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Sweater vests and the challenge reporting campaign

OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support intellectual freedom.
ALA Midwinter viral campaign encourages reporting of challenges to library materials. All fans of intellectual freedom – can take a stand for the freedom to read (and for fashion!) by participating in Sweater Vest Sunday! All day on Sunday, January 27, 2013, help spread the word about the importance of reporting challenges to library materials by wearing a sweater vest to your meetings, lunches, programs, and special events.

On site in Seattle, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) staff and volunteers will be passing out stickers and postcards to Midwinter attendees. And at 2:45 p.m. at the ALA Member Pavilion (booth 1650) on the exhibit floor, everyone is invited to a group photo of librarians showing off their sweater vests!

Burning questions:

What about regular sweaters? Regular sweaters are okay in a pinch. The important thing, after all, is to spread the word about reporting challenges. Midwinter attendees who choose to wear a regular sweater can pick up an “It’s Everybody’s Job” sticker at the ALA Pavilion on the exhibit floor.

What about bow ties? Bow ties are optional. As are eyeglasses.

Those unable to attend Midwinter are encouraged to participate virtually by tweeting photos of themselves in sweater vests to @oif http://www.twitter.com/oif using the#sweatervestsunday and #alamw13 hashtags, adding photos to the ALA Midwinter 2013 Flickr stream, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/sets/72157632478751809/, pinning a Challenge Reporting Campaign poster, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/challengeslibrarymaterials/challenger... on Pinterest, and “attending” the Sweater Vest Sunday Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/144174662404752/
For more information, please visit www.ala.org/challengereporting

January Webinars

Start January off right with a stress management webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — With tighter budgets, smaller staffs and ever-changing technology, working in a public library is not for the faint hearted, so it’s important to keep both heart and mind healthy. Make a commitment this January, when you join PLA and instructor Pat Wagner, partner and trainer, Pattern Research Inc., Denver, Colo., at 1 p.m. CST, Jan. 23, for a live, one-hour webinar, “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management.”

Wagner will share a successful stress management plan that includes four main strategies: preparing for a stressful event or day; finding respite to re-energize during the workday; repairing the physical and emotional damage during and after difficult times; and preventing unhealthy stress with better choices. She’ll offer ideas to customize these strategies for both home and work and for both self and group.

Registration for “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management” costs $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for individual webinars for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at www.pla.org. PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

Be calm, cool, and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO — Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Feb. 4 – March 1, 2013. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

During the course, participants will be guided through how and why inquiry-based instruction supports the CCSS and will learn how to repackage current research projects into Common Core State Standard (CCSS) aligned research endeavors that foster higher level thought. Jaeger will also lead participants through locating and evaluating rich text for alignment with CCSS curriculum. Participants will leave the course with strategies to reach out to classroom teachers for CCSS integration and be able to seize opportunities to become the building leader for delivering a CCSS-aligned unit of instruction.

Paige Jaeger is the coordinator for school library services at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which serves 84 libraries. Jaeger spent a dozen years as an elementary and secondary school librarian and has written numerous articles for professional journals, magazines and newspapers. Jaeger believes librarians are a vital link to fostering higher level thought and creativity in our thought-stunted generation.

AASLe-Academy courses are led in Moodle, a Web-based online learning system that attendees access from their browser. Each course is designed with the busy school librarian in mind - participants can complete coursework at a time that is most convenient for them.

AASL e-Academy courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Detailed descriptions of available courses and registration information are available on the AASL e-Academy pages. Fees are $99 for AASL members; $149 for ALA members; $225 for nonmembers; $99 for retired AASL members; and $75 for student AASL members.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

Grant Opportunities from ALA

Citizens-Save-Libraries grant applications due to United for Libraries March 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due March 15, 2013.

The 20 grants will support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets by sending expert advocates to library sites over the next two years. The expert advocates will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

The first 10 libraries will be selected in April 2013 (the second 10 will be selected in April 2014). Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

Grant winners will receive a power guide – which will also be freely available to all library advocates on the United for Libraries website by Feb. 1– that will lay out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns.

