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August 2002
Volume 34, No. 8

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$4,000 National Library Week
grant available for campaign

United States libraries of all types are invited to apply for a $4,000 National Library Week Grant for the best library promotion/public awareness campaign during National Library Week (April 6-12, 2003). Its goal is to promote the role librarians play in the 21st century.

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s application deadline is Oct. 15, 2002.

Librarianship as a profession

This is the first year that the Grolier Grant specifically will focus on the work of librarians. In doing so, the grant supports "The Campaign for America’s Libraries' " goal of promoting librarianship as a profession. This also ties into ALA President Mitch Freedman’s year-long initiative, “The Campaign for America’s Librarians,” which focuses on better salaries and pay equity.

“The Campaign for America’s Libraries” is a five-year public awareness effort sponsored by ALA to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

Libraries are encouraged to be as imaginative and inventive as possible in developing a local campaign or program for National Library Week that reflects the work that librarians do on behalf of their users.

@ your libraryTM

The brand, “at your libraryTM” which is open-ended and provides lots of room for creativity, should be used on all promotional and publicity material to support National Library Week.

An application form and guidelines are available at http://www.ala.org/pio/nlw/grolierapp.doc.

They are also available from the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, Ext. 4020 or mhumphrey@ala.org.

The winner will be notified at the end of December and announced at the 2003 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Information on last year’s winner, the Omaha Public Library, and the winning application can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/pressreleases.cfm#omaha.

For more information about “The Campaign for America’s Libraries,” visit the campaign’s Website at http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary.


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