Deadline extended for LITA/Ex Libris student writing award

Deadline extended for
LITA/Ex Libris student writing award

The Library and Information Technology
Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased
to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or
students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program.  Sponsored by
LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s
refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a
certificate.  The deadline for submission of the manuscript has been
extended to April 10, 2007.

The purpose of the award is to
recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development
of students.  The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and
information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata,
authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic
publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer
security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop
applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to
technology, library consortia and others.

At the time the unpublished manuscript
is submitted, the applicant(s) must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in
library and information studies at the masters or Ph.D. level.

To be eligible, applicants must follow
the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form at  Send the signed, completed
forms by April 10, 2008 to Adriene Lim, systems librarian/head of Library
Technologies, Portland State University, 1875 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
97201.  Submit the manuscript to Adriene electronically at by April 10, 2008. The award will
be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2008 ALA Annual
Conference in Anaheim, California.

Art in School and Public Libraries

Picturing America℠ is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA). The goal of Picturing America℠ is to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture by bringing some of America’s greatest works of art into school classrooms and public libraries.

Picturing America℠ will provide K-12 schools and public libraries with 40 images of American art, an illustrated teachers resource book, and a web site containing additional information including lesson plans. Educators and librarians are invited to apply online from January 7 through April 15, 2008.

2008 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory

From American Libraries Direct (ALA):

Need financial assistance for library school?

The 2008 Financial Assistance for Library and Information  Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library  agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries,  academic institutions, and foundations that give some form of financial  assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in  library and information studies. Put together by the ALA Committee on Education, the directory is available for free online:

Applications Sought for 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2007

But you still have until December 15th to apply for the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 to July 2, 2008, in Anaheim, CA.

Take a look at the August 2007 issue of Footnotes to read about the ALA experiences of last year’s winners ( You will see how professionally rewarding attending an ALA conference can be.

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website ( Remember, you must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website ( and follow the “Join/Renew ALA” link to add to your ALA membership.

For further information about the grant, please contact:
Kate Hahn, Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee
Nevada State College Library,
1125 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, NV 89002

Ingenta Research Award

Note: Deadline date January 31, 2008 for applications.

Ingenta Research Award


The Ingenta Research Award is given annually by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association to support research projects about acquisition, use, and preservation of digital information.

Example areas of research include:

* The analysis of online journal usage data to develop conclusions and predictive models which may be used by libraries and publishers in determining future behavior * An investigation of the issues surrounding institutional archiving, particularly costs, preservation and securing the participation of faculty * A study of information seeking behavior of readers and/or authors * The development of future models for verifying the relative usefulness of publications Other topics related to digital publications will also be considered.


Applications are welcome from practicing librarians, faculty and students at schools of library and information science, and independent scholars.


The Ingenta Award Jury will evaluate applications on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Appropriateness of the proposed project to understanding of seeking and use of digital information. 2. Significance of the problem. 3. Design of the study. 4. Qualifications of the investigator(s). 5. Realism of the timetable.


The grant consists of up to $6,000 for research and up to $1,000 for travel to a national or international conference to present the results of the research. Expenditures must directly support research; the award does not cover indirect costs or overhead. Half of the research amount will be paid within one month of the selection of the awardee; the remaining half will be provided approximately six months later upon the receipt of a satisfactory progress report as determined by the Ingenta Award Jury Chair and the ALA staff liaison to the Ingenta Award Jury. How to apply

Send: 1. Proposal of no more than 6 double-spaced pages that provides 1. overall statement of the project 2. relation of the project to previous research 3. research questions 4. method/plan of investigation 5. timetable for the work 6. significance of the project 7. plan to disseminate the results 2. Budget (1 page) 3. Curriculum vitae (2 pages)


All submissions must reach the ALA address on or before Thursday, January 31, 2008. You will receive confirmation via e-mail within two days. Before Thursday, January 31, 2008, email the Proposal, budget and curriculum vitae to:

Letitia Earvin American Library Association 50 East Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (800) 545-2433, ext. 1-4274 Fax: (312)280-4392 E-mail:

If email attachments are not possible, applicants must send nine (9) printed copies to the address above and they must be received by Thursday, January 31, 2008.


Authors retain the right to present and publish their findings where they choose. Ingenta reserves the right to post an abstract about the project on their website.

If you are interested in applying for this award, please consult: and read the following for more information:

* Schedule and Procedures

* 6-Month Report

* Final Report Listing of previous Ingenta Research Award Recipients

Carnegie-Whitney Grant Awards


Carnegie-Whitney Grant Awards up to $5000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 5, 2007. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2008.

