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October 2014, Volume 6, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

Teen Read Week
October 12-18, 2014

AASL Fall Forum
October 17-18, 2014

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 19-25, 2013

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS Discoverer enhances elementary research

Grant Opportunities


Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund

Deadline: Jan. 1, annually

The Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Grant is given to an American Library Association (ALA) member to attend his or her first international conference, given in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to international library service.

An international conference may be defined as a conference sponsored by an international organization or held in a country other than the home country. Recipients must be personal members of the ALA for at least one full year.


Office Depot Foundation

Deadline: Annual grant cycle started May 2014

The Office Depot Foundation awards grants to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. Support is provided as cash grants and, as inventory allows, in-kind product donations. The foundation's funding priorities include giving children tools to succeed in school...and in life; building the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and, helping communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. The Office Depot Foundation strongly encourages proposals that include collaboration between different organizations, schools, libraries and other similar entities.


SIGMS Librarians Network Technology Innovation -- Primary or Secondary

Deadline: Nominations for 2015 awards open Dec. 1, 2014

The SIGMS (Special Interest Group Media Specialists) Technology Innovation: Two different awards from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recognize outstanding collaboration between a school library-media specialist and a K-5 classroom teacher (Primary) or collaboration between a school library-media specialist and a classroom teacher in grades 6-12 (Secondary) on a technology-driven project that is based in the library-media center and extends beyond it. Two teams from different schools are honored each year. ISTE is looking for teams that have planned a collaborative project involving technology, received support from administration, and successfully executed the project with supportive data and evidence for others to replicate the project.


Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

Deadline: Dec. 15, annually

This grant is designed to be awarded to an individual to participate in a professional development conference or event related to their work in the field of libraries.

The Pat Carterette Professional Development grant may be used to participate in continuing professional development event(s) offered by the American Library Association (ALA), an ALA-related unit or association, State Library Associations, Association for Talent Development (ATD), the American Management Association, or other organization/vendor as approved by the board. If the event is less than the grant amount, the remainder of the award can be applied to another event as long as it meets the above stated criteria.


Loleta D. Fyan Grant

Deadline: December 19, annually

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) seeks to provide leadership and expert advice to ALA staff, members, and public on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and other library staff. The Loleta D. Fyan Grant supports the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.


Apply now for the 2015 Summer Reading and Teen Intern Grants!

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015

Through generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, two grants are available, the Summer Reading Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant. The purpose of the grants are to help libraries combat the summer slide.

Twenty summer reading resources grants, worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries in need that will allow them to purchase resources that better equip them to serve struggling readers and/or teens who are English language learners. Twenty teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries to support the implementation of summer reading/learning programs while also providing teens a chance to build hand-on job skills.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the grants if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a YALSA member at the time the application is submitted
  • Summer reading/learning program must be administered through a library
  • Summer reading/learning program must be open to all teens in your community
  • Must work directly with teens
  • Library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store

Eligible applicants can apply now through Jan. 1, 2015. Recipients will be notified during the week of Feb. 16, 2015. For information about joining YALSA, visit

To learn more about how the grants support summer reading/learning programs, view a brief video featuring past grantees.

Visit Summer Reading & Learning at:


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