Opportunities for Librarians
Arizona Reading Program
Get ready for the Battle of the Books! The New Mexico website has questions to help prepare for this College-Bowl type of event. Many of our students are participating this year. A list of the titles is provided.
Reading Program provides technical and material resources that
help public and tribal librarians plan, promote, and implement reading
programs for children and young adults during out-of-school periods.
The program provides a free planning and resource manual to all interested
public and tribal libraries, as well as free and priced promotional
and incentive items based on a yearly theme. The theme for 2002 is "Books and Pets: Our Friends for Life!"inspiring reading
about the animals in our lives for children of all ages. There are
also statewide workshops offered each fall, where the participating
librarians review the current years activities and prepare for
the next years theme.
The American Indian Library Association is offering a $500 scholarship annually to "an American Indian individual who lives and works in the American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a masters degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association." This year's deadline is April 1, 2002. Read the rules and regulations and complete the application at the AILA website.
Time Family Reading Time is a reading, discussion and storytelling
series offered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in partnership
with the American Library Association Public Programs Office and with
support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Based on illustrated
children's books, Prime Time is designed to help underserved families
bond around the act of reading and learning together. Prime Time will
add 14 libraries to it's national roster this fall. Seven libraries
will be selected to present Prime Time programs in Spring 2002 and
seven will be selected to present programming in the fall. Each series
meets once a week for six weeks at participating public libraries.
Through a discussion leader and storyteller, children ages six to
ten years and their parents or guardians hear classic children's stories,
watch reading aloud demonstrations, discuss humanities themes in each
book, and learn about library resources and services. Younger siblings,
ages three to five years, also participate in separate pre-reading
activities. A local partnership consisting of the public library,
a humanities scholar, a storyteller and a statewide organization (i.e.
the state humanities council, the state library or the state library
association) coordinates each series.
The Campaign for America's Libraries website, @yourlibrary.com, includes a section on librarianship: Be a Librarian. This section discusses library education and employment, as well as what it means to be a librarian in the 21st century. Links to the ALA Office for Accreditation and ALA Scholarships, job postings, and suggestions about how an MLIS translates into today's jobs make this a particularly useful sight for librarians-to-be.
Craigslist.com, an online community that aims to "restore the human voice to the Internet" by providing a forum for people - largely nonprofits - to communicate about "everyday, real-world stuff", has linked with Cole Hardware to create a wishlist program for schools and nonprofit organizations. School staff can create a list of items they need from the Cole Hardware catalog, post that list, edit and add to it, and, through the site, connect with donors who can contribute needed items. It's a "why not?" kind of opportunity - go ahead and create a wishlist, tell other schools and potential contributors about it, and hope that someone can provide the items you need. Cole Hardware is providing a 10% discount to contributors, making their dollars go even farther.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Reading Panel Report is available, free of charge, at www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrppubskey.cfm. The study addresses three fundamental questions: How do children learn to read? Why do some children and adults have difficulties learning to read? How can we help most children learn to read? Findings support the understanding that reading is not an instinctive, natural process, but one that must be taught. NICHD encourages librarians to obtain their free copy of this report and accompanying video and to make it widely available.
is the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
The website provides information about the organization, jobs, conferences,
publications and schools.
Millennium Scholars Foundation Scholarships
The New England Board of Higher Education provides information about summer enrichment opportunities and academic support conferences for high school students. They also link to information about financial aid for educational expenses and planning for college. This site also has information for students working toward a PhD.
The American Association
of University Women provides a variety of grants, including Career
Development grants, Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships and Academic
grants. Special consideration is given to AAUW members, women of color
and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional
fields. Funds are avialable for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local
transportation, and dependent care. Funds are not available for distance
learning. Download applications at
the website or request a printed copy of the application at (319)
337-1716 x60, or write to AAUW Educational Foundation, Department
60, 2201 N. Dodge Street, Iowa City, Iowa, 52243-4030.
March 17, 2003
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