Change of date: Annual Conference registration opens Jan. 5

Due to a scheduled closing of the ALA headquarters on Friday, Jan. 2 for the New Year holiday, the opening date for registration and housing for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference has been moved to Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

The delay assures that all of our staff will be available to answer any questions or solve any problems you might have from day one of the registration process.

Registrants for Annual who opted for bundled registration will also be able to reserve their housing and sign up for pre-conferences and additional events on Jan. 5.

Questions about this change can be directed to Deidre Ross, director of Conference Services, at

Learn more about ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference.

ASCLA ramps up fundraising efforts for Century Scholarship

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will hold a silent auction at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting’s ASCLA/COSLA reception to benefit the ASCLA Century Scholarship.

The scholarship is an initiative of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum, and was established in 2000 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. It fulfills ALA’s mission to cultivate a field of library professionals that more accurately reflects the diversity of the communities and populations it serves. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the scholarship fund and promote its long-term financial viability.

Contributions of goods or services to the auction list are welcome from both vendors and individuals, and will be accepted until Jan. 5, 2009. Interested contributors should complete the silent auction donation form. Questions about the event should be directed to Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing specialist and event coordinator.

The reception, a networking event open to all conference attendees, will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight in the Capitol Peak Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver.

Library and information science students with access needs—including veterans—are encourage to apply for the scholarship, a one-time $2,500 award funding necessary services or accommodations to enable the winner to complete a Master’s or Doctoral program in the field. Complete information about scholarship eligibility and application instructions are available at the scholarship webpage on the ASCLA site. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2009.

Reminder: Award deadline is Monday, Dec. 15

Don’t forget that Monday, Dec. 15–one week from today–is the nomination deadline for ASCLA awards.

At the ASCLA Awards page, you can learn more about these awards. Scroll down to the “Use the following links” heading to access complete pages for each award, including nomination forms and eligibility information.

The awards are:

  • ASCLA Exceptional Service Award
  • ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award
  • Cathleen Bourdon Service Award
  • ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS)/National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award
  • Francis Joseph Campbell Award

Questions about awards should be sent to Liz Markel, ASCLA Marketing Specialist, at