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November 2009, Volume 1, Issue 11

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American Education Week
Nov. 15-21

Letters for Literature
Dec. 12 deadline

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 14, 2010

ALA MidWinter
Jan. 15-19, 2010

PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010

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Grant Opportunities

Wiley Professional Development Grant

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2009

The American Library Association's Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is accepting applications for the Wiley Professional Development Grant. The goal of the funding program is to provide librarians who are new to the serial field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development in the ALA Conference and participation in Serials Section activities. The winner is awarded $1,500 in cash which may be used for round-trip transportation, lodging and registration fees. Candidates must meet a number of criteria - they must show commitment to professional development in the serials field as evidenced by participation in continuing education activities, workshops and previous participation in professional activities. For more information, visit ALA's Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.


Four Seasons of Hope

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2009

Despite the rapid growth of new technologies, many schools do not have the tools and equipment they need to properly educate their students. So we want to know, how the consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope could benefit your school. In 100 words or less, enter your essay by using the form at


Connecting to Collections 2010

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for the Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants program. The grants are designed to encourage people and institutions in each state to cooperate on a plan that will benefit everyone. Project activities should accommodate the needs of institutions in each state. Each state should indicate its most pressing needs, report what has already been done, name the organizations and people to be involved in the planning process, and outline specific next steps. The program will fund a limited number of grants to implement the plans or models that are created with the Statewide Planning grants, addressing issues identified in the Heritage Health Index to provide safe conditions for their collections and develop an emergency plan. If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, contact Senior Program Officer Christine Henry at either (202) 653-4674 or For more information, visit


Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2009

In order to promote a love of reading, the goal of the Laura Bush Foundation is to provide books to the school libraries and students that most need them. Consequently, funds are available only for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions.

The Foundation strives for wide geographic distribution in the support it offers, making grants of up to $6,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of the libraries that receive them. All LBF grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, county systems, private organizations, foundations, or other entities. Only one application per school is allowed per year. Find details at


Third Annual ISTE SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Sponsored by LMC magazine and Follett Software Company, the ISTE SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award recognizes excellence in collaboration in the field of school librarianship. Submit applications Jan. 18 to March 31, 2010. Find details at


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