ALA Learning Round Table Continuing Education Award (Deadline this Thursday)

Are you a learner?

Do you want to attend a training event between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014?

Are you keen on sharing your knowledge with other Learning Round Table members?

Apply now!

The ALA Learning Round Table will award up to $1,000 for a member to attend a professional development event and share their new learning with other round table members. This could be a conference, workshop, or other event in your town or the funds could be used for travel as well.

The deadline is January 10, 2013 to submit this application ( )and two letters of support. Letters of support and other supplemental application materials can be emailed to

This grant, named after our much admired past-president, the late Pat Carterette, is designed to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences.  A former staff development coordinator at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and the first Continuing Education Coordinator for the State Library of Georgia, Pat always focused on providing outstanding educational opportunities for her colleagues to grow and develop within their career field. She believed in quality library service, leadership development, and continual learning. In honor of Pat’s spirit of learning we offer this award to the Learning Round Table membership.

ALA Emerging Leaders Open to MLS and non-MLS

I am so happy to see this announcement from the ALA Web site:

For the first time since its establishment, the Emerging Leaders program will accept non-MLS library workers. Library support staff personnel are encouraged to apply to the program and will have an opportunity to be considered for sponsorship through the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders Program. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2009. You can view the complete announcement here:

Way to go ALA!

Watch out ALA, here I come…

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, I was ready to boycott ALA. Shortly after writing that post, I received a phone call from Pete Bromberg who encouraged me to be part of the change that needs to happen within ALA. I received the same encouragement from many other people…too many to name, but you know who you are.

And now it is with pleasure that I announce that I have been elected to serve on the board of the CLENE (Continuing Library Education Network Exchange) Round Table of ALA.

Thank you CLENE members for electing me to represent you on the Board. I am excited about the opportunity especially having just completed a PR and Marketing Campaign proposal for CLENE. During the next year I am hoping to widely publicize not only CLENE but the benefits and value of continuing education and lifelong learning. It’s my hope that we can increase the status of our profession so that we are seen as leaders and key decision makers within libraries and to ensure that learning continues to be valued.

PR & Marketing Proposal for CLENERT of ALA

The past five months have been brutal! In addition to the normal challenges of work and family life, I took two very demanding classes this semester. Conflict and Communication was an excellent class that I wish I had taken years ago. I wonder though if I had not had so much experience in this area if I would have gotten as much out of the class. The second class was Public Relations Strategies which is the capstone class for the Public Relations track of my program.

The final project for Public Relations Strategies was to create a comprehensive PR campaign for a business or organization. Earlier this year at ALA Midwinter I realized that CLENERT of ALA would be the perfect organization for me to apply these skills to because it is an organization that I firmly support and believe in and this would provide a real benefit to the organization.

Over the past few months I have conducted extensive research, surveys, and focus groups to find out what people look for in a group or organization that supports trainers in libraries and how CLENERT can not only be that organization but spread the word about the value and importance of quality training and learning opportunities in libraries.

The full text of the PR and Marketing proposal is below. You can read it on the screen or click on the link to download a PDF version.

CLENERT Marketing Proposal

By the way CLENERT stands for Continuing Library Education Network Exchange and Round Table, and is the organization to join if you are involved in training and learning within your library. If you can’t remember the name don’t worry. You are not alone. Read the survey to see some of the hilarious guesses for C.L.E.N.E.R.T.

ALA Emerging Leaders Update

Last year I wrote a few posts about the Emerging Leaders program in ALA and my frustration with the requirement that applicants hold an MLS. I am happy to say that I found out today that this requirement is being changed. The next round of the Emerging Leaders program will accept applications from library employees. Period.

I found this out in real time, as the vote was taking place, via Twitter. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to hear the news. ALA and the Emerging Leaders Taskforce is making a huge step in the right direction by opening this program up.

Not only will this open doors for other library workers dedicated to the profession of libraries, but it sends a message that ALA is about libraries and the people who work in them–all the people.