Archive for March 23rd, 2012

Learn How to Become a Thought Leader with Social Media

The value of social media as a communication tool is fast becoming ubiquitous in the professional law library culture. However, its value as a leadership tool is less evident. A new webinar, Open Leadership: Using Social Media as a Leadership Tool, to be held April 25 at 11 a.m. CDT, will demonstrate how all types of law librarians can become thought leaders inside and outside their institutions by using well-known social media applications to achieve strategic openness and transparency. This webinar is sponsored by the AALL Leadership Development Committee.

Register by April 18.

Cost: $30/members; $60/nonmembers; $150/site registration

Book Review – The ALA Book of Library Grant Money

The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 8th ed., edited by Ann Kepler. American Library Association, 2012, 429 pages. Softcover, $175, ALA Members: $157.50. ISBN13: 9780838910580.

Every institution feels the impact of the current economic situation in some manner. There are grants available to help ease the financial burdens facing libraries, though finding an appropriate or plausible grant can be intimidating and overwhelming. The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 8th ed. is a strong starting point for finding a grant for your library. This directory is a comprehensive guide to grant money available to libraries and schools. Hundreds of profiles are provided for private foundations and corporate foundations that have available grants. Each funding source listed in the directory has either made recent grants to libraries or list libraries as a typical funding recipient.

The user’s guide in the beginning of the book provides a clear view of how to navigate the directory, explaining the layout of the profiles and type of information provided in the profiles. Throughout the profiles, the user can find a variety of helpful information related to the funding source including typical recipients, past recipients, application procedures and deadlines, and grant values.

Following the profiles section, the bulk of the directory, are various indexes that can be used to locate a specific funding source more quickly. These indexes include Grantors by Total Grant Value, Grantors by State, and Professional Library Organization Grants. The variety and scope of grants listed in this directory make it a valuable resource for any library’s collection.

Erin Schlicht is access services librarian at University of Minnesota Law Library in Minneapolis.

March 2012

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