interest. Click here for more information.
This initiative by ALA President Roberta Stevens helps staff and supporters understand annual fund appeals, memorials and tributes, online donations, and planned giving.
Access the toolkit here.
Patrick Sweeney, librarian and blogger, is using $250 of his own money to encourage librarians to write and get published outside of library related magazines. He wants us to get out of the “echo chamber.” The money will go to the best library-related article to be published between February 15, 2011 and January 20, 2012 in a non-library magazine or journal. Find out more here.
Learn about the new Broadband program in this interview with Jonathan Adlestein, administrator with the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The funding hasn’t been approved yet but RUS is doing a “Notice of Solicitations of Applications (NOSA), where you send an application to hold your place in the queue:
Settles, Craig. “Interview with Jonathon Adelstein on New $700 million Broadband Program,” Fighting the Next Good Fight March 23, 2011 (April 3, 2011).
Access the application and attachments here.