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2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Charlotte Carr Vlasis

Charlotte Carr Vlasis, librarian for the Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts, has made her library the hub of lifelong learning at her school.

That was how her nominator for a 2013 I Love My Librarian Award, Cindy Gaston, described her, writing that she “has created a library environment where research-based learning and passion for reading abound.”

Vlasis has been the librarian at CSLA since 1998. She has made her impact felt from the onset, promoting a flexible library schedule that enables teachers to schedule time in the library to fit their instructional needs. Students are also welcome to check out books at any time.

As her school principal said, "She doesn't see herself as a one-dimensional teacher, but helps empower all teachers to be better."


Literary Landmark: Jones Library

Dedicated: Oct. 23, 2009 
Partners: Friends of the Jones Library System, Trustees of the Jones Library

On Oct. 24, 2009, in celebration of the Jones Library’s special association with Robert Frost, the library was placed on ALTAFF’s Literary Landmark Register. Recognizing Robert Frost’s role in Amherst’s literary heritage and his importance to the nation, the Friends of  the Jones Library System and the Trustees of the Jones Library joined together to support this nomination. 



Provost promises to prevent library deficit

After students and faculty expressed concern over UND’s Chester Fritz Library potentially losing resources, university Provost Thomas DiLorenzo has clarified several points of misunderstanding and promised there will be no reduction in the library’s resources.

“Whatever the deficit is, I’ll find the money,” DiLorenzo promised in a meeting addressing the library’s struggle for funding. “I always planned to find the money.”

In the last couple months, students and faculty have become increasingly worried about losing library resources.

This prompted history doctoral student Cody Stanley to organize the Save the Chester Fritz Library group in the attempt to spread awareness.


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Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Funding for LSTA and IAL

Appropriations season is heating up in Washington DC. It is imperative that you call your U.S. Representative by Wednesday, April 2 and ask them to sign two separate "Dear Colleague" letters that will greatly help libraries.  Talking points and instructions for the letters located here...

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list.  From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text.  Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages.  The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call."  Read more...


Libraries get decked out with yarn graffiti

EXETER — Most people frown on graffiti, but the street art that was left behind at six local libraries on April Fools' Day is making people smile.

Inspired by classic children's books like "Charlotte's Web" and "Extra Yarn," local knitters have teamed up to add a splash of color to their libraries in the form of knitted and crocheted yarn on trees, signs, library book return boxes, and other spots where they'll grab some attention.

"I think it's just fantastic. They did a beautiful job," said Exeter Public Library Director Hope Godino, who's a fan of the big camel from the Dr. Seuss book "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" now sitting outside the library.


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Burned Albuquerque branch reopens

The North Valley branch of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County (N.Mex.) Public Library reopened April 15, more than nine months after it closed due to an arson fire in the children’s section. The fire caused extensive smoke damage and destroyed 80% of the 50,000 book collection. Crews had to gut the 14,000-square-foot, 20-year-old building. Library Director Dean Smith said the building now has fewer but more efficient light fixtures, a new heating and cooling system, a fresh paint job, new carpet, and extra power....

Albuquerque Journal, Apr. 19

Dallas Friends group appeals to city council

The Friends of the Dallas Public Library made its semiannual pilgrimage to City Hall to plead for more money. Their case is a simple one. The main downtown library is open a mere 40 hours per week. The city fares poorly when measured by library funding, both as a percentage of its annual budget and per capita. To remedy this, author and DPL Friend Karen Blumenthal (right) offered a rather bold proposal....

Dallas Observer, Apr. 22

Alec Baldwin to raise funds for Central Falls library

Actor Alec Baldwin will be holding a fundraiser on June 7 aimed at raising money for the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls, Rhode Island. The money will help finance the construction of a media lab at the library, which the library cannot afford to do on its own. Ticket holders can enter a raffle for a chance to read a dialogue on stage with Baldwin, who has been supporting the library and Central Falls High School since 2011....

WPRI-TV, Providence, R.I., Apr. 19

Milwaukee considers loaning The Bookworm

The Milwaukee Public Library board decided April 22 that it will consider the long-term loan of one of its treasures: The Bookworm (right), an 1850 painting by German romantic painter Carl Spitzweg that was donated to the library in 1972. The board received an offer from an unidentified person for the artwork, valued at $400,000, and went into a closed session during the public meeting to consider the possibility of a sale or loan....

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Apr. 21–22

School library staffing in Pennsylvania

Things may be looking up for school libraries in Pennsylvania. Researchers say school libraries across the state are still lacking the proper resources, but staffing levels may be increasing in the next school year. A big drop happened around 2011 with state budget cuts, when about 100 school librarian positions were eliminated. An increased number of school librarian positions are expected to be funded in 2015–2016....

WITF-FM, Harrisburg, Pa., Apr. 17


11 states can close low-performing charter schools

Eleven states have passed laws that require charter school authorizers to shut down the schools (PDF file) if they do not reach certain benchmarks. The states are California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. Such laws have been growing in popularity over the past several years....

Education Week: Charters and Choice, Apr. 21

Alberta school phases out books, keeps librarians

The library shelves at St. Mary School (right) in Westlock, Alberta, are now nearly empty as the school moves toward a different educational philosophy including a kindergarten program and more online research. The librarians will take on a more active role within classrooms, serving as technology experts and research assistants. The change runs parallel to a shift taking place across the province, with Alberta Education moving away from traditional teaching methods in favor of a discovery-based approach....

Westlock (Alberta) News, Apr. 22

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United for Libraries to host webinar on "Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013

Contact: Jillian Kalonick

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.

This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy.

Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears in Library Journal. Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues for Public Libraries Online. He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison to ASCLA and as a member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee.  He also serves on ALA’s Legislation Assembly.

The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more information and to register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/advocacy-state/event/registration.html. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.