I Love Libraries - News, Issues, Legislation, Careers & Advocacy for America's Libraries Features Library Superheroes, Assemble! The American Library Association will be presenting and exhibiting at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), April 26-28, 2013, with Professional Day held April 26th. I Love Libraries - News, Issues, Legislation, Careers & Advocacy for America's Libraries
Join the National Conversation About Mental Health Libraries across the country are invited to join a national conversation about mental health over the coming months. These dialogues will bring people together at large forums, in small-group discussions, in city-wide deliberations, and online. Launched at the White House in early June, this Creating Community Solutions (CCS) conversation intends to increase understanding and awareness about mental health, with a particular focus on young people. Civic Engagement Civic Engagement
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School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit (AASL) School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit (AASL) The time to deal with library programs cuts is before they happen or before they are even a possibility. This toolkit provides resources to help you build stakeholder support and true advocacy. It supports your proactive efforts to keep your library program healthy as you work to build the program and to prevent cuts. Ideally, advocacy is a ubiquitous part of library programs and not a last minute effort to save a program in danger of cuts or elimination. If you are dealing with cuts or imminent eliminations, visit the Crisis Toolkit.
American Libraries - 10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library
Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet The Internet is a rich and educational resource for information, ideas and entertainment. No other medium provides us with so much information so easily. At the same time, the Internet has raised concerns about privacy and children's access to information. As the number one point of entry to the Internet outside of work, school or home, libraries, especially public libraries, address these concerns every day. The American Library Association (ALA) has produced this "toolkit" to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively. Libraries & the Internet Toolkit Libraries & the Internet Toolkit
Funding State Arts Agencies/Regional Arts Organizations Funding for individuals and organizations. Foundation Center The leading web site on philanthropy serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Nonprofit Finance Fund Loans for facilities projects and for other growth-related needs and planning assistance. NYFA Source The largest national database of information on grants, awards, services, and publications for artists in all disciplines. Visual Arts Resources Visual Arts Resources
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Michelle Harrell Washington Director, Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services 800-545-2433, ext. 5295 Responsible for oversight and administration of the Office's activities and budget; serves as staff liaison for OLOS Advisory Committee, the Office's liaising round tables, affiliates and related groups; guides the office as it provides active consultation, facilitation and training on library outreach issues. Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CNN) -- At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever. "I just wanted to come back to Ethiopia and help children have a future, have hope," Yohannes Gebregeorgis says. Born in rural Ethiopia to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son's education, Gebregeorgis had seen a few books in school. But it was the experience of having a book of his own that sparked a lifelong commitment. Today, at 56, Gebregeorgis is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books. "Most Ethiopian children have only access to textbooks in the classroom," says Gebregeorgis.
Acclaimed Colombian Institution Has 4,800 Books and 10 Legs
Africa | Donkeys boost Ethiopian literacy In a bamboo and matting shelter on the edge of the town of Awassa, rows of tiny children are struggling with Ethiopia's fiendishly complicated Amharic alphabet. "Huh - HUH! Hoo - HOO! Hee - HEE! Ha - HA!" Africa | Donkeys boost Ethiopian literacy
The excitement created by the Morse Library’s bookmobile is palpable - Natick, Massachusetts - Natick Bulletin and Tab
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ABOS-Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services
Parade of Bookmobiles Parade of Bookmobiles Celebrate! Join the Parade To link your bookmobile's Web site to the Parade of Bookmobiles, send your URL to olos@ala.org.
ALTAFF | National Friends of Libraries Week ALTAFF | National Friends of Libraries Week October 19-25, 2014 Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 19-25, 2014.
The Librarian's Guide to Gaming :: An Online Toolkit :: A Brief History of Gaming in Libraries Why Gaming @ the library? In 2007, over 404 libraries responded to a national library gaming gaming census, reporting on 218 programs. On November 15 2008, 597 libraries reported on serving 14,184 gamers on National Gaming Day. Gaming services epitomize library as third place, creating a community gathering spot between home and work/school.
National Gaming Day @ your library Posted on December 13, 2011 As you reflect on your 2011 National Gaming Day event, we hope you're also working on your DEMCO National Gaming Day contest entry to win a $3,000 Gaming Gear Package. Read the full details here to make sure all of your electronic paperwork is in order (the deadline is tomorrow, 12/14), because winning this prize can definitely make a difference in your library. Here's how winning last year's DEMCO contest helped the Malta Township Public Library . "We are so thankful to have the gaming equipment. The greatest impact from having the Wii and Xbox packages was during summer reading.
Celebrate National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014) with the theme Lives change @ your library, Honorary Chair: Judy Blume Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis. Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life. Celebrate National Library Week 2011 (April 10-16)!First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contr
National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). *STAY TUNED: Even more #NBD2014 materials are on the way! Why We Love Our Bookmobile 2014 Virtual Celebration National Bookmobile Day

Center for Democracy & Technology | Keeping the Internet Open, Innovative and Free

On December 9, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo! issued a call for governments around the world to reform their surveillance laws, and released a set of principles to guide such reform. These principles align well in many ways with principles that civil society groups released in July 2013 applying human rights concepts to communications surveillance. The International Principles on the Application of Rights to Communications Surveillance, known as the “...Continued »