Rockstars wanted! Nominations accepted thru Dec. 15 for ASCLA’s 2012 awards

The 2012 awards offered by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) are an excellent chance to recognize colleagues, institutions or particular programs for their contributions to ASCLA and the areas of librarianship in which they serve.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 15, 2011 for the awards, which recognize accomplishments in the following areas:

Projects focused on library services to people with disabilities: The ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award is sponsored by ASCLA, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Keystone Systems, Inc. This $1,000 award and citation are given to a library organization that has provided services for people with disabilities. The award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made its total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. Download the award nomination form (PDF).

Advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped: The Francis Joseph Campbell Award honors a person or institution for outstanding and significant contributions in this field of service with a medal and a citation. Contributions include but are not limited to: an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; or imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions or technical services; or any activity of recognized importance. The award is sponsored by Keystone Systems, Inc. and the Southern Conference of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.  Download the award nomination form (PDF).

Extension and Outreach Services: The Exceptional Service Award recognizes exceptional service to patients, to persons who are homebound, to people of all ages who live in group homes or residences and to inmates, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research or experimental projects. The recipient receives a citation. Download the award nomination form (PDF).

Cooperative, Consulting and State Library Services: The Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members (personal or organizational) exemplifying leadership and achievement in the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide services and programs and state library development. Download the award nomination form (PDF).

Service to ASCLA: The Cathleen Bourdon Service Award is a citation presented to an ASCLA personal member for exceptional service and sustained leadership to the division. This includes participation in activities that have enhanced the stature, reputation and overall strength of ASCLA and have also cultivated the division’s relationship with other appropriate organizations, institutions or governmental agencies. Download the award nomination form (PDF).

Those interested in submitting a nomination may download the appropriate award nomination form(s) from the awards section of the ASCLA website or request the form(s) from Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing and programs manager, via e-mail at Nominations for all awards must be received by Dec. 15, 2011. Submission information can be found on each nomination form.

ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group seeking members

The Youth Services Consultants Interest Group, a new member group hosted by the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, is now online and accepting new members.

Youth services consultants and any state library staff member who works with youth services on a statewide level are encouraged to join this newly-established member-driven group. As a part of this group, members share ideas for statewide programming initiatives such as summer reading. It’s also an opportunity to explore programming and speaker partnerships for neighboring states. In addition to this important networking function, the group has set a goal of having each state youth services consultant develop content for a workshop tailored to meet its state’s specific needs such as setting up a statewide youth services advisory council; exploring the role of youth services librarians in advocacy; or methods for telling your library’s story in local and global communities.

To join the Youth Services Consultants Interest Group, login to ALA Connect, then access the group’s ALA Connect page, then click “JOIN” on the right side. Membership in ASCLA is not required in order to participate in this group, however group leadership positions may only be held by ASCLA membership.

In addition to the Youth Services Consultants Interest Group, ASCLA offers a multitude of groups that relate to the following areas of work: consortium management; collaborative digitization; interlibrary cooperation; physical delivery; independent librarians and consultants; services to people with visual/physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print; library services to the incarcerated and detained; universal access; library development for state library agencies; and state library agency LSTA coordinators.

More information about ASCLA’s interest groups can be found on the ASCLA website. New interest groups representing one of ASCLA’s core membership areas are always welcome. To create a group, an ASCLA member must start an e-petition and receive signatures from 10 ASCLA members. E-petitions can be started on the ASCLA website (ALA login required).

Proposals for webinars: deadline extended to Nov. 21!

We got a lot of awesome submissions for 2012 webinars, but we know there are a few more of you out there who are interested, but perhaps didn’t have the time to send in a submission by the end of October. So, we’re extending the deadline to close of business on Monday, Nov. 21!

You can get the entire scoop on topics, timelines and the proposal process in this blog post:

Or, go straight to the submission form: