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ALIA Library Technician Research award

Posted by bronwynr on May 22, 2009

ALIA Library Technician Research award

proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Nominate now for the Library Technician Research Award (previously known as the Dunn and Wilson). The Library Technician Research Award provides the recipient/s with an opportunity to undertake a particular project of relevance to the role of library technicians in the broad library and information profession. The award proposal can be made by an individual financial library technician member or a group of financial library technician members.

The deadline for this award is 1 June 2009.


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Welcoming Library Spaces for the Autism Community and Their Families

Posted by bronwynr on May 18, 2009

ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award Winner Named

The Association of Cooperative and Specialized Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, announces the  winner of the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD award:  “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected,” — a remarkable project developed by Margaret Kolaya, director of the Scotch Plains Public Library, and Daniel Weiss, director of the Fanwood Memorial Library, both in New Jersey.

The award, sponsored by ASCLA, Keystone Systems, and the National Organization on Disability, recognizes a library for “an innovative and well-organized project which has successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities.    The winner receives a citation and a $1000 prize, funded by Keystone Systems.

Kathleen Hegarty, Chair of the ASCLA Awards Committee, commented on the choice of “Libraries and Autism” for the award:  This outstanding project has launched a virtual campaign to make libraries aware of people on the autism spectrum and, most notably, to train librarians to serve this growing, underserved population. Its accessible website offers valuable background information, a superb customer service training film, and supportive materials and graphics, all of which can be downloaded.  State sponsorship, able project leadership, the involvement of the autism community, and highly effective promotion have contributed to the success of an initiative that has had national impact.

The sophisticated, yet user-friendly website,, contains numerous citations to print and non-print materials, websites, and organizations concerned with the autism spectrum disorder as well as an Autism Overview PowerPoint presentation. Individuals with autism and library staff interact in the 19-minute training video which focuses on some unconventional behavioral traits of people with this disorder.  Techniques are then suggested and demonstrated that will enable librarians to respond in a positive and welcoming manner.

Providing expert commentary are:  Dr. Linda Meyers, Executive Director, COSAC (The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community),  Dr. Jill Harris, Director of Psychology and Coordinator of the Autism Center of Excellence, Specialized Children’s Hospital, and Adrienne Robertiello, Community Partnership for People with Autism, who appears with her son in the video.

The video is intended to form the basis for workshops such as those held by the project for its own library staff, local school media specialists, and selected libraries in New Jersey.  It has been the springboard for workshops in other states, among them, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Supportive materials include: a list of workshop consultants;  publicity logos;  sample publicity release; a non-verbal communication tool; customer service tips; and a unique storybook template, “This is My Library,” – which can be customized by the individual library to provide a visual pre-visit tour of the library for the child with autism.   A “Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected” – decal for the library door or window is available on request.

As a component of the project, the training video has been distributed to every public library in New Jersey, many schools, special and academic libraries, and to every New Jersey legislator.  The Pennsylvania State Library has also replicated 1000 copies.

Other promotional efforts — the  comprehensive release sent by PR NewsWire and MultiVU to thousands of local and national media outlets and to over 3600 websites and the YouTube posting of the training video–have evoked enthusiastic responses from libraries nationally and internationally as well as from individuals in the autism community.

The project is a part of the “Welcoming Library Spaces for the Autism Community and Their Families”  incubator project which was made possible by a contract with INFOLINK: The Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.  The Cooperative and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.

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International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Awards Program

Posted by bronwynr on March 17, 2009

Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2009.

Visit for more information.

The IASL/Softlink Excellence Award recognises significant contributions to
school librarianship by school library specialists, educators, and/or

Outstanding and innovative school library projects, plans, publications or
programs that could serve as models for replication by individuals and
associations are recognized by the LinksPlus Library Commendation Award.

The IASL School Library Technology Innovation Award recognises school
library programs or projects that effectively utilise current and emerging
technologies for school libraries and information service delivery.

The recipient of the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award is provided with US$
500 towards an international research project.

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Librarian of the Year Award Already Paying Dividends in Cedar Rapids

Posted by bronwynr on January 26, 2009

  • City Council lauds library
  • Budget remains a challenge
  • Wrangling with FEMA continues

It’s been little over a week since the public announcement that Team Cedar Rapids–the management team of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA–won Library Journal‘s Librarian of the Year award for its efforts to recover after a flood devastated the main library.

But that award is already paying dividends.


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VALA Award, travel scholarships

Posted by bronwynr on October 1, 2008

Do you know of an institution in Australia that has made really
innovative use of information technology during the last two years?
*Now* is your chance to nominate it (and it could be your own
institution) for the 2008 VALA Award.

Nominations are now invited for the 2008 VALA Award for applications
implemented between July 2006 and June 2008 inclusive – go to our
Website at for more information.

Or perhaps you wonder how people get VALA Travel Scholarships, and
whether it would be worth having a try.  Go to our Website at and find out more.

Applications for both the Award and the Travel Scholarships close on
Monday 27 October 2008.

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