Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scholarly Communication Road Show makes a stop at UHM

You are invited to attend the upcoming ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show. The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library is honored to have been selected by ACRL to host a Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show on April 25.

They will be sending two dynamic presenters to conduct a four-hour workshop discussing important topics revolving around scholarly communication: changes in scholarly publishing and its economic issues, copyright, and open access, to name a few.

In addition, participants will have a chance to brainstorm with their colleagues about these issues as they apply to our UH system schools.

Please join us on that day at Hamilton Library on the UHM campus. Find out more and register for the event.

For more information, please contact Sara Rutter or Beth Tillinghast of the UHM Library.

Go to ALA for free!

The American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation has opened applications for the 2011 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. This scholarship is open to current library school students and new professionals to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28 in New Orleans.

The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

For more information and to apply for the Conable Scholarship, visit the FTRF Web site.

Deadline to apply is Friday, April 8.

Free FTRF Membership for LIS Graduates

Are you a recent library school graduate? The American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation is offering free membership to new librarians who graduated from an ALA-accredited LIS program within the last three months.

As benefits of their membership, the graduates will receive the Freedom to Read Foundation’s quarterly newsletter, and be eligible to vote in the annual trustee election and attend FTRF member receptions. The membership will be good through December 2011. Those graduates who are already members of the Freedom to Read Foundation will have their membership extended one year.

Click here for more information and to take advantage of the offer.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FTRF announces competition for 2011 Banned Books Week grants

Applications are now open for the 2011 Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. Four grants in the amount of $2,500 and $1,000 grants will be given to organizations in support of "Read-Outs" or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2011).

Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 13, 2011, and the announcements will be made the week of Aug. 1, 2011. Banned Books Week 2011 will be held Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2011.

Click here to read more

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Let HLA help pay your way!

HLA is now accepting applications for scholarships of up to $1,000 for library professionals and paraprofessionals seeking continuing education and current UHM LIS students. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2011.

For more information and to apply, visit the HLA Web site.

A message from ALA President Roberta Stevens

Dear Members,

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience. I held back on a public statement on the recent decision by Harper Collins to restrict the lending of e-books until the Equitable Access to Electronic Information Task Force (EQUACC) met last week. Please know that I heard your voices of concern about the impact of additional costs on your libraries and ability to meet the needs of the communities you serve. A press release was issued today that speaks to our shared alarm at announced and potential limitations to the access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors in the electronic era. We know that libraries are essential to an informed nation and therefore our democracy. I have been and will continue to highlight our commitment to access in every media interview I give.

As an outgrowth of EQUACC's working retreat, a website will be launched within the next week. The site will allow you to provide your comments and ideas. The site’s availability will be announced using the many ways we have within the association to "get the word out."

I want to express my thanks to the task force members, the representative from the E-Book Subcommittee and staff of the Office of Information Technology and Policy. Their collective efforts to tackle this complicated topic and provide a means to reach out broadly to our members and organizations affiliated with ALA are important to our being informed and taking wise actions.

I also wanted to give you the heads up that equitable access to information and e-books will be the subject of the first virtual Membership Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for June 1. More information will be forthcoming as we get the plans in place.

Thank you for your support,

Roberta Stevens, ALA President

Friday, March 11, 2011

HPR exec to headline HLA Spring Meeting

Michael Titterton, president and general manager of Hawaii Public Radio, will be the featured speaker at the HLA Spring Meeting on April 8 at the Plaza Club in Honolulu. Join us for an informative and thoughtful evening with a strategic thinker who builds positive community relationships for his organization.

Click here to reserve your spot at the Spring Meeting through March 30.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

HLA Spring Meeting registration now open!

You can now register for the HLA Spring Meeting online. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 8, at the Plaza Club.

Online registration continues through March 30.

Click here for more information and driving directions

Local library featured in ALA magazine

The Makiki Community Library is featured in a March 7 column published by American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, "The Little Library That Could"

Inspiring libraries are often the ones with big budgets. They have impressive buildings, enormous collections, and large staffs. The Makiki Community Library in Honolulu, Hawaii, has none of these things, but that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. This small donations-based, volunteer-driven organization effectively executes its deep-seated mission of engaging the community.

Read the full article online at the American Libraries Web site

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HLA Spring Meeting set

Join HLA for its 2011 Spring Meeting on Friday, April 8, at the Plaza Club in Downtown Honolulu.

HLA Spring Meeting
Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Special Guest Speaker: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members

Register online at March 7-30.

For more information, including menu and driving directions, check out the invitation.