To apply for the grants, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman.

The Neal-Schuman Foundation, established in 2000 by Neal-Schuman Publishers' founders Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, strives to aid and promote charitable research and education for the improvement of libraries. An active American Library Association member and past president (1991-92), Schuman founded the Library Advocacy Now program and co-founded the Library Champions program.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

ALSC launches application for Everyone Reads @ your library mini-grants

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for mini-grants intended to prepare libraries to incorporate Día into their existing programs, throughout the year. Libraries will use these mini-grants to initiate a Día Family Book Club Program. These mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the mini-grants will be awarded to libraries that demonstrate a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities. Up to 12 mini-grants will be awarded at $5,000 each. In addition to these mini-grants, funding from this grant will also allow ALSC to create a Día Family Book Club Toolkit that will be accessible to all. For more information, and the application form, go to http://dia.ala.org/dia-2013-mini-grants. The deadline to accept mini-grant applications is Feb. 1, 2013.

Día is an every day celebration of children, families and reading that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing Children’s Day with literacy. Día’s primary goals are to honor children and their diverse backgrounds; to encourage reading and literacy; and to promote library collections and programs that reflect our plurality, on a daily basis.

The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Literacy and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

The mini-grants are part of the activities leading up to Dia’s 17th anniversary, culminating on April 30, 2013: Dia: Diversity in Action. For more information, visit dia.ala.org.

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc.


Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share their goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 10,000 neighborhood stores. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.

ULA Membership Renewal Time!

Welcome the New Year by renewing your Utah Library Association
membership! 2013 will be an exciting year as we look forward to our
annual conference this May at the Utah Valley Convention Center. ULA
depends on your active membership and support as we continue to
provide excellent continuing education programs and networking
opportunities for Utah Librarians. Your membership supports ULA
services and programming like the ULA web site, Newsletter, annual
conference, and fall workshops.

For the first time, we are offering incentives for anyone who joins
ULA or renews their memberships in January 2013.
All January 2013 renewals and new memberships will be placed in a
random pool for a prize drawing that includes:

1) Free Conference Registration for the May 1-3 2013 Conference, Aim
for the Future: On Target with Vision and Advocacy
2) Free Membership for 2014
3) 25$ bookstore gift certificate to a bookstore of the winner's choosing.

To renew your membership, please visit our membership page:
If you have any questions about your membership or the renewal
process, please contact Anna Neatrour.

Thank you for your continued membership in ULA. If you know of
colleagues who are considering joining ULA, please forward this
message to them. 2013 is a great time to get involved with ULA!

Turning the Page 2.0 Advocacy Training now available!

Turning the Page 2.0 Utah! is starting January 22 and going until April 9. You have 3 months to complete the program.

Register today: http://library.utah.gov/workshops

Who can attend? All library workers in Utah: Public, special, academic. Also trustees, Friends of the Library, public officials, and anyone that wants to know more about how to be strong advocates for their library.

What is it? An excellent advocacy program developed by the Public Library Association and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Where is it? Totally online, available 24/7, on your computer

When is it? Online sessions 10 –11 AM Tuesdays:

· Kickoff Jan. 22, 2013

· Session 1 Public perceptions Feb. 5

· Session 2 Telling your story Feb. 26

· Session 3 You as leader Mar. 5

· Session 4 Building relationships Mar. 12

· Session 5 The “Big Ask” Apr. 2

· Session 6 So What’s Next? April 9

Why? Because we all need to live another day.
See details about the program: http://library.utah.gov/programs/training/ttp/index.html

Call for MPLA Conference Proposals

Got a great idea? Want to collaborate with a fellow MPLA member in another state on a project? The upcoming tri-conference provides a great forum to share your ideas with fellow MPLA members and other library colleagues. Proposals are now being accepted for the 2013 Tri-Conference (North Dakota, South Dakota and MPLA) to be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 25-27.

