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LIS Students: Apply for the 2022 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

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Core and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what they can bring to the profession. Winners must have been accepted to a Master of Library Science (MLS) program recognized by the American Library Association. A link to the application form and instructions for filling it out are available on…Continue Reading

David Satten-López Named 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

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The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded the 2021 Core/OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to David Satten-López, who will begin the MLIS program at Drexel University in Philadelphia (PA) this fall. He is interested in audiovisual materials and increasing the dissemination of digital materials through minimal computing frameworks. Satten-López has worked in a variety of paraprofessional roles, and through these experiences he has developed a fascination with how technology intersects with the LIS field, particularly around digitization, the digital humanities and decoloniality. “Reflecting on my selection as a Spectrum Scholar for Core/OCLC, I feel a deep appreciation for the opportunity to connect with others in the Spectrum, OCLC, and Core communities,” Satten- López said. “Moreover, I am excited to finally begin my MLIS after having spent many years in different paraprofessional positions. I am grateful to Spectrum, OCLC, and Core for easing some of this financial burden.”…Continue Reading

2021 John Cotton Dana Awards Announced

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Recognizing and Rewarding Excellence in Strategic Communications

~ Eight Libraries Awarded $10,000 Grants from H.W. Wilson Foundation  ~ The 2021 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award winners, recognized for their strategic communications efforts, have been selected. The John Cotton Dana Awards provide up to eight grants for libraries that demonstrate outstanding library public relations. The award is managed by the American Library Association’s Core Division and consists of $10,000 grants from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The grants highlight campaigns feature a wide variety of strategies including: civic engagement programming, a virtual story time with more than 800 million views, a virtual Open House to celebrate a three-year renovation, and an awareness media campaign to highlight pandemic services. Other winning campaigns include the launch of a local artist music streaming site that had to retool mid-campaign as libraries closed, a Park & Connect Internet access campaign, a 2020 Census campaign that increases the county’s self-response rate and a library…Continue Reading

Rachael Kowalski Awarded 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Rachael Kowalski has been selected to receive the 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor. This scholarship is for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. The Larew Scholarship Subcommittee remarked on Kowalski’s interest in art and technology, especially how she blended the two together in her library experience and vocation. Kowalski, in her current position, implements STEAM and makerspace programming, collaborating with community partners and developing system-wide program guides. She integrates her experience with 3D design, animation and motion capture, film and audio production, digital illustration, coding, and video game development to engage and diversify programs for all ages. In her statement, Kowalaski stated her intent…Continue Reading

Core announces the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2019 and October 2020 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists will be posted on the website at The Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List is selected from books intended for pre-school children and very early readers, up to 6 years old. Recognition is given to the author and the illustrator: The Barnabus Project by Terry Fan, Eric Fan & Devin Fan. Tundra Books Field Trip to the Ocean Deep by John Hare. Margaret Ferguson Books A Jedi You Will Be written by Preeti Chhibber, illustrated by Mike Deas. Disney Lucasfilm Press Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox. Henry Holt &…Continue Reading

Nomination Deadlines for Core Awards and Scholarships Are Quickly Approaching—Submit Your Nominations Soon!

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Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures invites nominations for its 2020-2021 awards and scholarships, including four awards run on behalf of ALA or with another ALA division and three scholarships from the previous divisions that support LIS students and international members. The following are Core awards and scholarships that are currently accepting nominations and applications. Awards ALA/AIA Library Building Awards Application deadline January 12, 2021, 5 p.m. ET Co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) and managed by the Core Library Buildings Awards Committee, the ALA/AIA Library Building Awards is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries. This award acknowledges and honors distinguished accomplishment in library architecture by an architect licensed in the U.S. for any library in the U.S. or abroad. Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology Application deadline January 1, 2021…Continue Reading

Free Informational Webinar on the Spectrum Scholarship Application Process

Join The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) on Wed., Dec. 2 at 5 pm CT for an informational webinar aimed at current and prospective Spectrum Scholarship Program candidates. Whether you’re in the early stages of the application process or are learning about the Spectrum Scholarship for the first time, this free, hour-long webinar will show you how to navigate the application process, offer tips on completing the application, and provide expertise on finding additional funding sources for MLS/MLIS programs from Spectrum Scholarship Program alumni and staff. For additional information on the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please visit

Submit a Nomination for the Prestigious Kilgour Technology Research Award

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Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (Core) and OCLC, Inc. invite nominations for the 2021 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020. The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research showing promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000 cash, an award citation, and an expense-paid trip (airfare and two nights lodging) to the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. Nominations will be accepted from any member of the American Library Association. Nominating letters must address how the research is relevant to libraries; is creative in its design or methodology; builds on existing research or enhances potential for future exploration; and/or solves an important current problem in the delivery of information resources. A…Continue Reading