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Salem Press Launches The Library Grants Center

http://salempress.com/Store/grants/grants.htm

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Today, Salem Press launched The Library Grants Center, a free, online directory of grants for libraries.   Developed and Edited by Mirela Roncevic for Salem Press, the grants tool empowers librarians to locate library grant funding sources on the national, state, regional and local levels (US sources).  The center is free, requires no login or authentication, and will be updated on a regular basis.  It also contains a how-to area with a tutorial, FAQ, and lists of resources.

According to the Salem press release, the web site focuses on grants available to all types of libraries and from a range of sources—public and private— including professional organizations, large corporations, and family foundations. “Everyone’s aware of the financial pressures on libraries. They are enormous and growing,” said Peter Tobey, Salem Press’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “So we were motivated to try to relieve some of that pressure by developing self-help tools for librarians. The Library Grant Center is that tool.”
The Library Grants Center consists of three distinct sections:

  • National Library Grants features a sophisticated search tool that lets grant seekers perform simple keyword searches or narrow their search options. A range of browsing options is also provided, including browsing by grant category, purpose, and deadline.
  • State Library Grants is a state-by-state guide that points librarians to grant information specific to their state and to the foundations in their area that support libraries.
  • Library Grants How-To provides in-depth information on the grant applications process, complete with extensive lists of resources for further research and pointing to grant writing tools available online at no cost.

“We hope librarians will help us add to the Center so that, as a community, we can keep it up-to-date and growing,” added Tobey. “We are committed to keeping it current and useful.”

According to Roncevic, “the proliferation of social media outlets has inundated the library and publishing industry with relentless dialog. While dialog is important, we shouldn’t forget the tools. The more free tools we build and share, the more we grow our community’s footprint. The bigger that footprint, the greater the benefit for all involved. The Library Grants Center is a free tool that addresses the needs of librarians looking for funding but also a practical reminder to publishers and vendors that their support still matters a great deal.”

Wes Fryer’s Copyright Resources

http://handouts.wesfryer.com/copyright

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Check out Wes Fryer’s copyright resource wiki and his newest presentation at SlideShare for his materials on copyright, fair use, and educators.

Save the Date: Poem in Your Pocket Day 2009!

One of my favorite months of the year is April because it is National Poetry Month! We celebrated poetry in many ways last year in our media center with special book displays, posters of student poems, student poetry podcasts, a guest poet, and of course, Poem in Your Pocket Day! Read more about how I celebrated this day last year in my media center.

National Poem in Your Pocket Day will be Thursday, April 30, 2009 this year! Now is the time to start planning for this date and your National Poetry Month 2009 festivities!  Please consider adding your photos for this day to the Flickr Group, Poem in Your Pocket.  You will also want to check out how the Academy of American Poets celebrated this day last year in New York City.

You can visit the home page of National Poetry Month at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41.  Be sure to check out the Teacher Resource page and Librarian Resource page for super ideas on ways to integrate poetry into your program and celebration activities.  You will also want to check out the resource page for organizing a poetry read-a-thon—this is an activity I am planning on this year for my library!

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YALSA Teen Tech Week Wiki

http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Teen_Tech_Week

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If you are like me and trying to figure out what cool and innovative activities to plan for Teen Tech Week (yes, I should have thought before now!!!), then check out the fab YALSA Teen Tech Week Wiki.  Here you will find ideas for promoting Teen Tech Week 2009 and resources that you can download.

What are you and your library doing for Teen Tech Week 2009?