For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; e-mail:

Mary Jo Bolduc
Senior Administrative Assistant to Don Chatham
AED Publishing Department
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone (312) 280-5416
Fax (312) 280-5275

Free Grant Seekers Workshop — Kent, Ohio

Kent Trumbull Library will be offering free classes on the fundamentals of fundraising.  A two hour session on Monday, October 29th entitled Grant Seeking Basics will cover the essentials of the fundraising process and address the issues of seeking funding from corporations and community foundations.  The class will be from 10:00 am to noon and will also include an introduction to The Foundation Directory Online, teaching how to use the online databases to find funders.  You can register at the following URL: 

For more information, call Rose Guerrieri at 330-675-8866 or email

Also, for those interested in online resources for librarians, please check out my post on a grant writing session I attended at the 2006 ALA conference by clicking here.

WNBA Eastman Grant


Publishing grant for librarians is available


The Women’s National Book Association sponsors the WNBA Eastman Grant, which is available for librarians who are interested in learning about the relationship between the library and publishing professions.


The WNBA offers a grant of up to $750 for a librarian to take a course or participate in an institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession.  The grant may also provide reimbursement for such study completed within the past year.


The grant honors Ann Heidbreder Eastman, who was an active and prominent member of both the WNBA and the American Library Association (ALA).  The grant represents Ann’s commitment to education about publishing as well as her support for communication between librarians and publishers.


Librarians holding a master’s degree in library science or its equivalent and having at least two years of post-master’s work experience in a library may apply.  The primary criterion will be the likelihood of career benefit to the person taking the course.


Applications must be received by November 2, 2007.


For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; email:

Mary Jo Bolduc
Senior Administrative Assistant to Don Chatham
AED Publishing Department
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone (312) 280-5416

Fax (312) 280-5275

Ohio Valley Travel Award announcement

ARLIS/Ohio Valley is accepting applications from Chapter members for the $200 travel award towards attendance for this year’s Fall meeting to be held at the new Akron Museum of Art on October 26th, 2007. Interested chapter members should follow the application procedures outlined below and send to and as word attachments by October 1, 2007.


1. Submit a letter of application to the Travel Award Committee addressing any relevant award criteria and indicating how you will benefit from the meeting.
2. Include information regarding any available travel funding from your institution.
3. Please include a current resume

ARLIS Ohio Valley Travel Committee:
Jane Carlin, Senior Librarian, Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
Library Anne Morris, Head Librarian, Toledo Museum of Art Library

Wayne State University Recruits 21st Century Art Librarians

Congratulations to the recipients of this grant! We would love to hear more about the program.

Wayne State Library System Receives Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant to Recruit 21st Century Librarians
The Wayne State University Library and Information Science announced the recipients of the “Recruiting and Educating the 21st Century Fine and Performing Arts Librarian.” The recipients are:
Asako Chihaya, Ferndale, Mich.
Justine Rebeca Flores, Detroit, Mich.
Paul Steven Gallagher, Wyandotte, Mich.
Amisha Sanise Harijan, Detroit, Mich.
Sheila M. Palmer, Detroit, Mich.
Bridghette Michelle Parker, Southfield, Mich.
Sara Mary Quimby, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kallene D. Rutherford, Detroit, Mich.
Gladys Santiago, Brandon, Fla.
Molly Jean Schoen, East Lansing, Mich.
Serena Jennifer Vaquilar, Northridge, Calif.
Joseph E. Weber, Belleville, Mich.

Nicolet V. Elert, Detroit, Mich.
Kristine Anne Kuhl, Saline, Mich.
Kathryn Elizabeth Reineke, Flushing, Mich.
Ben Richardson, Anoka, Minn.
The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of school library media specialists, library school faculty and librarians working in underserved communities, as well as a looming shortage of library directors and other senior librarians, many of whom are expected to retire in the next 20 years. “I’m very impressed with the 49 individuals who applied for the Fine Arts Librarian program, and feel they will receive an excellent education and experience during their two years with us. It is unfortunate that we only have space for 12,” said Joseph J. Mika, director of the Wayne State Library and Information Science Program.
Partners in the Detroit collaborative will include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. Students will be placed in mentoring relationships with senior librarians. In addition to earning master’s degrees in library and information science from Wayne State University, the recruits will receive practical training from mentors in building and organizing a new library; managing an orchestra library; providing services in a well-established library; and providing services to faculty in an academic environment.
Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, former Head of the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives (1993-2005) is program coordinator for this project. “It is exciting that these important cultural institutions of Detroit are working together to organize and preserve their rich history for future generations,” she said.
The Wayne State University Library System consists of the universities’ five libraries: The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Shiffman Medical Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library and the Science and Engineering Library, the Library and Information Science Program and UGE 1000 general education course.
Wayne State University is a premier institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 12 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in metropolitan Detroit.