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 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.

The reception, a networking event open to all conference attendees, will be held Sunday, January 25, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the Capitol Peak Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver. Attendees will have a chance to bid on some fantastic items including a collection of Chicago-related travel and interest books, tickets to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, a private tour of The Field’s library, jewelry and a fleece jacket.

Not attending the event but want to contribute? Donations of goods or services to the auction list are welcome from both vendors and individuals, and will be accepted until January 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 at