Tweet it in NOLA! A guide to ASCLA hashtags at Annual Conference

Contribute to the conversation, or stay on top of what’s trending with ASCLA at the ALA Annual Conference.

Here’s an overview of the hashtags assigned to our events:

  • Official Conference tag: #ala11
  • ASCLA preconferences: #asclaprecon
  • ASCLA/COSLA Awards Ceremony & Reception: #iloveascla
  • ASCLA programs: #asclaprog
  • ASCLA Discussion Groups and Forums: #ascladiscuss

For more about hashtags (#), go here:

ASCLA in Paris: You’re invited on the trip of a lifetime!

Join ASCLA President Norma Blake in April 2012 to tour the Bibliotheque Nationale, the American Library in Paris and other attractions!

This trip package is an excellent opportunity to see the City of Lights in springtime, and support the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA.

April 29 – May 6, 2012

Trip Includes:

  • Six Nights at the Westminster Hotel beginning April 30
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Three Dinners
  • Tour of the Bibliotheque Nationale
  • Tour of the American Library in Paris
  • City Orientation Tour
  • Guided Tour of the Opera Quarter
  • Guided Tour of the Louvre
  • Lyceum Tours Escort
  • R/T Airport Transfers

Six Nights for $2069 + Air Fare

Participants will need to make their own arrangements for travel.
If you need assistance call Lyceum Tours at 856-795-9044.

A complete itinerary is available in this downloadable PDF brochure:

A deposit of $1,000 is due by August 1, 2011 to reserve your spot, with the balance due by March 22, 2012.

Checks payable to: Lyceum Tours

Questions: Contact New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake
Phone: 609-278-2640 x 100  Email:

Contact your U.S. Senators – ask them to sign on to library funding letter


Please call both of your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to sign onto this letter by COB Wednesday, June 8.  Also ask library supporters to contact your senators as well.

Senators Jack Reed and Olympia Snowe are leading an effort to increase support for FY2012 federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries.  Tell your senators’ staffers to contact Elyse Wasch in Reed’s office or Matthew Hussey in Snowe’s office.  We need other senators to sign the Reed-Snowe letter as soon as possible.  Please call immediately.

It may help if you describe at least one valuable service that your library provides the community or a success story about a library patron.  Examples include access to computers and data services to aid job searchers, support for small businesses  with marketing data and other resources as well as teaching digital literacy to people of all ages including K-12 students.

Celebrate award winners, enjoy desserts at ASCLA/COSLA reception

Networking, sweets and an awards presentation are on the agenda for the ASCLA/COSLA reception at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference, and all conference attendees are invited to participate in the celebration.

The event, a conference tradition co-sponsored by ASCLA and COSLA, will feature delicious desserts and a cash bar that attendees can enjoy while celebrating this year’s ASCLA award recipients:

ASCLA Exceptional Service Award: Hennepin County (Minn.) Library Outreach Services

ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award: Queens Library Mail-A-Book Program with Interactive Programming for the homebound

ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award: Diane Walden, Correctional Libraries Senior Consultant for the Colorado State Library

ASCLA Cathleen Bourdon Service Award: Elizabeth Ann Ridler, neighborhood library supervisor at the Brooklyn Public Library

Francis Joseph Campbell Medal: Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, Federal Communications Commission

The reception will be held 8-10p.m. on Sunday, June 26 in the Riverview Room of the Monteleone, 214 Rue Royal, New Orleans. The awards presentation will begin at 8:30p.m