The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. School libraries, public or private, that served children in any combination of grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible. Applications and award guidelines are available at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward. To be considered, nominations must be received by the ALA Public Programs Office by Dec. 15. The award consists of a $4,000 honorarium and a plaque, to be presented at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. and the winning program will be promoted as a model program for other school libraries on www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a library programming resource center.
Commonwealth Libraries offers continuing education scholarships for up to $600. Registration and related travel expenses will qualify. Professional conferences are not eligible.
Access the application
The program seeks to develop or expand projects designed to support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children.
The organization must: 1. Have current nonprofit or public status and have been in existence for two or more years as of the date of the application; 2. Have maintained fiscal accountability; 3. Operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least 2 years,and includes one or more of the following components: literacy for adults; parent education; pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-k to grade 3; intergenerational literacy activities. The estimated funds available are $650,000; award requests must not exceed $65,000. The deadline is September 9th. Click here for additional information
Through two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) launched Project Compass in support of public libraries’ efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn. As part of this project, representatives from Project Compass will be presenting a workshop at the PaLA Annual Conference on Sunday, October 2, from 3:15 PM to 5:30 PM.
Project Compass is making available five scholarships for librarians from counties with high unemployment rates to attend this workshop. The scholarship will reimburse attendees to the conference for registration fee and related expenses in an amount up to $500.00.
Access the brief application form here. If you are from a library in one of the counties listed below that has a program or initiative related to workforce recovery, or that is otherwise engaged with assisting people to re-enter the workforce, please consider completing an application and sending it to Jim Hollinger by Friday, September 2.
The application can be faxed to 717-787-2117 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Here is a list of the counties that would qualify:
Armstrong Bedford Berks Cambria Cameron Carbon Clarion Clearfield Clinton Columbia Crawford Elk Erie Fayette Forest Fulton Huntingdon Jefferson Lawrence Lehigh Luzerne Lycoming McKean Mercer Mifflin Monroe Northampton Northumberland Pike Potter Schuylkill Snyder Somerset Tioga Union Venango
Let your patrons know that nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!
The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online at
www.atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian through Sept. 12.
Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, in December.
Over the past three years, 30 librarians from across the country have won the I Love My Librarian Award. Last year, more than 2,000 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. Previous winners have been lauded for starting community gardens, helping students with severe disabilities read classic works of literature, for helping non-traditional students learn new technology to get better jobs and more. For more information on previous winners, visit atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award is administered by the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.
This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase. Such projects might enhance understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome. Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research; implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings; efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive); studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences. The deadline is January 24, 2012. Read more.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. Projects should expand understanding of the American past by facilitating and enhancing access to primary source materials and include establishing archive programs, processing archival collections at the basic or detailed levels, surveying and accessioning archival records, and converting existing archival collection finding aids to new online formats. The deadline is October 6, 2011. Visit NHPRC’s website
Promise Neighborhoods (Department of Education)
The program purposes include: (1) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible organizations focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; (2) Building cradle-through-college-to- career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center. All solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners; (3) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively; (4) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and (5) Learning strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including a rigorous evaluation of the program.
An eligible organization (1) Is representative of the geographic area proposed to be served; (2) Is one of the following: (a) A nonprofit organization that meets the definition of a nonprofit under 34 CFR 77.1(c), which may include a faith-based nonprofit organization. (b) An institution of higher education as defined by section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. (c) An Indian tribe; (3) Currently provides at least one of the solutions from the applicant’s proposed continuum of solutions in the geographic area proposed to be served; and (4) Operates or proposes to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school’s LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve.
The deadline is September 6. Access the Planning grant or the Implementation grant