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.

Top Young Trainer Nominations Being Accepted

From Training Magazine:

Do you know an up-and-coming training leader age 40 or under? Someone who stands out from the crowd? Someone who is an outstanding training professional with excellent leadership qualities? Someone who deserves recognition for his or her outstanding efforts in the training industry?

Please nominate him or her for Training magazine’s 2011 TOP YOUNG TRAINER AWARDS.

Nominations are due JANUARY 10, 2011.

Nominating is easy—just fill out the form below and e-mail it and your nominee’s resume back to Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld at Please note we will not accept any self-nominations. Submissions will be reviewed by Training’s Editorial Advisory Board. The list of all winners will be published in the May 2011 issue of the magazine, along with extended profiles of the Top 10. The Top 10 will be invited to serve on Training’s 2011 Editorial Advisory Board beginning in June. The 2010 Top 10 Young Trainers are not eligible to be nominated for 2011, but the other 30 winners and those on the Trainers to Watch list can be nominated as long as they have overcome new training challenges or developed new training initiatives within the last year.

These awards are designed to highlight emerging young leaders in the training industry and give them the well-deserved opportunity to be recognized.

Nomination Criteria:

  • 40 years or younger by December 2010
  • in the training industry for at least 3 years
  • has at least 3 direct reports OR has orchestrated a large-scale training/learning and development initiative requiring management/leadership of a group of people within the last year
  • demonstrates leadership qualities (i.e., motivates/inspires direct reports and co-workers; acts as mentor/coach, either formally or informally; thinks strategically)
  • develops/leads innovative training initiatives
  • successfully met a significant training challenge in the last year
  • demonstrates career progression by taking on new responsibilities each year
  • In short, this is a person you would want on board in a training capacity at your organization.

To nominate your Top Young trainer for 2011, download and complete the nomination form. Save it and sent it as an email attachment to:

Advice to the 2010 Movers & Shakers

It’s almost that time of year when a new crop of Library Journal Movers & Shakers is announced. Because they’ve been keeping this secret for months, the 50 or so selected are anxiously waiting for the public announcement. Like Survivor, it’s against the rules to tell anyone you were selected before the big reveal on March 15th.

As a 2009 recipient, here are a few pieces of advice for the Class of 2010.

  1. Be prepared to explain “what you did.” Rehearse your elevator speech! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what I “won” for. Yes I’m an advocate for learning. But try explaining to another advocate for learning specifically what you did that earned you the recognition. In reality it could just be that someone took the time to complete the nomination.
  2. Do not send an announcement or personal press release to American Libraries, LIS Wire or any other library news agency. Do send an announcement to your alma mater, hometown newspaper, parents, grandparents, long lost aunts or anyone else who might send you money.

    Movers & Shakers Salt & Pepper Shakers

  3. Be prepared for lots of “moving and shaking” puns as well as “shaking and moving” puns and really any combination of the two words such as: “Are you moving and shaking today?” or  “Do you prefer that martini shaken or moved?” or the always challenging “How exactly do you catalog moving and shaking?”
  4. Be prepared for anything from a big party to nothing at all when the announcement makes its rounds in your organization. It’s a different experience for everyone and even different within the same organization. Read this great article from the October 1, 2008 issue of Library Journal written by Chrystie Hill & Meredith Farkas to see what others have experienced. No matter what happens, take it in stride.
  5. Thank the people who nominated you. If you don’t already know who nominated you, it should become clear when you read the article. If you’re still in doubt contact the author or editor who wrote the piece about you.
  6. Thank your spouse/partner/cat/dog, your director, your boss, your coworkers. Thank everyone and make each one feel like it’s his or her award too!
  7. Take a few days or weeks to privately relish your accomplishment then get back to doing the great work you do that got you nominated. Being named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker is the beginning not the end of great work to come. You’ll find that you have easier access to resources to embark on new projects. Embrace this opportunity.
  8. Mark your calendar for September/October when nominations begin for next year’s award. Sitting down to write a nomination for another colleague is a wonderful capstone to the experience.

Most of all cherish the moment, be humble, way to go, and congratulations!

What advice do you have for the new crop of Movers & Shakers?

Congrats to Allison Sloan, 2010 Paraprofessional of the Year

Allison Sloan

Library Journal announced the winner of the 2010 Paraprofessional of the Year Award. Congratulations to Allison Sloan, senior library associate at Reading Public Library in Massachusetts. From the Library Journal article:

Her outstanding service and her championship of the term paralibrarian illustrates her passionately held and most fundamental belief: “This is not just a nice job, this is a career.”

“Of course there is an important place in libraries for people who do not have an advanced degree but who want to pursue a library career,” she says. “In Massachusetts we know that, and we call them ‘paralibrarians.’”

I am so happy to see Allison, a true advocate for the librarian in all of us, receive such well earned recognition. Please take a minute to read the complete article and see for yourself all the contributions Allison has made to the library profession.

Movers & Shakers & Mentors

Lori Reed Challenging ParadigmsI am so honored to be recognized as one of the 2009 Library Journal Movers & Shakers and even more honored to be listed alongside Sarah Houghton-Jan who has been an inspiration, friend, and sounding board to me for the past few years.

I really have to thank my library – including our director, Charles Brown, and my manager, Rick Ricker, for supporting my endeavors, ideas, and my own learning. Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to take part in many of the opportunities that have come my way.

Thanks to Helene Blowers and Sarah Washburn for the nomination and kind words that they said. “Learning is at the core of Lori,” has to be one of my favorite quotes.

And lastly my husband, Russ, who has been Daddy of the Year while I have been busy working, writing, and finishing school. Thank you for all that you do.

So here is what you can learn from this. There has to be learning here, right? Behind us all there are people who support us, mentor us, guide us, coach us. This is the key to any success – not just moving and shaking. Think about the people you have in your life who can help you achieve your goals? Are you utilizing them? Are you letting them know what you need? Now turn it around. Who can you support, mentor, guide, coach? Any good trainer (or learner) will tell you that the best way to learn is to do. When you help others you learn a lot about yourself. She or he who teaches learns twice. It’s amazing how that works.

There are so many people who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the library profession that I almost feel guilty for receiving this. As Michael Porter put it, this could turn into an Oscar speech, but I just have to say thank you to all the people who have been there for me this past year through good times and bad (in no particular order): Peter, Paul, Pat, Pat, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, Brenda, Jamie, Julia, Marianne, Maurice, Bobbi, Tony, Michael, David, David, Stephanie, Chris, Andrew, Helene, Russ, and last but not least the other Lori Reed (yes there are two of us and we live within a few blocks of each other) and her hubby for hosting my site. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone.

Keep on learning!