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The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation supports several annual scholarships for library education (approximately $1000 - $1400) and continuing education (approximately $800 - $1100) for WLA members and prospective or continuing students.
Applications are due by June 1, 2011, and the eligibility requirements, forms and instructions are available at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/wlaf/Scholarshipsindex.asp.
Awards will be announced in late July.
Better World Books' LEAP - Literacy and Education in Action Program is offering a wonderful grant opportunity for public libraries.
Better World Books is bringing grant opportunities to libraries to significantly impact local literacy efforts. Successful applications will use funds to advance a compelling literacy project that Better World Books can follow, document and share with its readers across the world.
The needs and opportunities of the communities libraries serve vary widely and there are countless worthy projects to support. This grant process is patterned off of the California State Library's 'Pitch an Idea' program and is intended to solicit a wide range of applications that reflect this diversity.
$75,000 in funding is available; maximum grant amount is $25,000.
Read the entire WVLS post which describes the simplified application process and selection criteria here.
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote attendance at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference.This scholarship is available to librarians who meet the following criteria:
- Employed by a Wisconsin library or information agency with 4 FTE or less or have a service population of under 6000 people (Grade II or Grade III Certification)
- Must be willing to communicate knowledge gained, especially how this knowledge can be applied to small libraries, and to fellow WISL members.
- Must be a member of the Wisconsin Small Libraries Section or become a member of WLA/WISL by the start of the Fall Conference.
- Need and desire for scholarship
- Small and rural library leadership potential
- Previous conference attendance opportunities (Previous attendee at the WLA conference or scholarship recipients are encouraged to re-apply)
Application Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by August 6, 2010.
Recipient will be notified by August 20.
- $300 Scholarship for lodging, registration, meals and mileage (may be divided into two $150 awards if the full award is not needed.)
- $150 Scholarship for registration, meals and mileage
Scholarship winners will be expected to:
- Attend entire conference for which the scholarship has been awarded.
- Submit newsletter article to Whistlestop (WISL newsletter), sharing what has been learned gained from conference.
- Attend a combination of at least 2 WISL meetings/programs while at the conference.
Any Wisconsin nonprofit organization interested in books and reading is eligible to apply for one of the grants. Collaboration among groups is encouraged. Applications will be judged on the basis of community outreach and collaboration, thoroughness of planning, and rationale for the choice of speaker. Application information can be found at http://wisconsincenterforthebook.wordpress.com/wais/ or by contacting Sarah McGowan, Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators program chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications are due July 1, 2010.
The Gloria Hoegh Scholarship if one of six scholarships for library education and continuing library education supported by the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. The grants are funded by charitable contributions to the Foundation. More information is available from the Wisconsin Library Association.
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Any employee or trustee of an OWLS member library may apply for a continuing education scholarship. OWLS scholarships can be used to help meet the expenses associated meetings, workshops, courses, conferences, or other activities which promote professional growth. More information is available on the OWLS CE page, including links to the scholarship guidelines and application form.
Congratulations Ellen, Patsy, and Melissa!
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Library Continuing Education Scholarships
George Bauer Continuing Education Scholarship ($800)
Available to a person employed in a library in Wisconsin, or someone who works with library employees in those communities, to attend a conference or other continuing education program within or outside Wisconsin.
Gloria Hoegh Scholarship for Rural Librarians ($1,050)
Available to a person employed in a library in a Wisconsin community with a population of 5,000 or less, or someone who works with library employees in those communities, to attend a conference or other continuing education program within or outside Wisconsin.
Library Education Scholarships
Library Education Scholarship ($1,300)
Available to a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to a master’s degree program in library and information science or in library media at a Wisconsin school as a part- or full-time student.
Diversity Scholarship ($1,200)
Available to a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to a master’s degree program in library and information science or in library media at a Wisconsin school as a part- or full-time student and who is African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, of Native American/Alaskan Native descent, or physically challenged.
Sally Davis Scholarship ($1,250)
Available to a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to the master’s degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS as a part- or full-time student.
Vida Cummins Stanton ($1,400)
Available to a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to the master’s degree program at the UW-Milwaukee SOIS as a part- or full-time student pursuing a library media or youth services program.
WLA members and prospective library school students are eligible to apply. The six scholarships available are funding by the WLA Foundation through generous charitable contributions. Applications are due September 15, 2008. More details on the scholarships and copies of the application forms are available at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/scholarships/.
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Wisconsin nonprofit organizations interested in books and reading are eligible to apply. Collaboration among groups is preferred. Such groups may include, but are not limited to, public libraries; public and private elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools; community organizations; and places of worship. Libraries are encouraged to look beyond their Friends groups for partnerships.
Applications and more information about the grants may be obtained at: www.wisconsinacademy.org.
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I've been busy working on our "Enhancing Library Services via Podcasts, Screencasts, and Vodcasts" LSTA grant this week. I decided to start a blog to track the progress that I make, so I don't have to reconstruct everything I've done for the 6-month and year-end grant reports. It will be a nice resource to point grant reviewers to, and I also needed a place to collect all of the information I'll be gathering to support the use of the 'Casting Kit once it's ready to go. In addition, I thought it might come in handy for other systems who might like to provide a similar service to their libraries in the future. So anyway, if you're interested in what's going on with this grant, feel free to visit the new blog 'Casting @ OWLS and let me know if you have any questions. I'll continue to post new info there as I work on the project.
Do you have ideas for podcasts, screencasts, or vodcasts your library might like to produce? Share your ideas or questions in the comments.
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I’m very pleased to let you know that OWLS has been awarded 5 LSTA grants this year.
Libraries and Literacy Councils: Making a Different Together ($25,999): In this joint project, OWLS and NFLS will collaborate with member libraries, area literacy councils, and school districts to provide increased opportunities for learning English and for communicating with non-English speakers. Eight libraries will receive laptops with Rosetta Stone software installed, and Tell Me More from Auralog, Inc. will be available online for anyone wanting to improve their ability to communicate with non-English speakers. Holly Ledvina is the administrator for this project.
Enhancing Library Services via Podcasts, Screencasts, and Vodcasts ($9,327): With this grant OWLS will purchase equipment to produce online instructional materials for patrons and member library staff. In addition, a ‘Casting Kit will be created and circulated to member libraries for creating their own podcasts, screencasts, and vodcasts. Beth Carpenter is the administrator for this project.
Warren Graham Security Training ($2,400): This grant will help finance the upcoming Managing Security in the Library workshop which will be presented by Warren Graham, a.k.a. “The Black Belt Librarian.” This project was planned by Leslie Farrell, and Beth will be coordinating its implementation.
Wireless Connections for OWLS Libraries ($3,500): This grant will help cover the costs of installing or upgrading wireless Internet service at 7 member libraries. While I’m the administrator of this project, Dave Bacon will be working on its implementation.
Support for Online Databases ($15,600): These LSTA funds will be used to help pay for the online resources that OWLS and NFLS provide to OWLSnet libraries. I am also the administrator of this grant, but Evan Bend does the work of coordinating our electronic resource subscriptions.
I want to thank Holly, Beth, and Leslie for preparing such good grant applications. All of their applications were rated highly by the respective grant reviewers. I’m very proud that we’ve been able to receive LSTA funding that will enable us to improve our services to OWLS and OWLSnet libraries.
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