Opportunities for Librarians

Arizona Reading Program
American Indian Library Association Scholarship
Prime Time Family Reading Time
@ your library: Be a Librarian
Craigslist.com Wishlist Program
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Reading Panel Report available
Association for Library and Information Science Education
Spectrum Initiative
A Librarian at Every Table
Gates Millenium Scholars Foundation
New England Board of Higher Education
American Association of University Women
Native American map display


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.

The Arizona 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 year’s activities and prepare for the next year’s theme.
For more information call or e-mail Ann-Mary Johnson at 602/257-0335 X26 or amjohnson@azhumanities.org, or visit AHC’s program partner K-Read at www.kread.com/cats&dogs.

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 master’s 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.

Prime 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.
Applications are currently available. Selected sites will receive a total of $1,650 for scholar, storyteller and reader honoraria; 25 sets of reusable books and book bags (to be returned to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities when the program ends); up to $75 for shipping books to the next site; camera ready publicity materials; a site-support manual including discussion guides and evaluation materials; award certificates for participants; and travel, lodging and some meals for the four partnership members to attend the training workshop, January 11-13, 2002, in New Orleans.
Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2001. Please email eness@leh.org with any questions.

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.

ALISE is the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The website provides information about the organization, jobs, conferences, publications and schools.

The Spectrum Initiative recruits applicants and awards scholarships to African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native American/Alaskan Native students in library and information studies.

A Librarian at Every Table is Kathleen de la Peña McCook's newsletter about librarians and community building. Subscribe to the mailing list and expolre the examples of books, articles, reports and websites that she provides (we're listed!). McCook encourages librarians to partner with organizations to build community.

Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation Scholarships
The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African Americans, American Indians/Alaska natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The scholarships are particularly for students intending to pursue degrees in mathematics, science, engineering, education and library science.
For information and nomination materials for the grant program go to the Gates Millennium Scholars webpage.

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.

A unique exhibit of Native American maps is available for display to museums, educational institutions or other organizations that will use the photographs for education, research and/or display. This exhibit, comprised of high-quality framed photographic reproductions of 13 maps made by or derived from Native Americans and interpretive text and illustrations, has toured the United States and Canada. Essays and information about the maps are available in the book Another America: Native American Maps and the History of Our Land, by Mark Warhus. For more information about displaying the exhibit at your school contact Mark Warhus

March 17, 2003
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