The program proposal form can be found at http://www.sdlibraryassociation.org/displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=1...

I look forward to seeing you there!

JaNae Kinikin, MPLA President, 2012-2013

SLA's Rocky Mountain Chapter January Virtual Lunch

Registration is now open for SLA's Rocky Mountain Chapter January Virtual Lunch featuring Eugene Giudice on Law Librarianship 101: Unlocking the Code. This is a special collaboration with SLA's Legal Division. Head to our Web site to register today: http://tinyurl.com/bhlcvep.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time: 12:00 noon, Mountain Standard Time

Cost: Free to SLA members, and $10 for non-SLA members

Have you ever wondered about the law? Are you curious about the things that law librarians do and how they do them? Attend this webinar and hear from practicing law librarian Eugene Giudice about the alchemy that is the profession of law librarianship. This overview will include court decisions, law, regulations, and much more.

Have questions that you’d like to submit beforehand? Email the host at rachelbateswilfahrt@gmail.com.

About Eugene:
Eugene Giudice is currently a Reference Librarian at Latham & Watkins in Chicago and was previously a Reference Librarian at Baker and McKenzie LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in knowledge management, training, and systems development. Combining an MLIS and MBA, Giudice combines the best of library and research skills with a strong consulting background. As the Professional Development Chair of SLA’s Legal Division, he is also a member of the Illinois Chapter.

Rachel Bates Wilfahrt
RMSLA President

Hottest Social Software for Libraries

Looking forward to a new year? Register now for training coming online in January- March 2013. http://library.utah.gov/workshops

Hottest Social Software for Libraries

We all know that social media is huge -- but what does it mean to libraries, and how can it be used to connect to patrons and other library friend and colleges??

Please join Library Technology Consultant Carson Block for a series of five webinars for Utah librarians designed to explore some of the hottest social media opportunities. This isn't a "dummies" approach, but a side-by-side trip through some of the current social media jungles -- designed to be fun and interactive.

Bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and viewpoints to this webinar series. You won't want to miss a single one!

Wed Jan 30 - Social Video
Video is growing like wildfire, with sites like You Tube, Vimeo and others changing how we watch, promote and learn. And as clunky as it can be, interactive video -- open to anyone with a webcam -- is quickly on the rise and being used in new ways everyday.

Wed Feb 13 - Facebook
Facebook is the 300 LB Gorilla of social media -- but what is it, exactly, and how can it be used in libraries? Is Facebook worth your time -- or a waste of time? And what is this whole "Google Plus" thing? We'll explore those questions and more.

Wed Feb 27 - Twitter
How much can a person say in 140 characters? If Twitter is any indication, quite a lot. In this webinar we'll look at Twitter and different ways the short form can make big impacts.

Wed Mar 6 - Photo Sharing and Blogs
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of millions of pictures -- and millions of blogs? In this segment we will look at traditional photo sites, that new upstart called "Pinterest'" and the surprising resurgence of "blogs."

Wed Mar 20 - Hidden (but valuable) Social Networks
Facebook, Twitter and Facebook get all of the attention, but the web has been a social place since it's very beginnings. In this final program we will explore little known -- but very valuable -- sites where social interactions are key, and where the conversation can often be more powerful than the original message.

Grants and Upcoming Educational Opportunities

ALA invites applications for 'StoryCorps @ your library'

Participating libraries to receive $2,500 programming stipend, StoryCorps equipment, training

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, is accepting applications from public libraries and library systems interested in hosting “StoryCorps @ your library” programs. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ALA, “StoryCorps @ your library” seeks to bring StoryCorps' popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming. Program guidelines and the online application are available at www.programminglibrarian.org/storycorps. The deadline for applications is Jan. 18.

In February, 10 pilot sites will be selected to receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses;
  • A toolkit of written and Web-based customizable program and promotional support materials;
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record on-site interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project;
  • A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the library site to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques and archiving interviews in StoryCorps’ proprietary database.

