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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Libraries Lead & Facilitate Community Change

Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library

2014 Top Innovator: Civic & Community Engagement

Featuring:  Gina Millsap, CEO Topeka-Shawnee

                  County Public Library
                  Lissa Staley, Public Services Librarian


2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL

Free for All Fundraising Campaign Ends This Weekend!


The Kickstarter fundraising campaign to support production of Free for All: Inside the Public Library - a multiplatform documentary that celebrates the vital role of public libraries in vibrant communities continues until Sunday, October 26, 2014 at midnight.


Watch the new trailer and join the movement to support this groundbreaking work -- a powerful resource for patrons, library leaders and advocates everywhere.


Want more? Watch a moving story about how one man overcame dyslexia and learned to read through an adult literacy program at his local library.   


IMLS Director Susan Hildreth is Honored  


As IMLS Director Susan Hildreth prepares to leave her position in early 2015, there will be many celebrations of her significant achievements leading this critical federal agency.

Library Journal interviews IMLS Director Susan Hildreth who reflects on her tenure. The issue is complimented by an editorial by LJ Editorial Director Rebecca Miller saluting Hildreth's vision that has resulted in groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships such as the Learning Labs (in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation) and new research and leadership in the arena of early childhood learning. Congratulations!


After School Remains an Urgent Need


Libraries have long been key providers of after school services. In a new report from the After School Alliance, data suggests that while the after school movement has grown dramatically, there is still overwhelming unmet need. An estimated 20 million children would attend programs if they were available. Read the 2014 report, America After 3 PM to understand better how your library's programs fit into a larger picture.   




Knight Foundation Announces Semi-Finalists   


From more than 680 submissions addressing the question, "How Might We Leverage the Library to Build More Knowledgeable Communities?" the Miami-based Knight Foundation has winnowed the pool to 41 semi-finalists, including numerous libraries. The projects encompass a rich and diverse range of activities including new approaches to Maker Spaces, information and digital literacy and professional transformation. Knight expects to announce winners in January at the ALA Midwinter Conference. Read about the semi-finalists. 

Kansas City and San Francisco Play Ball


Once again, in the midst of a major sporting contest, the public libraries have emerged as champions of their respective teams. The Kansas City and San Francisco Public Libraries are leading the charge for both the KC Royals and the SF Giants - with cheers coming from libraries in their regions including the Mid-Continent Public Library (KC Royals) and Sacramento Public Library (Giants). Fox Sports is reporting the story. NBC Sports News comments that, "You know things are getting intense when the public libraries from KC and SF start talking smack!"  


Librarian of the Year: Nominations Open


Library Journal is accepting nominations for the 27th Annual Librarian of the Year Award which will honor a professional librarian for outstanding achievement. Previous winners include ULC Library Directors Corinne Hill (Chattanooga Public Library), Luis Herrera (San Francisco Public Library) and Rivkah Sass (Sacramento Public Library). The deadline for nominations is November 3, 2014. Find out more.



2014 Top Innovator: Economic & Workforce Development 


The King County Library System created a Page Fellowship training program to recruit, hire, educate and retain a diverse library workforce that mirrors the community. The program is built around three components: a community-centered recruitment process, a transparent training work plan and regular performance feedback. More than 10% of KCLS current staff are now former fellows of the program! Find out more and visit the complete Innovations Resource Center.   



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Tribute to Hartford Public Library 

A patron of the Hartford Public library devoted a recent blog to counting the ways and means that she loves her library. "I want to live next door to the library. Please? Or maybe even inside the library." Read all about it.  


At the Denver Booklovers Ball

At the recent Denver Public Library Book Lovers Ball, presented by the Friends Foundation, attorney and Friends board member Vicki Hellmer discussed her law firm's commitment to the library. An added plus, Ms. Hellmer became engaged that evening in the library stacks! Read and watch!   




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