Building on earlier planning work supported by IMLS, “StoryCorps @ your library,” will be piloted at 10 public libraries selected from across the country. Local libraries will retain copies of all interviews and preservation copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.programminglibrarian.org/storycorps.

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. The website www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org brings librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visitwww.ala.org/publicprograms.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Loveand Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, andAll There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps—all of which are New York Timesbest sellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.


Winter 2013 ALSC online courses offer CEUs

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for the winter 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

Registrants will find that ALSC has increased the number of courses offering certified education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options.

The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books (six weeks, Jan. 14 - Feb. 22). For almost 75 years, the Caldecott Medal has been a sign of superior artistry and creativity in children’s picture books, given to only one book every year. With so many children’s picture books published each year, how is the Caldecott Medal winning book selected? What makes picture book illustration distinguished, and how has that definition changed over time? Learn about the history of the award, how the award has transformed books over time and how to look critically at picture book art. Taught by Kathleen T. Horning, director, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (six weeks, Jan. 14 - Feb. 22). Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas, and now libraries are being asked to provide the same. Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist. Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages. Taught by Angela Young, youth services librarian, Lorain Public Library System. This is a CEU-certified course.

ALSC Core Competencies: Serving Children with Distinction and Commitment (six weeks, Jan. 14 - Feb. 22). Children deserve the best in everything, and library service is no different. But what does superior library service to children look like? The ALSC Core Competencies identify the skills, orientations and understandings that children can expect of the dedicated staff in their school and public libraries. We will look at the Core Competencies in depth, applying them to every aspect of our daily work and using them as a framework to define an individual, professional commitment to creating, providing and championing excellent library service for all children. Taught by Thom Barthelmess, curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center, Dominican University.

Information Literacy - From Preschool to High School (six weeks, Jan. 14 - Feb. 22). Learn how to conduct information literacy instruction for all ages from preschool to elementary school to middle school and beyond. Participants will be encouraged to examine their local schools’ and state’s requirements pertaining to library skills and to develop methods of using the library to complement those requirements. Participants will learn about examples of successful programs, appropriate skills for appropriate ages, creation and presentation of programs as well as marketing of those programs; also, participants will discuss ways that information literacy instruction can be a useful “outreach” tool to increase library and database usage and develop their own information literacy instruction program. Taught by Maryann Mori, director, Waukee Public Library. This is a CEU-certified course.

Series Programming for the Elementary School Age (four weeks, Jan. 14 - Feb. 8). Children love series books. Lots of libraries have one-shot series parties or events. This course expands on the one-shot idea and provides the tools necessary to establish series clubs at the library so that more children will read and use the library more often. Using trivia, games, music and reading, children will clamor to come back to the library each week. Series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Tree House, Spiderwick, Fancy Nancy, Froggy, Curious George, and American Girl will be discussed. Taught by Lisa M. Shaia, Children’s Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library. This is a CEU-certified course.

Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC website atwww.ala.org/alsced. Fees are $115 for personal ALSC members; $165 for personal ALAmembers; and $185 for non-members. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer Jenny Najduch at jnajduch@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433 ext. 4026.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at www.ala.org/alsc.

June 10-13, 2013; Association of Christian Librarians 57th Annual Conference

Point Loma Nazarene University; San Diego, CA.   Our theme is “More Than True” with keynote speakers Dr. William Badke, Associate Professor of Bible & Theology and Librarian, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, presenting on the "invisibility" of information literacy and how to make it visible in the academy, and Mr. Don Perini, Associate Professor of Youth Ministry & Creativity, Cornerstone University, Michigan, presenting on how librarians can develop creativity to enhance their role with students & faculty. ACL is an association of librarians who embrace the Christian faith and has over 500 members! Contact April VanPutten, conference@acl.org, or 937-766-2255; http://conference.acl.org

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